Any time of the year is ideal to take a holiday in Barcelona. However, if you are chasing the sun then the months of May through to September would probably suit you better. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and the capital of the region of Catalonia. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona can be both a city break, and beach holiday destination. The majority of tourists head for the area known as Las Ramblas – probably the most famous street in Spain. Take a stroll down the street from the centre of the city right down to the sea and you will find a plethora of bars, restaurants, ancient buildings, cafes and street vendors.
With the huge selection of sites to visit during your stay, you will never be without something to see, no matter how many times you visit Barcelona.
We have set out below our favourite luxury hotels in Barcelona with each one having something different to offer its guests. From small boutique hotels set in the heart of the city, to large modern beachside hotels. From charming rooms in historic buildings, to extravagant suites. Why not take a look to see which one would be your choice.
A 5-star hotel located in the heart of Barcelona – Las Ramblas. The hotel boasts a privileged location not far from Barcelona Cathedral (Sagrada Familia) and Guell Park. Just a few minutes walk will find you at Paseo Maritimo and the luxury shopping area of Passeig de Gracia. Hotel Bagues offers guests comfortable accommodation in a friendly atmosphere.
There are 31 stylish rooms and a number of in-house facilities including restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym, lifts, 24-hour reception, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, WiFi, minibar, safe and hairdryer.
The elegant rooms have first-class finishes such as walls and wardrobes panelled with Madagascar ebony with gold leaf accents. The most exclusive and spacious rooms are located on the 6th floor and have a private terrace with jacuzzi.
The hotel bar is located in the lobby area and is open both to guests, and the general public. The rooftop terrace has spectacular views of Barcelona, particular in the evening. A small pool enables guests to cool off whilst enjoying cocktails and tapas.
Hotel El Palace
Situated in the heart of Barcelona, close to the shopping centre, and by the main city attractions, this luxurious hotel is the symbol of detailed perfection. Facilities and services include 24-hour reception, restaurants, lounge bar, lift, WiFi in public areas and rooms, parking (additional charge). Rooms have air-conditioning, TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and mini bar. Taking children under 12? The hotel will provide specially selected toys in your room.
Opened in 1919 as the former Ritz Barcelona, it hosted guests from monarchs to musicians. In 2017, it went through an extensive refurbishment. Work took place on the seventh floor, with the creation of the Diana Garden. This is a 1,500m2 area with various species of plants, fountains, pergolas, and pools and is possibly the largest and most exclusive roof garden in the city. Here you will find a swimming pool, bar and restaurant to accompany the wonderful skyline views.
The restaurants offer the best of local cuisine as well as cocktails, tapas, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The luxury spa influenced by the Mayan culture, offers treatments to guests including massages and facials.
Hotel Do Placa Reial
The 5-star hotel is conveniently situated just a 5-minute walk from Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Nearby attractions include the Boqueria Market, Sagrada Familia, Guell Park, Santa Maria del Mar, the Picasso Museum and the Port of Barcelona.
The charming hotel features modern rooms inside an historic building dating back to 1856 – renovated in 2011. The hotel consists of 18 individually decorated, luxury rooms.
The hotel is air-conditioned and guests are welcomed in the lobby, which offers a 24-hour reception and a 24-hour check-out service. There is also a hotel safe, cloakroom and lift access to the upper floors. Guests can enjoy a drink at the café and the hotel has 2 restaurants offering Mediterranean cuisine and tapas.
All of the double rooms and suites are external and have views over the Plaza Real and/or Las Ramblas. The El Terrat room, which is located on the roof, has a terrace with a private pool for the people using that room. All rooms are en-suite with a shower, bath and a hairdryer. Amenities include a direct dial telephone, satellite/cable TV, radio, and Internet access. There is also a safe, minibar and an ironing set. Individually regulated air conditioning and individually regulated heating are standard features in all rooms, and have their own balcony or terrace.
The hotel features a rooftop swimming pool, sun terrace with sun loungers. There is also a spa offering massage treatments, a sauna and a steam room. The nearby beach is sandy.
The exclusive Mercer Hotel Barcelona enjoys a superb location in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Just a short stroll will bring you to Las Ramblas, Barcelona Cathedral (Sagrada Familia), Museum of the History of Barcelona, and Plaça Reial.
The hotel is set in a historical building with its origins dating from the first century AD, and features a beautiful orange tree patio.
Each of the 28 luxurious room comes with sleek wood floors, en-suite bathroom with rain shower, and a complimentary minibar. Guests might choose from two sophisticated restaurants serving rich French cuisine in a tastefully refined setting and carefully chosen tapas in a cultured tavern-style atmosphere, and spend a sunny afternoon lounging by the sparkling pool on the fourth-floor terrace with magical views over the rooftops of Barcelona.
