Casa Mathilda Bed & Breakfast, Barcelona

Casa Mathilda is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona on the main floor of a early 20th century building. It is one of the recent projects by Espacio en Blanco, an interior design studio led by Barbara Aurell.

The B&B hotel has 14 rooms, all with natural light from the large windows, and some with direct access onto the terrace, which has to be the jewel of Casa Mathilda. A verdant oasis that allows escape from the bustle of the city. 4 of the bedrooms have a chill-out area suitable for families, and Assumpta Baldó, the owner, prepares delicious breakfasts, with homemade cakes, natural juices, seasonal fruits and different types of breads.

With this project, the designer's recovered the original features where possible, from brass doorknobs to oak floors, which have been combined with existing hydraulic tiles. The existing towering stained glass doors are now sliding doors in the common areas, and some of the original ceilings mouldings have been converted into mirror frames and shelves, which, along with vintage style furniture creates an eclectic space with great personality.

"If I had to define this hotel would as a space created by people for people," says Barbara Aurell. "I wanted to escape creating a cold and impersonal accommodation for our guests. Thanks to the distribution of spaces and to the philosophy of its owner, guests can feel at home, moving freely in the kitchen and common spaces and even organize their own dinners, "adds the interior designer.

Espacio En Blanco

CASA MATHILDA, Roger de Llúria, 125-127, principal-08037 Barcelona www.casamathilda.com