The next time you're in Barcelona, soak up the city's infamous architecture by staying in the Praktik Rambla, a budget design hotel housed in the historic Casa Climent Arola building. Constructed in the beginning of the 19th century by the Spanish architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano (the Sagrada Familia was his commission first, as in pre-Gaudi), the grand building with is modern interiors allows you to immerse yourself seamlessly into the spirit of Barcelona.
Unless otherwise noted, photos via Petite Passport.
Above: The mild undulation of the ornate facade foreshadows Gaudi's organic architecture. Photo via Praktik Rambla.
Above: The decorative details on the large scale doors and metal railings conjure a haunting grandeur of the past.
Above: A band of black paint creates a headboard and modernizes the room with 19th century proportions and moldings creatively and inexpensively.
Above: Industrial lights used as reading lights have been painted out to match the headboard.
Above: The industrial lights take advantage of the height of the room and also provide ambient light.
Above: The beds are make with basic white linens and a contrasting gray blanket.
Above: A tiled floor adds texture and color. Photo via Praktik Rambla.
Above: The bathrooms are tiled in dark colors.
Above: The Ikea Ps Maskros pendant hangs in the light-filled bathroom.
The map below shows the location of Praktik Rambla in the Eixample section of Barcelona.
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