Just because you’re on a city break doesn’t mean you have to forgo the luxury of chilling by the pool with a cocktail in hand every now and then. These fabulous Barcelona hotels all have indoor or outdoor swimming pools so that you can relax and unwind after a long day of sight-seeing, shopping or just enjoying that Mediterranean atmosphere.
Long considered the most luxurious hotel in Barcelona, the Hotel Arts is located just a stone’s throw from the beach and the many bars and restaurants of the Port Olimpic. A five star hotel boasting its own two-Michelin-star restaurant – and a total of six different eating venues on site – the hotel’s large outdoor pool is surrounded with comfy sun-loungers and hammocks overlooking the Mediterranean. Round the side, a second outdoor pool allows you to relax and enjoy the sun reflecting off Frank Gehry‘s famous El Peix statue.
A stylish hotel located just across from the Marina Port Vell, The Serras Hotel reflects the best of Barcelona – the buzz of a modern, cosmopolitan city and the chilled-out atmosphere of the Mediterranean. The in-house restaurant serves a menu of locally-inspired dishes designed by Michelin-starred Catalan chef Marc Gascons. While on the rooftop you’ll find the outdoor pool and surrounding terrace bar are the perfect place to grab a cocktail and unwind after a busy day.
Located at the very tip of the Barceloneta pier, the W Hotel is one of the most iconic buildings along the Barcelona beach-front. A designer hotel with a futuristic décor and luxury facilities, the hotel offers its own private stretch of beach as well as a stylish outdoor pool overlooking the sea. While this isn’t quite the type of pool to do laps in, it is the place to see and be seen. Grab a sun-lounger, top up your tan and be sure to work on your Instagram account while you’re at it too.
Located just opposite the Marina Port Vell harbour, Barcelona’s historic water-front and luxury super-yacht port, the Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is housed within a restored 16th century town-house. 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.
Perched on the hills overlooking the centre of Barcelona, the Gran Hotel La Florida describes itself as the city’s first ‘urban retreat’. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town and the waterfront, this five star Gran Luxe hotel is an oasis on the doorstep of the many sights and attractions of the Catalan capital. There are two swimming pools at the Gran Hotel La Florida: an outdoor pool offering panoramic views of the city, and an indoor pool and spa for the cooler months.
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.
The Miramar hotel is housed in a historic building designed for the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. While the original facade remains, the inside however as been entirely renovated to offer guests the comfort and style of a modern hotel. Located on the slopes of Montjuïc, overlooking the sea, the Miramar has an outdoor pool (open from May to October) located in the grounds of the large outdoor garden situated on the most elevated spot of the hotel so that guests can enjoy the view.
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.
Located in the heart of Barcelona’s famous Paseig de Gràcia, the Omm Hotel is a stylish luxury hotel with designer rooms, a Michelin-star restaurant overseen by the chefs from the Celler de Can Roca – twice voted best restaurant in the world – and a fully equipped spa. The rooftop pool – while not very large – is ideal for a refreshing dip in the summer and the rooftop terrace commands views of the Sagrada Família, Casa Milà and Montjuïc.
If you’re not fussed about forgoing the charm of a boutique hotel for the sake of a good pool, the the Hilton Diagonal Mar is a great option. Located just a few minutes from the beach front, The Purobeach is the hotel’s large outdoor pool with decked terrace and stylish sun-loungers. While the hotel may not have the cool-status of some of the city’s other hotels, it’s practical, close to the beach and no-frills guaranteed. Out of the height of the tourist season (July-August), the hotel attracts many people here on business meaning that during the day time the pool is blissfully quiet.