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The boutique hotels of Barcelona have an intimidating architectural lineage. This is the city of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia and Casa Milà, the dreamy, medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and a cathedral dedicated to the beautiful game, Camp Nou. Thankfully, they’re up to the challenge, doling out a mixture of stylish retreats in historic buildings and avant-garde getaways with Michelin star-level cuisine. A stay in Spain’s Catalan capital has never looked so good.
This centrally located boutique is devoted to wine with 900 bottles lining the lobby walls. It also offers complimentary vino on arrival and wine tastings at an extra cost. There’s also an on-site sommelier with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Catalan wines, and an adorable patio where you can enjoy a tipple. Rooms at this inexpensive, three-star hotel are compact but neatly finished with crisp, white walls, crafted wooden headboards and wine-inspired art.
The Renaissance Barcelona Hotel embodies the city with specific design elements and Mediterranean inspirations. Rooms feature ocean blues and mountain golds that mimic the sea and Montjuïc just through the windows, both of which are also visible from the rooftop. There are also elements of Barcelona’s modernism movement in photographs, carpets and even the bedside lamps. Located next to Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel is in close proximity to Gaudí landmarks.
This design hotel in L’Eixample has a colourful retro design; the lobby is an elegant affair with golds and blues. Meanwhile, the breakfast area will have you feeling as if you’re in the middle of an emerald-coloured LEGO house. All 88 rooms are minimalistic, but most come with bold ’70s-style murals. Facilities include a small gym and meeting rooms, but the pull of this hotel is its eccentricity, location and price.
Right in the thick of the action is the four-star Hotel Pulitzer. Set in a 19th-century building, this well-designed boutique lies near Plaça de Catalunya and is within walking distance of Casa Batlló and Mercat de La Boqueria. The decor is reminiscent of a New York cocktail bar, with framed prints and dark-wood finishings, and a tree-strewn terrace hosts regular live music and DJs in the summer. Most rooms are stylishly finished, with neutral hues and abstract art scattered on the walls, while bathrooms don bright turquoise tiles.
Vintage telephones, retro record players and a green Vespa scooter are all part of the scenery at Retrome, which feels more like a Mad Men set than a boutique hotel. Inspired by the ’60s and ’70s, all 15 rooms have been individually designed with unique patterns and antique furniture – they also have smart TVs so you’re not entirely lost to another era. The hotel also happens to be right on the doorstep of some of Gaudí’s architectural wonders and the grandiose Teatre Tívoli.
With an art deco styled reception and restaurant, an industrial-chic common room, homely rustic dining areas, a trendy speakeasy-type basement and cosy rooms, Casa Gracia Barcelona has it all. There’s always something to do, with the weekly programme including yoga, walking and tapas tours, live music, quiz nights and more. Rooms range from six-person dorms (with the option of bunks or no bunks) to private rooms with balconies; all 146 rooms have a private bathroom. The hotel also includes an open kitchen and dining room full of tarnished wood tables, so you can cook or partake in the Spanish breakfast buffet. Alternatively, head downstairs to the restaurant, La Paisana.
With a mirrored hallway reflecting soft lamplight and multiple plants, the reception of Chic and Basic Velvet has a warm atmosphere, while the rest of the hotel echoes an art deco theatre with modern updates. There’s even a screening room playing old movies, and the hotel regularly hosts 20-minute theatre performances for neighbours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Located in L’Eixample, the hotel offers great views of Montjuïc and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – especially from the beach-themed terrace, which has outdoor showers and plush towels.
Just a 10-minute walk from Ciutadella Park is Yurbban Passage. Located in a former textile factory, the hotel has free-to-use yoga mats in each of the 60 rooms, a photo booth in the lobby and eco-friendly cardboard coat hangers – but that’s not all. This cool boutique also has a rooftop pool and open-plan seating area, plus a relaxing underground spa. All rooms are cosy and minimalist in design, while the rest of the hotel has an industrial-boho look. The food isn’t too shabby either – if you’re into Catalan cuisine prepared by a Michelin star-level chef.
The Barcelona Edition, opposite the Santa Caterina Market in the trendy El Born neighbourhood, is a five-star boutique hotel with an underground nightclub and speakeasy bar. It hosts regular cabaret parties, plus weekly rooftop DJ sessions in summer. While the atmosphere here is relaxed, the decor is sleek, from the tech-rich rooms with ambient lighting and Gaudí-inspired furniture to the handcrafted, spiralling art deco staircase.
Housed in an ornate 19th-century building, H10 Casa Mimosa sits in the quiet L’Eixample neighbourhood in the centre of the city. On the same block as the hotel, you’ll find Gaudí’s Casa Milà (or La Pedrera), while the towering La Sagrada Família is a 15-minute walk away. Inside the hotel there’s a patio lined with palm trees and a shallow dipping pool. There’s also a rooftop pool offering city views and a chill-out area for sundowners.
This hotel offers the ultra-hip residents of Barcelona somewhere to hang out and gives travellers a familiar place to stay in the Catalan capital (you don’t need to be a member to stay here). The facilities and services at Soho House Barcelona are probably its biggest selling point. It has a 36-seat theatre, a modern gym, a Cowshed spa and a year-round rooftop pool. The hotel rooms are intimate and decorated with floral curtains, brightly coloured vintage lamps and cosy textured throws. With the curtains shut, it feels like a posh B&B in the British countryside.
This tech-laden boutique hotel, which opened in February 2018, was designed by Jaime Beriestain to meet the needs of the modern-day traveller, blending 1920s charm with 21st-century efficiency. All 91 rooms come with a smartphone that controls all gadgets (lights, blinds and TV), while the decor throughout the building has an art deco feel, with marble walls, gold finishes and clever lighting. Along with 360-degree views of the city, Almanac’s rooftop also features a shallow pool.