Looking for somewhere special to stay? Somewhere with that little extra razzle dazzle? Here we delve into some of Barcelona’s most luxurious boutique hotels. Luxurious to the point where rooftop pools seem to have become somewhat of a necessity.
1. Ohla Barcelona
Describing itself as ‘a hotel full of art that looks out with one-thousand ceramic eyes on its facade’, Ohla Barcelona is certainly the best of the best. Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, the interior certainly matches its surroundings. Perfecting the balance between cutting-edge design and creature comforts, the Ohla Hotel is kitted out with beautiful fixtures and fittings as well as all the mod-cons one could ask for including a jaw-dropping rooftop infinity pool that is sure to entice.
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2. Mercer Hotel
Located a few yards from the city’s world renowned cathedral is Barcelona’s Mercer Hotel. A boutique hotel made up of 28 luxurious rooms, this is more than just a place to rest your head. Described as a ‘paradise for the senses’ the Mercer is set in original stone walls with this historical premise being carried out through the majority of the hotel’s layout. Spread across three stories and built in 2012, this hotel has all the modern luxuries perfectly combined with the oldy-worldy quirk that comes from the surrounding roman-ruins. Enjoy the glamorous on-site facilities by grabbing a beverage at the rooftop bars whilst dipping your toes in the stunning pool that runs alongside.
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3. Hotel Neri
Beautifully built into two medieval structures, one of which was a 12th century Spanish palace, Barcelona’s Hotel Neri is the epitome of class. They strive to create a sensual atmosphere with the combination of relaxing music and stimulating scents filling the walls. Like many establishments in the city, Hotel Neri is blessed with a magnificent rooftop terrace, Roba Estesa, where guests can fill up on exotic cocktails and delight in the eye-catching, nature inspired decor. Having been previously commended for being a huge addition to the city’s heritage, staying at this breathtaking premises should certainly be added to the bucket list.
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One of the Majestic Hotel Groups many beautiful hotels and apartments,Barcelona’s Hotel Murmuri has been designed to perfection by world renowned British interior designer Kelly Hoppen. Located in a charming passage in the heart of the city, Murmuri offers their clientele 1-2 bedroom apartments with the addition of a stunning balcony or terrace. In reviews, guests have praised the cleanliness and amenities as well as the hotel’s sought-after location and extremely helpful staff.
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5. Hotel Pulitzer
This boutique gem, a stone’s throw away from Plaza Catalunya, is certainly one of the coolest places in the city. Hotel Pulitzer boasts an unforgettable location surrounded by some of the city’s most famous cultural attractions. The Pulitzer prides itself on its locally sourced, healthy food that can be devoured by guests in their on-site restaurant. Other amenities also include a beautiful patio overflowing with plants as well as a rooftop terrace-garden where guests can enjoy live DJ sessions and concerts that have become famed and favoured by both locals and tourists. Inside the walls, The Pulitzer offers up 91 fully-equipped rooms decorated to perfection with avant-garde materials. In the rooms you will discover the true beauty of natural light and revel in the way in which the hotel has used it. If you’re looking for a unique space with stunning views of the city and its modernist facades, The Pulitzer is the one for you.
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6. Hotel Espana
Situated in the heart of one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan citiy’s is Hotel Espana, a 4* luxury hotel considered to be one of the city’s hidden gems. Having been in business since 1859, it is without a doubt that this establishment is rich in history. In the early 20th century, Hotel Espana underwent a refurbishment by celebrated modernist Lluis Domenech i Montaner and following an intensive restoration project carried out in 2010, the spirit conceived by the hotel’s origins has been beautifully maintained. The hotel boasts 82 plush rooms, an open-air swimming pool and an on-site Michelin starred restaurant. One of the hotel’s most attractive features is its very own Bar Arnau. Named in tribute to the celebrated sculptor Eusebi Arnau, whose spectacular alabaster fireplace is the focal point of the space. A one-of-a-kind meeting space that combines Barcelona’s well-known modernist nature with unbeatable, contemporary design where customers can enjoy some of the best aperitifs and cocktails in a unique yet comfortable environment.
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7. Villa Emilia
Another of Barcelona’s 4* specialities, Villa Emilia doesn’t fall behind. Undeniably discreet and pleasant, this hotel has been described as ‘a little oasis in the centre of Barcelona’. One of the more wallet-friendly options in this collection, Villa Emilia offers 100% smoke-free, pet-friendly rooms where they hope they’re guests feel at maximum comfort with every detail having been diligently selected creating a home from home feel. Their bistro-style restaurant offers up honest and fresh food that has been locally sourced for both easy daytime dining and intimate evening meals. Villa Emilia’s on-site bar, Zinc Bar, is known city-wide for its live music events every night, where guests can close off the night with craftily created cocktails. If all that wasn’t enough, the hotel’s La Terrassa is a hub for tranquility where you can relax surrounded by nature’s beauty and escape the hustling, bustling Barcelona streets.
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8. Hotel Axel
Described as the heart of the LGBTQ+-scene in Barcelona, Axel Hotel offers a unique environment where beautiful design is at the core. The establishment’s 101 rooms combine the much loved modernism element with the warmth of mediterranean style. With tonnes of natural light flooding in, the rooms of the Axel Hotel have been specifically designed to create a sense of elegance. Varying rooms have varying views, but whether you are facing the gorgeous outside scenery or are looking over the spacious indoor courtyard, either option will leave you feeling fulfilled. The rooftop sky bar by Hotel Axel not only offers sun loungers and a pool for those looking to soak up the Barcelona sun, but also serves up mouth-watering cocktails in the sophisticated sky bar filled to the brim with infectious personality. For those looking for the ultimate relaxation station, Hotel Axel wellness club, 33 by Axel, is kitted out with a state of the art gym, sauna’s, steam rooms and massage booths.
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