The Best Hotels for Exploring Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Barcelona

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Photo of Leon Beckenham
22 June 2021

In amid the tapas bars of this cucumber-cool Barcelona quarter, from Tibidabo hill to Avinguda Diagonal, you’ll find polished places to stay, crowned by rooftop bars and studded with Michelin stars, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Formerly an independent village, today Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is an integral part of Barcelona’s urban landscape while preserving something of a village feel. Historically one of the city’s wealthiest and most affluent areas, the neighbourhood is home to a number of charming period townhouses and small palaces and is ideal for families or couples looking to escape the busy city centre. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in this exclusive part of town.

Hotel Primero Primera

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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With an eye for design that is distinctly Catalan, interiors at the Hotel Primero Primera blend mid-century chic with a cosy home-style vibe. The family-owned 1950s hotel has 30 spacious rooms, each personalised with its own unique decor and one-off objects. A free minibar, top-end toiletries and a pillow menu add to the rooms’ upscale appeal. A tidy garden features a small pool and sun loungers, while during cooler months the snug bar with a fireplace beckons.

ABaC Restaurant and Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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ABaC Restaurant & Hotel
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While the Michelin-star dining by rockstar chef Jordi Cruz takes centre stage at the ABaC, this is more than a restaurant with rooms. The sublime gastronomic experience is supported by equally impressive accommodation where eye-pleasing design meets a supremely serene space. First-class wellness facilities emphasise its five-star credentials. Its location on exclusive Tibidabo hill – the tallest tuft of the Serra de Collserola – puts it in well-heeled company, while a large Zen-style garden provides the perfect spot for quiet contemplation.

Pol and Grace Hotel

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Pol & Grace Hotel
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The Pol & Grace is a LGBTQ-friendly boutique hotel with an emphasis on all things artistic and inclusive – the public spaces positively encourage connection and creativity. Minimalist guest rooms provide the blank canvas for artistic and idiosyncratic flourishes, too. The daily breakfast buffet is full of locally sourced treats, plus there’s free coffee and water on tap throughout the day. Hosting regular art-themed events and concerts, the buzzing rooftop terrace is also one of the neighbourhood’s top spots to mingle.

Gran Hotel La Florida

Resort, Hotel
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Gran Hotel La Florida
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Set in an imposing 1920s mansion, few places in Barcelona can match the towering grandeur of this self-styled urban resort. Its setting on the slopes of Tibidabo makes for commanding views over the city, enjoyed from each of its Art Nouveau-inspired guest rooms. There’s no doubt of its five-star status, with a luxury spa, outstanding gastronomy and superb indoor-outdoor swimming pool, all wrapped up in on-trend design and liberally sprinkled with contemporary artworks.

Hotel Condado

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Condado Hotel
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A smart, business-like facade sets the tone for this boutique hotel that prides itself on “elegance and sobriety”. It sits on the east side of the Sant Gervasi–Galvany neighbourhood, within walking distance of the top of Passeig de Gràcia and Gaudí masterpiece Casa Milà. Guest rooms are tidy and chicly understated, with wooden floors and good soundproofing. There’s a decent breakfast buffet offered each morning, though no restaurant. Be sure to check out the beautiful central staircase before you leave.

Hesperia Barcelona Presidente

Independent Hotel
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Hesperia Barcelona Presidente
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Positioned overlooking busy Avinguda Diagonal, this glitzy 1960s hotel puts you in the heart of one of Barcelona’s most buzzing quarters. Its soaring proportions mean rooms on higher floors provide knockout views over the city, but anyone can survey the spectacular scene from its rooftop terrace. There’s a small gym up here, too, while a bright first-floor restaurant serves guests breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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  • Hotel Silken Sant Gervasi

    Independent Hotel
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    Hotel Silken Sant Gervasi
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    Just on the northern outskirts of the Sant Gervasi-Galvany district, this understated hotel would suit travellers happy to be away from the city bustle – but still with easy access to it. It’s a three-minute walk to the nearest metro station, and five stops into town. Simple modern rooms mix blond wood, velvet and contemporary art, while suites add jetted bathtubs. The hotel café provides a daily continental buffet breakfast, or you can order it up via room service.

    Seventy Barcelona

    Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    Seventy Barcelona
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    Certainly one of the neighbourhood’s most impressive additions, Seventy Barcelona stitches together sharp 21st-century design with top-end features. Colourful bookshelves and fireside couches add to the inviting, soaring lobby space, while crisply stylish guest rooms come with upscale amenities like Bluetooth tech. De-stress in the atmospheric spa with its heated pool, sauna and vegan body treatments. Alternatively, head to the rooftop terrace for a cooling swim in their swish glass-sided pool.

    Casa Filomena

    Independent Hotel
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    Casa Filomena
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    If you are looking for an intimate, homestay-style experience, Casa Filomena is a tiny guesthouse with a big heart. There’s a choice of just two bedrooms, each serene and light-filled with lovely crisp cotton bedlinen and organic toiletries. The owner, Patricia, is passionate about cooking and healthy eating, so breakfast is a real treat, and she even offers cooking classes. Stepping outside, you’re in lovely, leafy Sarrià and a 20-minute metro ride from central Barcelona.

    Vincci Mae

    Independent Hotel
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    Vincci Mae
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    Taking its name from actress Mae West, the vibe behind this upscale hotel was inspired by the silver-screen icon’s sassy sense of style – as interpreted by famous “interiorista” Jaime Beriestain. There are some impressive features, too, the highlight being a rooftop terrace with plunge pool, cocktail bar and views that stretch beyond the city. Rooms combine contemporary chic with old-school glamour, plus an Avinguda Diagonal address that puts you right in the thick of it.

    Ohla Eixample

    Luxury
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    Ohla Eixample
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    Elements of its former incarnation as a concrete office block have been artfully integrated into the sleek, contemporary and oh-so-chic interiors of Barcelona’s “other” Ohla hotel. The marriage of the old and new extends to guest rooms, which also feature streamlined tech and transparent showers. Up on the roof, a heated infinity pool is open year-round, long enough for laps, and lined with comfy cushioned loungers. There’s a great Sky Bar up there, too, while downstairs dining is seasonal, creative and Michelin-starred.

    These recommendations were updated on June 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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