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Looking for somewhere chic (and not too big!) to stay while in the Catalonian capital? Contributor Mary Noes shares this list of the Top boutique hotels in Barcelona
Barcelona is a traveler’s dream that offers stunning architecture, world-class restaurants, gorgeous beaches, and the quintessential Mediterranean lifestyle. A vibrant and popular destination in Spain, Barcelona offers a range of accommodations perfect for a refreshing Southern European holiday, including luxury 5-star resorts and unique, historic boutique hotels.
Whether visiting for business or for pleasure, let LuxuryBarcelona be your personal guide to the best boutique hotels in Barcelona, along with the finest luxury shopping, favorite restaurants and bars, and top Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain.
To help you, here are some of our recommendations of the best boutique hotels in Barcelona Spain.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Barcelona
Sleekly luxurious doesn’t begin to describe the ultra-cool ambiance of Almanac Barcelona, one of the best boutique hotels in Barcelona. A TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2020 Best of the Best award winner, the Almanac Barcelona was named the Best Hotel in Spain and Portugal in Condé Nast Traveller’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.
This 5-star luxury hotel debuted in 2018 as the first in the Almanac Collection of bespoke boutique hotels located in iconic, culturally significant locations. Located in the heart of Barcelona’s city centre just off the stylish Paseo de Gràcia, the hotel is close to trendy restaurants, bars, and shops. This stunningly stylish art deco-inspired boutique hotel boasts modern rooms designed by Jaime Beriestain, with a muted palate and warm oak, walnut, and gold accents.
For some of the best fine dining in Barcelona, visit Virens, a plant-based restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Rodrigo de la Calle. Azimuth Rooftop Bar has been renovated as a warm and cozy winter terrace, and offers seasonal cocktails, tapas, and a sensational view.
Almanac Barcelona offers additional unique guest experiences, including:
- A private label scent created by Master Perfumer Jimmy Boyd that has been incorporated into the hotel’s bath amenities and retail line of candles and fragrances
- Rooftop Yoga at Azimuth rooftop bar
- Natural Breathing Sessions led by breathing coach Nani Tovar
Visit Almanac Barcelona for further details and reservations.
From its impressive neo-Gothic façade to its premiere location in the heart of the Eixample District, the Monument Hotel is an outstanding choice for accommodations in Barcelona. Located on Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona’s premiere high-end shopping avenue, the Monument Hotel is set in a renovated mansion from the late 1890s.
Elegant interior design incorporates modernist elements, and the guest rooms are both chic and comfortable. Luxurious amenities include plush robes and Jo Malone toiletries, and this Barcelona favorite was named a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 Award winner.
The Monument Hotel is also home to some of the best culinary experiences in Barcelona. Chef Martín Berasategui , who has been awarded an astounding 10 Michelin stars, helms the on-site restaurants Lasarte, with three Michelin stars, as well as the 1 Michelin-starred bistro Oria.
For reservations, please visit Monument Hotel.
Cotton House Hotel
Set in the former home of the historic Fundación Textil Algodonera, or Cotton Guild, the Cotton House is a 5-star boutique hotel set in an elegant 19th century neoclassical Barcelona landmark. A member of Marriot Hotel’s Autograph Collection, Cotton House is a favorite among classic luxury hotels in Barcelona.
Refined, elegant rooms feature parquet floors, wood paneling, and the luxe amenities guests have come to expect from this luxury Barcelona hotel. The property has been lovingly restored, with interior details designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Eclectic, elegant interiors invoke visions of intimate libraries and cozy gatherings. The décor is inspired by the fabric the hotel is named for in tones white, black and sepia of the cotton plant. The effect is charming.
The hotel design honors the important cultural history of the property, and this commitment extends to Batuar, the hotel’s classic restaurant and bar as well. Named for a machine used to press cotton, Batuar features a lovely cocktail bar, comfortable restaurant, and outdoor terrace.
Visit Cotton House Barcelona for more details.
Gran Hotel La Florida
Poised in a unique setting on Tibidabo hill overlooking Barcelona and the Mediterranean Coast, the Gran Hotel La Florida is one of the top Barcelona resorts, and the perfect escape for guests desiring a tranquil stay undisturbed by the bustle of downtown Barcelona. A TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 Award winner, the Gran Hotel La Florida is a historic resort offering a charming respite from urban life yet with easy access to all Barcelona has to offer via complimentary shuttle or taxi.
Built in 1924, this prestigious Barcelona landmark has hosted numerous affluent guests and celebrities over the years, including James Stewart, Ernest Hemingway, and Rock Hudson After extensive remodeling, the Gran Hotel has emerged as one of the top luxury boutique hotels in Barcelona. Contemporary design augments the traditional architecture, and this prestigious property offers grand guest rooms, restaurants, and public areas that perfectly compliment the luxurious Mediterranean lifestyle, along with some of the best views in Barcelona.
Enjoy Catalan, Spanish, and Mediterranean cuisine created by Chef Jordi Delfa and unparalleled views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean coast at:
- Bistro 1925 Restaurant
- The TB Bar for an outstanding breakfast buffet
- The Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea, champagne, or tapas
- Les Terrasses Bar for poolside dining
For more information about this chic boutique hotel, please visit Gran Hotel La Florida.
