These bed and breakfasts in Barcelona have found a winning formula: a combination of a convenient central location, typical modernist flair, locally sourced Mediterranean food and large outdoor areas, where you can relax and enjoy the temperate weather.
Despite the central location opposite Gaudí’s Casa Batlló in the middle of Passeig de Gràcia, Margot House provides privacy and rest in nine spacious rooms. The suites feature contemporary and custom-made furniture and decor. (Some of the items seen at the hotel can be purchased at the store). The breakfast is prepared by chef Jaime Santianes, using locally sourced products. The hotel also provides 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 original furniture and an early 20th-century charm. Cosy external rooms feature a balcony or terrace with a garden view, and internal ones overlook the interior courtyard. Breakfast will help you discover 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 ecotourist apartment complex, half luxury boutique B&B, yök Casa + Cultura is a charming turn-of-the-century building renovated by Petz Scholtus and Mari Rodríguez. The three apartments, or “casas”, feature original mosaic floors, contemporary Catalan furniture and a terrace or balcony, which altogether evoke the feeling of a high-end private household. 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, a visit to the fishermen of La Barceloneta, along with a seafood tasting, or a trip to the nearby Montgat seaside village to watch the fish auction. Sustainability and slow living are some of the concepts behind this hotel.
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. Enjoy a tea and coffee room, crystal shower cabins in the middle of the rooms and a gym. There’s also an electric scooter and bike rental service and a special discount if you want to visit the nearby AIRE Barcelona spa.
Ca La Maria boutique B&B is located at the top of Passeig de Gràcia, near Avinguda Diagonal, and features six rooms with high ceilings, modernist interiors and ensuite bathrooms. 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 comes with a buffet breakfast 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 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.
Composed of 16 rooms, Mihlton Barcelona is close to the Diagonal train stop at the upper end of La Rambla. Set inside a traditional Barcelona finca (property), it has an 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 cheeses. The owners, Austrian Juergen Hutterer and Catalan Miquel Prat, are keen to help you discover the city and provide insider tips. You 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 soundproofed 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 Baluard Bakery. A bike rental service is also available.
Amaia Porteiro Zubiaurre contributed additional reporting to this article.