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Hotel Review: Praktik Bakery Hotel in Barcelona | 26-06-2015

Rates From 89 euros a night, or about $96 at $1.08 to the euro. Basics Barcelona, where lovely apartments are easy to rent at fair prices, also has no shortage of boutique hotels. But a boutique hotel at a fair price is in shorter supply. Enter Praktik, a Spanish minichain, whose locations around the city and in Madrid offer affordable lodging, with style and, sometimes, a gimmick or two. Among the latest is the 74-room Praktik Bakery Hotel, which has the uniquely Wes Anderson-y addition of an artisanal bakery on the ground floor with a glass-walled view of bakers at work. Day and night, handmade boules and pastries from the local dough maven Anna Bellsolá, a third-generation baker, and her Baluard Bakery tempt guests passing through. It’s enough of an attraction that locals stop in for baguettes and loaves too. Make no attempt to start a diet here: The offerings are far too delicious. Location On a quiet side street in the upscale Eixample district, the seven-story hotel, which opened in April 2014, is steps from designer boutiques, tapas bars, cafes and, as always, a Gaudí building or three. Sunshine-yellow awnings hang over the hotel’s wide glass front door — the better to see the bakery. It’s four blocks from a metro stop, a 30-minute stroll to the Parc de La Ciutadella; La Rambla, the tree-lined pedestrian strip; and the historic Gothic quarter. Cabs are plentiful on nearby Avenida Diagonal, a central thoroughfare. Photo The 74-room hotel is in the upscale Eixample district. Credit Meritxell Arjalaguer The Room The hotel is the work of the local designer Lazaro Rosa-Violán, and he has made it cheery, even working in small spaces, with bright colors in the hallways and an airy whitewash in the rooms. Our double had two adjoining twin beds, a floor-to-ceiling window with Juliet balcony, and a flat-screen television. It wasn’t spacious, but it was entirely suitable. The Bathroom Compartmentalized. It wasn’t a separate room, but an area just inside the door, with shower and toilet stalls separated by tinted glass and set off by Moroccan-inspired blue tile. The sink was across the way, next to some utilitarian cubby shelves. A hair dryer is provided, but don’t expect spalike toiletries, just the basic stuff. Photo The hotel has a ground-floor artisanal bakery. Credit Meritxell Arjalaguer Amenities Few, unless you count watching the bakers in action (and yes, there’s the bakery itself). A narrow terrace with a handful of seats is adjacent to the indoor dining area — which is not a full-service restaurant but has plenty of tables for patrons — and there’s a small “Internet lounge” that in its overstuffed cushion styling and signage feels a bit lifted from a ’90s dorm, albeit not in a bad way. Dining Did we mention the bakery? A breakfast buffet — ham (it is Spain, after all), cheese, tomatoes, coffee, fresh juice and loads of bread — is free for guests. But you may want to shell out a few euros for the delectable croissants — they have somehow managed to make even a whole wheat version light and fluffy — sandwiches and fruit tarts that stack the gleaming cases. Service is quick and pleasant, too. Bottom Line The Hotel Praktik Bakery is not for those short of dietary willpower. But if you’re looking for a cheerful, inexpensive room and a lavish, delicious, carbo-loaded start or end to your day, this is the place.


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