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. 


Hotel Claris

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, it's perfectly situated so that you can pretty much walk anywhere in the city. Their Duplex Suite is ideal for those looking to do a bit of work while on vacation as the room is split into two levels, so you can work upstairs and relax and sleep downstairs. This is a very nice boutique hotel in the city center.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Charming boutique hotel excellently located if you like to walk a lot

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Majestic Hotel & Spa 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 and high quality hotel with a killer spa. They also have a large terrace with excellent city views. This is one of the best hotels to stay at if you're looking for luxury and accessibility. It's a short walk to Gracia neighborhood, excellent shopping and also just a stones throw from the Old City including the Gothic Quarter, Born and Raval neighborhoods.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A perfectly situated hotel with a great rooftop terrace

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Grand Hotel Central

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 panels situated on the roof. This state of the art hotel is ideal if you want to be centrally located yet slightly away from the noise which you'll find in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Their Avalon restaurant is worth checking out as it's run by well known, Michelin Star Chef, Ramon Freixa. This is a perfect place to experience the city both the Old and 'newer' areas.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A beautiful hotel situated between the Gothic and Born neighorbohoods and a short walk to the beach

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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 short walk to Ciutat Vella and the downtown core. The Murmuri is an elegant and classy hotel, perfect for an intimate and romantic vacation. Rambla Catalunya is also the perfect street if you want to shop, yet stay away from the masses. There are boutique clothing, furniture and designer stores lining this walkway as well as great places to eat.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A beautiful, luxurious hotel near great shopping and Gaudi's highlights

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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 Woody Allen, who played live Jazz in the hotel's Vienes Caf--, while filming Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Ideally located on the edge of the Eixample and the trendy Gracia neighbourhoods, it's easy to walk pretty much anywhere in the city and come home at the end of the day to relish in a lap of luxury. Thursday nights at Vienes Caf-- usually feature live music (even if Woody Allen's not around).

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A classic, old-school hotel, one of the city's chicest and most elegant places to stay

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W 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, their 26th floor club, or chilling by the wet bar in the pool, pretty much anywhere you set foot you'll have prime seats overlooking the Mediterranean. The W prides itself on service and being 'in the know'. This is where many concerts and conferences are held, especially when it comes to music festivals and the world of design. Each room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Mediterranean.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A beautiful hotel at the edge of the water with a private beach and top notch service

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Hotel 1898
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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 the 1898. Situated on La Rambla, it's a stones throw from the Gotico, Born and Raval neighborhoods as well as Plaza Catalunya and only a 10-15 minute walk from the beach. The 1898 has a stylish, minimalist and modern decor and is one of Barcelona's finer establishments. This is a great place to stay as you can't get better located or have a nicer rooftop terrace.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: One of the best rooftop terraces in the city, excellently situated and pure elegance

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ABaC Restaurant & Hotel

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 avant-garde experience. Situated atop Tibidabo, the panoramic city views are incredible and if you don't mind a short drive or taking a quick train ride into the city center, then it's an ideal place to stay. Their spa is a treat and worth checking out if you're seeking some R & R and wellness healing.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A stunning, minimalist hotel away from the noise but still in the heart of the city

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Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
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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 chill out Mimosa Garden with its Lebanese cuisine, to the 9th floor wading pool, to the trendy Banker's Bar where you can actually see the old metal security boxes embedded into the walls, the Mandarin has infinite places to spend time before or after a long day visiting the sights. They are also one of the only hotels in the city that offers daily tea time in the main lobby at 4pm (proper, English style tea time).

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A classic hotel in the center of Barcelona's chicest shopping district

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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 action. The hotel's, Club Rooms, come with their own private butler and if you want an even more personalized service, try staying at one of their 27 apartments with your own personal concierge. Their outdoor garden oasis with hammocks and a whirlpool is perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing and it's right beside the outdoor pool and beach bar.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: An elegant and chic hotel overlooking the sea and ideally situated at the edge of Barceloneta

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