Barcelona’s hotel scene is as diverse as the tourists who frequent the city, and as eclectic as the ex-pats who choose to stay. It’s a city with everything from chic, avant-garde accommodations to simple, affordable hotels and everything in between. Barcelona is renowned for its state-of-the-art architecture and design, and many of the hotels are actually situated in heritage buildings, full of history and detail.
While there are an abundance of hotels to choose from, we’d like to share our picks for the best boutique hotels this city has to offer. Each different, each unique, and each left with a piece of the past. If their walls could talk, they’d certainly have a story to tell…
El Palauet: If you’re looking for a celestial palace, then El Palauet is for you! With a mere 6 suites, this hotel was made to impress! Brilliant sun rooms, stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, and opulent frescoes, all elegantly wrapped in an enchanting Moderniste building designed by Catalan architect Pere Falqués in 1906, which won first prize in the city’s annual architectural contest that year. It doesn’t seem to get better than that, right? Oh, but it does! Each suite is assigned its own personal assistant whose mission it is to make your stay unforgettable. They offer a range of on-demand services, such as organizing a personal chef who will prepare any meal your majesty desires. They can also organize celebrations, shopping, dry cleaning, massage, hair and makeup, a personal shopper, personal training, babysitting, reservations and more. Basically, you will be treated like royalty, and they will help you unravel the magic of Barcelona. On top of everything else, the hotel is conveniently located on Barcelona’s most exclusive boulevard Passeig de Gracia, where you’ll have shopping, fine-dining, Gaudí architecture and hip nightlife right at your doorstep…but if you choose to never leave your room, who would blame you?
Alma Barcelona: This sexy-chic boutique set between Gaudi’s magnificent works of art in upscale Eixample is elegant and sleek. Fairly new to Barcelona, this 5 star hotel boasts 72 rooms, and a crew that won’t disappoint. From the moment you walk through the doors, you are greeted with friendly smiles and the feeling that they are there to serve you, which they are. Quite different from El Palauet’s flamboyant interior, this swanky hotel sports a minimalist design that feels soothing to the alma (or soul). In all of its grace, simplicity, and warmth, you can see just how it got its name. With a gorgeous spa, beautiful courtyard that beckons you at all hours of day, a rooftop terrace where you can gaze unto the city skyline, and an overall peaceful ambiance, there’s only world to describe it–exquisite. If you like attention to detail, you’ll love this hotel. Plush beds with fine linen, LCD flat screen televisions with digital cable, and very clean and spacious bathrooms! In the morning you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the breakfast spread, where you’ll be able to choose form an assortment of fine pastries, croissants, artisan breads and cheeses, cured meats, fruit and yogurt. Their dinner menu is just as delicious, serving all the flavors of the Mediterranean in a artistic style. If you decide to dine out, and you’re one of those who’s always leaving your key in the room, you needn’t worry! This is one room that you’ll only use your thumbprint to enter.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona: Hiding between the walls of Barcelona’s historic Ciutat Vella (old city) is this precious little hotel with only 28 rooms. Located right in the center of all the fun, you’ll find navigating the windy streets of El Barrio Gótico not as simple as you think, but there’s no better way to get know a city than by getting lost. Staying here you’re just a step away from many of Barcelona’s main attractions: La Catedral, El Palau de la Música, La Boquería and the Picasso Museum, just to name a few. Inside you’ll find a voguish cocktail lounge and restaurant, where they’ll serve you up ritzy drinks, tasty tapas, and delectable main dishes. While the hotel is an absolute pleasure to stay in, what’s most remarkable is the building itself. Set in a medieval palace and built up against the ancient Roman wall, this hotel is drowning in history. The rooms, commodious, stylish and clean, still display the original beamed ceilings, and brick walls. When you’re ready to kick up your feet and relax, go up to the rooftop terrace equipped with lounge chairs, a pool, and captivating views of both the old and new city.
Hotel Neri: This little gem tucked away in an area of the Gothic Quarter, known as the Call, or the historic Jewish quarter, lies in Plaza Sant Felip Neri, a quaint little square with a very dark past. Noticeable remnants of the Spanish Civil War are still present on the church walls, which were intentionally left as a reminder of the barbarity the locals once endured. The hotel itself has an old world charm with all the modern-day conveniences. This distinguished hotel was made from two buildings: One, a 12th century medieval palace, and the other a stone house dating from the 18th century. The rooms are clean, quiet and completely remodeled, with large, comfortable beds just screaming to be flopped into. Also to be mentioned is its knowledgeable and very cordial staff, always ready to help you with whatever you need. The restaurant is beautifully designed with a creative seasonal tasting menu that you can order at lunch or dinner. Yes, I must mention yet another rooftop terrace! This one is much smaller and lacking any sort of view, but peaceful and charming– A perfect place for a morning coffee, or an afternoon apéritif!
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