My 5 best luxury hotels in Barcelona (2024)

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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.

Here is a list of what I believe are the 5 best luxury hotels in Barcelona:

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’re 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’ll enjoy the hotel experience of a lifetime?

You don’t.

After hours researching travel blogs and glossy magazines for hotel recommendations, I have finally whittle it down to a list of my “Top 5” among the best luxury hotels in Barcelona.

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.

My 5 best 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. The designer did a great job mixing elegance and coziness, which fits the location perfectly since it straddles the old Gothic Quarter and modern marina.

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.

Like the hotel’s common spaces, local designers also crafted the rooms. Expect one-of-a-kind art, pops of color, wooden flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious quarters, and bright, modern bathrooms. Upgrade to a suite for sea views, in-room soaking tubs, and seating areas in one of the best luxury hotels in Barcelona.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • The rooftop plunge pool and sun deck overlook the marina and sea.
  • If you want to feel the buzz of Barcelona the moment you leave the hotel, this is the location for you.
  • Perfect combination of history and 5-star elegance.

Casa Sagnier

The building, found on Rambla de Catalunya, was designed by renowned architect Enric Sagnier in 1892 – also serving as his family home and studio – hence the name.

Casa Sagnier cuts a stately figure on Rambla de Catalunya, all wrought-iron balconies and ornamental Gothic parapets. Inside, parquet floors, statement rugs and cane furniture lend bedrooms a polished, modern feel, and there’s a leafy rooftop terrace with loungers for sunseeking and sundowners.

Marrying period details with a splash of contemporary flair, all six room categories feature wood-panelled walls, herringbone flooring and bright bathrooms clad with patterned tiling. The top-floor Superior Deluxe Terrace is hard to beat, with its separate sitting area and terrace with ornate wrought-iron balcony overlooking the top of buzzing Rambla de Catalunya.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • The size of the hotel makes it feel like ‘home-away-from-home’.
  • Perfect balance between urban life and calm boutique hotel experience.
  • Massage treatments can be organized on request.

Hotel Alma

Set in an attractive building just off Barcelona’s glamorous Passeig de Gràcia, Hotel Alma 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. This feature truly outstands among the long list of luxury hotels in Barcelona that you can book.

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.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • Etiquette-perfect and attentive service.
  • Excellent breakfast buffet.
  • Minimalist rooms are spacious and stately, with giant beds.

Hotel Boutique Mirlo

This delicious luxury hotel is housed in a restored mansion, located in Sarrià – a beautiful residential area of the city only a 15-minute taxi 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’ll love if you care the attention to detail. The villa’s tennis court has been transformed into a swimming pool, surrounded by a magnificent garden with a burbling fountain for relaxing and reading in.

There are five different room types to choose from at Hotel Boutique Mirlo, in various shapes and sizes, but all are finished with their own sauna and rainforest-style shower. For an even more complete spa experience, the suites also feature a sauna with dry steam bath.

Given that there are also floor-to-ceiling windows, marble walls and hydro-massage baths, it’s borderline impossible to venture beyond your bedroom door.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • Former house set in a wealthy part of the city away from the hustle and bustle.
  • Option of rooms with jacuzzi, steam and sauna.
  • The staff will do everything to pamper you.

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’s definitely one of the city’s most intimate hotels with top notch service and style. Of all luxury hotels in Barcelona, Hotel Neri offers a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • Location in the very heart of the Gothic Quarter.
  • Choice of five room types.
  • The helpfulness of the staff.

Map of the top 5 luxury hotels in Barcelona

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’re 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.

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If you couldn’t 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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4. How to move around Barcelona
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6. What to eat in Barcelona
7. What to do in Barcelona
8. Tips to visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
9. How to buy tickets to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
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