Five-star beds and design-focused spaces are found in abundance in beautiful Barcelona. Madrid may be the Spanish 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 nightlife scenes in the Mediterranean, the Catalan capital sure knows how to make an impression – and the luxury hotels in Barcelona are no different. We track down the brightest and most beautiful rooms in the colorfully cool city.
Cotton House Hotel
Super sophisticated, the Cotton House Hotel takes its name from being housed in the historic cotton guild. Located on the bustling Gran Via, the embodies Barcelona’s 19th-century neoclassical style following a refurbishment project that’s taken great care to maintain and recover all the original elements of the building.
Designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán made the magic happen – bringing together bold colors and beautiful artwork in immaculate suites, while the decoration evokes the same softness, comfort, naturalness and delicacy of the cotton plant. 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.
Sir Victor Hotel
The first of the design-focused hotels in Barcelona, Sir Victor Hotel 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 bright, big and beautiful rooms reflect the inspiring world of Barcelona humming just outside – something that can be enjoyed from your expansive balcony.
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 hotel’s very own chill-out compilation. Both Mr. Porter and the Rooftop are among some of the best food and drink spots in Barcelona, and the hotel’s own club is the ultimate party pad for those wanting to throw down while visiting the Catalan capital.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
If you prefer to tumble out of cloud-like beds and onto the beach, then the Hotel Arts Barcelona 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 – all topped off with spellbinding views of either the beautiful rooftops of Barcelona or the endless blues of the Mediterranean. Expect Michelin-starred restaurants, a fabulous cocktail bar, a 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, as the brand’s flagship property is one of the most renowned hotels in Barcelona. Perfectly placed in the Passeig de Gracia, those looking to shop up a storm in the Catalan capital will find themselves in an enviable location.
In traditional Barcelona fashion, the property is characterized by a wonderful mix of style and tradition, with the garden space and rooftop chill zone offering incredible hideaways from the city bustle. Meanwhile, the rooms are breezy and bright with chocolates to celebrate your arrival and notes of oriental grace seeping gently into stylistic elements. To top it all off, the serene spa is another oasis of calm in the heart of the city where you can rebalance the needs of your mind, body and soul.
Grand Hotel Central
In the gorgeous gothic district of the city, the Grand Hotel Central 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.