The Most Romantic Hotels in Barcelona

Book a room in the W Hotel for dreamy views over the Mediterranean
Book a room in the W Hotel for dreamy views over the Mediterranean | Courtesy of W Hotel Barcelona / Expedia
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26 April 2021

With its late-night culture, seductive culinary scene and voluptuous architecture, Barcelona has long been a popular destination for romantic getaways.

For the perfect break-for-two, though, you’ll need your accommodations to be every bit as seductive as the city itself. Luckily, there’s a wealth of dreamy choices offering everything from rose-garnished beds to outdoor bathtubs. Read on for Culture Trip’s selection of the most romantic hotels to book in Barcelona.

Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection

4.6/5 (119 Reviews)
Cotton House Hotel
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From $258 Per night per room

This luxury Marriott hotel is housed in a 19th-century building that once served as HQ for the Association of Cotton House Manufacturers. For a memorable romantic stay, book one of the opulent suites, which feature draped four-poster beds, vaulted ceilings with original frescoes and balconies looking out over Gran Via, one of Barcelona’s busiest streets. You’ll also have access to the neighbouring Mayan Spa for couples’ massages, and to a rooftop plunge pool with views of Sagrada Familia.

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H10 Art Gallery

4.5/5 (629 Reviews)
From $111 Per night per room

Situated in the smart neighbourhood of Eixample, H10’s four-star Art Gallery has two romantic spaces in which to relax: an intimate patio centred around a century-old olive tree and a rooftop terrace with a pool, loungers and a cocktail service. Each floor’s soundproofed, ensuite bedrooms take inspiration from artists such as Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, and the hotel also has a notable collection of works by Joan Miro and Miquel Barcelo. A buffet breakfast is available for an additional fee.

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Hotel Casa Bonay

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (457 Reviews)
From $140 Per night per room

Soulful boutique Casa Bonay offers rooms in a townhouse dating from 1869, in which original features such as mosaic floors and sliding doors have been carefully preserved. Accommodations in the Catalan capital don’t come much sexier than the courtyard doubles with large terraces, which feature secluded patios with outdoor showers and hammocks. Enjoy tapas and beers on the roof, or head to the Libertine bar for cocktails and live DJs. The Bodega Bonay restaurant showcases Catalonia’s finest wines and produce.

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El Palace


First opened as Barcelona’s Ritz in 1919, El Palace still guarantees one of the most extravagant stays in the Catalan capital. Wow your loved one with the Romantic Package, which includes a welcome gift of cava, chocolates and flowers in a room or suite of your choice, late checkout and dinner-for-two with champagne at L’Eclair, a Catalan-French restaurant in the ornate main hall. Afterwards, waltz over to sultry speakeasy El Bluesman, or a flower-filled rooftop overlooking Eixample.

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Roca Rooms & Apartments

Boutique Hotel

Roca offers vintage accommodations across two historic buildings in the heart of Eixample. Couples will love the Deluxe doubles or the Studios, all of which have cosy terraces or balconies, retro furniture and Magic Eye-style mosaic floors (the Studios also have kitchenettes). Breakfast, drinks and snacks are served in a ground-floor lounge decorated with mid-century furniture and more hypnotic tile work. La Rambla and the Boqueria Market, two of Barcelona’s most iconic attractions, are both about a 20-minute walk away.

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Hotel 1898

Hotel, Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (994 Reviews)
Hotel 1898, Barcelona
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From $185 Per night per room

Built in 1880 and named after the year in which Spain lost the last two outposts of its Empire, Cuba and the Philippines, this is the only hotel on La Rambla with a thermal water circuit and indoor pool (the luxury spa occupies the building’s former coal cellars). La Isabela roof terrace is one of the most romantic spots in the city at sunset, offering highly Instagrammable views, innovative cocktails, tapas and chilled music. The Superior Rooms and Colonial Suites look directly onto the Rambla.

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Duquesa de Cardona

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (983 Reviews)
From $177 Per night per room
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 cosy rooftop terrace of the Duquesa de Cardona is a great place to swim in the daytime, and at night becomes a sophisticated cocktail bar.
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Hotel Neri

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.6/5 (235 Reviews)
Classic Double or Twin Room, City View Hotel Neri | © Expedia
From $336 Per night per room
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. For maximum romance, book a Deluxe Room with Terrace, all of which feature decked patios with open-air bathtubs, rainfall showers and in-room massage menus. Dates can’t fail on the roof terrace, a seductively-lit oasis overlooking Gotico’s ancient rooftops. Accommodations are spread over 22 rooms and suites and six serviced apartments.
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The Pulitzer Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (990 Reviews)
From $127 Per night per room

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. A stay here is a treat in itself but earn extra brownie points by booking the Lovers’ Pack. This includes a red ribbon on the door, a rose-garnished bed, a bottle of cava, chocolates and more. You can also surprise your partner by having a bouquet delivered to the suite, or by treating them to an in-room massage. Enjoy live DJ sets up on the roof terrace, one of Barcelona’s most fashionable venues, and sample the vibrant Mediterranean fare at the Greenhouse Restaurant. Guests also have access to the Holmes Place Fitness Centre, located a five-minute walk away.

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Pol & Grace

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Pol & Grace
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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. For instance, the works of previous Artists in Residence are displayed in the common areas. Couples are best off in the Double, Double Superior or Triple Rooms, all of which feature crisp, minimalist design.If you’re travelling with your pooch, they are welcome too. Take a romantic stroll in Park Guell, Barcelona’s most iconic green space, or along Calle Verdi, a thoroughfare lined with vintage stores and trendy cafes (twenty and ten minutes on foot, respectively).
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  • W Hotel

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.3/5 (976 Reviews)
    Watch the sun set at the W Hotel
    Watch the sun set at the W Hotel | © Enric Fradera
    From $319 Per night per room
    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 sunset over the Mediterranean.
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    The Serras

    Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel
    4.9/5 (456 Reviews)
    The Serras Hotel, Barcelona
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    From $295 Per night per room
    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.
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    Aparthotel Arai

    Hotel, Apartment
    4.7/5 (776 Reviews)
    From $173 Per night per room
    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.
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    Hotel Brummel

    Boutique Hotel
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    This warehouse-like hotel is in the trendy Poble Sec neighborhood
    This warehouse-like hotel is in the trendy Poble Sec neighborhood | Courtesy of Hotel Brummell/Expedia
    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.

    Soho House Barcelona

    Boutique Hotel
    4.4/5 (980 Reviews)
    Soho House Barcelona
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    From $118 Per night per room

    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 cosy atmosphere.

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    The Wittmore

    4.8/5 (274 Reviews)
    The Wittmore, Barcelona
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    From $338 Per night per room
    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 a 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.
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    Tara Jessop contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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