Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 98-room Mandarin Oriental is one of the most luxurious hotels in Barcelona, and certainly has one of the most recognizable hotel brand names in the city. It has a great location on Passeig de Gracia, and offers all the high-end amenities one would expect from the chain, including a rooftop dipping pool, a beautiful spa, and numerous restaurants (one has a Michelin star). Business amenities include laptops, printers, or mobile phones that can be delivered to rooms, as well as meeting spaces with projection capabilities. All-white rooms are sleek, and some have balconies, but layouts can be a bit awkward. While the service is excellent, some guests complain about street noise and there is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.
Hesperia Tower Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This modern, statuesque high-rise hotel towers above the financial center in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, an industrial and business city to the southwest of Barcelona. The retro-modern decor is trendy; in the lobby, plush seating is set low to the floor, and the two bars and two restaurants are stylish. The rooftop restaurant, Evo, is the most impressive of all; it's enclosed by a domed-glass ceiling and offers incredible panoramic views of the city. Each room is equipped with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, and chairs and sofas are upholstered in crushed velvet. The bathrooms are clean and modern, and feature Bulgari bath products. There's also an indoor pool and fitness center, though they only can be accessed for an additional cost.
El Palace Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Palace oozes elegance and old-world charm. Housed in an early 20th-century building a few blocks from the Gothic Quarter, the hotel is popular among well-heeled families, couples, and business travelers. Its six meeting spaces are decidedly grand, and the property boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, Caelis, that's an impressive spot to woo clients. The hotel also offers car service to the airport and major attractions, and a small but modern fitness center. The exclusive spa features the only Temazcal sauna in Spain, Anne Semonin products, and traditional Maya treatments. Classic, elegant rooms have upholstered walls, plush beds, and modern bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. Some even have Roman bath-style tubs. Updated in-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, minibars, DVD players, and free Wi-Fi. But there are no coffeemakers in the rooms, and you should expect to pay a hefty price for breakfast.
Melia Barcelona Sky Rating: 4.5 Pearls
ME is one of the most stylish hotels in Barcelona, with contemporary design and vintage-chic decor. It offers 12,750 square feet of meeting space, a dedicated event team, and can fit up to 500 guests for an event; audio-visual equipment is available. Its 258 rooms come with top-notch amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Aveda toiletries, and Nespresso coffeemakers, plus a trendy layout with a glass wall separating the bathroom from the room. Highlights of this property are the wonderful spa, the two good restaurants, the sophisticated nightclub, and the great pool and sun deck, perfect for relaxing after long day of meetings. It is located in the new business district, meaning you will have to take the subway to get to most tourist attractions in your spare time, but the beach is a short walk away, and there is a lively commercial strip nearby with many restaurants and bars.
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The 276-room Majestic Hotel & Spa has a prime location, steps from designer shops and Gaudi monuments, and blocks from corporate offices and the metro. It's a popular spot for business meetings, and has IT support for presentations. All rooms were renovated in 2011, giving them a fresh, modern feel. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, Nespresso machines, work desks with comfy seating, and interesting art. Spacious marble bathrooms have Bulgari toiletries, bathrobes, and rainfall showerheads. Other hotel highlights include a small rooftop pool and a rooftop terrace with an atmospheric bar and great city views; a contemporary on-site spa; and a fitness center. The restaurant serves a morning breakfast buffet and evening tapas; the bar offers live piano music; and the business center has free Internet.
GBB Hotel 4 Barcelona Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upper-mid-range hotel is located in 22@ District, an up-and-coming business area in eastern Barcelona. It has 142 decent-sized, contemporary rooms with pops of color, flat-screen TVs, and spacious bathrooms, as well as three meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment that can accommodate up to 150 people. In addition to great city or ocean views, rooms also showcase local artwork, work desks with comfortable chairs, and flat-screen TVs. Convenient amenities here include a Mediterranean restaurant, small fitness center -- complete with a steam room and a sauna -- and free Wi-Fi. The GBB Hotel 4 Barcelona is located four blocks from the subway, and the beach along with many seafront restaurants are within easy walking distance.
H10 Marina Barcelona Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 235-room chain hotel is located in a quiet area near the new business district, and has five meeting rooms; up to 150 people can be accommodated for an event. Decent-sized rooms are clean and modern, with contemporary decor and up-to-date amenities such as flat-screen TVs and minibars. Hotel highlights include a lovely rooftop pool with city views and a bar, a nice spa with great treatments, and a Mediterranean restaurant with a solid wine list. The Privilege Level offers wonderful perks such as free access to the spa, a free bottle of wine at the restaurant, late check-out (if available), and upgraded in-room amenities.
Barcelo Hotel Atenea Mar Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Barcelo Hotel Atenea Mar is a mid-range chain option located in the heart of the new business area District 22@, offering numerous meeting rooms and the ability to host over 500 people for an event. This seafront hotel appeals to the business traveler with its free Wi-Fi, a fitness center with up-to-date machines and massage services, and an adequate Mediterranean restaurant with lobby bar. Interesting perks here include loaner bicycles, beautiful ocean views from most rooms, and close proximity to the beach. Rooms are contemporary and clean, and have large work desks with multiple power outlets.