If you are looking for a city for a weekend break Barcelona is ideal. A city that seamlessly mixes beach life with culture, history and ‘urban living’. Gaudi’s fabled architectural masterpieces share boulevards with luxury shopping brands and let’s not forget world-class dining scene the city boasts. The Luxury Editor explores our favourite hotels in Barcelona on this page and best hotels with pools in Barcelona here.
Located in the very heart of Barcelona on Passeig de Gràcia, seconds away from the city’s luxury boutiques and shopping and only a 2 minute walk from the Gaudi designed Casa Batlló. Fusing modern design with timeless style, rooms are bright and airy. Gourmet Michelin star dining and a relaxing spa, first floor terrace and a rooftop pool with views out over the city make the hotel not to be missed.
The Cotton House Hotel is housed in the former headquarters of the city’s cotton guild. We were in love with this hotel from the second we walked through the door. Easy access to the city’s major attractions. The communal areas are rich in history with original features and antique furniture. The rooftop pool with a view looking out to the Sagrada Familia is stunning as is the terrace dining area and cocktail bar.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Part of the Ritz Carlton group the Hotel Arts Barcelona is one of the city’s original luxury hotels, mixing tradition luxury service with minimalist aesthetics. Providing outstanding views out to sea and across the city and located on the seafront it is handy for the beach, but factor in you will need to take a taxi into the city centre. A great swimming pool, 5 restaurants (from bistro to two Michelin-starred Enoteca) and impeccable service place this hotel at the premium end of the luxury scale.
Part of the collection of Curio by Hilton hotels, the designer boutique Hotel Alexandra is located in a renovated 19th century building near Passeig de Gracia, the fashion and cultural heart of the city. Rooms feature traditional features such as original mosaic flooring mixed with contemporary fixtures and furnishings in a warm but neutral palette of greys and browns. The hotel is minimal but still warm and comfortable and full of the added extras expected of a luxury residence. Suites here are extra special, many with terraces and outdoor bathtubs, and for the budding foodies, the hotel is home to a two-floor brasserie and an amazing charcuterie bar – the best place for some wine and nibbles after a hard day sight-seeing!
SIR Victor Hotel
Just off Passeig de Gràcia, a stone’s throw from Gaudí’s Casa Milà and close to Avinguda Diagonal, home to most of Barcelona’s designer boutiques, sits Barcelona’s the Sir Victor Hotel. Its ever evolving design has kept it cutting edge since it opened in 2003 and the hotel’s restaurant Moo is one of Barcelona’s best. Communal areas are a work of art, with rooms taking a crisp and fresh design. The hotel’s rooftop terrace and swimming pool are the pinnacle of urban living.
Ohla Hotel Barcelona
Understated luxury, the Ohla Hotel is located on the busy Via Laietana, the border between Barri Gòtic and Born areas. Style is smart and chic that is inviting to both holiday and leisure guests. Make sure you have a drink at the award winning cocktail bar and dine at the Michelin-starred Saüc restaurant…..oh and don’t forget to have a dip in the rooftop glass sided rooftop pool!
Located on the newer Barcelona boardwalk area, with views looking out to sea this hotel has the WOW factor from start to finish. Away from the city centre this is perfect for beach goers but like the Hotel Arts Barcelona you will need to take a taxi to reach the city centre. With a nod towards Dubai’s Burj al Arab the W looks like a giant sail as sea. The poolside area feels like you are in Miami and this is a great hotel to feel instantly in the holiday mood.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
The Mercer Barcelona is an oasis of calm in the heart of the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. Housed in a building with architectural styles ranging from Roman times to the present day and finished with contemporary sympathetic features. Two restaurants and a rooftop plunge pool make this a perfect hotel for a weekend shopping and sightseeing break. Service is unpretentious and polished and rooms are set around a quiet breakfast patio.
H10 Casa Mimosa
Located in a listed 19th-century building in the Catalan modernist style, and in the same block as La Pedrera, the H10 Casa Mimosa is an exclusive superior four-star hotel that opened its doors in 2016. Its elegant, timeless interior combines cosmopolitan design with the building’s original modernist structure. The establishment offers spacious rooms, the El Til•ler Restaurant and lobby bar with access to a leafy garden with swimming pool and sun lounger area, as well as a stunning chill-out terrace on the top floor, El Cel de Gaudí, complete with a plunge pool and stunning views of La Pedrera. The hotel also has a meeting room located in a former coach house.
Dolce by Wyndham Sitges
If you are looking for a luxury out of town experience from Barcelona then look no further than the Dolce by Wyndham Sitges. Located 1.2 miles from Sitges town the hotel overlooks the Terramar Golf Club and the Mediterranean sea. The hotel has 3 restaurants, 3 bars and a chill-out lounge, offering everything from à la carte, through to fine dining and poolside snacks and cocktails. Hotel guest also have access to the Dolce Vital Spa with includes indoor infinity pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and comprehensive spa selection.