The family

A family business is not the easiest one to run.

Even being aware that to take over is always a challenge, I would never change it for anything.

We are a family of four: Eddy, Janpol, Noah, and I. Eddy works in his family business, totally different but with social responsibility as well. Janpol is my older son, very caring, and with high emotional intelligence. He likes soccer, barça of course and he is always ready for social work. He grows too fast. Noah is the little one. He is very perfectionist and if he has a computer, iPad, or iPhone with him, he doesn´t need anything else. I guess I am not the only mother that feels this way.

Now it is my turn, I can only say that I have become a better human being after running this hotel for the past 20 years. I have learned a lot from my guests. I am very grateful.

History of this place

The building that houses Hostal Grau dates back to 1862.In 1939, after the Civil War ended, Centric Bar opened its doors for the first time and grandma Mercedes invented the recipe for one of the most famous vermouths among merchants and visitors to the area. Its location and its character made it one of the literary reference points, credited in works by the likes of writers such as Josep Pla or Roberto Bolaño.

In 1960, in the same building, he opened a guesthouse called Hosteria Grau, the first version of what is currently Hostal Grau. In 1993 the owner’s son, Fèlix Grau, carried out the first major transformation to turn Hostal Grau into a home for those traveling far from home.

Following the death of Fèlix Grau, I, Mónica Vallejo, took charge of the family business; surrounding myself with family and friends who made me believe in the project of Hostal Grau. After several months of reflection, at the end of 2012, we decided to bet on a new concept for the hotel.

We believed that the time had come to take a step forward and we committed to creating a place with a healthy environment, respectful of the surroundings and, above all, respectful of the Fèlix heritage. And we did it. My children Janpol and Noah and my husband Eddy, have been fundamental to achieving the objectives of the new Hostal Grau and every day they help me to continue with the same enthusiasm on this path.

And when thinking about family, I cannot forget my mother. A struggling woman who believed in me from the beginning and who gave me the opportunity to continue and succeed with the family business.  

Teamwork

The essence of Hostal Grau comes from all the people that believe in this sustainable project.

All of them, with the utmost effort and involvement work every day to make sure our house is ready for those who want visit us.

Let me introduce you my team:

Cristina: has been in the hotel for the past 18 years. She has become my confidant. She is very creative and artistic, with a high sensibility for all the details. Lately, she is more involved in social responsibility. My right hand.

Cristina:My old friend. After leaving 10 years in England, she came back home and I took the chance of offering her to be part of this team. It is always very risky to work with family or friends but I can say she is indispensable in our hotel. I have learned a lot from her and she has provided high benefits for this company.

Daniel: He is part of my family. He was the first one to arrive and was lucky enough to meet Felix, my father, and learn somethings from him. He has been always next to us, in the good and bad moments.

Faustino: He has been here for a long time, as well, 15 years approx. He is a bit shy but very professional. He is very polite and always ready to help. I am very proud of his progression.

Lidia: is my cousin. She is a very bright and sweet woman. She is always with a smile on her face and very welcoming. Sometimes working with family can be a bit risky but so far, I am very happy to say that I took the right decision when I hired her for this position. I am also very proud of her.

Luci: has been with us for almost 2 years. She is a very smart and charming woman. She takes her job very seriously and has very good ideas to make rooms more comfortable for our guests. In front of any “big problem”, she has the ability to change it into a “small one”. This is a quality that is very needed in the hotel industry.

Cami: has been here for 2  years. She is energy, she moves around very quickly and does things with a record time but in a perfect way. She is a very hard worker and very perfectionist. I am very happy to have her on my team.

 

Monica
General Manager
The imperfection is the path of something much better
Cristina D
Assistant Manager
Cristina P
Marketing and Revenue Manager
Daniel
Reception
Faustino
Reception
Lidia
Reception
Luci
Cleaning Service
Cami
Cleaning Service

Friends

Hostal Grau would not be complete without the team of people that support and work with us.

All of the people that are an ongoing part of this project have grown up with values ​​of hospitality, respect and effort, all of which have helped us to prepare our house for you with a smile from ear to ear.

Thank you.

Rosa Bramona: Great friend, decorator, the stylist of the house and responsible for the interior design of our new stage. It took the length of a coffee to convince her of my ideas and realize that we understood each other perfectly. Thanks to her work and professionalism, she has managed to adapt all of my sketches and create the perfect atmosphere in Hostal Grau.

Eig (Eco Intelligent Growth): They have been with us since we began upgrading to obtain LEED certification. With special thanks to Ignasi Cubiña, Cristina Sendra, and Jordi Monjo for their dedication to the project, which is still ongoing, for the positive strength, and all the knowledge that they have shared with us about the concept of the circular economy.

Naturalmat: They are responsible for the unique rest experience of our clients. Thanks to their natural and organic bedding materials you will sleep just like at home. A very special thanks to Mark Tremlett for believing in our project.

La Maison: As official suppliers of Naturalmat, La Maison Barcelona is one of the best spaces for home decoration supplies; selling beautiful furniture, fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings. David and Helena, thank you very much for always making the road so easy.

Green Rooms Hotel: Our advisors in getting a step further in the field of sustainability, and our everyday support in being a little more Green in every way. Many thanks above all to Dani, for his insistence in making me see that we could go further, and above all for his dedication, his advice and his ideas.

Let’s Pause: The project led by Monica Lafuente and Helena Valsells is based on natural furnishings. There are ideas and businesses that seem predestined to be understood, and with these ladies I have truly felt this understanding. It is a pride to have your furniture in Hostal Grau.

Smart Deco: company led by Monica Lafuente, who I have to thank for all her ideas and advice. Thank you for being by my side in difficult times.

Aromalaboratory:We have customized our own fragrance with natural aromas. Monica, thank you for your involvement and effort in extracting an aroma that symbolizes what Hostal Grau represents.

Joan Bramona: Graphic designer, responsible for a good part of the design that you can see in the paintings on the walls and in the house signage. Here is someone with the ability to transmit our spirit with the brush.

L’Estoc: There are good companies, and then there are special companies. L’estoc, directed by Jordi Mayals, is one of these specials ones. A project that works with care, professionalism, in giving opportunities to people with adaptation problems and offering them dignified work opportunities. Jordi, for your support and generosity, thank you very much.

Frescota:Responsible for the new website and the new corporate image of Hostal Grau. Thank you for helping me to convey my mission.

Ca2L: With Jordi Calera leading the project, the hotel’s LED lighting is a huge success. Thank you for the patience, confidence, and persistence with one of the most ambitious projects of Hostal Grau.

RH Rehabilitacions: The construction company that carried out the last phase of the work. Above all thanks to Josep and Marina, collaborators and friends who helped us complete a stage of the project that made us eternally grateful.

Vivers Ter: Creators of our vertical garden with a special thanks to Álex and his knowledge in chosing the babylon system for our garden.