In this picture: sweater by Acne Studios

In this picture: sweater by Acne Studios

 

 

We stayed at a handful of boutique design hotel during our trip to Barcelona, among which my favorite is Margot House. The hotel takes its name from Margot Tenenbaum - the aloof character portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow in Anderson's 2002 film The Royal Tenenbaums

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

Baby, Light My Fire

Baby, Light My Fire

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.)

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You need the key to turn the lights on.

You need the key to turn the lights on.

Cozy corner of the lounge.

Cozy corner of the lounge.

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Home-made breakfast at the open kitchen.

Home-made breakfast at the open kitchen.

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