Five Luxury Boutique Hotels in Barcelona
My favorite home away from home is a unique, luxury boutique hotel with a sense of intimacy and a tasty breakfast. Barcelona is not only about beaches and Gaudí, but also home to a handful of exciting and up-and-coming luxury Boutique hotels. Follow me as I guide you through my five favorites.
Positioned right in the middle of the Gothic quarter, pretty much smack on next to the charming Santa Eulalia cathedral, Hotel Neri is located in a historical building, dating back to the 12th century. The Hotel retains the buildings heritage, but also enhances it with a modern and stylish interior design centered around a array of oak and textiles in its 22 rooms. Hotel Neri is without a doubt one of Barcelona’s most intimate and chic boutique hotels with top notch service and style. The lack of a pool is made up by their charming and hidden away rooftop teak decked terrace, which is the perfect place to start off your day with a fresh cup of coffee.
Carrer de Sant Sever 5, +34 93 304 0655, prices from €300 / USD320
Cotton House Hotel
The Cotton House Hotel is new for 2015 and already creating buzz around town. Located on Gran Via in a former Cotton Textile Foundation, the building is an emblematic 19th-century neoclassical marvel. The original elements of the building have been retained, such as the famous spiral staircase built in 1957, the delicate parquet and boiserie embellishing ceilings, along with floors and walls in some of the 83 rooms (I recommend you ask for one of those when you book). The end result is a contemporary and sophisticated look, combined with luxury and personalized service. Along with the usual amenities, the Cotton House Hotel also comes with a outdoor pool, terrace, 24-hour room service, concierge and Valet service and even a butler in some of the suites. All in all, Cotton House is a experience on its own which will appeal to anyone who appreciates elegance and fine details.
Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 670, +34 93 450 5045, prices from €275 / USD300
Much like Hotel Neri, the Mercer Hotel is located in a historic building in the Gothic area, it even incorporates part of the original Roman wall that surrounded the ancient city of Barcino. The Hotel’s exclusive 28 rooms have been tastefully decorated with an homage to the location’s historical significance. Exposed wooden beams plays delightfully with stone walls and exclusive fabrics. The inner courtyard even features Orange trees and is the perfect place to have your breakfast in the morning. And if you stay in the The Grand Suite, which is over 150 square meters, you get your very own orange tree. Mercer also comes with a large rooftop terrace where you can take a refreshing dip in the pool under the burning Mediterranean sun as you overlook the historic and ancient rooftops of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. And for foodies, make sure you pay a visit to restaurateur Giuseppe Iannotti’s celebrated Kresios Barcelona gourmet restaurant on the ground floor.
Calle dels Lledó 7, +34 93 310 7480, prices from €425 / USD450
Hotel DO Plaça Reial
Barcelona has many squares. One of the most beautiful and famous ones is Plaça Reial, and it’s here that the unique gastronomic boutique Hotel DO Plaça Reial just opened its doors. The elegant hotel consists of 18 luxury rooms, many overlooking the square and it’s buzzling crowds of people. The location right next to the famous La Rambla makes it an ideal spot for people who want to explore the ancient city and its rich food culture (the famous Boqueria market is just a few minutes away). The rooftop terrace is an ideal place to relax in the open air and enjoy the best fresh market cuisine at any time of day looking out on the hustle and bustle of the Plaça Reial. Hotel DO also comes with a selection of two restaurant areas, La Cuina del DO and La Terrassa del DO. Both offer their own style of Mediterranean cuisine, slow cooked food, full of personality.
La Rambla 20, +34 93 481 3666, prices from €300 / USD320
The Sixtytwo Hotel Barcelona is the perfect hotel for those who enjoy the finer things in life and who appreciate privacy and personalised service. Sixtytwo is positioned on the emblematic Paseo de Gracia street, surrounded by Barcelona’s best shopping. In fact, it is right in the heart of where all major designer and fashion trends blend in seamlessly with Gaudi’s most iconic and famous buildings. The Sixtytwo is an authentic boutique hotel where design and modernism harmonise perfectly. Architect and design lovers will be happy to know that the Hotel has preserved its 1897 modernist façade and interiors and coupled them with designer furnishings. Tasteful touches courtesy of Moooi, Vitra, B&B and Philippe Starck give life to the hotel lobby, lounge and its 45 rooms.
Passeig de Gràcia 62, +34 93 272 41 80, prices from €160 / USD170