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). All-white rooms are sleek, and have modern amenities and fabulous bathrooms.
Abac Barcelona Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This exclusive 15-room luxury boutique hotel embodies contemporary style at its best, fitting right in in a city that treasures design. Rooms are avant garde, from the clean, white and beige decor, to the modern under lighting, to the remote-controlled blinds, to the Bang & Olufsen sound system. An amazing spa with Turkish baths shouldn't be missed, and the hotel's Michelin-starred on-site restaurant is a highlight.
Gran Hotel La Florida Rating: 5.0 Pearls
With a fairly removed location in the hills that ring the city, the 70-room Gran Hotel La Florida has a history as a luxurious, star-studded getaway far from the frenzy of Barcelona's crowds. Built in 1924, it has drawn celebrities from writer Ernest Hemingway to actor Rock Hudson through the years. Relaxation is the focus here -- from the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool to the tranquil Zen Zone Spa. Guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings in soothing neutral tones, great views of either the city or the Pyrenees Mountains, and spacious marble bathrooms.
Hesperia Tower Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This modern, statuesque high-rise hotel towers above the financial center in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, a 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.
Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Eurostars is one of the most identifiable hotels in Barcelona, with a transatlantic-shaped structure and a dramatic staircase in the lobby designed by celebrity architect Ieoh Ming Pei. The hotel embodies contemporary luxury, from the weekly opera nights, to the minimalist design, to the top-of-the-line amenities. Spacious rooms come with wonderful conveniences, such as a pillow menu, free Wi-Fi, comfortable beds, and in many, separate jetted tubs and walk-in showers. However, there are still a few lingering small flat-panel TVs in some suites. Property highlights include a small rooftop pool, a well-equipped fitness center, a restaurant with outdoor seating, and in-room massages.
Melia Barcelona Sky Rating: 4.5 Pearls
ME is one of the most stylish hotels in Barcelona, with contemporary design and vintage-chic decor. 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. It is located in the new business district, meaning you will have to take the subway to get to most tourist attractions, but the beach is a short walk away, and there is a lively commercial strip nearby with many restaurants and bars.