why we are green

Sustainable construction The refurbishment carried out in 2012 was the starting point of the new Hostal Grau. Holding the conviction to commit to exemplary environmental levels was defined by making a project within the guidelines of the LEED sustainable construction certification. This standard in sustainable construction is the most prestigious in the world and is based on a scoring system that measures the level of respect for the environment and sustainability of buildings. The methods applied in the rehabilitation project allow us to opt for a Leed gold certification in Interior design. In the historic center of Barcelona Our house is in a building located in the Raval (District of Ciutat Vella), on Les Ramelleres 27, right in the heart of the city’s history. A central location very close to the CCCB and the MACBA, and just one street from Las Ramblas and Plaza de Catalunya. The building, houses the rooms and apartments across six floors for tourist use at Hostal Grau, along with the Cèntric Bar and a small greengrocer. Our house We enter Hostal Grau through a large glazed portal leading to a bright reception, open to the street. An oasis of tranquility where you can see the bustle of the neighborhood and the comings and goings of tourists and travelers. On the upper 5 floors are the rooms and apartments, which are can be reached by either an elevator or stairs. On the ground floor and the mezzanine are the common spaces of the hostel, where we meet and relax with customers who stay at the hotel and with friends who participate in organized activities or workshops. In the Lounge you can relax and plan your day calmly while enjoying a tea, a cake or some of the other delights we have on offer. It has an adjoining room with access to our well lit patio which houses one of the most special points of the Hostel: A plant wall made with the Babylon system spanning 6 floors on the rear exterior wall. On the main floor is the Apple Corner where you can enjoy a good book or surf the internet on the computer with free and open access. And from the main floor to the deck. Our commitment to the past has leads us in maintaining its essence, like other terraces in the Gothic quarter that have maintained their image and character for decades. The recycled materials and wood characterize this space designed to be enjoyed and relaxed in. The interior design and decor in Hostal Grau (by interior designer Rosa Bramona and graphic designer Joan Bramona), is warm, Mediterranean and homelike and is marked by the use of noble and natural materials and by having parts of the furnishings recycled or restored . Most of the furniture has a full name: Let’s Pause. Stamped with an unabashedly Mediterranean style, the handmade pieces are made with natural materials such as wicker or esparto grass. There is also furniture from our friends from L’Estoc, who produce and design using recycled materials and furnishings. We also have recycled desks from El Drapaire and Tocafusta. In a building with so much history and a hostel with such a clear vision, integrating the decoration plays a very important role. The walls and windows of the rooms are clean white, always with eco-friendly paint, which give light, and life to the spaces. In contrast to the white, wood gives the rooms a very pleasant warmth. The tables, the bedheads and the mirrors, together with trunks of FSC certified forest trees that serve as bedside tables will make you feel the great Mediterranean experience. Each room has a number of carved wood decorations and bouquets of flowers that vary depending on the time of year. But if there is something that distinguishes our furniture above others, it would be our beds. Our mattresses are made of natural materials with 100% organic origin and offer a unique rest experience. In addition, our Deluxe rooms and common areas have FSC certified natural wood floors in keeping with the decoration of the house. Here you can visit our house virtually