Barcelona's Hottest, Trendiest Hotels in the Downtown Core and around the City

Barcelona’s hotel scene is as diverse as the tourists who frequent the city and as eclectic as the ex-pats who choose to stay. It’s a city with everything from chic, avant-garde accommodations to simple, affordable hotels and everything in between. Barcelona is renowned for its state-of-the-art architecture and design, and many of the hotels are actually situated in heritage buildings full of history and detail from the past.  For example, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel used to be a bank and when you walk into their Banker’s Bar on the first floor, you can still see the old metal security boxes embedded in the walls above the bar. Many of the hotels are also located in buildings designed by famous architects such as Antonio Gaudi, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, and their contemporaries during the Modernist period.

In addition to the wonderful architecture, Barcelona's hotels sport gorgeous terraces, many with outstanding, 360 degree views of the city. The 1898 and the Majestic in particular have great rooftop views and even if you're not booked into a room, guests are allowed to use the bar and lounge in the comfortable patio furniture. The Arts Hotel and the W have idyllic terraces overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and sometimes showcase electronic music outside, during the summer months. 

W Hotel Barcelona

The views alone are worth the stay at the W. Whether you--re sipping pricey (yet innovative) cocktails in Eclipse, the 26th floor club, or chilling by the wet bar in the pool, pretty much anywhere you set foot you--ll have prime seats...  Read More

Hotel Arts Barcelona

The Arts embodies the terms class and luxury. Ask for one of their Club Rooms, which come with its own private butler. The hotel's located along the beach overlooking Frank Gehry's famous Flying Fish and is only a short trek from the downtown...  Read More

Hotel 1898
Photo courtesy of Hotel 1898

Boasting 360-degree views of the entire city, the 1898's rooftop terrace is one of a kind. With its medium sized pool and plenty of deck space, it's ideal for cocktails and early evening tapas. Have breakfast in their downstairs restaurant...  Read More

This is not the cheapest of the bunch, however the hotel has excellent deals and special rates throughout the year. It's perfectly situated between the Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta neighborhoods and it has a small but quaint and relaxing...  Read More

Hotel Majestic Barcelona

It's hard to beat the Majestic's location; situated on Barcelona's trendy Passeig De Gracia, surrounded by modernist masterpieces, including Casa Batllo and La Pedrera and a short stroll to Gracia and Plaza Catalunya, the Majestic is a luxurious...  Read More

If you're looking to stay slightly outside of the city center, yet still want to be close and within walking distance of great shopping and major attractions, then the Alma is a great choice. It's incredibly romantic, with the outdoor garden and...  Read More

Abac Hotel Barcelona

Perhaps the only questionable detail about this hotel is the location, as if you're looking to be in the city center then it's a bit of a trek. Other than that, Abac embodies the essence of gastronomy, architecture, design, romance and boasts a...  Read More

Old Town
Neri Hotel
Photo courtesy of Sam Mednick

One of the Gothic Quarter's most charming and elegant hotels, this boutique accommodation caters to those who want to mix culture with luxury. It's a tiny hotel, with a small staff and the rooms aren't huge, however they're very tastefully...  Read More

Situated in Barcelona's posher neighborhood, the Barcelona Princess is ideal if you want a luxurious yet quieter stay. Check out their N1 Restaurant and customize the menu for private parties or business dinners. The hotel is close to the Forum...  Read More

Port Vell-old Town

This is a classy, yet unassuming hotel in the heart of the city. What used to be a 19th century palace has become one of Barcelona's finest, most elegant and ideally situated places to stay. Walk out the front doors and you're on the famous La...  Read More


Meet Sam Mednick

Sam’s passion for the sea and the mountains makes Barcelona the optimal living destination. 

Sam's passion for traveling has taken her around the world including Fiji, Argentina, Lebanon,...  More About Sam

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