A city as cool, cosmopolitan and creative as Barcelona was always bound to have some pretty incredible places to stay. Whether you’re looking to splash the cash and go all out for luxury accommodation or you’re working to a budget but don’t want to compromise on style, here are some of the most unique places you can stay in Barcelona.
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 Soho House hotel has its own unique character. Reflecting the city’s art and architecture, Soho House Barcelona bears the mark of one of Spain’s top interior designers, Lázaro Rosa Violán. Located 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 or hotel guests only policy.
Something of a new breed of hotels in Barcelona, Casa Bonay has teamed up with local companies to offer guests the best of Barcelona under one roof. There’s fresh coffee from Satan’s Coffee Corner stall, run by the guys who have the eponymous artisan coffee house in the Gothic Quarter and freshly squeezed juices by Mother. For the evening watch out for one of the pop-up dinners which frequently take place on the rooftop terrace. But there’s also a small bookstore on site as well as a designer t-shirt shop in this stunningly refurbished 19th century mansion. The rooms are minimalist but characterful, with beautiful mosaic tiled floors and a slightly retro feel.
One of only two in the world – the other one being in Berlin – Casa Camper is the Barcelona version of what happens when world-famous Spanish shoe-brand Camper decides to open a hotel. Yet you don’t need to have ever heard of Camper to find this hotel pretty original. Located just meters from the MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum slash skate park, the Casa Camper is in the epicentre of one of the city’s liveliest, most vibrant neighbourhoods: El Raval. Design-forward and ecologically conscientious, the hotel offers stylish, minimalist rooms with a quirky cocktail bar in the basement and a 24-hour complimentary drink and snack bar.
This warehouse-like hotel is in the trendy Poble Sec neighborhood | Courtesy of Hotel Brummell/Expedia
One of the only boutique hotels in the steadily up-and-coming neighbourhood of Poble Sec, the Hotel Brummel is great for anyone wishing to escape the usual tourist trail. Located within a converted 19th century property, the hotel has just 20 rooms which gives it the feel of a large bed and breakfast rather than an impersonal hotel. The décor is contemporary, quirky and cool, and there’s a dipping pool on the rooftop and rather fancy yoga studio just round the corner. From here you’re free to explore the many trendy eateries and tapas bars which give Poble Sec its foodie reputation.
Quite possibly the most iconic hotel in Barcelona, thanks to its out-of-this-world design which stands out proudly on the edge of the Barceloneta pier, the W Hotel is also one of the city’s most exclusive places to stay. If a night here won’t go easy on your wallet, you’ll certainly remember the view when you wake up to nothing but the Mediterranean sea in front of you and the sun on the horizon. The hotel’s interior is as unique and quirky as its outwards appearance, with futuristic-looking furniture which is both playful and stylish.
What makes the Hotel Neri such a unique place to stay in Barcelona isn’t the fact that it’s the city’s only Relais & Chateaux hotel – although that helps. It’s got a lot more to do with the hotel’s location on one of Barcelona’s most striking squares, the Plaça de Felipe Neri, which was severely damaged in the Civil War and acts as a lasting reminder of the city’s suffering at that time. Surrounded by some of the city’s most historic monuments and awe-inspiring architecture, the Hotel Neri is ideal for a romantic getaway thanks to its candle-light courtyards, cozy bedrooms and old-world charm.
Thought originality and style had to come at a price? Think again. Praktik Garden is part of collection of five hotels in Barcelona which each have their own unique theme. Something of an urban oasis, Praktik Garden is overflowing with plants and flowers from the moment you step through the door. The hotel was given a complete makeover in 2015 so rooms are modern, comfortable and well equipped with everything you’ll need to make the most of your time in the city.