Margot must be the hotel founders’ favorite character on silver screen. Although a big fan of Wes Anderson, I may have passed the age to truly fall in love with her rebellious, sullen personality. But Margot's retro style has long stuck in my head. There was something so aspirationally unhinged about dear Margot. Her age-agnostic clothes were so avant-garde that 12 years later Alessandro Michele took the inspiration and turned Gucci into the youthful, eccentric sense of freedom imbued with quintessential aristo-charm.
The hotel design is a mix of clean, modern Scandinavian and retro, square-toed English. The branding was done by the Barcelona-based Septimo. Full set of design package can be found here on its site.
Margot house was located in the best part of Barcelona, right across the street of Casa Batllo. Hidden in a private building without any signage, Margot house keeps a low-profile for the discerning travelers. Occupying just one floor, the hotel is indeed boutique, with 9 guest rooms hosting 18 guest, an open kitchen and bar, lobby, and lounge area.
The interior is set in a homey, neutral color palette. The raw concrete surfaces, light wood furniture and large green plants constantly reminded me of L.A. The sweetest touch is the soft fig aroma that greets us every time we came back.
The most impressive detail is the room key, cast in an old-fashioned manner and attached to its unique key tag. Given the cost to make, we had to leave the key to front desk every time we went out. (That’s quite smart, cuz I might actually pretend losing the key and take it home.)