From high-tech boutique hotels to respected institutions that have stood the test of time, see your place here.
If you are a fan of those beautifully designed hotels that value your money, Barcelona is the point for you. In recent years, a new chain of beautifully restored hotels has spread across the city – combining personalized services and modern state-of-the-art luxuries with the authentic charm of the historic buildings that house many of them. See our picks of the best hotels in Barcelona, from high-tech boutique hotels to reputable institutions that have stood the test of time.
W Barcelona: It is not difficult to understand how the W’s “Fabulous” rooms got their name: the floor-to-ceiling windows provide impressive views of the city, the beach, and the Mediterranean – some of the best options in Barcelona. Add to that ambient lighting, comfortable beds and chaise lounges, and excellent bathrooms. It is no wonder that some guests rarely leave the room. (But if you do, there is much more to see.)
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona: There is a reason why Mandarin Oriental Barcelona appears, year after year, on the lists of the best hotels in Barcelona, Spain, and even the world. Every detail is perfect, from the friendly receptionists to the impeccable lobby. Michelin-starred cuisine, well-lit rooms and suites, a luxurious spa and gym, and a delicious rooftop pool. All in the name of the experience for which it is worth paying more.
Almanac Barcelona: The Almanac is the most popular new hotel in Barcelona – and you can see that it opened its doors in November 2017: everything is modern, shiny, and brand new, from smartphone-controlled lights to the sauna and rooftop pool.
Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection: The Cotton House fits all the requirements of the list of best hotels: quality service, super comfortable accommodation, lush common spaces, and everything in a 19th-century building splendidly restored by the most sought-after designer in Barcelona. Book a Cotton room for the most unbeatable views of the Eixample district and your terrace to enjoy your Cortado coffee.
Hotel Arts Barcelona: Hotel Arts may not have the best value in town (rooms start at $ 700 in high season and do not include $ 30 daily Wi-Fi or $ 51 for breakfast), but this five-star hotel is always packed for a reason: the location by the sea does not compare to the views of the Mediterranean, and the service is second to none. Come hungry (and thirsty) because Hotel Arts cuisine is legendary, including a restaurant with two Michelin stars and an award-winning cocktail bar.
Bay House: Book, if you can, one of the five Courtyard Large Terrace at this popular hotel in a renovated modernist mansion. From just $ 175 a night, you will enjoy a private terrace, outdoor shower, hammock, and lots of sunlight. Although Casa Bonay’s service can be somewhat irregular, the excellent bars are still worth visiting for drinks and friendly patrons.
Monument Hotel: Located in a 19th-century mansion, close to Passeig de Gràcia, Monument is an elegant hotel in a flashy place. The entry point is spacious and impressive, and the design is on point, although the real attraction here is the food. Lasarte is one of the few restaurants with three Michelin stars in Barcelona’s center, and it is not the only excellent restaurant in the hotel. Other highlights include the super respectable, yet discreet, Oria, from Basque chef Martín Berasategui and the bar of the local mixology master, Javier de las Muelas.
The Serras Hotel Barcelona: You will feel at home from the moment you walk through the door of this modernist building, meticulously restored, in an unbeatable location in the Gothic Quarter, just steps from the marina. The feeling is comfortable and informal, but the accommodations are incredibly comfortable – Hypnos beds are the same type as those used by the British royal family, so expect to wake up feeling like a prince or princess. Do not leave without enjoying the view of the water, from the rooftop pool, with a cocktail in hand.
The One Barcelona: Find genuine service, great food, and surprisingly spacious rooms in this centrally located, five-star gem. Technology is a priority here, with free smartphones in the place – with free calls and Internet access-and bedside controls to open and close the curtains and activate the do not disturb sign. And all rooms include access to the luxurious Spa Despacio, where you can relax and unwind after a day of urban exploration.
Hotel Brummell. The Hotel Brummell is located in a predominantly residential neighborhood. There is a distinctly authentic atmosphere in the place, from the lobby’s urban design to the regulars tasting a café con Leche near the window; this is ultimately Barcelona. The people here are predominantly healthy and focused on well-being; they come for complimentary yoga classes, a running club, and bicycles (free to borrow from guests who book online). After exercising, relax in the rooftop pool.
The Wittmore: Leave the kids (and the camera) at home – Wittmore is an adult-only oasis with a strict no-take policy and looks more like a private club than a hotel. The hotel halls will offer you to check-in and will make you never leave again, whether by the crackling fire of the velvet and red tartan library in winter or by the sunny rooftop pool in summer. The rooms are sensibly called and categorized, so you know exactly what you are getting (from Tiny to XXLarge).
Grand Hotel Central: This hotel comes with its infinity pool and panoramic views that reach the Mediterranean and the Sagrada Familia. It is no immense astonishment that the rooftop of the Grand Hotel Central often appears in lists of “best hotels with terraces.” It is also considered one of the best spots in the city for an evening drink.
Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa: Young city-goers come to the Yurbban Passage because of the excellent price, yes, and the comfortable accommodation, the rooftop bar and pool, the magnificent views, and a peaceful spa. Lux. Prop, the hotel’s restaurant is worth visiting for its innovative Catalan cuisine with international touches.
Claris Grand Luxe Hotel Barcelona: Join mature jetsetters and Spanish celebrities at this beautiful hotel in a privileged location on Passeig de Gràcia. The decor is unusual, mixing pre-Columbian artifacts and antiques with modern touches like black titanium and granite. Food, drinks, and amenities are pretty much everything you would expect from a five-star stay in this price category, but that does not make them any less fabulous.
Hotel 1898: Hotel 1898 manages to maintain tranquility and comfort, despite the constant turmoil in Las Ramblas, the tourist center of the city. Business and leisure travelers come to this four-star hotel for its dependable rooms, excellent tapas (and gin and tonic), and a heated rooftop swimming pool with 360º views, which runs from the old port the top of Montjuïc.
Soho House in Barcelona. Soho House Barcelona already makes a good impression when you enter the magnificent lobby: the reception is smiling and welcoming, young people are impeccably dressed, and the modernist and refreshing design will be successful on your Instagram. Soho House is said to make you feel like you are in your own home, and it is true – only in a much nicer version.
Margot House: Margot House tends to be popular with hipsters like Wes Anderson – which makes sense, considering that his name pays homage to a character in the film The Eccentric Tenenbaums. Furniture with signed design, sensual bathrooms, and the feeling that you are in someone’s decorated apartment, not in a hotel – which is cool -, besides being one of the best places for those who want to stay on the emblematic Passeig de Gràcia.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona: The Mercer’s rooms are bright, spacious, and impeccably arranged; some of them were built in an original Roman defense tower, which means beautiful centuries-old masonry walls. The food here is also superior, without being pompous: yes, you will find foie gras and caviar, but also patatas bravas and beer. For a complete five-star boutique hotel experience, there is no better option for your money in Barcelona.
Hotel Neri: If you like the idea of staying in a restored medieval castle, hidden in a small and quiet alley in one of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Hotel Neri is the right choice for you. To a certain extent, the comfortable rooms are customizable according to your preferences: Make your choice from the bed linen and pillows menu. And don’t forget to book a table at Roba Estesa to enjoy top-notch Catalan cuisine with global influences.
Casa Camper Barcelona. Casa Camper, Barcelona’s original hipster hotel, is in the Raval district. It is considered among the most decadent areas in the city, which means it is quite cold today. The lobby is all black and white and red, with soft lighting, a distinct design that continues in the minimalist and eco-friendly rooms. If you are hungry, check out the 24-hour cafeteria on the ground floor or the rooftop bar.
Pulitzer Barcelona Hotel: Centrally located in Plaça de Catalunya, the Pulitzer attracts a relaxed clientele to its comfortable rooms and its high-level terrace, which looks like an oasis full of plants’ dreams, in the middle of the urban jungle. Extremely popular with locals, it features live music and DJ sessions on hot summer nights. Another detail that attracts Barcelona residents (and visitors) is the Greenhouse Restaurant, which serves carefully selected food for the most demanding customers.
Le Méridien Barcelona: Finally, a five-star hotel that is not afraid to stand out! Le Méridien avoids its brothers’ gray and beige palette in favor of bright colors and vivid works of art. Art is one of the great attractions here, with programs that incorporate visits to the best museums and galleries in the city. The reasonable prices attract guests, and the impressive decor and the spectacular bathrooms make them happy.
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona: The Majestic celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. While age appears slightly on the grand staircases and Louis XV furniture, the hotel remains distinctly modern and by no means tacky or outdated. With matching bags and expensive shoes, international guests come to this respectable institution on Passeig de Gràcia for its spacious suites, marble bathrooms, traditional top-hat employees, and the luxurious spa.
Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I: The Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I is a resort located in the middle of a vast garden (complete with a lake full of swans). Just 20 minutes by metro or taxi from the city center, the hotel offers the best of both worlds: a serene haven outside Barcelona’s tourist chaos, yet close enough to everything you want to see. Stay by one of the pools reading a good book or ask for one of the local wines – one way or another, the idea here is to relax.
Hotel El Palace: El Palace is the ultimate Baroque opulence – a somewhat smaller version of Versailles but located right in Barcelona’s center. Ritz was evident in everything: from the chic doorman to top hats to the keys to the old rooms – not to mention the vitality of the fabrics, furniture, and all the decor. Today, it is known as El Palace, an imposing hotel that has been one of the leaders in Barcelona’s luxury since its opening in 1919.