A city combining the best of both worlds, Barcelona has all the arts, culture and shopping you could want from a vibrant European metropolis, as well as beaches offering access to the gentle waves of the Mediterranean. Immerse yourself fully in the seaside experience with these waterside hotels.
Perched on the very end of Barceloneta pier, the W Hotel commands some of the most awe-inspiring views of the sea you’ll find in any hotel in the city. Designed to give guests an impression of having set sail across the sea, the rooms offer undisturbed views of the Mediterranean stretching out in front of them. The hotel has been been nicknamed the ‘Sail Hotel’ owing to its modernist design resembling a ship’s sail. Not only is the hotel literally on the edge of the water, it also has its own private beach and outdoor pool area.
A luxury five-star hotel, the Arts Hotel was for a long time the crème de la crème of exclusive hotels in Barcelona. While today competitors such as the aforementioned W Hotel are giving it a run for its money, it continues to be one of the most well-regarded places to stay and offers impressive sea views from all 44 of its storeys. It’s located just next to the busy Port Olimpic – a yacht harbour, but also a popular nightlife hotspot lined with late-night bars and clubs.
A stylish boutique hotel located just off the Marina Port Vell, the Serras offers slick, modern bedrooms with state-of-the-art soundproofing to guarantee you a good night’s sleep, and lots of natural light – something of a rarity in the Gothic Quarter because of its narrow streets. The interior décor evokes the Mediterranean sea, with shades of blue, yellow and white recreating the cool atmosphere of the seaside. The building was home to Pablo Picasso’s very first studio in the city and is within a short walk of the Picasso Museum.
This five-star Grand Luxe hotel is housed within a 1920s palace, beautifully preserved on the exterior and with a sophisticated, modern interior. The Hotel Miramar – whose name means ‘sea view’ – is located on the side of Montjuïc hill, overlooking the Mediterranean from a great height, and is surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens. You need to get transport to the centre of town and the beach, but the advantage of being outside the city centre is a feeling of peace and quiet that is difficult to find in the busier parts of the city.
The Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, a romantic boutique hotel located just opposite the Marina Port Vell, is housed within a beautifully preserved 16th-century building which during the 19th century was transformed into a place for a local aristocratic family. The rooms are cozy and decorated in hues of white and pastel colours, with plenty of soft furnishings and floral touches. The hotel is within close walking distance of both the beach and the Gothic Quarter and nearby shopping streets the Portal de l’Angèl and Passeig de Gràcia.
An exclusive members’ club, but also a luxury boutique hotel, Soho House Barcelona has fast become one of the coolest places to stay in the city. The hotel overlooks the Marina Port Vell, Barcelona’s central harbour, and is just a short walk away from both the Barceloneta neighbourhood and the Gothic Quarter. The rooms are all decorated with an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and the latest gadgets, while the club house is a popular meeting point for the city’s movers and shakers, and serves a mouthwatering burger.
This four-star hotel is located in the Fòrum neighbourhood of Barcelona, home to the large Diagonal Mar shopping mall and a number of conference centres and concert venues. It’s also just a 10-minute walk away from Bogatell beach, a much quieter beach than the Barceloneta beach and preferred by the locals for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The Princess Hotel is a large, modern building offering rooms overlooking either the sea or the city, and boasts a rooftop pool with some impressive panoramic views of Barcelona.