Staying in Barcelona
Some of the best boutique hotels in Barcelona are the luxury ones, as they give you that personal and charming experience but with a pinch of elegance. Our picks provide historic buildings that tell a story, ultra-comfy rooms, and sophisticated amenities that make your stay memorable. Relax on rooftop terraces, eat at gourmet restaurants, pamper yourself at the spa, or take cooking classes. When deciding how many days to spend in Barcelona, give yourself at least a few nights to enjoy these properties!
As a bonus, all our favorites are in the Gothic Quarter, where you'll find some of the best things to do in Barcelona. Whether you want to stroll down La Rambla, try all the goodies at the Mercat de la Boqueria, visit the Barcelona Cathedral, or admire the architecture on Passeig de Gràcia, all of the best luxury boutique hotels are within walking distance of these significant sites.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
For one of the best luxury rooftop hotels in Barcelona, consider staying (and relaxing) at the Mercer Hotel. Set in the Gothic Quarter, this property welcomes you right into the city's history, with the building including part of the Roman wall of ancient Barcino, plus preserved frescoes, wooden ceilings, and atriums ranging from the 12th to 18th centuries.
The giant rooms at Mercer Hotel also channel the property's history, with floor-to-ceiling windows, oak flooring, free-standing soaking tubs, and stone walls. The hotel starts room categories at a superior tier to maintain its elegance, though you can opt for a suite if you'd like to splurge. You can easily explore the historic city center when not enjoying your room. You'll be walking distance from sites like Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça de Sant Jaume, the El Born historic neighborhood, the waterfront promenade, and La Rambla.
After a day of seeing the sites, you can relax with some of the hotel amenities, such as the Mercer Restaurant, which puts a modern twist on classic Catalan dishes and overlooks an inner courtyard filled with orange trees. You'll also find a gastro bar, cocktail bar, and one of the most elegant rooftop terraces in the city, complete with a bar and outdoor pool.
Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux combines two historic buildings, one being a 12th-century medieval palace. After renovation and preservation efforts, the hotel received an award for adding value to the city's heritage. You'll enjoy this legacy in the spacious and ultra-comfy rooms, featuring wooden floors, high ceilings, and views overlooking the historic Gothic Quarter streets. If you're looking forward to exploring these historic streets, this is one of the best hotels in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona.
If you'd like to splurge, you can opt for the deluxe room that includes a private terrace and outdoor tub or a suite with a relaxing seating area. Families and small groups might prefer the hotel's Casa Neri, a subsection of one-bedroom apartments with its own private rooftop pool and sundeck.
Enjoy walking through Barcelona's historic center, easily reaching sites on foot, such as the Barcelona Cathedral, Calle del Bisbe (and its famed Gothic bridge), Barceloneta, and La Rambla. When done for the day, head back to the hotel to enjoy its amenities, including a terraced restaurant and two bars, one on the rooftop near the outdoor pool and sundeck.
Known as a "museum hotel," you'll truly have a unique experience at Hotel Bagués. The property shares its history with a 100-year-old jewelry brand, Bagués-Masriera Jewellery Store. You'll find a few small exhibitions around the hotel highlighting these jewels, plus several nods to the brand in the property's decor and construction, including a golden vine sculpture at the main staircase.
You have three choices of rooms at Hotel Bagués: deluxe, superior, and suites. These elevated categories keep the hotel's elegance high while still offering options with perks like private terraces and outdoor tubs. You can also enjoy several on-site amenities, such as a luxurious lobby eatery, plus a rooftop terrace with a tapas bar, sundeck, and outdoor pool. From here, you can enjoy a 360° view of the city, including La Rambla.
Besides all the goodies inside, Hotel Bagués also offers an exceptional location right on the popular La Rambla avenue. One step out of the lobby gets you to the historic Betlem Church, and you'll be just one block from Mercat de la Boqueria. Other sites that you can easily walk to include the Barcelona Cathedral, the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, and Plaça de Catalunya, to name just a few.
Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa
Enjoy all the unique perks Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa offers, including an organic and vegan spa (one of the first of its kind), a flower market, rentals for vintage bikes and longboards, fun photo booths, yoga kits, and cooking classes. You'll also find other amenities, like a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool, a lobby shop selling goods from local artisans, and an onsite restaurant with a trendy vibe.
Aside from the obvious perks, you can also enjoy the rooms, all of which (even the standard category) offer stately decor and ambiance. Some rooms have private terraces overlooking the Ciutat Vella neighborhood, and all feature rainfall showers and luxury toiletries from the spa. As perhaps the ultimate perk at Yurbban Passage, all guests also receive 30 complimentary minutes to enjoy the water circuit at the spa.
Another reason to love this hotel is its location in the El Born neighborhood above a historic merchants' passage, where you'll find the property's flower market. You'll also be within walking distance of numerous city sites, the closest being Plaça de Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia, and La Rambla.
Hotel Serras Barcelona
What makes Serras Barcelona so appealing is the hotel's location right on Passeig de Colom, one of the city's main streets running along the waterfront and marina. For this reason, you can easily explore it all, as you'll be near Port Vell and Barceloneta while also being in the Gothic Quarter. Another perk of the hotel's location is the view from its rooftop terrace, which includes a sundeck with loungers, an outdoor pool and shower, a bar, and a shaded lounge. These fun perks are part of what makes Serras one of the best luxury family-friendly hotels in Barcelona.
But the appeal of Serras goes beyond its rooftop (though it's undoubtedly a top perk), as the hotel also features a restaurant with a unique menu crafted by Michelin-star Chef Marc Gascons. And if you want to stay literally among Barcelona's history, know that the hotel's 19th-century building once housed Picasso's art studio when he was just a young teenager. The renovated space features iron, wood, and tile motifs to pay homage to Barcelona's industrial past, and you'll notice many natural elements to keep the hotel bright and airy.
You'll also surely enjoy the rooms at Serras, which combine the hotel's five-star elegance with unique art, pops of color, wooden flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious quarters, and bright, modern bathrooms. If you'd like to enjoy the sea views from your room, opt for a suite with in-room soaking tubs and/or seating areas.