When traveling with family—especially with young kiddos in tow—you might want accommodation with larger rooms, bunk beds, a swimming pool, kid-friendly restaurants, and entertaining attractions within walking distance. Sometimes, luxury hotels are the way to go because they offer many amenities that appeal to kids and adults alike. Plus, the cushy feel and elegant vibe don't hurt!

Staying in Barcelona

Sail over Barcelona in a gondola, an activity that kids tend to love.

If you're planning a trip to Barcelona with your family, you have your pick of hotels right in the center of it all. We recommend sticking to the Gothic Quarter, El Born, and Eixample neighborhoods, as these areas are where you'll find the best things to do in Barcelona, making it easier to explore the city if you have young kids with you. You might also like to have a few kid-friendly amenities, like a swimming pool, convenient onsite restaurants, and spacious rooms. For those looking for elegance, some of the best family-friendly hotels in Barcelona are luxury properties.

Our three top picks for luxury hotels that appeal to families include all the aforementioned amenities, plus add unique perks that you and your kids will enjoy. These include things like rooftop terraces overlooking the marina, being close to the beach and waterfront, and cool history, like staying in a medieval palace. All in all, our best luxury family-friendly hotels will keep even the youngest travelers happy.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Watch the sunset from the rooftop pool and lounge (Photo courtesy of Mercer Hotel Barcelona)

For a family-friendly luxury option in the city center, consider Mercer Hotel, one of the best luxury boutique hotels in Barcelona. Set in the Gothic Quarter, this property welcomes you right into the city's history. Kids will be excited to hear that the property includes part of the Roman wall of Barcino, an ancient Roman city set in present-day Barcelona. You'll also find details like preserved frescoes, wooden ceilings, and atriums ranging from the 12th to 18th centuries. 

The giant rooms at Mercer Hotel also accommodate families and channel the property's history, with floor-to-ceiling windows, oak flooring, 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 more space for the whole crew. You can easily explore the historic city center when not enjoying the property. 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. Don't worry—there are plenty of kid-friendly options at the hotel's tapas bar, Le Bouchon. Cool off during the day at one of the most beautiful rooftop terraces in the city, complete with a bar and outdoor pool (perfect for the kids!).

Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux‎

Splash around in your own private outdoor bath (Photo courtesy of Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux‎)

Another luxury hotel in Barcelona, Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux‎ combines two historic buildings, one being a 12th-century medieval palace. You and your kids can pretend to be royalty during your stay and enjoy knowing that 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'd like a bit more space, you can opt for a deluxe room, which also comes with a private terrace and outdoor tub, or a suite for a little extra seating. However, 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 with kid-friendly fare and a rooftop with an outdoor pool and sundeck.

Serras Barcelona

Enjoy a gourmet yet kid-friendly breakfast buffet (Photo courtesy of Serras Barcelona)

What makes Serras Barcelona so appealing for families 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's beaches 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.

But the appeal of Serras goes beyond its rooftop (though it's certainly a top perk), as the hotel also features a Michelin-star restaurant. But if that's a little too fancy for your crew, you'll find a kid-friendly tapas menu at the rooftop restaurant and snacks at the bar, open 24/7. 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. 

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—all perfect for families. If you'd like to enjoy the sea views from your room, opt for a suite with even more space and seating areas.