One corner of Barcelona’s Eixample neighbourhood has been nicknamed Gaixample. And while it’s not the only diverse community in the city, it’s full of LGBTQ-friendly bars, clubs and welcoming hotels. From stylish options with pools to self-catering suites, these hotels cater to the LGBTQ community and offer access to hip queer spots in the city, and they’re bookable with Culture Trip.
If you book a summer stay at the LGBTQ-friendly, ultra-modern Olivia Balmes Hotel, chances are you’ll want to spend most of your time lounging by its gorgeous rooftop pool. There’s a 24-hour fitness room up here too. If you can bring yourself to leave the hotel, you’ll find yourself in the centre of the Eixample district, with an abundance of daytime activities and nightlife on your doorstep.
For a more intimate hotel experience, as well as one that won’t break the bank, Hotel Center Gran Via fits the bill. This boutique-hotel-size property sits inside a fine example of modernist architecture overlooking one of the main Eixample thoroughfares. Some rooms open to balconies overlooking the leafy boulevards, others to a quiet courtyard. There’s not much else on-site, but with excellent shopping, dining and LGBTQ-friendly nightlife options practically on your doorstep, you won’t be spending much time here anyway.
Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona is steps from Plaça de Catalunya, at the centre of the city. This hip hotel offers stylish contemporary rooms with aqua-blue bathrooms; however, the highlight is the leafy roof terrace – a great space to party. Here, you can enjoy sets from some of the best DJs in Barcelona, with drinks fuelling the night. The hotel also offers great services such as personal training, yoga, in-room massages and bicycle rental.
The Renaissance Barcelona Hotel sits in Eixample, and if you’re looking for insider tips, its team of “Navigators” are on hand to help you. The Goja Rooftop Experience has city views and a sleek party atmosphere, often hosting DJs and tastings in the evenings. Some of the premium family suites are perfect for groups and feature contemporary designs.
The four-star Acevi Villarroel Hotel sits within the heart of Eixample and features a classic design of wood panelling, polished wooden floors and light-coloured walls. What makes it an ideal base is the wide range of facilities it offers, including a breakfast buffet, a fully equipped gym and a patio garden with an outdoor swimming pool. There’s also a luxurious spa in which to unwind and relax.
Another accommodation option in Eixample is the Corner Hotel, featuring trendy cosmopolitan decor that is functional yet cosy. Hipsters will feel at home here with exposed-brick walls, original architectural touches and a cool industrial design. A hip bar, a roof terrace with a swimming pool and a breakfast buffet room round out the offerings nicely.
Between Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça de la Universitat, you’ll find Hotel Soho Barcelona, a great mid-range option with smart modern rooms and minimalistic design. Facilities include a rooftop pool and terrace area, open during the summer months. The hotel also offers an LGBTQ-focussed walking route, leading you to various LGBTQ-friendly venues nearby.