Grand Hotel Central
Harper's Bazaar called the five-star Grand Hotel Central "a hymn to the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona." Perched just on the edge of this famous neighborhood, the hotel's paneled walls and impressive views mirror Barcelona's atmosphere. The main star here is one of the best infinity pools and roof terraces in Barcelona, which offer a stunning spot for an afternoon sunbath or evening cocktail to see and be seen.
Elsewhere on site, the Bistro Helena serves up seasonal market cuisine that celebrates Barcelona's culinary traditions. Settle into the "wellbeing zone" at the Único Spa or enjoy a poolside yoga session before you head out onto the Vía Laietana and into downtown.
Via Laietana 30
The Hotel Mercer blends luxury, architecture, and design within the heart of the Gothic Quarter, steps from hot spots like the Barcelona Cathedral, Picasso Museum, and Palau de la Música. This spot works best for travelers who prefer a subtle, understated elegance, with sleek, stylish furnishings that blend historical features with contemporary design. The historic buildings were professionally restored and are partially built atop an ancient Roman wall, and guests can spot medieval arches and 12th-century frescoes in its halls.
The private Mercer Restaurant offers elegant Catalan cuisine with a French twist. Meanwhile, in the original building courtyard, El Patio sits beneath the orange trees for a leisurely summer lunch. Take part in some tapas in the Le Bouchon gastro bar, settle in for a drink at the cozy Mercer Cocktail Bar, or sun yourself on the rooftop patio as you listen to the city around you.
Calle dels Lledó 7
Chic & Basic Born Boutique Hotel
Located in the arty El Born neighborhood, the Chic & Basic Born Boutique Hotel lives up to its name. Though the rooms are simple, they aren't lacking in style. Each of the 31 rooms has its own unique layout and touches like a stained glass window, colored lights, and crystal shower in the middle of the room.
Thanks to its convenient location, it's a great spot to rent a bicycle or electric scooter from the hotel to explore the city or ask the 24-hour staff for their favorite neighborhood tapas bar.
Calle Princesa 50
Crimson-toned Casa Camper sits in the Raval neighborhood just two minutes from the Plaza Catalunya and between Las Ramblas and the Museum of Contemporary Art, amidst boutiques, galleries, and bars. The modern, arty establishment has 30 rooms and 10 suites, all decorated in minimalist style with their bright color scheme and touches like hammocks or seating areas.
Rather than a minibar, the hotel offers what they call a "tentempié" service, with a 24-hour complimentary buffet open to guests, serving salads, sandwiches, snacks, and more. If you'd like a more formal dining experience, visit the Michelin-starred Dos Palillos hotel restaurant, which offers a fusion of Asian cuisine and tapas led by a former chef at El Bulli. Grab a snack from the honesty bar on the rooftop terrace or spend some time perfecting your pool game at Dos Billares bar.
Hotel Barcelona 1882
Named for the year that construction began on the nearby Sagrada Familia, the Hotel Barcelona 1882 offers four-star ambiance with an old-world feel. Their design team looked to both Gaudí and William Morris, who was one of the famous architect's sources of inspiration, to help create the hotel's aesthetic. The hotel isn't just style with no substance; they back it up with a sustainability-focused ethos, using local products, sustainable energy and water strategies, and a commitment to working with only ethical suppliers and collaborating with community organizations.
In honor of their modernist inspiration, the hotel offers free guided Gaudí tours, as well as yoga classes. A saltwater pool and succulent-lined sun terraces sit on the roof, along with the El Cel Bar. Streetside, you'll find El Bosc Terrace Bar for daytime munchies and the Bobò Bar in the evening.
The Gallery hotel's position in the Gràcia neighborhood near the Diagonal metro means it's still central, but away from the tourist crowds. Browse the high-end shops of the Paseo de Gracia and visit La Pedrera, one of Gaudí's famous houses, before you retire to your chic lodgings.
Rooms are decorated with a mix of colors and fabric textures, and some overlook the gardens of neighboring Palau Robert. Lounge in the courtyard gardens at the Mediterranean Sintonia restaurant, or enjoy international cuisine, music, and cocktails poolside on the roof at The Top bar. For longer stays, try out their Homtel option, which includes all the amenities of the hotel plus coworking space and other office accessories.
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