The Best LGBTQ- and Gay-Friendly Hotels in Barcelona, Spain

Settle into one of the sumptuously decorated suites at the Claris Hotel and Spa GL
Settle into one of the sumptuously decorated suites at the Claris Hotel and Spa GL | Courtesy of Claris Hotel and Spa GL / Expedia
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13 May 2021

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.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Hotel
4.5/5 (111 Reviews)
Mandarin Oriental
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With a Passeig de Gràcia setting, a two-Michelin-star restaurant and rooms decorated by celebrated designer Patricia Urquiola, the Barcelona outpost of the Mandarin Oriental certainly lives up to the name. Views from the rooftop infinity pool are to die for, and the Banker’s Bar is one of the swankiest nightspots in the neighbourhood. What’s more, the location puts it right in the thick of the happening Gaixample nightlife.
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Pol and Grace Hotel

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Pol & Grace Hotel
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The Pol and Grace is a gay-owned boutique hotel that embraces and encourages all things creative, artistic and inclusive. It’s an excellent spot for creatives of all kinds to get inspired, with spaces decked out with numerous artworks by previous residents. The rooftop terrace, a great place to mingle, hosts regular arty events and concerts. It lies in the Gràcia neighbourhood, a well-known melting pot for artists, and is a short stroll from many LGBTQ-friendly nightspots.
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Claris Hotel and Spa GL

Spa Hotel
4.4/5 (983 Reviews)
Claris Hotel & Spa GL
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Smack dab in the centre of Eixample is the Claris Hotel and Spa GL, a five-star, LGBTQ-friendly accommodation set in a gorgeous former 19th-century palace. Swoon-worthy interiors include a fabulous art collection, with museum-quality pieces scattered throughout the building – including the 124 rooms. A Mayan-themed spa is all about volcanic rocks and medicinal herbs, and after, you can have a cocktail by the rooftop swimming pool.
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Olivia Balmes Hotel

Independent Hotel
4.8/5 (986 Reviews)
Olivia Balmes Hotel
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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.

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Hotel Center Gran Via

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Hotel Center Gran Via
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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.

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Axel Hotel Barcelona

Hotel
4.2/5 (984 Reviews)
Axel Hotel
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Axel Hotel Barcelona is one of the best-known options for LGBTQ travellers visiting the city. A trendy and stylish retreat, this adults-only hotel classifies itself not as gay-friendly but as hetero-friendly, as the LGBTQ community is its first priority. It lies in the Eixample neighbourhood, close to many LGBTQ venues, and features modernista touches and a bright, bold design. Rooms are luxurious and stylish, while the rooftop Sky Bar is sophisticated and fun. There’s also an on-site wellness centre and a gourmet Nikkei fusion restaurant.
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Hotel Cram

Hotel
4.2/5 (989 Reviews)
Hotel Cram
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Hotel Cram is modern and minimalistic in design, sitting inside a gorgeous modernista building in Eixample. It has a sophisticated interior decked out in a colour scheme of wine red and cream. One of the highlights is the two-Michelin-star Angle Restaurant headed by celebrity chef Jordi Cruz. It also has a rooftop terrace with panoramic views over the Barcelona skyline, a swimming pool and a breakfast buffet area.
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Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (990 Reviews)
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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.

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Renaissance Barcelona Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.3/5 (602 Reviews)
Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
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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.

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Acevi Villarroel Hotel

Hotel
4/5 (986 Reviews)
Acevi Villarroel
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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.

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  • Two Hotel Barcelona by Axel

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    4.3/5 (994 Reviews)
    TWO Hotel Barcelona
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    Axel’s second adults-only hotel in Barcelona has a similar concept to the first – it primarily caters to the LGBTQ community but markets itself as hetero-friendly. Sitting in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood, it’s close to the Sant Antoni Market and within walking distance of numerous LGBTQ-friendly bars. Each of the 87 rooms is stylish yet understated and offers high-quality comfort and all the latest mod cons. On the rooftop, you can enjoy a party-like atmosphere on the terrace or in the pool.
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    The Corner Hotel

    Hotel
    4.8/5 (632 Reviews)
    Corner Hotel
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    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.

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    Hotel Soho Barcelona

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (980 Reviews)
    Hotel Soho
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    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.

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    Ako Suite Hotel

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (152 Reviews)
    Ako Suite Hotel
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    The largest rooms at the Ako Suite Hotel sleep up to four adults, ideal if you’re travelling with a group of friends. In addition to all the usual hotel room amenities, each one also features a lounge area with a sofa bed, a kitchenette and a dining space. The spacious and relaxing suites are decorated in soft muted tones and clean lines. Head to the rooftop pool and solarium when temperatures climb.
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    W Barcelona

    Resort, Hotel
    4.3/5 (976 Reviews)
    W Hotel
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    The W Barcelona rises high on the city skyline, with a distinct sail-like shape. Sitting right next to the beach, it’s an ideal option for sun-seekers and those who love the water. The colourful, bright and modern rooms offer some of the best views in the city. You won’t be short of services or activities here either, with several bars and restaurants, a gym, a spa and an outdoor pool. If you’re here in summer, look out for the live electronica sessions by the pool every Friday night.
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    This article is an updated version of a story created by Tara Jessop. Leon Beckenham also contributed additional reporting.

    These recommendations were updated on May 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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