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). The hotel provides cots and fold-out beds to make family sleeping arrangements easier, as well as toys, books, and crayons to keep children entertained. Cookies or popcorn are also available upon request. The restaurants offer a kid's menu; there are number of connecting rooms in the property, and parents can request babysitting services.
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. All rooms were renovated in 2011, giving them a fresh, modern feel. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, Nespresso machines, and interesting art. Spacious marble bathrooms have Bulgari toiletries, bathrobes, and rainfall showerheads. For more luxury, the 41 suites offer views over Passeig de Gracia; some have private terraces; more space, and 24-hour personalized service. Families might want to choose apartments, which also include full kitchens. 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.
Petit Palace Opera Garden Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Petit Palace Opera Garden is a budget-friendly, contemporary hotel in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Family rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable, with bunk beds, a double bed, and modern, updated bathrooms. While there have been some complaints about street noise and general wear and tear, rooms have modern touches such as laptops, free Wi-Fi, and big flat-screen TVs, great for keeping the kids busy. Other hotel highlights include free bike rentals and a nice breakfast room serving a buffet each morning (for a fee). The hotel provides free cots and strollers upon request, and kids receive a welcome gift when checking in.
Catalonia Ramblas Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Housed in the former headquarters of a renowned local newspaper, the Catalonia Ramblas features an unusual facade with a leaf motif that dates back to 1903. Suites are spacious and some even have terraces with tiny splash pools, great for those traveling with kids. A chic courtyard with a pool and snack bar draws the crowds in the warmer months, but the hotel's main draw is its central location in the heart of Barcelona.
Acevi Villarroel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Acevi Villarroel is a contemporary property in a quaint residential area. The minimalist design is polished and glossy, but also a bit plain. Families have a wide array of great options: Triple Rooms, Family Duplex Rooms, and connecting rooms, all of which can sleep between three and four people. There's a small pool with a nice deck, and free breakfast buffet. The Acevi is a good option for those who want to stay a little bit away from the scene.