Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella



What’s the vibe?In a city of phone-battery-leeching architecture, you could easily walk past Motel One’s boxy modern façade without noticing it. Inside, however, is a riotous party with geometric textiles, high-as-a-human plants, and imaginative chandeliers—plus a huge bar that could get you swinging from them.Give us the backstory on this place.Each of Motel One’s 71 European hotels adheres to the same philosophy: that a budget price point shouldn’t mean dreary, bland, shoebox-sized spaces in lieu of interesting design. While every bedroom has the same dimensions (so if you’ve stayed in one Motel One, you’ll know exactly what you’ll get in another), each hotel commissions a local artist to create site-specific murals. Here, the talented young illustrator Lara Costafreda combines watercolor jungle motifs—tropical foliage, tigers, and exotic blooms—with black-and white sketches of landmarks like the Arc de Triomf. Bookmark her name next time you’re looking for wallpaper.