There are more luxury hotels in Barcelona than I care to count, so it’s taken me quite a while to whittle it down to my “Top 10”.
Barcelona has really taken off as a tourist destination and the hotel and tourism industry has quickly followed suit. As a result, in conjunction with the older hotels, modern and contemporary hotels are being built.
Based on pure opulence, cool factor and location, here are my personal recommendations on the best luxury hotels in Barcelona…
Hotel DO Plaça Reial: The hotel has a fantastic location, perfect for walking the neighborhoods of the Ciutat Vella, the oldest part of Barcelona, and two subway stations away from the refined Eixample district. It occupies a neoclassical building, dating from 1856, that had its interior completely reformed in 2011 while maintaining the façade. The hotel has only 18 rooms, all exterior either with views over Plaça Reial or over Las Ramblas.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona: The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona has a fantastic location, perfect for walking the modernist attractions of the Eixample and very close to Plaça de Catalunya and the neighborhoods of Ciutat Vella. The hotel is in an area with numerous bars and restaurants. Passeig de Gràcia is also the most luxurious shopping street in Barcelona. Being a modern and big hotel, there are 12 different types of rooms, all facing either the Passeig de Gràcia or the Mimosa Garden, the interior of a typical Eixample block.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona: The hotel is located in the Barri Gòtic, very close to Plaça Sant Jaume, in the heart of Barcelona. Inaugurated in 2012, the rehabilitation of the historic building where it is located and its conversion into a hotel was led by the renowned architect Rafael Moneo, who worked creating modern and innovative solutions, respecting the building’s historical legacy. The hotel has 28 rooms, some of them have views of the street, others have views of the inner courtyard with orange trees and some rooms with views of another courtyard.
Hotel Neri: The Hotel Neri has a lot of charm, and is located in an old palace of the 17th century, which has been restored and modernized. The hotel is located in the Barri Gòtic, right next to the charming Plaça Sant Felip Neri and very close to the Cathedral of Barcelona, in the heart of the city. The hotel has 22 rooms with modern decor, which contrasts with the rusticity of the old palace.
Claris Hotel & Spa: The Claris Hotel is a luxury hotel, housed in a renovated historic palace in the Eixample district. The hotel has 124 rooms with modern and elegant decor. All have air conditioning, LCD TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer, bathrobe and a marble bathroom.
Cotton House Hotel: The building that the hotel occupies were the headquarters of the Association of Manufacturers of Cotton. The hotel has 83 rooms with modern and sophisticated decor. It has air conditioning, LCD TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, as well as all kinds of luxurious amenities to pamper you.
W Barcelona: Popularly known as the “hotel vela” (the sail hotel), it is one of the icons of Barcelona of the 21st century. The hotel is at one end of Platja de Sant Sebastià beach, in the district of La Barceloneta, right next to the port of Barcelona. It has 473 rooms with modern decor and design.
Hotel Omm: The hotel is very close to the glamourous Passeig de Gràcia, in the heart of the Eixample, the most noble area of Barcelona. Very close to the hotel is also the beginning of the district of Gràcia. It has 91 rooms with contemporary and elegant decor. The rooms have wooden floors, air conditioning, LCD TV, minibar, safe, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.
Hotel Bagués: The hotel is on the busy avenue of Las Ramblas, in the heart of tourist Barcelona, but there is nothing to worry about because the noise isolation is excellent. It has 31 rooms with modern decor and design, including wooden floors, air conditioning, safe, LCD TV, minibar, hairdryer, amenities and bathrobe.
Ohla Barcelona: The hotel is located on Via Laietana, within the Barri Gòtic, on the border with Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera, in the heart of Barcelona. It offers 74 rooms with a modern design proposal and services including free Wi-Fi, bathrobe and slippers, hair dryer, safe, LCD TV, minibar and iPhone dock. There is a swimming pool with beautiful views of the Gothic Quarter on the top-roof terrace of the hotel.
The offer of luxury hotels in Barcelona is as eclectic as the people who frequent the city. Whether you’re in the mood for a five-story boutique in the heart of Ciutat Vella or 400 rooms of sea-side elegance and class, there are plenty of high-end, quality places in which to enjoy a vacation.