This famous hotel caters first and foremost to the city’s LGBT visitors, although it does operate a hetero-friendly policy too, meaning everyone feels welcome here. Located in the heart of Barcelona’s gay quarter in Eixample, nicknamed ‘Gayxample,’ there are a number of bars inside the hotel, including the popular Sky Bar, which is located around the swimming pool on the rooftop offering a great view of the city. The rooms combine a modern feel with the essence of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and the hotel restaurant offers a variety of modern Spanish dishes.
Axel Hotel, Carrer d’Aribau 33, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 23 93 93
The Hotel Cram is a stylish, modern hotel which also houses a one-Michelin-starred restaurant, Angle, run by top Catalan chef Jordi Cruz. The hotel décor is modern and minimalist but with an air of simplistic luxury, while the rooms are generally bright and many come with their own outside terrace with a seating area and sun lounger. In addition to the main restaurant there is another more casual dinning area as well as two bars: an elegant cocktail bar downstairs and a rooftop bar on the seventh floor of the hotel.
Hotel Cram, Carrer Aribau 54, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 16 77 00
The most iconic of Barcelona’s hotels, the W Hotel is located at the very tip of the Barceloneta pier, perched on its own private beach and surrounded by nothing but the Mediterranean sea. Opened just a few years ago, the ‘Hotel Vela’ – or ‘Sail Hotel’ as it is known by locals, owing to its sail-like shape – has fast become the trendiest hotel in Barcelona. The lobby area and downstairs restaurant and bar boast a futurist design, combining bold aesthetics with an eye for comfort and convenience. The Eclipse nightclub located on the 26th floor of the hotel is one the most exclusive nightclubs in Barcelona.
W Hotel, Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents 1, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 95 28 00
Two Hotel Barcelona
Owned by the same people as the aforementioned Axel Hotel, Two Hotel Barcelona is the city’s premier hotel for gay men, catering especially to the needs and tastes of their guests. The rooms are edgy but elegant, with an avant-garde feel and of course all the modern conveniences you could hope for. The hotel has its own rooftop bar with a swimming pool and jacuzzi, as well as a wellness spa offering massages for singles or couples to be enjoyed on site or in your room. They put on contests and events throughout the year so check out their website for details.
Two Hotel Barcelona, Calabria 90-92, Barcelona, Spain, +34 935 39 23 13
Ako Suites Hotel
This is the perfect option if you like to have your own kitchen and living area at hand but still enjoy the convenience of a 24-hour front desk. The Ako Suites Hotel offers stylish, modern 40-square-meter apartments in the heart of the Eixample district and their friendly staff are always more than happy to point you in the right direction of the best sights and entertainment in town. They are IGLTA registered and aim to provide tailor-made service to their LGBT guests. And, if you like breakfast in bed, you’ll be pleased to hear that it can be easily arranged upon request.
Ako Suites Hotel, Carrer de la Diputació 195, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 53 34 19
Like the feel of a boutique hotel but don’t want to splash on the price-tag? Khronos Hostal offers a wide range of budget-friendly rooms with a stylish, boutique feel and can be booked for anywhere between two and six people. The Quad Room comes with two queen-sized beds and twin single beds, perfect for sharing with a group of friends. The staff are always more than happy to help with any special requests and are a great source of knowledge for discovering the best bars, restaurants and clubs around the city.
Khronos Hostal, Carrer de Mallorca, 285, Barcelona, Spain, +34 935 30 87 35