The coastal Catalonian destination is one of the most popular city breaks in the world. Whether combined with a more rural beach stay or as a standalone break, Barcelona offers much to do and see. The architecture of Antoni Gaudi (including the stunning Sagrada Familia cathedral) and the artworks of Dali, Miro and Picasso draw tourists, as does the Camp Nou football stadium, home of the formidable Barcelona FC. With buildings ranging from the avant-garde to modern-art inspired and Catalan Art Nouveau, there are plenty of impressive places to stay when exploring the attractions, shops and nightlife of the Spanish city.
Located in the very heart of Barcelona on Passeig de Gràcia, the Mandarin Oriental is just seconds away from the city’s luxury boutiques and only a 2-minute walk from the Gaudi designed Casa Batlló. Fusing modern interiors and timeless style from Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, the 120 rooms are bright and airy. Book a suite for a freestanding whirlpool tub, terrace and even kitchen. Gourmet Michelin star dining is available in three restaurants – one of which is al fresco. The addition of a relaxing spa, first-floor terrace, indoor pool for year-round dips and a rooftop pool with views out over the city make the hotel one not to be missed.
The Cotton House Hotel, part of the Autograph Collection, is housed in the former headquarters of the city’s cotton guild – a stunning 19th-century neo-classical property. We fell in love with this hotel from the second we walked through the door. Perfect for a romantic break, it offers easy access to the city’s major attractions, 83 refined rooms including some four-poster beds, divine Mediterranean cuisine, and even its own library. 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 elegant terrace dining area and cocktail bar.
This Avant Garde hotel is in the heart of Barcelona, close to the celebrated Passeig de Gràcia next to Casa Rocamora and just a step away from Plaça Catalunya on the city’s golden mile. The contemporary hotel design brings together innovation, art, music and technology along with exclusive experiences to enjoy the local scene. Rooms and suites present a neutral and stylish design with a range of sizes, views and upgrades such as a private terrace or Jacuzzi to suit every occasion. Guests can make use of the gym fitted with the latest fitness technology and equipment or pamper themselves with sophisticated beauty and well-being treatments. The hotel also has two restaurants in which Mediterranean cuisine with an innovative flair provides healthy, unique, surprising and sustainable dining experiences using fresh and organic ingredients harvested from our own urban garden. The Rooftop Bar is the perfect place to unwind with a drink and take in the views of Plaça Catalunya and the Sagrada Familia.
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. The iconic building was designed by architects Bruce Graham and Miguel Ruano, originally for the Olympic Games. Providing outstanding views out to sea and across the city, its location on the seafront is ideal for those seeking to fuse a city and beach break (you will need to take a taxi into the city centre). A great swimming pool, 483 rooms spread over 44 impressive stories, 5 restaurants (from bistro to two Michelin-starred Enoteca) and impeccable service place this hotel at the premium end of the contemporary 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. The 116 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 its cutting edge since it opened in 2003 and the hotel’s restaurant Moo is one of Barcelona’s best. The communal areas are a work of art, with the 91 rooms taking a crisp and fresh design and featuring original artworks, Bose sound systems, Nespresso machines and rainfall showers The hotel’s rooftop terrace and plunge swimming pool are the pinnacles of urban living.
Ohla Hotel Barcelona
Offering understated luxury, the Ohla Hotel is located on the busy Via Laietana, the border between Barri Gòtic and Born areas. The style here is hip, smart and chic, inviting to both holidaymakers and young professionals visiting for business. Games consoles, massages and round the clock room service are all part of the appeal at this 74-room boutique hotel. Make sure you have a drink at the award-winning cocktail bar, dine at the Michelin-starred Saüc restaurant and take a dip in the awe-inspiring 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 beachgoers 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 at sea. The funky poolside area feels like you’re in Miami. And with three restaurants and a super trendy lounge bar, this a great hotel to feel instantly in the holiday party mood.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
The Mercer Barcelona is an oasis of calm in the heart of the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. It’s 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. The elegant, timeless interior combines cosmopolitan design with the building’s original modernist structure. There are 48 spacious rooms, the El Til•ler Restaurant, a 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, enabling guests to combine business and pleasure.
The One Barcelona
Also part of the slick H10 brand, The One is found in the sought-after modernist district of L’Eixample. With sophisticated styling from award-winning interior designer Jamie Beriestain, the decor soothes in greys and white hues. This posh 89-room hotel boasts cathedral view suites with private hot tub and terraces. Winter travellers can still enjoy a swim in the indoor pool (or rooftop one if feeling brave), while the divine wellness centre attracts many seeking a relaxing Spanish spa break. There are two restaurants and a bar, a well as a host of fantastic eateries and trendy boutiques to be discovered on its refined doorstep.
Hotel Claris Barcelona
This Grand Luxe hotel occupies what was once the Palau Vedruna, dating back to the 19th century. In 1992 it was completely remodelled to create 124 suites, resplendent in Brazilian rosewood panelling, silk and leather upholstery. Make free calls and use the data on your in-room mobile, and enjoy White Company toiletries. Fans of art, Egypt and all things Avant-garde will especially appreciate the aesthetics here – the owner Jordi Clos is an egyptologist, with a selection of his collection forming small museum on the first floor. Dine at the East 47 first floor restaurant, grab some delectable dim sum at Mr Kao or eat on the rooftop with a view, when the weather is clement.
The Barcelona Edition
With its own unique cabaret supper club, signature restaurant Bar Veraz, rooftop bar and bespoke cocktail bar the Punch Room, you don’t need to step out fo the front doors to experience a fantastic night out. Found on the edge of the El Born district, this 100 room boutique hotel with gym and saltwater pool is just steps away from the Santa Caterina market. Bedrooms are adorned in walnut panelling – echoing the traditional city shutters – and feature imported Anichini linens and Spanish leather headboards following a complete metamorphosis by Carlos Ferrater Studio.