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 wealthiest and most affluent areas, the neighborhood 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 center. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in this exclusive part of town.
ABaC Hotel & Restaurant
Restaurant with Rooms, Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Àbac, Barcelona | Courtesy of ABaC Hotel
This five-star hotel is considered by many as one of the best in the city and is the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center while being just a stone’s throw away from the main attractions. Better still, the hotel is home to a fabulous two-Michelin-star restaurant run by leading Catalan chef Jordi Cruz, which attracts eager diners from the city center year-round. Set inside a 19th-century building with a carefully designed Zen garden, this modern hotel is a must-try for anyone wishing to get a taste for modern Catalunya.
This chic hotel is named after a fictional couple, Pol & Grace, whose soul defines the every essence of this hotel: young, cosmopolitan, trendy. The hotel is owned by a local Catalan family and was completely remodeled a few years ago (it was previously known as the Hotel Guillermo Tell) to reflect the new spirit of the time. Each of the 61 rooms has been carefully decorated with its own distinctive style, combining hints of the city’s famous architecture with subtle modern details which make all the difference. The large, cozy lobby is reminiscent of a real-life lounge and will leave you feeling right at home. Ideal for a romantic city break oozing with character and style.
This self-described ‘urban resort’ is a five-star hotel located on the slopes of the Mount Tibidabo, offering breathtaking views of the city in a unique setting. The building dates back to the early 20th century but underwent a full makeover in 2001, lead by a team of designers who transformed the hotel into a trendy urban hangout, complete with inside and outside pools as well as a large sundeck area. This is an ideal spot for anyone to enjoy the peace and quiet of an upmarket poolside resort with the convenience of one of the most trendy cities in Europe on your doorstep.
This boutique hotel is run by a family who has, ever since its inauguration in 1955, lived in the first-floor apartment of the building. With only 30 bedrooms available, each of which has been individually decorated and furnished with hand-picked objects which carefully blend the old and the new, you will rapidly feel right at home. The building was carefully renovated in 2011, preserving many of the original features while introducing touches of modern luxury where needed. The result is a splendid blending of the old and the new, like a family home which keeps on evolving.
Located just a few minutes’ walk from the popular shopping area on Avenida Diagonal, the Hotel Condado Barcelona is a charming boutique hotel ideal for anyone looking for a convenient base from which to explore the city’s main sites. Situated inside a 20th-century building which has preserved all the charm of its original structure, the hotel offers a modern but cozy atmosphere with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a city hotel. The hotel is also conveniently located near the neighborhood of Gracià, renowned for its artsy feel and laid-back atmosphere.