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It’s hard to find a more vibrant European city than Barcelona. It expertly combines history and modernity, luxury and down-to-earth accessibility, chic and friendliness. Catalan capital is a fantastic city break with world-class museums, streets filled with stunning architecture, a never-ending supply of superb restaurants, a non-stop bar scene and miles of Mediterranean beaches. While it’s quite big, Barcelona is extremely cozy too and can easily feel like a seaside resort. Come here for top-notch hotels, this city definitely knows how to accommodate in style. So here are the best hotels in Barcelona for a perfect Catalan break.
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Beautifully woven into the historic landscape, Grand Hotel Central is an oasis of luxury next to the city’s picturesque Gothic Quarter. This five-star Barcelona lodging has bright timber-floored rooms that boast city views and style in each detail. The real draw is a stunning rooftop infinity pool with a 360-degree vista over Barcelona that doubles as a fashionable Skybar restaurant. A perfect place to be during the sunset. The hotel also has a great spa zone and can organize yoga sessions for you. Staying at boutique Grand Hotel Central you are always right in the heart of the Catalan capital with such must-visit sights as the grandiose Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona and Picasso Museum a few minutes away.
Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Catatan Modernisme genius behind intricate Palau de la Música Catalana, Hotel Casa Fuster is a premium European hotel experience. Located on the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, this five-star Barcelona hotel goes the extra mile to deliver the impeccable luxury such marvelous city deserves. It features magnificent historic interiors, thoroughly designed chic rooms, a panoramic terrace with a swimming pool and all-encompassing views of the most popular area of Barcelona where Modernisme buildings dot the landscape. Just a block away is Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, one of the most-visited sights in the city.
With the superb synergy of architecture, art and design, Ohla is among the best boutique hotels in Barcelona. Set in the Old Town, it is a perfect luxury accommodation for those who’d like to have a quality time in the city. The artsy vibe goes strong here. Frederic Amat’s one thousand eyes installation on a Neo-Classical façade invites you to the brilliantly designed interiors and excellently decorated rooms. Inside you’ll also find a high-end Caelis restaurant led by chef Romain Fornell and awarded one star from Michelin. The rooftop comes with a relaxing pool with panoramic views of the Gothic quarter and a great bar tailor-made for long and welcoming Barcelona evenings.
Gastronomy enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by this five-star Eixample-located hotel. Monument gathered not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants under its roof. Martín Berasategui chef’s signature Lasarte (3 stars) and Oria (1 star) lead the culinary scene in Spain. Also, Monument is your top luxurious Barcelona hotel choice boasting outstanding spacious rooms, a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool, a great location in the heart of the city’s famous Eixample neighborhood and an exclusive customer experience. Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s equivalent of Parisian Champs-Élysées with endless shopping opportunities is right at your doorstep.
An ideal balance between tranquility and being in the center of the action, Alma is a top-end five-star hotel in Eixample. The garden here is a centerpiece that instantly takes you out from the city hassle into the calmness of nature. Because even in such a party-oriented destination as Barcelona, it’s necessary to have a place to rewind. With slick designs, comfortable rooms and one of the best spa facilities in the city, Hotel Alma comes with a promise of total relaxation. And what can be a better place to discover the delights of Catalan cuisine than the fine Jardín del Alma restaurant in the garden led by celebrated chef Gio Esteve.
Ever since its opening in 1919, the iconic Hotel El Palace has been offering luxurious accommodation to the crème de la crème of world travelers. Today it shines with spectacular palatial interiors, glamorous Old Europe atmosphere and excellent amenities. Come here for splendor, stay for premium comfort. Featuring a fantastic Mayan luxury spa, a rooftop garden bar with views to-kill-for as well as culinary masterpieces overseen by Chef Daniel Padró, Hotel El Palace is an essential part of a deluxe hotel proposition of Barcelona. If you’re in the mood for all things grand, this is your spot.
Located in an artfully renovated medieval building in the heart of the Gothic quarter, Mercer Hotel Barcelona is a wonderful combination of centuries-old history and ultra-modern designs. You will stay among the medieval arches and frescoes, enjoying the prime setting perfect for exploring the city’s many highlights. The rooms are carefully crafted to give the most luxurious experience, and there’s a charming garden courtyard garden, a stylish Mediterranean restaurant and a cool gastro bar. Atop you find a guest-only rooftop terrace with a pool that is among Barcelona’s finest. Be sure to stroll through the picturesque streets of the medieval Old Town stopping for a coffee at one of the numerous cozy city squares. And certainly don’t miss a chance to hit the large Barceloneta Beach that is just a few blocks away from the hotel.
An exemplary five-star boutique hotel in Barcelona, Serras enjoys a waterfront location and is near both the Gothic Quarter and the beaches. With multiple awards and rave reviews from the guests, you know that this lodging takes luxury close to heart and always delivers. The rooms are extra slick, the window views are amazing, the service is top-notch. You will have an exclusive vista of the Marina Port Vell from a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool. The culinary creations of Michelin-starred Chef Marc Gascon will add a gastronomic flair to your Catalan experience. Be sure to visit the amusing Aquarium Barcelona that is just across the road from the hotel as well as explore the historic La Barceloneta neighborhood known for narrow streets and sea views.
Extra Instagrammable interiors, attention to the slightest decoration detail and lots of positive energy define Hotel SOFIA. It’s a vibrant luxurious lodging that oozes with style. Each room here is an aesthetic masterpiece that is guaranteed to leave design aficionados impressed. The comfort is validated by lots of positive reviews from guests. The pool area with tropical urban garden is an ultimate eye-candy sporting strong Miami vibes and looking straight out of Slim Aarons’ photos. Hotel SOFIA is unapologetically self-indulging and perfectly fitted for those who take joie de vivre seriously.
The One is a household name when it comes to the premium accommodation options in Barcelona. Classy and elegant, it is a hotel that elevates the guest experience to the highest level offering a central location, exclusive rooms and suites, a superb spa experience, a 24-hour gym and a one-of-a-kind rooftop terrace with spectacular vistas and a 10-meter plunge pool. It’s your island of luxury in the heart of Barcelona. While there, get out to explore the architectural treasures of the Eixample neighborhood and visit one of the symbols of the city, the glorious La Sagrada Familia Basilica. It is the most famous work of Barcelona local Antoni Gaudí that is a sight to behold with its mighty spires and intricate interiors.