In recent years, the trend for eco-friendly design and sustainable practices has established itself as the new norm as travellers have become increasingly aware of the environmental costs of travel. Given the status of Barcelona as one of the premier smart cities in Europe and a hub for new technologies, it’s no surprise there are plenty of green options to choose from. Here’s our pick of some of the best sustainable hotels in the Catalan capital – now bookable with Culture Trip.
If you’re willing to share a room, then the Twentytú Hostel 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 greywater recovery, pneumatic waste collection and the use of Smartwatt devices to reduce energy consumption.
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 its impact on the environment, including using solar panels for energy and sourcing plant varieties that require minimal watering, as well as LED lighting to keep energy consumption down.
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 rainwater, even the beds and mattresses have been made using natural materials and sustainably sourced wood. There’s even a farm onsite that provides some of the produce for the two in-house restaurants.
This modern urban hotel is located on the city’s famous Passeig de Gracià – Barcelona’s answer to the Champs-Élysées – and offers great access to the designer stores and boutiques in the area, as well as the masterpieces of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The Sixtytwo Hotel is committed to providing its guests with a menu of dishes prepared using KM0 products, meaning products that are produced within 100 kilometres (62 miles) of the hotel itself. Given the richness of choice offered by Catalonian farms and wineries, there’s plenty to choose from.
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 decor at 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 the internet, mobile phones or any other electronic devices, thanks to a purpose-built electromagnetic disabler.