The Most Unique Hotels in Barcelona, Spain

Cool off in Hotel Brummel’s relaxing pool area
Cool off in Hotel Brummel’s relaxing pool area | Courtesy of Hotel Brummel / Expedia

A city as cool and creative as Barcelona was always bound to have some incredible places to stay. After all, it’s home to buildings by celebrated architect Antoni Gaudí, who famously designed La Sagrada Família and whose inspiration has seeped into the very core of the Catalan capital. Sip cava and eat pintxos (small snacks) while staying in one of these unique hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection

Hotel

Low wooden tables surrounded by chairs and lush greenery on the outdoor patio area of the Cotton House Hotel
Courtesy of Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection / Expedia

As the former HQ of Barcelona’s wealthy cotton-producers guild, the Cotton House Hotel is as unique as it is luxurious. Beyond its stately neoclassical facade, this five-star property has retained all of its 19th-century architectural elegance. A stunning spiral staircase makes an impressive centrepiece, with richly decorated bar and restaurant spaces adding to its opulent charm. A swish rooftop pool and elegant guest rooms, finished in crisp cotton white, complete this one-off beauty.

2. H10 Art Gallery

Hotel

Small rectangular rooftop pool surrounded by white sun loungers and candles at H10 Hotel, looking out onto the city at dusk.
Courtesy of H10 Art Gallery / Expedia

The H10 Art Gallery has certainly put the work in to live up to its name. Each floor is themed around a famous contemporary artist, including Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Artworks are integrated into sliding doors, while reproductions adorn the guest rooms’ walls. There’s an impressive collection of original artwork, too, with pieces by Miquel Barceló and Joan Miró on display. Hotels don’t get much artier than this.

3. El Palace Barcelona

Luxury

Red velvet armchairs crowded around marble-topped tables in ornate bar room with dark wood panelling and small stage with drums in the background at El Palace.
Courtesy of El Palace Barcelona / Expedia

With its facade of scarlet tasselled awnings, gilt wrought iron and grand scalloped entrance, El Palace Barcelona pulls out all the stops from the get-go. It’s unabashed five-star opulence inside and out at this former Ritz, where lavish maximalism rules supreme. A Mayan-themed spa promises Mesoamerican pampering, or you can get a taste of local dishes with a French twist at the on-site restaurant, L’Éclair. A plush underground speakeasy-style bar, El Bluesman, and neighbouring cigar club confirm the hotel’s uber-upscale credentials.

4. Roca

Boutique Hotel

Small double bed with crisp white sheets in small room with cork walls, tiled floor and french doors opening up onto a bright patio at Roca.
Courtesy of Roca / Expedia

Roca is at the vanguard of a new type of hotel experience that allows you to do everything via your smartphone. While the technology is very 21st century, the hotel is a celebration of retro-chic. It occupies two art nouveau-style buildings on a leafy lane in the centre of the buzzing Eixample district. Rooms combine mid-century vintage and modernista decor beautifully, plus staff are digitally available 24/7 for useful info or insider tips to help you get under the skin of the city.

5. Hotel 1898

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

White and black striped benches and sun loungers under wide white umbrellas on rooftop sun deck with manicured hedges at Hotel 1898.
Courtesy of Hotel 1898 / Expedia

There aren’t many places where you can swim inside and outside in the centre of Barcelona, but Hotel 1898 is one of them. This elegantly colonial, upscale hotel offers both a pool within its subterranean spa and another on its rooftop terrace, which, of course, comes with fantastic views. You can unwind with a sundowner and tapas up here, too, or explore traditional Catalan cuisine in its main restaurant directly overlooking La Rambla.

6. Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Free-standing dark wooden four-poster bed with crisp white sheets in large room with dark wooden panelling and framed prints on the walls at Hotel Pulitzer.
Courtesy of Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona / Expedia

Most hotels aren’t known for their lively rooftop terraces, but that’s where the Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona scores top marks. During the warmer months, this funky space is abuzz with the best-dressed crowd, drawn by top DJs, live bands and post-festival parties. The rest of the hotel isn’t too shabby either, with another highlight being the plant-filled Greenhouse Restaurant – all local and seasonal, of course. After a great night’s sleep, why not enjoy breakfast in your Egyptian cotton-topped bed?

7. Hotel Jazz

Independent Hotel

Small, rectangular rooftop pool surrounded by black sun loungers and orange towels on wood-panelled sun deck at Hotel Jazz.
Courtesy of Hotel Jazz / Expedia

With its sharp monochrome decor, moody black-and-white photos and piped-in jazz tunes, this super-central hotel sticks to the theme in a cool and classy fashion. A big rooftop terrace offers cityscape panoramas, plenty of soft seating and a pool to cool off in during the summer sizzle. By night, it turns into an atmospheric chill-out lounge and tapas bar. Rooms are smart and spacious, with big beds, blackout curtains and pillow menus to aid slumber.

8. Acta Mimic

Budget Hotel

Plush black sofas and orange chairs on a colourful striped rug facing a flat screen TV set into white shelves in stylish lounge area at Acta Mimic.
Courtesy of Acta Mimic / Expedia

A marquee bulb sign sets the tone for this musical-themed hotel, whose inspiration no doubt came from the building’s previous life as a theatre. Reception staff come dressed in mime-style stripes and braces, while a low-lit lounge area echoes the look and feel of a stage. You can choose between bright modern guest rooms or those themed around musical theatre favourites such as West Side Story, Grease and Chicago. It’s also just a shimmy from many of the city’s best-loved theatres.

