A laid-back vibe makes Gràcia the kind of place locals like to live in if they can afford it, while sun-drenched terraces, leafy squares and late-night bars make it a popular place to socialise at weekends. It used to be an independent town until it was incorporated into an ever-expanding Barcelona in 1897. Experience the charming village feel and check into one of these boutique hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.
Casa Mimosa is everything you could want in a home away from home. Housed in a 19th-century modernist building with tastefully decorated rooms, the hotel oozes charm and serenity. A walled garden complete with a swimming pool provides cooling respite from the bustling city streets and the rooftop terrace offers some of the best views of Antoni Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, La Pedrera.
This boutique B&B is tucked away in a turn of the century building just a stone’s throw from the narrow streets of Gràcia. It is a Modernista architectural gem, replete with original tiled floors, antique furniture and stained-glass windows. The Mallorca room, which comes with a sun-soaked terrace and views over the gardens, is a welcome sanctuary from the lively streets below.
Between the quiet neighbourhood squares and bright lights of glitzy Passeig de Gràcia, this 12-room boutique hotel provides a very comfortable base, with slick modern rooms and free wifi. There is no restaurant but coffee is served in the morning to help kick-start your day. As the hotel’s name indicates, there’s a secret garden which offers a tranquil hideaway from dawn to dusk.
Foodies look no further. ABaC Barcelona has a three Michelin starred restaurant, which looks out onto a verdant garden making it feel a world away from the city hustle. As well as gastronomy, this five-star hotel focuses on design and comfort. From the get-go, the ultra-modern facade of this historic residence make an impression. The rooms feature plush decor and garden view; a terrace and jacuzzi are the crowning jewels of the penthouse. A subterranean spa offers quiet and relaxation.
The 10 rooms of this luxury boutique hotel are spread across three floors of this 20th-century mansion. Located in the historic heart of Gràcia, guests are within walking distance of local nightlife and shopping, as well as the Sagrada Família and the busy Passeig de Gràcia. The rooms are elegantly furnished and the intimate patio terrace is perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif or breakfast.
Halfway between a hotel and an Airbnb rental, the Casa Bella Gracia is a stylish, boutique hotel with no reception or staff on hand. Guests are sent a code one week before their arrival which gives them access to the property. The rooms are bright, modern and functional, with cool, contemporary furniture and eye-catching details such as patterned tiled floors and red brick walls. There’s an outdoor terrace with tables, chairs and sun loungers.
This modern hotel is located on the Plaça del Sol, with its modernist buildings and buzzing bar terraces. In contrast, the hotel is a tranquil affair with a discreet colour palette, simple yet chic furniture and minimalist bedrooms. Seasonal produce is served in the lounge and on the roof garden where guests and locals gather to listen to local bands.
This four-star boutique hotel offers a fantastic rooftop terrace and pool. The lobby and reception area have an industrial-chic feel with rugged brick walls and faded leather sofas. The rooms are somewhat understated with white walls and linens setting the tone; the stylish bathrooms and walk-in showers steal the show.
The design-led Generator Hostel offers affordable, modern accommodation and a fun, urban atmosphere. Twin and double rooms offer views of the city and a luxury penthouse suite has a private terrace. The bar is themed on Gràcia’s week-long Festa Major festival with some 300 coloured lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Lorna Turnbull contributed additional reporting to this article.
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