Casa Camper, Barcelona $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The latest brand extension from the ever-growing Mallorcan cobbler, Casa Camper is as idiosyncratic as the company's offbeat shoes. Designed under the exacting eye of Catalan designer Fernando Amat (of Vinçon, the high-end design store), this is a hotel that demands you pay no tips, instructs you to use the stairs in lieu of the elevator, and offers a free, 24-hour health-conscious buffet from its podlike kitchen. The 25 rooms are minimalist wombs with red walls, dark floors, and Shaker-inspired furniture. There's no view, but there is a nifty "vertical garden," which is a wall lined with 117 potted plants. If you book a standard room, the door opposite your bedroom leads to a personal lounge with a balcony, sofa bed, wide-screen plasma TV, and Brazilian hammock. In Camper Suites, the living area and bedroom are integrated. Should you stay here? Look at your shoes and you'll have the answer.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Camper, the hip Mallorca-based shoe company that's built a reputation on a homely look and progressive environmental image, has a hit on its hands with its first hotel, a 25-room New Age inn made from a renovated nineteenth-century commercial building in the trendy El Raval quarter. Casa Camper delivers on its parent company's feel-good dogma with clean, comfortable, ever-so-slightly austere rooms that have separate sleeping and living spaces. Walls are painted red, beds are made up in quality white cottons, and furniture runs to the functional. There's a great roof terrace with hammocks for a quick siesta, bicycles are available free of charge, and a free 24/7 snack bar offers fresh fruit, rice cakes, soup, omelets, green tea, and mineral water. Best of all, rooms are a great buy in this pricey city.2005 Hot List
When to go: Year-round, excepting August.
Which room to book: Which room to book: A Camper Suitea lot of extra room for a little extra money
Amenities: Wheelchair-accessibleSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›