7 Hotels in Barcelona With the Most Incredible Rooftop Swimming Pools
There’s nothing quite like coming back from a long day in the city to cool down with a swim and a cocktail by the pool – especially if it happens to be on a rooftop overlooking Barcelona. Here are some of the best hotels with rooftop swimming pools in the Catalan capital.
Soho House Barcelona
The Club House at Soho House | Courtesy of Soho House
Not only is Soho House a luxury boutique hotel, it’s also an exclusive private members’ club and one of the trendiest hangouts in Barcelona. That means that come summertime the rooftop is full of the the city’s movers and shakers topping up their tan and enjoying the view from the sunbeds by the pool. Grab a frozen Margarita and have a soak while you admire the view over the Marina Part Vell.
All of Barcelona is close at hand when you stay at the Grand Hotel Central | Courtesy of Grand Hotel Central / Hotels.com
Located on one of Barcelona’s main avenues right in the middle of the Gothic Quarter and the trendy El Born district, the Grand Hotel Central is one of the city’s most famous hotels. Minutes away from the best boutique shopping, restaurants and entertainment in the city, the hotel’s rooftop pool is the perfect place to cool down after a long day of sight-seeing.
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Barcelona | Courtesy of Hotel Duquesa de Cardona / Hotels.com
Located just opposite the Marina Port Vell harbour, Barcelona’s historic waterfront and luxury super-yacht port, the Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is housed within a restored 16th century townhouse. Carefully designed to preserve the building’s historic spirit, the hotel’s neo-classic style is complemented with modern features for comfort. The rooftop swimming pool offers views over the harbour and allows guests to enjoy the sound and smell of the ocean from the comfort of the terrace.
Located on the most famous street in Barcelona, La Rambla, the Hotel 1898 is a historic landmark which used to serve as the headquarters of the General Philippines Tobacco Company and was designed by Catalan architect Josep Oriol Mestres. In 2005, the building was renovated in keeping with its colonial past and opened as Hotel 1898. The rooftop bar, La Isabella, is open to both hotel residents and non-residents – making it a great place to mingle with locals – while the pool is reserved exclusively for those staying at the hotel.
This hotel and dreamy rooftop are located in what was once Picasso's workshop | Courtesy of The Serras / Hotels.com
This modern hotel is an urban retreat complete with soundproofed walls, wireless sound-systems in each room and an in-house restaurant serving dishes designed by Michelin-starred Catalan chef Marc Gascons. The lobby reflects the colours of the Mediterranean – azure waters and golden sand – while the rooms offer a stylish yet comfortable setting in which to unwind or have fun. The rooftop pool and bar is the perfect place to grab a cocktail and relax with views of the harbour below and the city on the horizon.
A five-star hotel located in the middle of Barcelona’s historic city centre, minutes away from the Passeig de Gràcia, the Portal de l’Angèl and the Gothic Quarter, the Ohla Hotel offers luxurious rooms in an exclusive setting. The ground floor restaurant La Plassohla is run by Michelin-star chef Romain Fornell, serving contemporary tapas and creative dishes in a modern setting. On the rooftop, the swimming pool and chill-out terrace offers exceptional views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
The Mercer Hotel Barcelona offers an urban oasis | Courtesy of Mercer Hotel Barcelona / Hotels.com
This five star Grand Luxe hotel is tucked away among the ancient buildings of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and boasts original architectural features such as Medieval archways and original 12th century artwork. The interior was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo to reflect the natural beauty of the edifice while offering guests a luxuriously modern experience. Like an oasis of calm among the bustling streets of the Old Town, the rooftop pool and bar are hidden among the old rooftops of this ancient neighbourhood.