Time Out London challenged me to be spontaneous for a weekend. To #wingit. Of course I leapt at the chance. Keeping the location secret (I was hoping for a European city) and only giving me a few lines of a brief – challenges had an art and design point of view. So early in the morning, whilst most people were still sleeping, I jumped on a plane to Barcelona. All very last minute, just throwing a few things into an overnight bag. Crazy! For a meticulous planner like myself, the idea of not booking a hotel at least two months before a trip is simply bonkers.
There I was, 9am (UK time) standing outside Barcelona airport, without a clue where to stay. Using the Booking.com app on my phone I found hundreds of beautiful hotels. With the site’s search filters I could select the style and type of place. It was so easy to use, the room ratings gave me an idea of what was in my budget and I could search according to my personal preferences: boutique, small, in a local neighbourhood with an arty vibe. Oh and free wifi. Booking Hotel Brummell was a risk, stepping off of the plane in an unknown city, it could easily have been a turkey. But after viewing it on the booking.com app I could tell it had the potential of being something really great, I wasn’t wrong.