Staying in Barcelona
Barcelona seems to be the place for rooftop terraces, with an informal list of the best ones floating around the city each year. Some of the best rooftop hotels in Barcelona are atop luxury accommodations, a category that can truly elevate your experience in the city. As an additional perk, you'll find all our favorites in the Gothic Quarter, so those rooftop views are guaranteed to impress you. Besides the views, some of the best luxury rooftop hotels adorn the roof with other perks, like swimming pools, tapas bars, shaded lounges, and live events.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Consider staying at the 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. The building includes part of the Roman wall of ancient Barcino, plus preserved frescoes, wooden ceilings, and atriums ranging from the 12th to 18th centuries. But, of course, one of its biggest appeals is the rooftop, arguably the most elegant in the city, complete with incredible views, a bar, sundeck, and an outdoor pool.
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. And, of course, the rooftop terrace.
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What makes the rooftop at 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'll get views of the Gothic Quarter and Port Vell. In addition to these perfect vistas, you can also enjoy a sundeck with loungers, an outdoor pool and shower, a bar, and a shaded lounge. Its amazing rooftop is 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 certainly 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, too, opt for a suite, which also has in-room soaking tubs and/or seating areas.
If you want a rooftop terrace that feels like its own little oasis, stay at H10 Madison. Leafy plants border the heated (unique for Barcelona!) plunge pool, which provides the perfect refresh. The views are some of the best in the city—you might even feel like you can reach out and touch Barcelona Cathedral's spire from your sun lounger, shaded by striped umbrellas. On the other side of the rooftop, you'll find an eatery and bar with alfresco dining, which proves to be an ideal spot for sunset.
In addition to a nearly perfect rooftop terrace, H10 Madison has a few other perks, its location being at the top of the list. We're not sure if you can get more central than this hotel, as you'll be almost in the middle of Barcelona's historic center and within walking distance of all the sites. You can easily explore the Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça de Catalunya, the Picasso Museum, Arc de Triomf, Port Vell, and even Barceloneta.
The rooms at H10 Madison follow the property's red, blue, and white color palette, which can make them feel a little outdated. Still, all are spacious and comfortable, and some have balconies and views of the cathedral. When not enjoying the rooftop or wandering the historic center of Barcelona, grab a meal or drink at Avenue Restaurant or the cocktail bar on the ground floor, featuring vintage designs and bright colors.
Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa
Enjoy all the unique perks that Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa offers, including its beautiful rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool, sun loungers, showers, and exceptional views. The rooftop doesn't add any other perks, but that keeps it feeling quite serene, almost like a reprieve from the city. You can also relax at the organic and vegan spa (one of the first of its kind) and enjoy other hotel amenities, such as a flower market, rentals for vintage bikes and longboards, a fun photo booth, yoga kits, and cooking classes.
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.