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Looking for a touch of class in Catalonia’s capital? Luxury Barcelona’s Mary Noe shares her list of the top luxury hotels in Barcelona
With distinct architecture, amazing markets, outstanding cuisine, and an idyllic coastal location, Barcelona, Spain is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. As the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a popular Southern European destination known for its vibrant lifestyle, historic landmarks, and welcoming people.
From the famous pedestrian-only La Rambla walkway, to the open-air La Boqueria Market, to the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona is ideal for a city break. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or a weekend escape, you’ll have your choice of premium luxury hotels in Barcelona, with many offering Barcelona holiday packages and special offers.
Let LuxuryBarcelona be your personal guide to news and reviews related to the very best luxury hotels in this magnificent city – as well as the top Things To Do, the best food and drink spots, and some of the best luxury shopping in Southern Europe.
Here are some of our favorite luxury hotels in Barcelona.
The Very Best Luxury Hotels in Barcelona
Hotel Fairmont Barcelona Rey Juan Carlos I
The Fairmont Barcelona Rey Juan Carlos I is one of the best Barcelona resorts and offers a unique base for both exploring the city and enjoying the expansive resort grounds and gardens. Named the #1 Barcelona Hotel in 2017 in the Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, the Fairmont Barcelona hotel has won top honors in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 and the International Hotel Awards 2017-2018 and is an excellent choice for luxury accommodations in Barcelona.
The spacious lobby is designed with stunning glass and gold lighting and accents, and luxe guest rooms offer spectacular views of the Barcelona skyline and the coast beyond. Situated on Barcelona’s exclusive Avenida Diagonal near the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, the Fairmont Barcelona is set amidst the fabled 19th century Torre Melina Gardens, with outdoor terraces and several pools. The resort is also within walking distance to the Royal Club Fitness and Spa, the Royal Polo Club, and Camp Nou Stadium, home of the legendary FC Barcelona football team.
Visit the Fairmont Barcelona Rey Juan Carlos I website for more details.
Le Meridien Barcelona
Le Meridien Barcelona is a 5-star Barcelona hotel in the heart of the city’s action, and one of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 winners. This modern luxury hotel is part of the Marriot family, and is located just off La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard that is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. Known for its outdoor cafés, restaurants, markets, and shops, a stroll down La Rambla is the quintessential Barcelona experience.
Family suites and large terrace suites are perfect for enjoying this bustling part of the city, and some guest rooms feature views of La Rambla. The interior design is contemporary and clean-lined and the sleek ambiance extends to the restaurant, bar, and lounge as well. CentOnze, the hotel’s signature restaurant, sources local ingredients from the nearbyMercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, known locally as La Boqueria – one of the most famous public outdoor markets in Europe.
Le Meridien Barcelona also offers ‘Experience Specialists – hotel and destination experts who specialize in local culture, history, fashion, trends, lifestyle, photography, and cuisine. Their expertise is sure to enhance the Barcelona experience for Le Meridien Barcelona guests.
Visit Le Meridien Barcelona to make reservations at this top luxury hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
Dramatically located on the famous Barceloneta boardwalk, the contemporary W Barcelona is a luxury Barcelona beach hotel with beachfront access. With its unique modern design by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, the W Barcelona’s unmistakable profile is visible from almost anywhere in Barcelona and is an architectural marvel in a city known for eye-catching design.
The 473 guest rooms and suites are designed with clean, modern flare, and the oceanfront location offers unobstructed views of the Catalonian coastline. Enjoy the panoramic seascape from your room or from the popular rooftop bar or outdoor pool – all with stunning views. Three restaurants, along with chic lounges, a spa, and 24-hour fitness center, make the W Barcelona an excellent choice among the top luxury hotels in Barcelona.
Visit W Barcelona for reservations and more information.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
An award-winning luxury Ritz Carlton property, it’s easy to see why Hotel Arts Barcelona was named to TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice 2020 list of best luxury hotels in Barcelona. This 5-star hotel is situated in one of the tallest buildings in Barcelona, presenting glorious city, sea, and marina views. The Hotel Arts Barcelona is located near some of Barcelona’s most important landmarks, including Sagrada Família and lively Plaça de Catalunya.
The property offers a serene and luxurious spa retreat, along with a skyline terrace, two outdoor swimming pools, extensive gardens, the Ritz Kids program, a gym, and elegant guest rooms and lounges offering enticing city and sea views. Seven outstanding restaurants specialize in Spanish and Catalan cuisine and feature local seafood and wine. Indulge at the Two Michelin-starred Enoteca Paco Pérez, helmed by Chef Paco Pérez – who, having earned six Michelin stars thus far, is Catalonia’s highest awarded chef.
