October in Barcelona | TOC Hostel Barcelona (Part 2/2)

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The room

(Pardon the bad lighting in the photos that I have taken using my phone. Above is a picture that i grabbed from TOC Facebook page in order to give you a better idea of the room.)

So, this was the room we’ve stayed in TOC Hostel Barcelona.

I was expecting a room with a double bed, but it came with 2 more bunk beds at the back (well, the counter staff called this an upgrade). In my opinion, it is quite a tiny space to accommodate 4 people, but it worked perfectly fine for the two of us :)

Like the common area at the ground floor, the room is very very new, and nicely done up to create that cozy, young and chic look (it looked way better than all the budget hotels I’ve stayed before). I like how they had used perforated board to create an alcove for the queen bed to provide more privacy for everyone staying in the room. The same material is used for the wardrobe door and it looks really good. The room also came with a private bathroom and toilet. The shower stall is clad in simple white beveled subway tiles, and in the toilet, you will find a good-looking exposed brick wall, adding more characters and charm to that tiny space.

Oh yes, there were plenty of clean towels and individual-packed toiletries provided too, nice!





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October in Barcelona | TOC Hostel Barcelona (Part 1/2)

Last month could be my favourite month in 2014!

It was a closed to 3-weeks holiday in Europe with my husband. This entail meeting up with 2 of my best friends in Paris and standing in long queue for Pierre Herme patisserie, blown away by the beauty of the Swiss Alps, and tapas bar hopping in Barcelona with frequent gelato treats in between.

Ok this is not a travelogue but I’m excited to share with you some pictures of the hostel that we’ve stayed during the 5 days in Barcelona – TOC Barcelona

TOC Barcelona is a hostel located in the in the Eixample district, very close to some of the most important monuments of the city and surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants. Honestly I had some reservation about the hostel when I made the booking. It seems to have gathered a mixed review in TripAdvisor. But we went ahead with the booking as the location was good (super near to the Universitat metro station) and the price was just right. We booked the suite for 2 with the en-suite bathroom, so we still get privacy even though it is a hostel.

When we arrived at the hostel, we were really surprised by how new and stylish the hostel is, and felt an instant relief..

So here we go –

(All pictures were taken using my iPhone 5s)

The lobby

Love the front desk counter that is stuffed with (real) books!

The hostel has just undergone renovation this year, everything was new and there was even a painter still working on the  geometric patterned mural wall at the lobby.

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Corridor connecting the lobby to the lounge

The corridor is painted in dark colours and accented with mood lighting, tuning in to a more hipster vibe as you walk along to the lounge.




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Barcelona – Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments with Nordic Design, Mediterranean Soul

I got to know about Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments while searching for accommodation for my upcoming Barcelona trip.

About Eric Vökel (exceprt from his website) –

Born in Copenhagen, his life is architecture and design. Devoted collaborator with important Nordic designer studios, it was while he was on one of his many trips that he arrived in Barcelona; its architecture, culture and Mediterranean liveliness grabbed him.

The impact this city had on him was so strong that he decided to stay and bring to life his latest project: Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments.

Each of the apartments has been designed and decorated by Eric, delivering an unparalleled style that mixes Nordic design functionality and beauty with the creativity and spontaneity of Mediterranean design.

I’m really drawn to each and every apartment listed in his website. They look so effortlessly good, it feels like we could achieve the same aesthetic in our own HDB home too! The best inspiration to take away from these apartments – is probably the statement-making spanish patterned tiles headboard. It gives me the urge to shop for some patterned tiles at Hafary now =)

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