Wondering where to bed down in Barca? It’s time to discover your next dream escape – and these fabulous Barcelona hotels are where to start.
I’ve just returned from a month stay in Barcalona and, let me tell you guys, this city never fails to make me swoon.
But, where you stay in this city can seriously make or break your trip. So, do you opt for a cosy boutique spot in the Gothic quarter? Or, how about a luxe hotel suite in the buzzing Eixample district?
I’ve got the lowdown on where to stay, so let’s get into it. These are the best hotels in Barcelona for your next Spanish escape…
Best Hotels in Barcelona: At a Glance
|Best Hotels in Barcelona – Top Picks||Hotel|
|Best Overall Hotel in Barcelona||W Hotel Barcelona|
|Best Luxury Hotel in Barcelona||Mandarin Oriental Barcelona|
|Best Boutique Hotel in Barcelona||Yurbban Passage|
|Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Barcelona for||Hotel Pulitzer|
Best Hotels in Barcelona
W Hotel Barcelona
Sitting right on the water’s edge, with ocean currents lapping at its feet, the W Hotel dominates as one of – if not the – best Barcelona hotels near the beach.
Needless to say, the W presents a high-end facade and flaunts an equally luxurious atmosphere. At the same time, though, elements such as its world-famous Eclipse bar and rooftop infinity pool create a young and sexy vibe.
With a variety of rooms, expect to find unparalleled views of either the ocean or the city. Designed to reflect its surroundings, aside from the marbled maritime blue carpets, rooms showcase minimalism which dictates that a stay here is all about the views.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Widely renowned as one of the world’s top hotels, the Mandarin Oriental is a lavish base for your city trip. Situated on the celebrated Passeig de Gracia, this hotel is opulence… and then some.
And when I say it’s bougie, I mean it’s bougie. Attention to detail is evident throughout from the top of its rooftop pool terrace to the depths of its cutting-edge spa.
With 120 room options to choose between, standard rooms, although small, feature breezy decor and styling with a cream-coloured palette and some tasteful oriental touches. Suites, however, are enormous, showcasing the same styling.
Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli
As a Londoner, I’m pretty used to the stylish charm of Soho House – yet this Barcelona hotel is pretty breathtaking. I’m not kidding.
First impressions present it as an English country house with perfectly-designed elements, such as pale olive-coloured panelling and rustic-looking furnishings. However, its bewitching rooftop pool, Cowshed spa and uber-plush subterranean cinema prove it’s all about luxury.
The “tiny” rooms are exactly that, but as you progress along the size chart, the room size does too. But, present in each are eclectic touches such as vintage radios, authentic brollies and fluffy dressing gowns.
Design lovers, consider making a pilgrimage to visit Barcelona – if only to stay at The Hoxton. It’s relatively new, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best hotels in the city.
Opting to set itself in an area where locals head to avoid crowded tourist hubs, the first entry for the Hoxton group in Spain cements its presence in Poblenou. The first impression – the open-plan bar, restaurant and reception – is sleek and stylish.
Rooms are simple and design-led, but with many suites boasting direct views of La Sagrada Familia, it’s unsurprising why travellers naturally gravitate to it.
Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona
When it comes to where to stay in Barcelona, Hotel Pulitzer is a standout. A few steps from Plaça Catalunya in the bustling La Ramblas area, this hotel promises a good time.
Why? The Pulitzer is the kind of place that exudes a vibrantly cool atmosphere, which does well to match its clientele of party lovers. Not to say it can’t be a peaceful escape either, as its funky design, eco-friendly outlook, dark wood and leather interiors are exceptionally serene to the senses.
Better yet, rooms are spacious and rates are low. What’s not to love?
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Carrer de la Marina
It would be a great injustice for this guide to exist without including the iconic Hotel Arts. This isn’t just a spa hotel in Barcelona – it’s an entire experience.
Somewhat isolated from the buzz of the city, its idyllic location a stone’s throw from Nova Icària beach, and epic culinary scene, make it a destination in its own right. Synonymous with the hotel is its two-Michelin-starred Enoteca restaurant, helmed by chef Paco Pérez.
Considering the mix of modern and classic design visible throughout, rooms are decorated in neutral tones, but all showcase captivating views of either the ocean, city, or both.
Hotel 1898 is a serene escape that contrasts with the ever-buzzing surroundings of La Ramblas. So, if you’re after an ideal place to bed down in the city centre, this is it.
With nods to its historic roots, the 1898 maintains a stately and sophisticated flair. However, room interiors truly show that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The candy-striped wallpaper and bedspreads dictated by the floor colour are proof of this.
The Barcelona Edition
Barcelona Edition is a gorgeous and lively hotel that sits within the equally fun El Born quarter. It boasts a striking bohemian attitude courtesy of the same mind behind New York’s legendary Studio 54. A 100-room affair that takes what you expect from a hotel and elevates all of it.
Beyond the usual elements, expect to find an all-day tapas bar, one of the most awarded speakeasies in town and a velvet-curtained cabaret corner. Then there’s the rooftop bar and terrace hosting world-famous DJs during the summer months.
Add Gaudi-inspired furniture and abstract art to this already-winning recipe, and you’ll never want to leave.
Housed within a former textile factory, Yurbban Passage is charming beyond compare. Its near-perfect location near the city centre only adds to this allure.
