Soho House Barcelona
4 Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, Las Ramblas
We love the stylish, shabby-chic touches and conveniences that are a Soho House signature and the 18th century building and harbor views don’t hurt either.
46 Paseo de Gracia, Dreta de l'Eixample
At just nine-rooms strong, a week spent at this elegant boutique property is a lot like staying at a local’s private home, if they had a concierge, laundry service, and a kitchen with snacks on demand 24/7.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
38-40 Passeig de Gràcia, Dreta de l'Eixample
Every bit as incredible as you'd want a Mandarin Oriental hotel to be, the chain's Barcelona location is in the center of the city, on the architecturally historic and shopping-centric Passeig de Gràcia. The 360-degree views of the city from the hotel's rooftop pool and Terrat restaurant are stunning, and some of the suites have pretty amazing views, too (i.e., looking out onto Gaudí's Casa Batlló). If you have time for a pampering session at the Mandarin's spa while you're there—worth it. (And the hotel can arrange babysitting services for you, should you need, as long as you let them know a day in advance.)
670 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Eixample
Back in the 1880’s this landmark neoclassical building housed the Cotton Textile Exchange, but these days it’s home to a stunning 83-room hotel with a moody interior, a sweeping rooftop deck, and a one-of-a-kind suspended spiral staircase. As elaborate as the lobby and communal spaces may be (the library is particularly dramatic), the guestrooms are comfortably plush yet soothing in neutral tones and modern furnishings. Batuar restaurant, which has an old school marble bar and a lush terrace, is just as good for a fancy dinner as it is for a swift breakfast pre-touring.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Eixample
The pleasantly priced rooms range in size from teeny to sprawling (some even have private terraces complete with outdoor shower).
11 Carrer d'Elisabets, Ciutat Vella
A very original, small hotel, Casa Camper is in a 19th-century gothic building in the Raval area of Ciutat Vella, around the corner from the Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). In addition to being an adored hotel, Casa Camper is home to Albert Raurich's first-rate restaurant, Dos Palilos.
69 Passeig de Gràcia, Dreta de l'Eixample
Open since 1918, Hotel Majestic is ideally situated on Passeig de Gràcia, a short walk to Gaudí’s La Pedrera. The exterior of the building is absolutely beautiful, especially when lit up at night, and the interior feels wonderfully luxe.
Hotel Casa Fuster
132 Passeig de Gràcia, Vila de Gràcia
Designed by Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Casa Fuster is a modernist masterpiece. The interior bar, Café Vienés, is particularly beautiful—go here for a coffee or a cocktail. And on Thursday nights, between 9 and 11, the space transforms into a jazz club.
Hotel Miramar Barcelona
3 Plaça de Carlos Ibáñez, El Poble-Sec
Hotel Miramar sits a bit outside the city center, but you can be in the Las Ramblas district in minutes. Formerly a palace (built in 1922 by architect Ramon Raventós and inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII) the hotel has maintained its original, classy façade. And GP is a big fan of the sleek and minimalist interiors.
150 Carrer de Pau Claris, Dreta de l'Eixample
Located just off Paseo de Gracia, Claris is a mix of classic decor and a slightly hipster vibe. Throughout the hotel, you'll find English furniture pieces from the 18th- and 19th-centuries, Roman sculptures from the 2nd- and 3rd-centuries, original etchings commissioned by Napoleon, and so on. There's also a museum featuring Egyptian art from the the Jordi Clos Archaeological Foundation’s private collection. And a modest rooftop pool.