H10 Casa Mimosa
Set in an elegant 19th-century Modernist building in the Eixample district, H10 Casa Mimosa is one of the top boutique hotels in Barcelona. Named to TripAdvisor’s Best of the Best list for 2020, H10 Casa Mimosa was also recognized as one of the Top 25 hotels in Spain in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2020 awards. This chic luxury Barcelona hotel is located near Casa Milà, known locally as La Pedrer, the renown Gaudi masterpiece that was the last private residence designed by the famous architect.
This upscale 4-star superior hotel is known for its modern design, sleek furnishings, and relaxed, contemporary vibe. The bright and modern guest rooms offer timeless décor and upscale amenities, including Rituals bath products.
El Til·ler Restaurant and Lobby Bar include a garden patio with pool and al fresco lounge area while the El Cel de Gaudí rooftop terrace offers a plunge pool, lounge area, and incredible views of La Pedrera. Event spaces designed for business or weddings are also available.
Visit H10 Casa Mimosa for more details and to make reservations.
Hotel Alma Barcelona
Hotel Alma Barcelona is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel ideally located near the Paseo de Gràcia in the centre of the city. The hotel’s interior design is smart and current and blends classical style with a modern sensibility. With custom-made mattresses and premium linen, guest rooms are sleekly comfortable, and many have large windows, high ceilings, and parquet flooring.
The hotel’s Restaurant Jardin del Alma and Bar Jardin del Alma are situated within one of the original interior block gardens incorporated into Barcelona’s urban design in the 1800s. The exquisite garden is one of the most picturesque spaces for al fresco dining in all of Barcelona, and Hotel Alma Barcelona’s breakfast service has been called one of the best hotel breakfasts in Spain.
In addition to a luxe spa and indoor pool, Hotel Alma Barcelona also offers exclusive Alma Experiences, including:
- The Re-Connect package of pampered indulgence
- Chef’s Table experience with Chef Gio Esteve
- Mediterranean Escape including a tasting and tour of Alta Alella vineyards
- Opera Night at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Visit Hotel Alma Barcelona for reservations.
A TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 Award winner, Hotel Brummel is an intimate 4-star boutique hotel with only 20 guest rooms. Set in the Poble Sec neighborhood of Barcelona near Montjuic mountain, Hotel Brummel is close to the Miró Foundation, the Grec theatre and the MNAC museum.
The exterior of the 1879 building remains true to its history, while the interior has been completely renovated and transformed into a contemporary chic boutique hotel. Guest rooms are designed with a modern flare, some with private terraces, outdoor hot tubs, and city views. Two- and three-bedroom apartments with kitchens and living rooms are also available. An outdoor pool and bike rentals are available for active guests.
For more details, visit Hotel Brummel.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
A TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2020 Best of the Best award winner, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona is a 5-star intimate boutique hotel set in Barcelona’s famed Gothic Quarter near Plaza de Sant Jaume.
The perfect choice for fans of architecture or archeology, the Mercer Barcelona occupies a group of historic buildings with important historical significance. The property restoration was overseen by architect Rafael Moneo, Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts 2012, and the hotel retains original 12th century frescos, medieval arches, and wooden ceilings dating from the 18th century.
With 28 understated rooms and suites, the Mercer is urban and exclusive, a blend of luxury, design, and stunning architecture. Elegant guest rooms combine contemporary furnishings with luxe touches, and some have original stone walls or wood beams. The hotel also offers fine dining in the Mercer Restaurant, several bars, and a spacious rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the surrounding Gothic Quarter neighborhood.
Visit Mercer Hotel Barcelona for more details.
Stay within an acclaimed art installation at Ohla Barcelona, a popular 5-star Barcelona boutique hotel and a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 Award winner. Situated in the historic Gothic Quarter, the Ohla’s location is rich in historical significance, inhabiting the space where the palace of the first Count of Barcelona once stood.
During renovations, the building’s impressive neoclassical façade was preserved and incorporated into the hotel’s design, and the exterior now showcases world-famous sculpture work by Frederic Amat. Additional exclusive artwork enhances the interior design as well, presenting a hip and vibrant vibe.
Ohla Barcelona is also known for outstanding culinary choices led by Michelin-starred Chef Romain Fornell. From the award-winning Cailis fine-dining restaurant to La Plassohla restaurant and tapas bar, to the popular rooftop terrace (with striking glass-walled swimming pool), Ohla Bracelona is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.
Visit Ohla Barcelona for more details.
Gallery Hotel Barcelona
A TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2020 Best of the Best award winner, Gallery Hotel Barcelona is a 4-star superior hotel that is ideal for business accommodations or a Barcelona holiday. Located in Barcelona’s trendy Eixample neighborhood, the Gallery Hotel offers easy access to Plaça de Catalunya, the Diagonal metro station, and Paseo de Gracia.
The hotel has been fully renovated and is known for excellent customer service. Guest rooms are spacious and offer the perfect environment for work or relaxation. The on-site Sintonia restaurant has a garden courtyard and serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a modern take. The Top – the property’s seasonal rooftop bar with pool – is a great place to enjoy cocktails and an amazing view of Barcelona.
For reservations, visit Gallery Hotel Barcelona.
Contributor Mary Noe is Managing Editor of Riley International Media and loves to discover local food, culture, customs, and personalities.