Located in the heart of Paseo de Gracia, the most elegant shopping street in Barcelona, is the 5-star Monument Hotel. This is a modern and luxurious hotel housed in an imposing mansion of neo Gothic inspiration, built between 1895 and 1896. You will be minutes from Casa Enric Batllo and Casa Batllo, as well as close to Sagrada Familia.
There are 84 elegant rooms available at the Monument Hotel with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, private balcony or patio, WiFi and satellite programmes. Private bathrooms have bathtubs and designer toiletries as well as hairdryers.
The penthouse suite located on the top floor has access to 5 balconies providing panoramic views, 2 bedrooms, living room and lounge area. There are also 2 bathrooms – one with whirlpool and rain shower and the other with a Victorian bathtub. You will be able to pamper yourself with the Jo Malone bathroom accessories. The private dining room seats up to 2 people and is adjacent to the kitchen area. A butler service is included throughout your stay.
Guests can enjoy the hotel’s sauna and 24-hour fitness centre. There is a wonderful rooftop terrace on the 6th floor where you will find an outdoor pool, relaxing lounge area and dining facilities where you can also enjoy a cocktail.
Hotel & Spa Majestic Barcelona
This luxurious hotel is situated on one of Barcelona’s most famous streets, the Paseo de Gracia, with its prestigious fashion shopping, and just a few steps from Gaudi’s Casa Batllo. Its neoclassical facade combines with a contemporary interior, and its rooftop terrace enjoys an outdoor pool and fantastic views over the city.
Hotel facilities include 24-hour reception, 2 restaurants, bar, pool bar, outdoor pool, sauna, steam bath, massage, gym, and parking.
There are 271 rooms, suites and penthouses at the hotel. Room have bathroom/shower, hairdryer, mini bar, safe, telephone, internet, TV, work desk and air-conditioning. The penthouses on the 9th floor and have views of either Sagrada Familia, or Paseo de Gracia. Their large terraces come complete with private jacuzzi and sun loungers. Don’t worry about getting to/from the airport as guests staying in a penthouse will be chauffeur driven with a private car.
The rooftop terrace has a sizeable swimming pool, and you can enjoy the views of the city – particularly spectacular at night. Here you can enjoy a drink, sample some of the hotel’s fine cuisine and even dance the night away.
W Hotel Barcelona
The luxury W Barcelona is an avant-garde icon created by the world famous architect, Ricardo Bofill. Located on the beachfront with panoramic views of the Mediterranean and city, this hotel is probably the best known in Barcelona due to its design.
Hotel facilities include 24-hour reception, bar, restaurants, pool with sun terraces, fitness suite, spa, WiFi in public areas. You can enjoy a burger and cocktail at SALT Restaurant located on the beach, or venture to the rooftop bar on the 26th floor. Before an evening in the city, head to the W Lounge for a cocktail.
All the 473 guest rooms are equipped with safe, mini bar, desk, WiFi, TV and telephone. There are nine-feet high windows providing the majority of rooms with wonderful sea views. The Extreme Wow Suite offers a ‘full-wall’ speaker system and DJ booth, a jacuzzi on the large private terrace with private sunbeds as well as a bespoke lighting system. Located on the 25th floor, this Presidential Suite has 3 bedrooms, kitchenette with wine cooler, complimentary mini bar, circular bed that rotates to make the most of the spectacular views, two 55-inch flat-screen TV and one 65-inch curved screen TV, rainfall shower and freestanding bath, personal steam room, oversized round sofa, table football, in-room breakfast, oversized closet and many more complimentary services.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona boasts a unique location within 100m of the beach, in the heart of the city’s Olympic Village area. The historic city centre of Barcelona, featuring fashionable bars, restaurants and shopping avenues is conveniently located within walking distance from the hotel. The Ramblas, Picasso Museum and the wide waterfront promenade are also just a short stroll from the hotel.
Designed by Bruce Graham, Hotel Arts features 44 stories of exposed glass and steel, making it the tallest building in Barcelona and a prominent feature of the city skyline. Each of the 455 guests’ rooms offer panoramic views of Barcelona’s city skyline as well as the Mediterranean. With innovative design and contemporary interiors, the hotel showcases a 20th century collection of exclusively commissioned works by contemporary Catalan and Spanish artists.
Facilities at the hotel include restaurants (one of which is a two Michelin-star), bar, swimming pool, lift, parking (extra charge), WiFi, gym, sauna, spa, 24-hour reception.
Rooms feature mini bar, air-conditioning, heating, safe, WiFi, TV, telephone, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom(s). The luxury duplex penthouses provide large windows with city and sea views. There are one-bedroom and two-bedroom penthouses and each has butler services available to guests. They also benefit from a private reception and concierge services as well as a Mini Cooper Cabrio for your personal use during your stay.
Of course, there are many more 5-star hotels to choose from in this city. Hopefully one of our favourites will become one of yours.
Gail Hewitt is Owner and Director of Corona Holidays. Corona Holidays are specialists in tailor-made holidays to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and European city breaks.
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