Barcelona is a city of whimsy; a destination into the colorful imagination of Gaudi and the passion of the Spanish. It’s the sort of city where flavors converge, romance ignites and serendipitous encounters transpire. While a visit to Barcelona can be done on any budget, nothing quite compares to a luxurious stay in this iconic city. Here, Culture Trip compiles the best luxury hotels for the high end traveler.
Considered for a while to be the top-end hotel in Barcelona, the Hotel Arts remains a top destination for those looking for that large luxury hotel feel. The 483 rooms spread across the 44 storeys of this high-tech building offer undisturbed views of the waterfront or the city, which you can also enjoy from one of the luxury outdoor terraces. There are a total of six bars and restaurants within the hotel itself, including the two-Michelin star Enoteca restaurant, and you’re just a short taxi ride or walk from the city centre.
This is an elegant boutique hotel tucked away in the streets of the enchanting Gothic Quarter, near the old Jewish part known as ‘El Call‘. The Hotel Neri is set inside a former palace which dates back to the 12th Century and has preserved all of its original charm but with a luxury feel and elegant décor – a true hidden gem. The rooms are carefully designed, each with their own unique character, but with all the modern conveniences you could need. Set alongside the Cathedral and the main sites of the Old Town, this is the perfect place to loose yourself in Gothic Barcelona.
This recent newcomer on Barcelona’s luxury hotel scene in Barcelona offers a taste of contemporary Catalan style with an elegant, cosmopolitan feel. The décor in Casa Bonay is endlessly chic but also preserves something of the original feel of this 19th Century mansion: the mesmerising patterned tiles on the floor, the marble fireplaces. Run by a group of young entrepreneurs, it’s more than just a hotel, it’s a collective –from the juice house Mother to the coffee stall run by Satan’s Coffee Corner. This is a cool urban hangout which will give you a real feel for the city’s spirit.
With a name like Mandarin Oriental you can expect to be blown away by your stay in this conveniently located luxury hotel, situated right in the centre of the exclusive shopping street Passeig de Gracià. This is a cosmopolitan hotel whose staff are well trained in dealing with the most exigent of clientele. The interior has been carefully crafted by contemporary designer Patricia Urquiola and the rooms blend modern convenience with classic luxury. Discover the two Michelin-starred Moments located inside the hotel or step outside and discover the city centre right on your doorstep.
Perhaps the most iconic of Barcelona’s seafront hotels, the W Hotel‘s bold design and exclusive location on the very tip of the Barceloneta pier have earned it the nickname ‘Hotel Vela‘ or ‘Sail Hotel’. This is a modern hotel through and through, designed to accommodate the next generation of jet-setters for whom luxury does not mean white table cloths. The crème de la crème (if you can afford it) are the luxury suites which are designed to make you feel like you’re literally suspended over the ocean with no one else in sight. Set sail and escape the city without ever being more than 10 minutes away from the city centre.
The Pulitzer rooftop terrace | Courtesy of the hotel
Located just a minute from Plaça Catalunya in the heart of the city centre, the Pulitzer Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel which offers a made-to-measure approach and friendly welcome that will leave you feeling right at home in minutes. It’s also a trendy urban hangout with one of the most coveted rooftop terraces in town, regularly hosting some of the best local DJs and events. Set inside a recently renovated 1920s town house, the Pulitzer Hotel is an oasis of cool located just off La Rambla.
A one-of-a kind boutique hotel brought to you by the Camper shoe company, the Casa Camper hotel is located in the heart of the city, just a minute’s walk from the Ramblas. The aesthetics are simple but stylish and reflect the philosophy of of the Camper brand: luxury as simplicity, authenticity and discretion. Attached to the hotel is a two Michelin-star Asian inspired restaurant run by a former chef of the world famous ElBulli restaurant. A great base from which to explore the city whilst feeling right at home.