After working several years with the creative group behind the Ace Hotel in New York City, Inés Miró-Sans returned to Barcelona to open a lifestyle hotel inspired by her hometown. While searching for the ideal venue, Miró-Sans and her cofounder Luis Rullán (a famous Barcelona hotelier) came across
Casa Bonay, a 19th-century mansion originally built for the Bonay family, located in the neighborhood of Dreta de l’Eixample. The duo turned to Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack to oversee the renovation of the 67-room hotel building and hired a team of local artists to collaborate on the interior design elements. Here’s a look inside Casa Bonay.
Nacho Alegre and Metrixell Arjalaguerand, courtesy of Casa Bonay. Above: Two marble tubs (original to the building) are used as planters at the entrance of Casa Bonay. Above: Studio Tack preserved original classical features of the building, such as arched entryways, a marble staircase, mosaic flooring, stained glass windows, sliding doors, and glassed-in balconies. Above: Libertine, the hotel’s bar and lounge area, is painted in two shades of green; the floors are original mosaic tile. Above: The Cirio Circular Pendant by Santa & Cole (a Barcelona-based lighting company that provided lighting for the entire hotel) makes a stately impression in the bar area. Above: The hotel’s inner courtyard was revived by careful renovation. Alejandra Coll of Asilvestrada added plants to the hotel’s hallways and balconies. She also installed a herbal garden on the hotel’s rooftop. Above: To maintain the original spirit of Casa Bonay, all the room numbers are hand-painted by local artists. Above: A guest room with original mosaic floor tiles, sliding doors, and a glassed-in balcony. A few of the rooms have a private terrace with an outdoor shower and lounge chairs. Most of the hotel furnishings are made by Marc Morro, a cofounder of AOO (Altrescoses Oltrascosa), a small Barcelona furniture company. Above: A simple guest bedroom with two-toned walls and original tiled flooring. The hanging pendants are by Santa & Cole and the blue blankets come from Teixidors, a Spanish textile company. Above: The guest bathrooms have a retro feel and are equipped with rosemary and olive oil soap made by Ana Gayoso of Las Lilas. Above: A light-filled room featuring a separate seating area and a pullout sofa. Above: Clara Arnús and Leti Cano, two creative Spaniards behind the brand Batabasta, designed the pattern for the staff uniforms, sofas and pillows, and wallpaper for the bathrooms in the hotel’s Libertine lounge area. Above: Tucked behind carved wooden doors is Casa Bonay’s own library, curated by independent local publisher Blackie Books. Above: Miró-Sans invited young entrepreneurs to open shop on the hotel’s premises: Satan’s Coffee Corner and Mother (a cold-pressed juice bar) serve drinks and baked goods. Above: A rooftop terrace overlooks the city. Above: A corner of the roof terrace.
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