The Catalan capital has an apparently endless choice of hotels to suit every budget and any occasion. If you want the coolest of the cool, look no further than this all-star selection of the luxury hotels.
The W Hotel
At the very tip of the Barceloneta pier, on its own exclusive stretch of beach, the W Hotel is one of the most talked-about hotels in the city. A relatively recent addition to the landscape, its futurist shape has earned it the nickname of the ‘Hotel Vela’ or ‘Sail Hotel’. The superior rooms command exceptional panoramic views of the Mediterranean which will leave you feeling like you’ve set sail on an adventure across the waters. The outdoor sun deck and infinity pool are perfect for topping up your tan and rubbing shoulders with an international jetsetter or two.
The W Hotel, Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona +34 932 95 28 00
Soho House Barcelona
Soho House Barcelona opened its doors in October 2016 after much anticipation, and rapidly established itself as one of the coolest places to be seen in the city. A private members club as well as an exclusive boutique hotel, Soho House gives guests the chance to mingle with local movers and shakers in the popular club-house, where the burger is one of the best in town and the cocktails go down a treat. The rooms are decked out with vintage furniture and the bathrooms are well stocked with organic Cowshed products.
Soho House Barcelona, Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4, Barcelona +34 932 20 46 00
No kids. No pets. No photos. The Wittmore is serious about giving its guests peace and privacy. With an atmosphere halfway between that of an old-fashioned British gentleman’s club and a Manhattan speakeasy, the hotel is the perfect place to escape the crowds and unwind in the heart of Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter. The rooms range from the frankly named ‘Tiny’ to the ‘XXLarge’ and are all designed to overlook the quiet interior patio and vertical garden for extra tranquility.
The Wittmore, Carrer de Riudarenes, 7, Barcelona +34 935 50 08 85
In the fashionable part of the Raval neighbourhood, just a minute’s walk from the MACBA contemporary art museum and the city’s hottest skateboarding spot, the Casa Camper champions the art of less is more. Named after the international shoe brand that founded it, the hotel boasts a stripped-back design and minimalist aesthetic, but with touches of luxury where they’re needed: Egyptian cotton sheets, plump towels, wood furniture and leather sofas.
Casa Camper, Carrer d’Elisabets, 11, Barcelona +34 933 42 62 80
The Pulitzer Hotel
Just a minute’s walk from the Plaça Catalunya, the Pulitzer is a stylish boutique hotel offering great access to the up-town Eixample district and the Old Town. The rooms are elegantly decorated using luxurious materials in a tastefully understated way. The cherry on the cake at the Pulitzer is the rooftop terrace, which during the summer and at weekends converts into a chill-out lounge with music courtesy of local and international DJs – something the locals know to look out for.
The Pulitzer Hotel, Carrer de Bergara, 8, Barcelona +34 934 81 67 67
The Casa Bonay bears the name of the aristocratic Catalan family who commissioned its construction back in 1869 and made it their family home. This Neoclassical townhouse was recently converted into a trendy boutique hotel which has retained many of its original features and charm. From the precious hydraulic tile floors to the traditional Catalan vaulted ceilings, the building is rich in architectural details which give it its distinctive character. The rooms are uncluttered and straightforward with a tangible Mediterranean feel. Be sure to grab a coffee on your way out: it’s provided by one of Barcelona’s best coffee houses, Satan’s Coffee Corner.
Casa Bonay, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700, Barcelona +34 935 45 80 50