9. Soho House Barcelona

Boutique Hotel

Large double bed with white sheets and powder blue art deco headboard in stylish room with retro telephone and purple rug at Soho House.
Courtesy of Soho House Barcelona

The beauty of Soho House hotels is that, while you can expect stylish interiors and a happening vibe wherever you are in the world, each one has a unique character. Reflecting the city’s art and architecture, Soho House Barcelona bears the mark of Lázaro Rosa-Violán, one of the top interior designers in Spain. Directly opposite the Marina Port Vell, the hotel’s clubhouse has rapidly become one of the coolest places to hang out, thanks to its exclusive members- and hotel-guests-only policy.

10. Casa Bonay

Hotel

Wicker chairs with colourful cushions arranged around tables under wicker lampshades on the outdoor patio at Casa Bonay.
Courtesy of Casa Bonay / Expedia
Casa Bonay, inside a refurbished 19th-century mansion, has teamed up with local producers to offer you the best of the city under one roof. It has fresh coffee from Satan’s Coffee Corner, run by the guys who have the eponymous artisan coffeehouse in the Gothic Quarter. Watch out for one of the pop-up dinners that frequently take place on the rooftop terrace. There’s also a shop selling items unique to the hotel. The rooms are minimalist but characterful, with beautiful mosaic tiled floors and a slightly retro feel.

11. Casa Camper Barcelona

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Dark brown chairs and table with large candles on a dark tiled balcony looking out onto the city at night at Casa Camper Barcelona.
Courtesy of Casa Camper Barcelona / Expedia
One of only two in the world – the other being in Berlin – Casa Camper Barcelona is what happens when the world-famous Spanish shoe brand Camper decides to open a hotel. A short stroll from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and skate park, the hotel is in the epicentre of one of the city’s liveliest, most vibrant neighbourhoods, El Raval. Design-forward and eco-conscious, it offers stylish, minimalist rooms with a quirky cocktail bar in the basement and a 24-hour honesty drink and snack bar.

12. Hotel Brummel

Boutique Hotel

Rectangular outdoor pool surrounded by deck chairs and plants in front of an impressive metal fire escape at Hotel Brummel.
Courtesy of Hotel Brummel / Expedia
A boutique hotel in the steadily up-and-coming neighbourhood of Poble Sec, Hotel Brummel is great for anyone wishing to escape the usual tourist trail. Sitting within a converted 19th-century property, the contemporary and hip hotel has just 20 rooms, giving it the feel of a large bed and breakfast rather than an impersonal hotel. There’s a dipping pool on the rooftop and a fancy yoga studio just round the corner. From here, you’re free to explore the many trendy eateries and tapas bars that give Poble Sec its foodie reputation.

13. W Barcelona

Resort, Hotel

Stylish, circular double bed with white sheets and gold throw under gold, circular ceiling decoration in futuristic room with circular, padded cut out in the wall at W Hotel.
Courtesy of W Barcelona / Expedia
Quite possibly the most iconic hotel in the city, thanks to its out-of-this-world design that stands out proudly on the edge of the Barceloneta boardwalk, the W Barcelona is also one of the most exclusive places to stay. A night here won’t go easy on your wallet, but you’ll certainly remember the view when you wake up to nothing but the Mediterranean Sea in front of you. The hotel’s interior is as unique and quirky as its outwards appearance, with futuristic-looking furniture that’s both playful and stylish.

14. Hotel Neri

Boutique Hotel

Wood panelled rooftop seating area at Hotel Neri with small white cushions and red chairs looking out onto the spire of a Gothic church.
Courtesy of Hotel Neri / Expedia

What makes the Hotel Neri such a unique place to stay in Barcelona isn’t the fact that it’s the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in the city – although that helps. It has more to do with its location on the striking Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, which was severely damaged in the Spanish Civil War; it acts as a lasting reminder of the suffering at that time. Surrounded by historical monuments and awe-inspiring architecture, the hotel itself is ideal for a romantic getaway, thanks to its candlelit courtyards, cosy bedrooms and old-world charm.

15. Praktik Garden

Budget Hotel, Garden Hotel

Black french doors opening into a back tiled bathroom white bright white towels and sink at Praktik Garden.
Courtesy of Praktik Garden / Expedia

Thought originality and style had to come at a price? Think again. Praktik Garden is part of a small hotel chain in Barcelona; each of the five hotels has a unique theme. Something of an urban oasis, this location is overflowing with plants and flowers from the moment you step through the door. Join a plant print workshop or just enjoy your complimentary morning coffee in the leafy outdoor courtyard. Rooms are modern and simple, with rainfall showers as standard and, of course, floral prints on the wall.

Tara Jessop contributed additional reporting to this article.

Not sorted your stay? For more inspiration, take a look at our selection of the best beachside hotels in Barcelona and make sure you snag that coveted spot on the sand. Or, if an indoor pool is more your style, book one of the city’s best pool hotels and take a dip that’s a little less crowded. Looking for something different to do during your visit? Check out the best places to ski near Barcelona and refuse to choose between sand and snow.

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