The 11 Best Hotels in Barcelona
With 120 guest rooms decadently furnished in a classical 1920s style, this landmark hotel is designed to spoil all of your senses. El Palace is five-star luxury in Barcelona’s heart. An array of high end eating options is available, while the hotel’s Mayan Luxury Spa has been nominated for international awards. The serene roof garden with its swimming pool, ponds, the gourmet Jardín Diana restaurant and bar is one of the most exclusive in Barcelona. For 100 years, the best luxury choice among Barcelona hotels.
The perfect contemporary deluxe choice of hotels in central Barcelona Spain. Newly opened, the Almanac’s 61 superior rooms and 30 luxurious suites are furnished in muted gold tones with walnut and oak. Throughout the hotel, textures are conceived to surprise and delight. A spiral staircase leads up out of a marble-floored lobby. There’s a discreet roof terrace with lap pool. Línia, the hotel’s Mediterranean brasserie, serves meals throughout the day. A rooftop bar is the best place to unwind. A subtle sensation.
In the heart of the gothic quarter, Mercer Hotel’s superb service and contemporary appointments are concealed behind the facades of a series of linked ancient buildings. For travellers seeking hidden luxury and a uniquely Barcelona mix of old and new, this is the best choice. There’s just 28 rooms, in elegantly simple Spanish modernist style, a quiet rooftop pool, high quality cuisine in the Mercer restaurant and an atmospheric hotel bar set between ancient walls.
If you’re looking for top-quality up-to-the-minute Spanish urban glamour, The One Barcelona, in the heart of atmospheric Eixample, is the very best of the lot. The gold-accented interior is the work of award-winning designer Jaime Beriestain. Floral wall pieces and marble finishes star in 88 deluxe rooms and suites, finished in greys and blues. Lunch and dinner with a view is served at Mood Rooftop Bar, where there’s also a lap pool to complement the luxurious spa and fully-equipped gym.
Breathtaking contemporary grandeur is the hallmark of the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, the work of an award-winning Spanish design team. Space-age moving walkways lead to the golden gates of each floor. Luxurious rooms feature of-the-moment Spanish design pieces, dark wood floors and impressive views from much of the guest accommodation. Blanc is the hotel’s gourmet restaurant under a breathtaking glass roof. Where the stars stay? Best find out.
When location is everything, Olivia Plaza Hotel is the best choice among deluxe hotels set directly on the Plaça de Catalunya. Floor to ceiling windows in sound-proofed rooms show off Barcelona’s city centre square. Dark wood floors and dark red accents provide a tranquil sanctuary in each of the 113 guest rooms. The hotel’s Nineteen Restaurant offers Catalan fusion cuisine and has its own sunny terrace. A secret garden offers light meals. Best among cutting edge design hotels in a central location.
Blending tradition with avant-garde design, Hotel Barcelona 1882 is a homage to Barcelona modernism and those who inspired it. William Morris, the British arts and crafts genius much loved by Antoni Gaudi, provides the decor theme, with intricate florals punctuating the hotel’s quirky interior design. Deep sofas join tall palms in a bar/lounge area. Guest rooms are starkly audacious. A rooftop bar overlooks the Sagrada Familia, begun in 1882, honoured in the hotel’s name. Best for Gaudi fans.
A bright new hotel right in the beating heart of Barcelona Spain, Hotel Catalonia Square is the best choice for efficient, contemporary design with all that you need and no more. Guest rooms feature dark brown fabrics and dark wood floors, there’s an outdoor lap pool and sun terrace with tapas and cocktails served in the hotel’s Gourmet Corner Bar, the ultimate place to kick back after a busy day’s sightseeing.
The outside’s a historic building, the inside’s a modernist paradise. Among the most dazzling of Barcelona hotels, Iberostar Paseo de Gracia’s stark white spaces speak of Barcelona’s Mediterranean setting. Stay here for an experience that brings a touch of Ibiza to the very centre of Barcelona. A glass-sided pool joins white loungers on a rooftop terrace with far-reaching views. Guest rooms are pure white with hot pink accents and bold murals. Best for being stunned at every turn.
Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, Hotel Catalonia Magdalenes is among the best hotels in this most ancient of Barcelona districts. Step inside though and the history gives way to an urban four star contemporary oasis. There’s a hammam for the ultimate in relaxation. The superior rooms are efficiently cossetting in greys with floral accents. Resort loungers join a plunge pool on an outdoor sun terrace. There’s tapas and cocktails in a relaxing lounge area.
Set in a strikingly modern contemporary piece of architecture, Olivia Balmes Hotel is a new landmark in modernist Eixample. Slick, stripped back modernism with dark wood floors features in 128 stylish guest rooms. Seventeen Restaurant serves Mediterranean/Catalan fusion food under a striking mural, with terrace dining available. Lounge areas evoke Kubrik’s ‘2001’. A cool swim in the rooftop pool invites after a day’s Barcelona culture. Among hotels offering urban chic, Olivia Balmes is a top choice.
The 4 Best Boutique Hotels in Barcelona Spain
From the decked outdoor pool, guests can look over the glories of the Gothic Quarter – and the marina. Just 28 rooms mean intimate luxury and personal service awaits at this most discreet of boutique hotels, set in what was once Picasso’s studio. Breathe in the artistic heritage in cool, urban guest rooms overlooking either the Gothic Quarter or towards the Mediterranean. A Michelin-starred chef offers Catalan cuisine at the rooftop bar or in an intimate restaurant with its own terrace.
Looking for the best gastronomic boutique experience? Hotel DO Plaça Reial is the pick of the boutique hotels for you. From seasonal tapas on a delightful terrace to on-trend Mediterranean cuisine in the vaulted cellar La Cuina Restaurant and local gastronomy on the roof terrace, Hotel DO Plaça Reial delights in taste sensations. Rooms in this most atmospheric of hotels have solid wood floors, with traditional flourishes against contemporary furnishings.
The best of the bold boutique hotels in Barcelona, Hotel Casa Camper’s primary colours are the star of a minimalist interior. This most audacious of boutique hotels hosts thirty minimalist rooms and ten suites. Views are out on the streets of Raval, one of the most happening of Barcelona’s districts. An all day buffet is open to all guests, whatever the hour. For top-quality of dining at Barcelona hotels, the Michelin-starred Dos Palillos restaurant blends Oriental cuisine with Spanish tapas.
There aren’t many Barcelona hotels that can truly claim to be a tropical oasis. Hotel Brummel is prime among these hotels, with interior decor inspired by the idea of tropical modernism. Refreshingly uncluttered, Hotel Brummel’s 20 rooms are cool, calm and white. Stripped wood shutters echo the historic exterior of a building that’s a little aside from the hustle and bustle, about a half hour’s walk from Plaça de Catalunya. Best of Barcelona hotels for a truly hip experience.
The Best Hotel with Rooftop Pool
When it comes to hotels with rooftop pools, you won’t beat the infinity pool of Grand Hotel Central. It’s set high on a decked roof with panoramic views over the Gothic Quarter, where it’s set, and the city beyond. Swim under the sun or sip cocktails under the moon, with Barcelona spread out beneath you. Interiors blend a homage to the Gothic Quarter setting with lush, dark fabrics. The hotel’s Our City Restaurant serves Mediterranean bistrôt cuisine. Grand Hotel Central is adored by its patrons, and with good reason.
The Best Cheap / Affordable Hotel in Barcelona
Right next door to the green delights of Parc de la Ciutadella, home to Barcelona’s zoo, Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella is our pick of central Barcelona’s affordable hotels, set about a mile from Plaça de Catalunya. The finest of Barcelona’s colourful funk is the key to Motel One’s striking interior appeal. Rooms are in white with boldly coloured floral wallpieces drawing on the lush greenery of the nearby park. Specialist cocktails feature in the atmospheric bar. The best of the affordable hotels – and delectable too.