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From minimalist to modern, Catalonia offers some of the trendiest hotels in Spain. Contributor Bindu Gopal Rao shares this list of the top design hotels in Barcelona
Located in the northeastern part of Spain, Barcelona is a city on the Mediterranean coast that has a spectacular mountain range and a history dating several thousand years. The host city of the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona balances the traditional with the modern that defines its ethos.
With a rich architectural heritage and culture that has been the muse of world-renown artists, Barcelona has many sights apart from the Mediterranean waters. The best way to explore the city is to check into one of the award-winning unique, boutique, luxury, spa, or top design hotels in Barcelona that make for a great Barcelona city break.
Here are some of our favorite top design hotels in Barcelona that will enhance your stay in this vibrant city.
Top Luxury Design Hotels in Barcelona
If you are looking for one of the top design hotels in Barcelona city centre, the H10 Metropolitan is your go-to Barcelona accommodation. Located next to Plaça Catalunya, the hotel’s interiors have an industrial look with a factory style that gives it a contemporary, edgy vibe.
This four-star property has 85 rooms in various categories including classic double rooms, deluxe rooms with terrace, and grand deluxe rooms with terrace and jacuzzi. Located close to luxury boutiques and Gaudí buildings on Passeig de Gràci, this hotel also has a quirky Library with an interesting interplay of colour and design that makes it one of the coolest design hotels in Barcelona.
Breakfast is offered at The Kitchen Restaurant and the Eden Bar terrace is the perfect space to chill as it comes with a plunge pool, Balinese beds, and a sun lounger space. A mini gym, two meeting rooms, concierge, and porter service are also available.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit H10 Metropolitan.
Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
Located in Barcelona’s business district, the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is also close to the Platja de Llevant beach and a stone’s throw away from the El Maresme metro station.
This 433-key property is great for business travelers in Barcelona, and has a selection of guest rooms, suites, and executive rooms. The rooms have a well lit, light feel courtesy of the neutral walls, white marble floors, chic contemporary furniture, and wood doors.
The Breakfast Cafe is a modern restaurant that serves Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine that focuses on fresh and local cuisine. At Ma’i Snacks and Drinks you can sample the best of Catalan food and drink as well as sip on artisan coffee, regional wine, and craft beers, and enjoy local gastronomic delights. Purobeach Barcelona and Aürt Restaurant are other excellent options for an on-site dining experience.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, please visit Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona.
H10 Art Gallery
Located in the Eixample district, the four-star H10 Art Gallery is one of the most charming design hotels in Barcelona and is an ode to contemporary art. The interiors are dominated with pure lines and open-plan spaces, with an excellent collection of original works and lithographs by artists like Joan Miró, Miquel Barceló, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
The hotel has a variety of room categories to please the most discerning traveler, and three available meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology make this property ideal for the business or leisure guest.
The Modern Art Restaurant, Pop Art Bar, L’Olivera Terrace-set around a 100-year-old olive tree-and the Inspire Terrace ensure you are never hungry at this hip Barcelona hotel.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit H10 Art Gallery.
Room Mate Carla
Room Mate Carla is an 88-room modern hotel designed by interior designer Tomás Alía. The theme that runs through the property is an understated Mediterranean minimalist look with pops of color that add to its character. Located in the historic Eixample district, this cool design hotel in Barcelona is replete with art and architecture, and its fresh and fun design prints make for a compelling visual treat.
The room categories include standard, standard with balcony, triple, executive with terrace, junior suite, and suite and are furnished with all modern amenities.
The inhouse Honesty Bar is the place to chill with your favorite cocktail or coffee. The hotel serves breakfast from 7 am till 12 noon every day and also offers celiac-specific products.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit Room Mate Carla.
The 45 room Hotel Sixtytwo is strategically located between Casa Batlló and La Pedrera and has a modernist façade and interiors from 1897 that have been carefully preserved. Surrounded by the best shopping in Barcelona, this is an authentic design hotel where design and modernism come together seamlessly. The hotel has a combination of single, double, and suite rooms over six floors.
