Barcelona's Most Eclectic, Beautiful and Luxurious Hotels in and around the City

Barcelona's hotel scene is as eclectic as the people who frequent the city and when it comes to their more luxurious establishments there are infinite options. Whether you're in the mood for a five-story boutique in the heart of Ciutat Vella or 400 rooms of sea-side elegance and class, there are plenty of high-end, quality places in which to enjoy a vacation. As Barcelona is renowned for its design and architecture, a lot of the hotels (the older ones especially) are situated in historic buildings, many of which were designed by famous modernist architects such as Lluis Domenech i Montaner as well as his contemporaries during the late 19th century and into the start of the 20th century. Since the '92 Olympics Barcelona has really taken off as a tourist destination and the hotel and tourism industry has quickly followed suit. As a result, in conjunction with the older, hotels, new modern and contemporary hotels are always being built, which keeps the industry fresh and innovative and gives visitors a plethora of options when deciding upon where to stay.

Some key hotels to check out, even if you can't afford the price tag, include Casa Fuster, where Woody Allen has frequented to play jazz, as well as the Arts Hotel and the W. 

Claris Hotel Barcelona

This is an elegant, boutique hotel with a cozy and personal vibe. The Claris has a mix of suites, offering a quieter stay for those who want a room that doesn't face onto the street. Located on the edge of the Eixample and Ribera neighborhoods,...  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

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

The infinity pool on the hotel's rooftop terrace is but one of the many intricate details that makes the Grand Hotel Central so incredible. Its 1920's fa--ade is complemented by the modern and sleek interior as well as its eco-friendly solar...  Read More

Hotel Murmuri Barcelona

Designed by Kelly Hoppen, this boutique Barcelona hotel is ideally situated in the center of one of the poshest shopping districts in the city, on Rambla Catalunya. It's a stone's throw from Gaudi's magnificent buildings on Passeig de Gracia and...  Read More

Casa Fuster Hotel

Designed by the famous Catalan architect, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, you can't help but feel important when you walk into Casa Fuster. Over the years the hotel's been newly restored and has become a Barcelona landmark, housing celebrities like...  Read More

W Hotel Barcelona

Fairly new to Barcelona's hotel scene, the W is a top of the line establishment with a strong emphasis on art, design and fashion. The views alone are worth the stay, because whether you're sipping pricey (yet innovative) cocktails in Eclipse,...  Read More

Hotel 1898
Photo courtesy of Hotel 1898

The 1898's rooftop terrace is next to unbeatable. Boasting 360-degree views of the entire city, with its medium sized pool and plenty of deck space it is ideal for cocktails and early evening tapas. It's hard to get more centrally located than...  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 and boasts a truly...  Read More

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

The Mandarin is all about R & R. This converted bank building is located on one of Barcelona's trendiest walkways and is situated close to designer shops, high quality restaurants and is just a short walk from the downtown core. From its...  Read More

Hotel Arts Barcelona

The Hotel Arts embodies the terms class and luxury. Overlooking the Mediterranean and Frank Gehry's famous flying fish, the Arts is a slight stroll from the city center, yet ideally located along the beach and just a short walk from most of the...  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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