These Barcelona bed-and-breakfast guesthouses seem to have found a winning formula: a combination of a convenient central location, typical Modernist flair, locally sourced Mediterranean food and large outdoor areas where guests can relax and enjoy the amazingly temperate weather.
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Enjoy the view from one of the sleek rooms at Margot House | Courtesy of Margot House / Hotels.com
Despite its very central location opposite Gaudí’s Casa Batlló in the middle of Passeig de Gràcia, Margot House provides privacy and rest in its airy and spacious nine rooms. The suites feature contemporary and custom-made furniture and decor that are a feast for the eyes. (Some of the items seen at the hotel can be purchased at their store.) The breakfast is prepared by chef Jaime Santianes using locally sourced products. They also offer 24-hour customer service, a library displaying books and magazines, and a Brompton bike for exploring the city.
Set in a Modernist building within walking distance of Passeig de Gràcia, Circa 1905 is a boutique bed and breakfast that preserves some of its original furniture and early 20th-century charm. Cozy external rooms feature a balcony or terrace with garden views, and internal ones overlook the interior courtyard. Breakfast helps guests discover an array of local produce, and coffee and tea are provided throughout the day. The attention to detail here is evident in the high-quality amenities such as Egyptian cotton sheets and complimentary L’Occitane toiletries.
Half eco-tourist apartment complex and half luxury boutique bed and breakfast, Yök Casa + Cultura is a charming turn-of-the-century building renovated by Petz Scholtus and Mari Rodriguez. The three different apartments or “Casas” (A, B and C) feature the original mosaic floors, contemporary Catalan furniture and a terrace or balcony, which altogether evoke the feeling of a high-end private household complete with service. Breakfast is served on the rooftop overlooking the El Born district. The B&B also offers original tours and activities such as a morning Vinyasa yoga flow, a visit to Barceloneta’s fishermen along with a seafood tasting or a visit to the nearby Montgat seaside village to watch the fish auction. Sustainability and slow living are some of the concepts behind the hotel’s design.
Chic and Basic Born features a tea and coffee room | Courtesy of Chic and Basic Born
Chic & Basic boutique hotels and apartments provide accommodation in some of the most prominent neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Chic & Basic Born, in the lively El Born district (on Carrer Princesa), is located inside a Modernist building featuring large windows, high ceilings and a marble staircase at the entrance. Guests can enjoy a tea and coffee room, crystal shower cabins in the middle of the rooms and a fully equipped gym. They also offer an electric scooter and bike rental service and offer a special discount for those willing to visit the nearby Aire de Barcelona spa.
Ca La Maria Boutique B & B is located at the top of Passeig de Gràcia, near Avinguda Diagonal, and features six different rooms with high ceilings, Modernist interiors and en-suite bathroom. The luxury bed and breakfast offers a sun deck, a garden, a covered dining table and a spacious and peaceful inner patio – which is a typical feature of the turn-of-the-century rational architecture of the L’Eixample district. A stay here is complete with a buffet breakfast that includes a selection of house-made jams, cupcakes and pies. Business travellers also have the opportunity to work at Cowork Rambla Catalunya, located in the same building.
We Boutique Hotel Barcelona offers an excellent location right by the Arc de Triomf and the most central park in the city, La Ciutadella. The trendy El Born district, full of bars and restaurants, is also nearby. This tiny boutique hotel showcases traditional Barcelona hydraulic tiles on the floors and large French windows with small balconies, which testify to its origins as a stately Modernist building. The furniture inside is a mix of contemporary and vintage classic pieces.
The colourful green façade of the Conica Deluxe Bed & Breakfast showcases its Modernist origins. Set in the L’Eixample district within walking distance to many of the main tourist attractions, the property offers a quiet environment with extra-comfy beds, huge pillows, contemporary spacious bathrooms and air-conditioned rooms, suitable for unwinding after an eventful day. Some rooms face the inner courtyard and offer extra sitting space, while the rest have exterior-facing balconies. Their breakfast buffet has many different local hams, cheeses, pastries and jams to choose from.
Composed of 16 rooms, Mihlton Barcelona B&B is very close to the Diagonal train stop at the upper end of La Rambla. Set inside a traditional Barcelona finca (property), it boasts a very ample inner courtyard for sunbathing and relaxing and even harbours a small art gallery. The hotel offers a Mediterranean buffet breakfast with traditional Spanish cold cuts and different types of cheese. The brainchild of Austrian Juergen Hutterer and Catalan Miquel Prat, the owners are very keen on helping the guests discover the city and provide many insider tips and recommendations. Guest can also book guided city tours at the front desk.
Quiet, coquettish and cosy, Casa Mathilda is located in a refurbished early 20th-century bourgeois building near the central Diagonal station. It features sound-proof rooms and a peaceful inner patio. Mediterranean breakfast includes typical Catalan pa amb tomàquet (toasted bread rubbed with garlic and tomato), jams, fuet (cured sausage) and pastries and bread from famed Baluard Bakery. A bike rental service is also available for guests.
BacHome Terrace's rooms are contemporary and colourful | Courtesy of BacHome Terrace / Booking.com
Next to Urquinaona Square and the Palau de la Música Catalana, the BacHome Terrace B&B features ten suites decorated in a colourful and cosy contemporary style and a 300sq m (3,200sq ft) inner patio where the buffet breakfast is served. Its sister bed and breakfast, BacHome Gallery B&B, is also located in a classic Modernist building closer to the Gràcia neighbourhood.