Barcelona’s Hottest New Hotel Draws Inspiration From a Rebellious Female Author
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Barcelona’s Hottest New Hotel Draws Inspiration From a Rebellious Female Author

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By Mike Chino
Sir Victor is a brand new, design-forward boutique hotel that draws inspiration from the people, culture, and landscape of Barcelona.

The sun-soaked city of Barcelona stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Collserola mountains—and this sweeping coastal landscape is the inspiration behind Sir Victor, the charming sixth outpost of the Sir Hotels collection.

The newly debuted boutique hotel is superbly situated on a tree-lined street in Barcelona's flourishing Eixample district, just steps away from Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Milà, La Sagrada Familia, and other architectural marvels of Catalonia's Modernisme movement.

Sir Victor’s rooftop bar looks out over Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Milà.

Sir Victor’s rooftop bar looks out over Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Milà.

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The daylit lobby exudes coastal cool with beachy tones and swaying palms.

The daylit lobby exudes coastal cool with beachy tones and swaying palms.

The material palette darkens in the study, which is stocked with books on art and culture.

The material palette darkens in the study, which is stocked with books on art and culture.

Step inside, and you'll find a daylit lobby awash in cool pastels, light wood, and swaying palm fronds—the stylistic equivalent of a trip to the beach. Venture deeper, and the atmosphere condenses into an earthy respite accented with dark metals, sumptuous seating, and black marble—the heart of the mountain. 

Mr. Porter's bar anchors the central area of Sir Victor's ground floor.

Mr. Porter's bar anchors the central area of Sir Victor's ground floor.

The hotel's restaurant, Mr. Porter, is a contemporary steakhouse with padded leather banquettes and immense copper-rimmed skylights.

The hotel's restaurant, Mr. Porter, is a contemporary steakhouse with padded leather banquettes and immense copper-rimmed skylights.

Floor-to-ceiling glazing connects Mr Porter with a vegetated atrium that infuses the space with light and life.

Floor-to-ceiling glazing connects Mr Porter with a vegetated atrium that infuses the space with light and life.

Just beyond the monolithic bar lies Mr. Porter, an award-winning contemporary steakhouse illuminated by immense copper-rimmed skylights and a verdant atrium.

Daylight fills the dining room of Mr. porter.

Daylight fills the dining room of Mr. porter.

Longtime Sir Hotels collaborators Baranowitz + Kronenberg designed the ground floor as both a figurative journey from the coast to the mountains, and a physical manifestation of wood, stone, and metal—materials tied to the craftsmanship culture of Catalonia. Needless to say, the aesthetic grounds Sir Victor firmly in place.

A view of Sir Victor's entryway and lobby.

A view of Sir Victor's entryway and lobby.

Sir Victor's lobby pairs stone, wood, and metal finishes with plush, richly textured seating.

Sir Victor's lobby pairs stone, wood, and metal finishes with plush, richly textured seating.

The hotel also forges cultural connections through its name. Sir Victor refers to Caterina Albert i Paradís, a celebrated Catalan author who took up a masculine pen name—Víctor Català—in order to publish her work. Baranowitz + Kronenberg revel in this creative subterfuge through surprising conceits—the lobby's walls ripple like fabric, yet they're forged from aluminum.

In the reception area, Bocci Lights hang before a mesmerizing custom 3D wall by Bedots Architectural Surfaces. A bespoke metal "curtain" by Baranowitz + Kronenberg lines the far wall. To the right is the hotel’s shop, which exhibits books, housewares, and accessories by local brands.

In the reception area, Bocci Lights hang before a mesmerizing custom 3D wall by Bedots Architectural Surfaces. A bespoke metal "curtain" by Baranowitz + Kronenberg lines the far wall. To the right is the hotel’s shop, which exhibits books, housewares, and accessories by local brands.

Sir Victor's cozy lobby is a relaxing space designed for guests and locals alike.

Sir Victor's cozy lobby is a relaxing space designed for guests and locals alike.

Capella Garcia designed the building’s dynamic limestone facade in 2003.

Capella Garcia designed the building’s dynamic limestone facade in 2003.

The ceiling and reception area are studded with metallic orbs that resemble the beads of a necklace, tessellated ad infinitum. The literary connection ties in nicely with the existing limestone facade—originally designed by Capella Garcia in 2003—which peels back in sections to resemble the fluttering pages of a book.

Sir Victor’s rooms and suites were conceived by Sir Hotels’ in-house design team. This bedroom pairs a Harbor chair by B&B Italia with handmade rugs by Nani Marquina and paintings by local artist Bernat Daviu.

Sir Victor’s rooms and suites were conceived by Sir Hotels’ in-house design team. This bedroom pairs a Harbor chair by B&B Italia with handmade rugs by Nani Marquina and paintings by local artist Bernat Daviu.

Local books and artwork bring Barcelona's vibrant culture into the guest rooms.

Local books and artwork bring Barcelona's vibrant culture into the guest rooms.

Sir Victor's 91 rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with furnishings by B&B Italia and Cassina. Paintings by Barcelona–based artist Bernat Daviu adorn the walls, while books filled with local lore encourage visitors to explore the surrounding city.

Sir Victor's rooftop bar provides sun and shade in equal measure.

Sir Victor's rooftop bar provides sun and shade in equal measure.

The rooftop pool strikes tropical vibes with cane furniture and palms.

The rooftop pool strikes tropical vibes with cane furniture and palms.

Panoramic views look out over Eixample district rooftops and Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia.

Panoramic views look out over Eixample district rooftops and Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia.

The hotel also features a spa with an indoor pool, a fitness center, a library dedicated to female authors, and a series of communal areas creatively conceived to draw in locals and guests alike. The crown jewel is the rooftop oasis, complete with pool, bar, and spectacular views of Casa Milà and La Sagrada Familia. Sir Victor also offers a great series of tours to connect guests with the city's vibrant cuisine, architecture, wine, and music.

This street-facing guest room is sheltered behind the building's curvaceous facade.

This street-facing guest room is sheltered behind the building's curvaceous facade.

Sir Victor hotel offers seven different types of accommodations starting at 220 euros per night.

Sir Victor hotel offers seven different types of accommodations starting at 220 euros per night.

White finishes meet light wood in the stylish bathrooms.

White finishes meet light wood in the stylish bathrooms.

Liran Wizman, the founder and owner of Sir Hotels, says "Sir Victor takes inspiration from Barcelona and its wider region—the city, the people, the nature, and culture. Through the integration of design, art and multifunctional spaces, we hope to bring something new and exciting to one of the most vibrant cities in Europe."

Sir Victor is now available to book starting at 220 euros per night.

Immense cylindrical lights hang over semi-circular banquette seating in Mr. Porter.

Immense cylindrical lights hang over semi-circular banquette seating in Mr. Porter.

Sir Victor's rooftop pool.

Sir Victor's rooftop pool.

A view of the ground-floor study looking out towards the street.

A view of the ground-floor study looking out towards the street.

The accommodations vary in size and layout—this room faces an interior courtyard.

The accommodations vary in size and layout—this room faces an interior courtyard.

Travel and lodging for this story provided by EHPC.