The contemporary chic hotel has the Sixtytwo Lounge, which is a great place to chill after a long day. The à la carte breakfast features local produce. There are multifunctional rooms for meetings and parking facilities are also available.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit Hotel Sixtytwo.
Built in 2016, the 61 room Catalonia Magdalenes hotel makes for a great Barcelona city break as it is wedged between the Portal de l’Angel and Via Laietana. These are some of the top shopping streets in the city and this gothic quarter Barcelona hotel is a great place to chill.
Room options include double rooms, double superior rooms, triple rooms, and quad rooms. The hotel offers a free snack as well for all guests between 2 pm and 11 pm.
The hotel spa comes with hammam facilities as well, and the rooftop terrace has a glass-enclosed pool and sun deck-the perfect spot to enjoy the Barcelona skyline. The Gourmet Corner Bar and a seasonal terrace-as well as efficient room service-make up the dining options here.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit Catalonia Magdalenes.
Hotel Casa Camper
Hotel Casa Camper has a camping ethos as part of its design and functional aesthetics. One of the premier luxury design hotels in Barcelona Spain, this hotel has 40 rooms arranged over five floors. The 19th century gothic high rise has been restored by architect Jordi Tió, and Ferran Amat of Vinçon has done the interiors of this popular Barcelona design hotel.
Some rooms have a bedroom and mini lounge area separated by a corridor. Instead of the in-room mini bar, the hotel has an exclusive service for guests called the ‘tentempié,’ which is a buffet that serves sandwiches, salads, soups, cut fresh fruits, desserts, soft drinks, juices, waters, coffee, and tea.
The in-house Michelin star restaurant dos palillos is the place to enjoy the gastronomic fusion of Oriental cuisine and Spanish tapas. The Casa Camper terrace and honesty bar is the place to relax, and the dos billares bar has excellent cocktails and jazz music along with indoor games.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit Hotel Casa Camper.
Murmuri Residence Mercader
Located in the Barcelona city center near Rambla de Catalunya, the Murmuri Residence Mercader‘s baroque architecture is unmissable. Designed by the interior specialist Kelly Hoppen, the hotel seamlessly combines the classic with sophistication.
The 55 sleek rooms are spread over five floors. Room categories include design, superior, privilege, junior suite, and suite. Long-stay guests can also check out the Murmuri Residence Concepció that has four cozy apartments, or the Murmuri Residence Mercader that has 1 or 2-bedroom apartment options.
The Bar Marfil by Murmuri and the elegant Terrace at Rambla Catalunya allow you to enjoy the outdoors of Barcelona along with local specialites.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit Murmuri Residence Mercader
Room Mate Gerard
Designed by Jaime Beriestain, Room Mate Gerard has a traditional courtyard and facade with balconies and a design ethos that is sophisticated and warm. The 66-room property is ideally located only three minutes away from Plaça Catalunya.
Guest rooms are sleek and stunning and range from standard to deluxe rooms and junior suites equipped with modern amenities.
Don’t miss the popular daily buffet breakfast and do try the Pa amb tomàquet-a local bread and tomato specialty. If you want to chill with your favourite drink, head to the in-house bar. Three meeting rooms, a pool, and gym are part of the hotel, as well as a terrace that gives a bird’s eye view of the Ensanche district of Barcelona.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit Room Mate Gerard.
Hotel Well & Come
Hotel Well & Come is an elegant 4-star boutique hotel located in the centre of Barcelona. The 44 welcoming guest rooms include standard and deluxe choices, some with terrace options.
A rooftop with swimming pool and solarium offers a spectacular view of Barcelona as well as a great view of Monte Tibidabo. The modern dining room is inspired by the classic bakery style where guests are made to feel at home.
Fitness enthusiasts will love this hotel, as the gym is equipped with cardio-vascular machines and has a complete stretching kit. If you prefer the outdoors, the hotel staff can suggest a set of jogging routes that go through the city.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more information, visit Hotel Well & Come.
Bindu Gopal Rao is a freelance writer and photographer from Bangalore who likes taking the offbeat path when travelling. Birding and environment are her favourite topics and she documents her work on www.bindugopalrao.com and on Instagram bindugopalrao