The Yurbban’s warmly hued interiors and fluid spacing aim to create a homely feel – and it succeeds. Neoteric seating, complete with mismatched cushions, vintage bookcases and exposed brick walls only add to this cosy design.
As for room interiors, expect simplicity with plenty of creature comforts. All of this at a (relatively) wallet-friendly price? Yes, please.
Kimpton Vividora Hotel
Set among the bar- and boutique-lined streets of Barcelona’s artsy Gothic Quarter, the Kimpton Vividora Hotel pairs laid-back Mediterranean styling with localised design. The result? An ambitious, creative and seductive accommodation.
Tapping the creative minds of El Equipo Creativo, one of the most respected Catalan design houses, the Kimpton is bright and bold. Combining warm earthy palettes with handcrafted elements, it’s an aesthetic paradise.
Each of the 156 rooms plays with contrasting features and the finest of attention paid to every detail. Of course, its true treasures, the ground floor cafe, glinting rooftop bar and Catalan-influenced restaurant, turn this into a knockout.
El Palace Hotel
Only a handful of properties in the city manage to capture the glorious heritage of Barcelona, and among them, the El Palace reigns supreme. Occupying a privileged corner of Gran Via, its Baroque opulence is almost ethereal.
But the real reason I’m eyeing up this hotel? For the jazz events in the Bluesman Bar and alfresco films on its dual-level terrace of course.
Rooms are equally as impressive with plush carpeting and gorgeous tasselled silk curtains. Marble fireplaces, traditional wood furnishings and antiques give each a final chef’s kiss.
Sir Victor Barcelona
Carrer del Rosselló
A fresh update on the Hotel Omm, the original design hotel of the city dating back to 2003 and somewhat of a landmark, Sir Victor Barcelona, is clean, crisp and enticing.
Its 91 rooms showcase what you’d expect from a design hotel – muted colours and warm lighting. While its Zen geometry spa and Mr Porter Steakhouse add to its vibe, the best part is the rooftop pool overlooking Gaudi’s Casa Mila.
If you’re looking for the best Barcelona hotel with a pool, look no further than Ohla Eixample. Its design teeters perfectly between brutally cool and warm and cosy.
Trunk-like metal beams meet exposed industrial ceilings and multi-coloured lamps, it’s no surprise it attracts anyone with an obvious love affair with cutting-edge design. You’ll find rooms spacious and cement-heavy but striking nonetheless.
No stay here, though, is worthwhile without indulging at Michelin-starred Xerta.
Hotel Neri spans two characterful buildings. One is an 18th-century mansion, the other a 12th-century stone palace, both drenched in contemporary styling.
Unabashedly one of the best hotels in Barcelona’s city centre, it still has some of its centuries-old boutiquey bold palettes. Serene feels emanate from the soft creams and grey fabrics, highlighted by tasteful black and white photos adorning the walls.
Although you won’t find a gym or pool here, you’ll have ample on-site standout features such as the atmospheric terrace and leafy rooftop bar. Then again, perched right next door is the Cathedral of Barcelona, so you probably won’t be spending too much time inside anyway.
Almanac Barcelona is a sumptuous 5-star hotel just off the ritzy Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, with the best of the city’s shopping and dining outside your doorstep.
Local designer, Jaime Bereistian, put his spin on the entire hotel’s appearance, which harks back to 1920s Art Deco. To create a fresh and modern look, golden tones, rich textures and subtle pops of colour peek around every corner.
To cap things off, the multi-tiered rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of Barcelona.
Quietly hidden along a narrow, near-silent street in the Gothic Quarter, The Wittmore Hotel entices with an almost hush-hush quality. Adding to this, it’s an adults-only property that forbids any photographs of its interiors.
Indicative of a genuine members-only club vibe, the Wittmore showcases a decadent, dimly lit and red velvet haven for those looking for an intimate getaway. In contrast, a fresh redesign from Barcelona’s Septiembre Arquitectura has added a modern twist.
Each room overlooks the courtyard and uses retro aspects in the finer details. These include Marshall speakers, push-button telephones, vintage bedside tables and striking deep red sofas.
Cotton House Hotel
Cotton House Hotel is where a riot of Neoclassical style sits within the bones of a 19th-century cotton guild building.
Its cotton theme is evident in elements such as orb-shaped chandeliers, while you can even order a custom-made hand-stitched candy-coloured t-shirt from the concierge desk.
You can plan an epic day here: opt for a classic mojito before a light brunch, followed by a snooze next to the stunning rooftop pool, before ducking into your eclectic and comfortable room.
Sounds like heaven? I thought so.
Situated within a 19th-century mansion, the former home of industrialist Enric Batlló, The Monument Hotel is everything you could want from a chic property in a glitzy Barca neighbourhood.
Its 84 bedrooms boast exposed brick walls, eye-catching oak floors and slate-grey hexagonal tiled bathrooms that scream neo-gothic to match the exterior. As amazing as this is, the actual draw to the Monument is its culinary offerings.
Lasarte is a quintessential gastronomic paradise, with famed 12 Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui at its helm. It is one of only a few three-Michelin-starred restaurants in central Barcelona.
Best Hotels in Barcelona: Frequently Asked Questions
Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Barcelona Hotel
- Although accommodation is pricey in Barcelona, there are some inexpensive boutique options throughout that offer affordable luxury. Use Booking.com to find the best deals.
- Book your stay in advance – especially in the more popular areas like Eixample and the Gothic Quarter.