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Barcelona's Best Hotels for Those Seeking a Romantic Vacation



If you're looking for a romantic vacation in one of Europe's most fascinating cities, Barcelona has plenty of wonderful options. The city is ripe with charming and romantic boutique hotels, whether you're looking to stay in the Old City and enjoy the historic buildings of the Gotico, or would rather stay along the sea and wake up to the Mediterranean, there are some great choices. The Arts Hotel and the W are both ideal options if you want to stay closer to the water. Both hotels are directly on the water. Their pool areas are ideal for lounging and their rooms will have you in awe. The staff deal with plenty of couples at both of these hotels, so they can help make it extra special. Another unique gem for romantic vacations, is the Neri Hotel. Tucked away in Plaza Sant Felip Neri, this small hotel has a quiet and private rooftop terrace, which you wouldn't even know was there unless you asked first. They also have a nice patio overlooking the small courtyard where you can see remnants from the civil war marked into the stone walls. The Neri is a beautiful, luxury hotel in the heart of the city's most historic neighborhood. 

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Hotel Colon Barcelona
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It--s hard to believe there is a hotel located directly across from such a visage; Barcelona--s famous Cathedral. Try to request one of the Superior Double rooms or Junior Suites and you--ll be able to walk out onto your private terrace every morning and stare directly at this incredible masterpiece. It's a romantic getaway, right in the center of the city's most historic neighborhood, the Gothic Quarter. The Colon is a small, intimate and quiet getaway, from the typical loud and noisy atmosphere found on Barcelona--s busy downtown streets in Ciutat Vella (Old City). It's a stone's throw from excellent bars and restaurants and easy to walk to the Born, Plaza Catalunya, the Raval as well as the beach.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Quaint hotel with a beautiful view of the famous Cathedral

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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, romance and boasts a truly avant-garde experience. Situated atop Tibidabo, the panoramic city views are incredible, providing for an exceptionally romantic feel. 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, or an exciting couples massage.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: An extremely high-end romantic hotel atop Tibidabo mountain with exceptional city views

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You can't get much more romantic than Enrique Granados street, right where America Hotel is situated. This pedestrian walkway is full of charming bars and restaurants and attracts a young, hip and classy crowd. The hotel itself is charming and small with an amazing rooftop terrace. The lounge chairs and beds are perfect for kicking back and relaxing or lying down with a significant other, while sipping cava. There's often live music on the terrace, which provides for an intimate atmosphere. And if you feel like going for a late night stroll, you're in the heart of the Eixample action, which is especially romantic under the stars.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: An excellent hotel on one of the city's most romantic streets

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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 rooftop terrace with 360 degree views of the entire city. The rooms are large and fully equipped, ideal for a honeymoon vacation or one where you'd rather spend more time in the room than out of it. The hotel restaurant is quaint and elegant and if you'd like to eat out there are plenty of classy and intimate places to dine around the Passeig de Gracia area and the Eixample neighborhood.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A high-end romantic hotel in the Eixample, just up from Plaza Catalunya

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Casa Camper Barcelona


This is a hip and trendy hotel in the city center. Casa Camper is an comfortable, classy yet affordable accommodation with a young, energetic vibe. It's romantic in that it's small and personable and in one of the Old City's less 'chartered' neighborhoods, the Raval. This is an assuming hotel, with a lot of charm and character. It's ideal for couples allowing for both a quiet and relaxed vacation, while also providing for the opportunity to bar hop and club until the early hours of the morning, if the need arises. Rambla del Raval is just a stone's throw away with excellent dining options as well.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A charming boutique hotel a great way to find romance in the Raval

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W 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 overlooking the Mediterranean as well as Barcelona--s beautiful coastline. The longer you stay at the hotel the more you--ll notice the incredible attention to detail. From the --pillow guide-- by your bedside table, to the quirky expressions all around the hotel (ex: the sign on the way down to Bliss Spa reads: spahhhhhh), there is a noticeable touch of design, art and fashion throughout. This is a top of the line hotel, yet there are a few rooms that might not break the bank and still offer incredible sea views from the comfort of your bed.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This hotel has the best sea views from your bed with floor to ceiling windows

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Gorgeous and classy hotel on the Mediterranean with wonderful strolls along the boardwalk

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A quaint and unassuming hotel in the city center, Chic and Basic is for the romantic trendsetters, and hipsters. Located in the chic, Born neighborhood, Chic & Basic has a mix of apartments and hotels throughout the city. The one in the Born is particularly romantic as it's in the center of charming boutique shops and one of a kind stores, featuring beautiful clothing and accessories. It's also near some great wine bars and restaurants and has an over air of romance as you stroll through the streets. Chic & Basic is a small hotel with few rooms so be sure to book in advance.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A romantic, boutique hotel in one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods

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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's an ideal spot for family meals at their outdoor restaurant or just fun to laze around, soak up the sun and enjoy the pool together. Coupled with the terrace, the other main selling point for this hotel is location. Walk out the main entrance (there are two entrances) and you--re on the famous, La Rambla or dine at their downstairs restaurant adjacent to the lobby, while watching the street performers entertain the tourists directly across the way.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This hotel has an extremely romantic rooftop terrace where you can watch the sign rise

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Hotel Neri
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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 decorated and quite classy. The restaurant downstairs is an intimate and relaxing place to dine and in the summer the outdoor patio is perfect for a few drinks, while overlooking the Plaza Sant Felip Neri. There is also a quiet and hidden rooftop terrace where you can nap under the trees or sit in the hammock and read a book.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: One of the city's most romantic hotels in the Gothic Quarter

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