There are more luxury hotels in Barcelona than I care to count. Well, to be more precise, there are more than 30 5-star hotels in the city.
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, you can find an array of modern and contemporary hotels.
The offer of luxury hotels in Barcelona is as eclectic as the people who frequent the city. Whether you are in the mood for a 5-story Art Nouveau building in the heart of Ciutat Vella or 200 rooms of sea-side elegance and avant-garde, there are plenty of high-end, quality places in which you can spend a few days.
So how exactly do you choose that unique and fabulous hotel where you will enjoy the hotel experience of a lifetime?
After hours researching travel blogs and glossy magazines for hotel recommendations, I have finally whittle it down to a list of my “Top 5”.
I wanted to avoid the obvious choices, whether because those hotels are part of the usual luxury hotel chains or because they were the usual suspects in all the lists I could find online. So rather than going for the obvious, I decided to pick some original and off the beaten path accommodations, with a touch of extravagance and a bit of cool factor.
Based on pure opulence, extremely good service and great location, here are my personal recommendations on the top 5 luxury hotels in Barcelona:
Serras Barcelona: Enjoying from an ideal location right opposite the sea in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Serras Barcelona is a wonderful hotel with a rooftop infinity pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Featuring attractive sea views, you can have a nice breakfast or a relaxing cocktail on the stylish lounge in the rooftop terrace, while listening to chill-out music. The mezzanine level features a cozy library with bar.
The standard rooms are smart and bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. They have ample bathrooms and vast, wonderfully comfortable beds. The port-facing rooms have plenty of light and a great view, but if you are afraid of the potential noise, you should book a room at the side.
Hotel Casa Fuster: The luxurious Casa Fuster is a monument in itself, built in 1908 by the Modernist architect, Lluis Domènech i Montaner. He may not be as well-known as Gaudí, but the architect boasts an impressive track record: a handful of his works have been named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The hotel boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. Every Thursday night, Café Vienés transforms into an exclusive Jazz Club. Full of locals and tourists, it is a place not be missed.
The 105 rooms and suites are decorated in warm, neutral tones and fabrics with a welcoming and contemporary feel.
Hotel Alma: Set in an attractive building just off Barcelona’s glamorous Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel features an indoor pool (so bad weather will never spoil your swim!) and a rooftop terrace with first-rate views of the Eixample neighborhood and the always spectacular Sagrada Familia.
As the hotel tends to attract a fairly demanding clientele, the staff are accordingly highly trained and showcase a ridiculous attention to detail.
All the rooms are subtly sober, with clean-lined contemporary furniture, a neutral palette of greys, browns and sky blues, simple shutters and smart mood lighting, prettied up with white marble bathrooms.
Hotel Boutique Mirlo: This delicious luxury hotel is housed in a restored mansion, located in Sarrià – a beautiful residential area of the city only 10 minutes away from the city center. The modernist building, which is part of the city’s heritage, combines Mediterranean architecture with original details of the house.
The atmosphere is created as a perfect combination of exclusivity and wellness that invite to rest and escape, in a cozy environment with an absolutely personalized and high quality service that you will love if you care the attention to detail.
All rooms have large windows and views of the garden and the city, providing plenty of natural light. Some of the rooms feature whirlpool tubs that incorporate a chromotherapy system, a technique that enhances the balance between your body and your mind. For an even more complete spa experience, the suites also feature a sauna with dry steam bath.
Hotel Neri: This chic, exclusive hotel is set in an 18th-century aristocratic house overlooking the secluded and charming Plaça Sant Felip Neri in the heart of the Barri Gòtic. Holding onto its roots, the building’s original period charm has been wonderfully preserved and enhanced by sophisticated interior design and modern amenities.
Hotel Neri maintains its original heritage, while enhancing it with a modern and stylish interior design centered around a array of oak and textiles in all its rooms. The absence of a pool is made up by a charming and tucked away rooftop teak decked terrace – the perfect place to start off your day with a delicious breakfast.
The sleep preferences menu allows you to choose from sheets made of cotton, satin, or linen as well as down or hypoallergenic pillows. It is definitely one of the city’s most intimate hotels with top notch service and style.
As always, you have all the information on a specific map of accommodation in Barcelona. And don’t forget that you can use this map at home and while you are traveling in Spain. You have all the details on how to do so on the Spain Traveller maps page, where you also have links to all the other maps.
If you could not find what you were looking for in my selection above, or you prefer to conduct your own research, use the following search box to look for other luxury hotels in Barcelona.
Last time I checked there were 30+ 5-star hotels in Barcelona, including:
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