The most well-known walk-way in Barcelona, La Rambla is home to the Boqueria market, the Liceu Theatre and the Mirador de Colom. Here are some of the most charming boutique hotels to stay in, within close walking distance of this most famous of boulevards.
The Hotel Pulitzer is a stylish, modern boutique hotel which prides itself on its fresh approach to hospitality, and friendly, resourceful staff. Located down a relatively quiet street just a minute’s walk from the top end of La Rambla and the Plaça Catalunya, it has an impressive rooftop bar which transforms into a trendy hot-spot at weekends when local DJs come to play. The rooms are all elegantly furnished with a contemporary, cosmopolitan edge and what feels like designer furniture.
Pulitzer hotel, Regina Hotel, Carrer de Bergara, 8, Barcelona +34 934 81 67 67
Located just next door to the Pulitzer, the Hotel Regina is a sophisticated boutique hotel with a mature, elegant feel to it. At the reception the staff are helpful and well-informed on the best places to grab a bite or a late-night cocktail nearby. The rooms are well-furnished and combine a minimalist aesthetic with all-important touches of luxury where it is best appreciated – Egyptian cotton sheets, cozy bathrobes, etc. If you’re travelling with little-ones the family rooms are a versatile and economic option.
Hotel Regina, Carrer de Bergara, 4, Barcelona +34 933 01 32 32
This charming boutique hotel is tucked away on a charming back-street of Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter, on a small square from which it gets its name: the Plaça Felipe Neri. The hotel is housed within a 12th century palace and many of the original features remain, including much of the stone-masonry work. It’s worth noting that the Hotel Neri is the only Relais & Châteaux awarded hotel in Barcelona, paying tribute to the quality of its services and the unique character of its building.
Hotel Neri, Carrer de Sant Sever, 5, 08002 Barcelona +34 933 04 06 55
Soho House Barcelona
Having opened its doors in 2016, Soho House Barcelona is fast establishing itself as one of the hippest hang-outs for the city’s cosmopolitan movers and shakers. Housed in an entirely redesigned town house at the very bottom of the Gothic Quarter, just opposite the marina Port Vell, the hotel is a designer gem whose club house will leave you feeling like you’ve walked right into Manhattan or London. The rooms are stylishly furnished with vintage furniture to feel like your own home away from home and when the weather permits the rooftop pool is the perfect place to cool down, with views over the city.
Soho House Barcelona, Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4, Barcelona +34 932 20 46 00
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
Located just across from the waterfront of the old marina Port Vell, the Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is a luxury boutique hotel housed within a 16th century palace. The building, which has welcomed noblemen and royalty over the centuries, was fully reformed in 2003 and converted into a top-end hotel with a superb rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of the city and the harbour. The terrace is home to an exclusive cocktail bar, perfect for relaxing after a long day visiting the sights.
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Passeig de Colom, 12, Barcelona +34 932 68 90 90
Hotel DO Plaça Reial
One of the most charming squares in Barcelona, the Plaça Reial is located just off La Rambla and is a must-see on any tour of the area. The ornate archways which surround the square are home to some of the city’s most famous restaurants and music venues, while during the daytime the café terraces offer pleasant views of the surrounding period town-houses. The Hotel DO Plaça Reial is a five star GL hotel which prides itself on its gastronomic offering, including a restaurant with seating on the Plaça Reial as well as a rooftop tapas bar.
Hotel DO Plaça Reial, Plaça Reial, 1, Barcelona +34 934 81 36 66
A building with a history, the H1898 was once the headquarters of the General Philippines Tobacco Company and today its walls still resonate with the majesty of days gone by. Designed by Catalan architect Josep Oriol Mestres, the building was commissioned by the family of the Marquis de Comillas and many of the original features are still visible today. The décor has a distinctive colonial flair accentuated by the presence of noble materials such as solid wood, marble and bronze.
H1898, La Rambla, 109, Barcelona +34 935 52 95 52