Luxury packages include the Enoteca 2 Michelin Star Experience at the renowned Enoteca Paco Pérez and a Pool Day Package for fun overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Please visit Hotel Arts Barcelona for reservations and more information.
The Barcelona EDITION
Located in the trendy El Born district with views overlooking the Gothic Quarter and Santa Caterina Market, the Barcelona Edition is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Barcelona’s city center. Known for its personalized service and sublime elegance, this luxury Barcelona hotel offers guest rooms and suites that are sophisticated and warm – designed with elegant features including walnut paneling, embossed Spanish leather headboards, and luxury Italian linens.
The Barcelona EDITION features several gorgeous outdoor terraces, including The Roof, a vine-strewn Mediterranean rooftop patio perfect for al-fresco dining or drinks. Panoramic views include the fabled roof of the adjacent Santa Caterina Market, and the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, Antoni Gaudí’s Palau Güell, and the Picasso Museum are also nearby.
Visit the Barcelona EDITION for reservations and more details.
Grand Hotel Barcelona
Situated ideally between the historic Gothic Quarter and the El Born district, the Grand Hotel Barcelona is an excellent base for exploring the Catalan capitol. A member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels collection, the Grand Hotel Barcelona is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 winner. The elegant façade welcomes guests into the sleek luxury of the modern interior design, which offers comfortable elegance and quiet sophistication.
Dining at the Grand Hotel in central Barcelona is also a treat. Enjoy market cooking in Bistro Helena, a Mediterranean-style bistro featuring seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The Sky Bar is a stunning rooftop terrace that offers cocktails, tapas, and an infinity pool, and is a popular ‘intimate terrace in the sky’.
Visit the Grand Hotel Barcelona website for more details.
Hotel Claris Grand Luxe Barcelona
Located in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, the Hotel Claris Grand Luxe Barcelona was built in 1883. A TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 winner, the stately neoclassical building is considered an important piece of the architectural heritage of Catalonia. Opulent interior design melds traditional style with modern touches, and guest rooms include original art, marble bathrooms, gold-leafed ceilings and antique furnishings.
The on-site Mayan Secret Spa is another outstanding amenity at this historic Barcelona hotel and is a world class retreat for the mind and body. Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, the Mayan Secret Spa was also named the Best Emerging Spa in 2017 and Best Historic Spa in 2018 and 2019 by the World Luxury Spa Awards. The serene spaceincludes a small Mayan museum displaying pre-Columbian pieces, and spa treatments include traditional Mayan rituals and aromas.
At the Claris Barcelona hotel, ‘art and history unite to create a magical, unforgettable environment’, and create a sophisticated retreat in the heart of Barcelona.
Please visit Hotel Claris Grand Luxe Barcelona for reservations and more information.
Hotel SOFIA Barcelona
Hotel SOFIA Barcelona is part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, a group of exceptional properties offering extraordinary local ambiance. A TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 winner, this luxurious, modern hotel is situated just off the Avenida Diagonal, an important Barcelona avenue known for upscale shopping and fine examples of architectural gems. With sophisticated, contemporary interior design in muted hues with gold and wood accents, Hotel SOFIA Barcelona is a luxe escape in Barcelona’s city centre.
Visitors looking for a unique gastronomical experience will find several at the Hotel SOFIA Barcelona:
- Impar offers Mediterranean fusion cuisine in a sleek setting with a lovely terrace
- SOFIA Be So is a fine dining experience featuring haute cuisine in an intimate setting
- SOFIA Bar is a relaxed yet classy space for coffee, cocktails, and small bites. Luxurious, comfortable seating beckons guests to linger, and the spectacular circular bar is a magnet for elegant entertaining.
- PHILOSOFIA is the hotel’s unique book café, boulangerie, and patisserie set just off the Avenida Diagonal, and offers a refined spot for indulging or relaxing.
For more information, please visit Hotel Sofia Barcelona.
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona
The Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is traditional, 5-star hotel offering deluxe accommodations on Paseo de Gracia in the Eixample district. Located near La Rambla and Gaudí’s La Pedrera, the Majestic Barcelona also offers easy access to the city’s historical and architectural landmarks, upscale shopping, and the financial and business districts.
The Majestic Hotel Barcelona is a 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner, and received the prestigious Villégiature Award for ‘Best Hotel Breakfast in Europe’ in 2018. The exterior of this grand luxe hotel looks like a jewel box, and the interior has been recently renovated and exudes traditional elegance. The 271 guest rooms were designed by Antonio Obrador and offer classic style.
Excellent dining options include the famed Buffet Breakfast and the Majestic Brunch. The award-winning La Dolce Vitae rooftop bar offers spectacular terrace views of Barcelona landmarks including Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia.
Visit Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona for more details.
Managing Editor Mary Noe loves to discover and share her experiences with local food, culture, customs, and personalities.