Planning a romantic getaway in the Catalan capital? Here are some of the best places to spend time with your loved one in Barcelona.
Duquesa de Cardona
This charming boutique hotel faces the marina Port Vell in Barcelona’s old town and commands great views of the harbour. Housed within a 19th-century palace, the hotel décor is in keeping with the Neoclassical charm of the building, which has retained many of its original architectural features. The cozy rooftop terrace of the Duquesa de Cardona is a great place to swim in the daytime, and at night becomes a sophisticated cocktail bar.
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Passeig de Colom, 12, Barcelona +34 932 68 90 90
Hidden away on the quiet backstreets of the Gothic Quarter, the Hotel Neri sits on the peaceful square that gives it its name, the Plaça Felip Neri. The only hotel in Barcelona to have been awarded prestigious Relais & Châteaux membership, the Hotel Neri is housed within a beautifully restored 12th-century palace. The hotel’s classic exterior contrasts with its modern interiors, which offer comfort and convenience.
Hotel Neri, Carrer de Sant Sever, 5, Barcelona +34 933 04 06 55
The Pulitzer Hotel
Just a minute’s walk from Plaça Catalunya and the main high-street shopping area of Barcelona, the Pulitzer hotel is the perfect place to stay if you want easy access to the city’s buzzing night-life. Shop until you drop and then nip back to leave your bags and grab a cheeky cocktail on the roof terrace of the hotel before heading out again. No need to worry about taxi rides and public transport: you’ll have the whole city on your doorstep.
Pol & Grace
Tucked away in the heights of the trendy Gracià neighbourhood, to the north of Avinguda Diagonal, Pol & Grace is an original boutique hotel that bears the name of its two owners. A young couple who decided to open a place to welcome guests to the city in a space that felt like a home, the hotel is full of personal touches. Each room has been tastefully decorated according to its own theme, and the public spaces are convivial and full of life.
Pol & Grace, Guillermo Tell, 49, Barcelona +34 934 15 40 00
Impress your partner with a stay in one of Barcelona’s most iconic hotels and give them a view they’re not likely to forget. Standing proudly at the very end of the Barceloneta pier, dangling into the Mediterranean ocean, the rooms of the W Hotel are designed to make you feel as if you’ve set sail to sea. Wake up to the sight of nothing but the ocean ahead of you, and watch the sun set over the Mediterranean.
W Hotel, Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona +34 932 95 28 00
A five-star hotel located just by the waterfront in the Gothic Quarter, Las Serras offers state-of-the-art accommodation with a modern feel. The hotel’s design is in keeping with contemporary Catalan style, combining luxurious materials and a palette of colours reminiscent of the Mediterranean. The restaurant, La Informal, is run by Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons and offers modern cuisine inspired by local produce, as well as the option to have your own freshly prepared tapas delivered upon arrival.
The Serras, Passeig de Colom, 9, Barcelona +34 931 69 18 68
The Aparthotel Arai offers all the luxury and service of a four-star hotel but with the convenience and comfort of your own private apartment. Located in the bohemian el Born neighbourhood, the hotel offers stylish rooms blending old and new – think original stone walls with designer leather sofas. But the rooms also come with a kitchen area including cooking utensils and a hob, perfect for when you’re in the mood for a romantic night in.
Aparthotel Arai, Carrer d’Avinyó, 30, Barcelona +34 933 20 39 50
One of the only boutique hotels in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Poble Sec, the Hotel Brummel is a cosmopolitan, modern hotel that offers casual luxury, with less bling and more soul. The décor is cool, quirky and contemporary and there are only 20 rooms in this 19th-century property, meaning that the staff will have absolutely no problem remembering just how you like your coffee. Cool down with a dip in the outdoor pool and grab a cocktail in the downstairs lobby before heading out to explore this foodie neighbourhood.
Hotel Brummell, Nou de la Rambla, 174, Barcelona +34 931 25 86 22
Soho House Barcelona
Possibly one of the coolest hang-outs in the city, Soho House Barcelona is a private members club and hotel that opened just last year and is already fast becoming the hottest place to be seen in town. Located next to the Marina Port Vell, the rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of the harbour for when you’re splashing around in the pool or sipping a cocktail in the sun. The rooms all have their own eclectic style, with vintage furniture and designer pieces creating a cozy atmosphere.
Soho House Barcelona, Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4, Barcelona +34 932 20 46 00
No children. No Pets. No photos. If this sounds like your kind of hotel then you may want to consider booking a stay at The Wittmore. This sophisticated hotel has distinctly British feel, with a décor halfway between that of a posh men’s club and a trendy London cocktail bar. The rooms feel luxurious and intimate, with the kind of fluffed up pillows you’re loath to leave in the morning.
The Wittmore, Carrer de Riudarenes, 7, Barcelona +34 935 50 08 85