In recent years the trend for eco-friendly design and sustainable practices has established itself as the new norm as travelers have become increasingly aware of the environmental costs of travel. Given Barcelona’s status as one of Europe’s premier Smart Cities and a hub for new technologies, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of green options to choose from. Here’s our pick of some of the best sustainable hotels in the Catalan capital.
Located in the heart of the Raval neighbourhood, just a minute away from the museum of contemporary art, MACBA, the Casa Camper is a modern hotel with a stylish, minimalist feel. Keen to reduce their impact on the local environment, the hotel is equipped with a water recycling system which cleans shower water through a bio-mechanical system, producing water which is re-used in the toilet. Water consumption is lowered by up to 50 per cent, contributing towards the conservation of a precious natural resource.
Casa Camper, Carrer d’Elisabets, 11, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 342 6280
If you’re willing to share a room, then the Hostal Twentytú is probably the greenest place you could stay in Barcelona. A pioneer in the area of green technology applied to the hospitality industry, the hostel has been awarded numerous prizes and accreditations for its sustainable measures which include gray water recovery, pneumatic waste collection and the use of Smartwatt devices to reduce energy consumption.
Hostal Twentytú, Carrer de Pamplona, 114, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 238 7185
This low-cost hotel is proof that sustainability can go hand in hand with affordability to offer eco-friendly accommodation to suit all budgets. The Hotel Andante is signed up to the Biosphere Responsible Tourism charter and follows a number of measures to reduce their impact on the environment, including using solar panels for energy and sourcing plant varieties which require minimal watering, as well as LED lighting to keep energy consumption down.
Hotel Andante, Av. de les Drassanes, 23, Barcelona, Spian, +34 93 441 2545
Mas Salagros Eco-Resort
Although not technically located within the city of Barcelona, this pioneering eco-resort is close enough that it is definitely worth mentioning. The number of measures in place at Mas Salagros makes it easy to see why this hotel has earned the label of 100 per cent eco-friendly: from using locally produced bio-fuels to recycling rain water, even the beds and mattresses have been made using natural materials and sustainably sourced wood. There’s even a farm onsite which provides some of the produce for the two in-house restaurants.
Mas Salagros, Riera de Vallromanes, Vallromanes, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 565 6060
Located in the charming backstreets of the Gothic Quarter, this romantic boutique hotel is a member of the Relais & Chateau association of some of the most prestigious hotels in the world. Not your traditional ‘green hotel’, the Hotel Neri is, however, committed to sustainable practices in many areas: from using only natural materials in its rooms to managing energy and water consumption.
Hotel Neri, Carrer de Sant Sever, 5, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 304 0655
This modern three-star hotel is located in the trendy El Born district of Barcelona and offers a range of different rooms – from the affordable ‘Tiny Room’ to the more luxurious ‘Junior Suite’. The hotel has been awarded Class A building certification for its thermal insulation system, smart climate-control system and highly efficient lighting and machinery. The Hotel Yurbban is also a member of the Barcelona Sustainable Tourism Association, which seeks to promote sustainable tourism in the city.
Hotel Yurbban, Carrer de Trafalgar, 30, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 268 0727
Sixtytwo Hotel, Passeig de Gràcia, 62, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 272 4180
This eco-friendly hotel offers its guests the opportunity to ‘sleep green in Barcelona’ thanks to its carefully designed rooms, furnished using sustainably sourced materials – from coco-mat mattresses to banana wood bedside tables. The décor at the Hostal Grau is simple and minimalist, emphasising natural materials and a stripped back aesthetic over high-tech facilities. They even have an ‘Off Room’ where guests can enjoy a night without access to internet, mobile phones or any other electronic device thanks to a purpose-built electromagnetic disabler.
Hostal Grau, Carrer de les Ramelleres, 27, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 301 8135
Barcelona Princess Hotel
This beach-front hotel, with its avant-garde design and stylish interior, is committed to sustainable and socially responsible practices as a way of providing ever better services. Their Princess 360º project involves creating a virtuous circle of mutually reinforcing and beneficial actions between clients, suppliers and the hotel. They are members of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) which monitors their commitment and helps them incorporate new sustainable practices when possible.
Barcelona Princess, Avinguda Diagonal, 1, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 356 1000
The W Hotel
One of Barcelona’s most iconic hotels thanks to its prime location on the tip of the Barceloneta, the W Hotel is also committed to offering its guests the chance to enjoy five-star luxury without a guilty conscience. If you like the idea of opting for a sustainable hotel but aren’t fussed about the ‘green look’, then the W might just be the choice for you. The measures in place aren’t quite as stringent as some other green hotels on this list, but they do include reducing water waste in rooms, offering green packaging for meetings and using LED lights and motion-sensors to reduce energy consumption.
W Hotel, Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 295 2800