Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Eixample
Sure, there’s something about this 67-room boutique property that reads very Ace Hotel-like—the fact that founder Inés Miró-Sans worked with Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack to nail the subtly hipster aesthetic has a lot to do with it—but with its original tile work and open-air passageways, the 19th-century mansion that houses the hotel and its sibling businesses is European through and through. The pleasantly priced rooms range in size from teeny to sprawling (some even have private terraces complete with outdoor shower). You’ll also find the Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey restaurant, Mother juice bar, and Satan’s Coffee Corner without even having to leave the property.
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.
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.
19-21 Carrer de la Marina, La Barceloneta
Built for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Hotel Arts is a big hotel done right. The rooms are beautiful, the service is great, and its location in Barceloneta means amazing seaside views.
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.
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.
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 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.
Hotel Praktik Bakery
279 Carrer de Provença, Eixample
While there are several Praktik mini-chain outposts in Barcelona, only one has a Baluard bakery right on site, meaning the scent of fresh-baked bread and pastry is included in the rates (which are some of the most reasonable in town). The whitewashed Lazaro Rosa-Violán-designed rooms are small but comfortable and come with all the basic creature comforts. And whatever the hotel lacks in glitz and glamour it more than makes up for in location…and carbs.
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.)
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