I’ve been bitten by the travel bug this year – can you tell? Budapest was the first trip of the year, and I went on a long weekend break to Barcelona with my boyfriend, James at the beginning of February…
The trip was originally planned because our favourite band ever, The 1975, had a European tour and one of the dates were in Barcelona. It’s somewhere we’ve both wanted to visit, and The 1975 are our favourite band, so we thought, why not combine the two?
A week before the holiday, The 1975 cancelled their European tour. I was absolutely gutted, but we had planned so much for our Barcelona trip that we soon forgot all about it!
So after a little research, we decided to stay at Acta Mimic in Barcelona.
Acta Mimic is located in the heart of the Gothic district, next to Las Ramblas, a mile-long stretch of touristy shops, restaurants, bars and souvenir stands, and the Port of Barcelona. The area was perfect – it wasn’t too touristy but it had all the great amenities like shops, bars, public transport and being just a short walk away from things to do.
The charming hotel is built in an old theatre and is spread out over 6 floors and houses a Solarium, 92 rooms, restaurant, bar and a courtyard garden area. The running theatrical theme keeps in touch with the hotels old roots, which gives the hotel so much character! The reception is decked out with theatre memorabilia, including photos of theatre and movie stars; even the corridors are lit up like a theatre with black halls and red spot lights down the side.
The room we checked into was just beautiful. It’s worth pointing out that the majority of the rooms in Acta Mimic are open planned; everything is in the same room except from the toilet. The room is separated with a thin floaty curtain – and thankfully an optional black out curtain to pull across too! The room was so light and airy and cleaned well each morning. We also had a mounted TV with a few English channels and had great accessories like toiletries and hairdryers. Our view wasn’t the best but, in a way, I really liked it. We were
looking out over old Spanish houses with those traditional shutters and
washing hanging out the windows… I kinda loved that old vibe!
We stayed on the second floor in the double room but were told at reception that the hotel rooms were being renovated with themes and different styles. I’d love to visit again and check out the Cosette Room, it’s a stunning 19th-century French themed room over two floors!
The breakfast area was a great little place to escape. There are plenty of places to sit and eat and drink, as well as a lounging area with comfy sofas where you can watch different films each night.
We didn’t buy breakfast with our hotel booking but we paid for it on the day. The buffet breakfast cost €12 euros or there’s a deal of buying consecutive days for a set price of €9. The buffet breakfast was small but adequate – I’m guessing it was smaller because we went on an off-peak period but it was still delicious!
I started with a cooked breakfast of an omelette with sausages, hash browns and tomatoes. I then had a hot chocolate with glazed doughnuts and pastries and omg, aren’t holiday breakfasts just the best?!
The hotel staff were so lovely and friendly, spoke great English and were so helpful! They printed out tickets for me that I’d booked for trips, and advised us on some places to visit and restaurants to check out. A special shout out to Victor too for helping us to check in early and helping out with my many questions about the city!
I’ll be posting my 72 Hours in Barcelona post soon too, with some great recommendations on places to visit, restaurants to eat at and bars to spend the nights at!
The hotel looks amazing. How annoying though that the 1975 cancelled, I love them! It sounds like you had a fab time regardless!
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The hotel looks great, the white room is beautiful. I can't wait to read about your trip. x
I frickin’ love Barcelona! This hotel looks beautiful though and a little quirky, love it!!! I must admit I wanna keep travelling around this year as last year i went to 14 different cities, however it’s unlikely I am going to hit that target this year but at least I’m going to Warsaw in a couple of weeks! Fab post!!xx
the place looks gorgoues! thanks for sharing!
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Your hotel looks so good, and such a great area to stay in! I love Barcelona, it’s one of the places that really started my travel bug so has a special place in my heart. Plus, it’s such an awesome city! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!
Wow, this looks amazing! I’ve only saw the stadium in Barcelona, so definitely need to go back! Especially adter seeing your brilliant photos!
What a lovely little hotel. Me and my boyfriend went to Paris just for a concert once, such a good idea to travel for it! Hope you had the best time! Xx
Wow this looks amazing! The hotel room is absolutely gorgeous, I’d love to stay there!
The hotel looks lovely! I really enjoyed Barcelona when I went! Such a shame about the 1975 but glad you had a good holiday anyway! Xxx
I love Barcelona and this is such a nice hotel! So sad that The 1975 cancelled the European tour.
This hotel sounds amazing, I love that they stuck with their theatrical roots and that breakfast sounds absolutely divine. Hot chocolate and donuts for breakfast every day please! I’m currently on a travel ban so this post has seriously filled me with wanderlust/jealousy!
It’s such a shame that you didn’t get to see the 1975 play, I would love to see a gig in a foreign city! I’ve been to a festival in Spain before but think going to a gig abroad would be sooo cool. Fingers crossed for next time for you :).
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I’d absolutely love to go to Barcelona, and this post has made me even more desperate to go!! The hotel is gorgeous, so modern, and definitely seems like it was in a good location!
Such a shame about The 1975 cancelling their tour, I love them! I’ve never travelled for a concert before, but it’s definitely something I’d love to do. Still pleased you had a fab time, regardless xxx
How gorgeous! I would absolutely love to stay here, can’t wait to read more ☺️
Oh my, Barcelona looks like a dream! Can’t wait to visit myself some day, thanks so much for the travel inspo!
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I love hotels with different themed rooms, it’s a great way of making you want to go back to visit! To try out the different rooms 🙂 Great post, this hotel looks stunning.
that hotel looks so cool!
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This hotel looks beautiful! Gutted about the 1975 but I’m glad you didn’t let it ruin your break!
Barcelona is definitely on my city breaks wish list 😍 Xxx
Ah it sounds lovely! I’m going back to Barcelona next month and can’t wait! I went last year for my birthday so excited to go again! This hotel looks so cool though, wish I read this before I booked my hotel!
That terace of a hotel is love at first sight! I love how white colors matches with wood and greens! You must have had a fantastic day there!
Have a great weekend! xx
Ohh I love the 1975 too, so gutted for you that they cancelled their tour! But it sounds like Barcelona was amazing. I have never been, but it looks like it’s perfect for a city trip. So I might be heading there soon! And I like that you chose a not too touristy area to stay, because tbh that’s what I don’t like about these cities, too many tourists sometimes!
Been thinking about a trip to Barcelona for ages and I think this might have persuaded me…it looks lush!
I would love to go to Barcelona, there’s so much to do there. This hotel looks amazing too!
Looks great 💞