Five-star beds abound in beautiful Barcelona. Madrid may be the capital, but everyone knows the name of the hip coastal city that has inspired artists, architects, and bohemians for centuries. Home to the Spanish Grand Prix, the superyacht laden Port Vell, and one of the best party scenes in Europe – Barcelona knows how to make an impression. We track down the brightest and most beautiful rooms in the colorfully cool city.
Super sophisticated, the Cotton House Hotel takes its name from being housed in the historic cotton guild. The Gran Via may not boast the best location in town, but this hotel is well worth a stay. Designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán made the magic happen – bringing together bold colors and beautiful artwork in immaculate suites. Snuggle up in the luscious library whose shelves are stacked, floor to ceiling, with books – making it an artful place to sip a cocktail and contemplate.
The first design hotel to hit the city, Hotel Omm has one of the best locations sitting snugly in the Passeig de Gràcia with views across the curved chimney tops of Gaudi’s famed Casa Mila. The floating fireplace in the lobby sets the scene for a Zen like stay, complemented beautifully by the crisp fresh design of the rooms and the ever-welcome melody of the hotels very own chill out compilation. The restaurant Moo is said to be one of the best in Barcelona, and the hotel’s own club is the ultimate party pad for those wanting to throw down while visiting for the Spanish Grand Prix.
If you prefer to tumble out of cloud like beds and onto the beach, then the Hotel Arts can tick all the boxes for an inspired stay. The hotel is clearly compelled by the arts, boasting jaw dropping sculptures, extravagant floral designs, and a slight nod to the weird and the wonderful. This aesthetic is combined with top notch service that takes its cue from the rule book of traditional luxury. Expect Michelin starred restaurants, a fabulous cocktail bar, generous pool beneath the shadow of the fish sculpture and fluffy dressing gowns.
Wherever you go in the world, you can always be sure that the Mandarin Oriental has your back. The brands flagship hotel in Barcelona is no exception. Perfectly placed in the Passeig de Gracia, those looking to shop up a storm in-between witnessing the Grand Prix will find themselves in an enviable location. The garden space and rooftop chill zone offer incredible hideaways from the bustle of Barcelona, and the rooms are breezy and bright with chocolates to celebrate your arrival and notes of oriental grace seeping gently into stylistic elements.
In the gorgeous gothic district of the city, the Grand Hotel Barcelona seems right at home – having refashioned itself from a striking 1920’s property into a luxury haven. The 10-meter rooftop pool is the highlight of the show, offering a dreamy spot for escaping the Spanish heat while looking out across the creative shapes of the city skyline. Resplendent in an art deco style, you can expect shiny chrome and bronze, high ceilings, modern art, and statement sofas. Tapas plates are served to share on the sublime rooftop and the ground floor gallery is a keen reminder that you are indeed, occupying a city of artists.