Axel Hotel Barcelona Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

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Pros

  • Stylish rooms and suites with sexy minimalist decor
  • Suites have lots of space and private decks
  • Flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges
  • Modern bathrooms have arched, rainfall showerheads
  • Wellness Club 33 is a huge, well-equipped fitness center and spa
  • Slender rooftop pool with small Jacuzzi
  • Two bars (one on the roof)
  • Restaurant serving Italo-Mediterranean fusion
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Spotty Wi-Fi
  • See-through bathrooms may be awkward for some
  • No free breakfast or in-room coffee
  • Loud music in lobby and business center

Bottom Line

This 105-room hotel in the heart of Barcelona bills itself as a "gay hotel" that is "hetero-friendly." It is in the heart of the Eixample neighborhood, the city's dynamic gay area with great restaurants and nightlife. The theme here is seduction -- nude photographs adorn the walls, naked mannequins hang out in the hallways, and see-through glass bathroom walls make for little privacy in the rooms. The rooms are large here, and upgrading to a suite will get you a very nice private terrace. Amenities include a top-notch fitness center, rooftop pool and bar, and a relaxing spa. This is a good choice for couples, gay or straight, looking for a sexy atmosphere and a modern scene.

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 Location

Within walking distance to dozens of bars and restaurants, convenient to public transportation

Axel Hotel Barcelona is located in the city's Eixample neighborhood. Nicknamed the "Gayxample," this energetic area is known for its thriving gay scene, its nightclubs, its fashionable boutiques, and tons of bars and restaurants. Axel is a short walk to University of Barcelona, and about a 20-minute bus ride to the beach, the Picasso Museum and other attractions.

Barcelona has the best of two worlds: the urban excitement of a modern yet historical city combined with the leisure and relaxation set by the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists pour from every corner of the world to experience the town’s vibrant nightlife, excellent cuisine, beautiful Gothic and one-of-a-kind Modernist architecture, and cutting-edge design scene. This -- and the great Mediterranean climate -- means you might find crowds wherever you go, but it'll be worth it for sites like the bizarre Sagrada Familia cathedral, world-class MACBA museum, hopping Barri Gothic neighborhood, and unusual Parc Guell.

The Catalonia capital is arguably one of the top party destinations in Spain (along with Madrid and Ibiza Island). Dynamic and multicultural, Barcelona also has a mellow feeling to it during the day. The sea breeze sweeps the streets of this thriving city, giving it an unmistakable Mediterranean vibe -- but with the advantages of a modern town. Namely: reliable public transportation, delicious food, wonderful hotels, charming neighborhoods, a quality city beach, and hundreds of cultural activities.

  • 25-minute drive to Barcelona Airport
  • 5-minute walk to nearest metro station
  • 5-minute walk to University of Barcelona
  • 5-minute walk to tons of bars and restaurants
  • 15-minute bus ride to Gran Teatre del Liceu
  • 17-minute bus ride to Parc de la Ciutadella
  • 20-minute bus ride to El Born, with more shopping and restaurants
  • 20-minute bus ride to the Picasso Museum
  • 23-minute subway ride to Barceloneta Beach
  • 25-minute bus ride to Casco Antiguo, Barcelona's "old town" in the Gothic Quarter

 Bottom Line

This 105-room hotel in the heart of Barcelona bills itself as a "gay hotel" that is "hetero-friendly." It is in the heart of the Eixample neighborhood, the city's dynamic gay area with great restaurants and nightlife. The theme here is seduction -- nude photographs adorn the walls, naked mannequins hang out in the hallways, and see-through glass bathroom walls make for little privacy in the rooms. The rooms are large here, and upgrading to a suite will get you a very nice private terrace. Amenities include a top-notch fitness center, rooftop pool and bar, and a relaxing spa. This is a good choice for couples, gay or straight, looking for a sexy atmosphere and a modern scene.

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Address

  • Aribau 33

Room Types

  • Axel City Room
  • Axel Premium Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 105
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Eixample, Barcelona
Address: Aribau 33
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