Most Romantic Hotels in Barcelona

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For couples seeking a fun and lively vacation, Barcelona is sure to fit the bill. The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona has stunning Gothic architecture, delicious tapas restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife that lures party-minded travelers. If you and your sweetie are headed to Barcelona and want to have the most amorous getaway possible, it's best to stay at a hotel geared toward couples -- think cozy beds, sleek spas, and a sophisticated ambiance. After visiting hundreds of hotels in Barcelona, we compared each to see which were the most appropriate for vacationing couples. So if you're planning a romantic getaway and need a place to start, you've come to the right place. Take a look at our expert picks for the most romantic hotels in Barcelona, Spain and get inspired!

  1. Mercer Hotel Barcelona

    One of Barcelona's top-rated hotels, the 28-room Mercer Barcelona offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel and the amenities of a larger property. Add in its location -- tucked away on a charming, cobblestone street in the city's Gothic Quarter, and within walking distance to many top attractions -- and the Mercer can be a win-win for travelers. For a property with just 28 rooms, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona packs in several features that might be expected of a much larger property. Guests can eat and imbibe on the rooftop deck, in the cocktail lounge, in the tapas bistro Le Bouchon, and in Jean Luc Figueras' Mercer Restaurant JLF. There's also a terrace on the hotel's fourth floor that houses a plunge pool and offers views over the ancient rooftops of the Gothic Quarter.

  2. Hotel DO Placa Reial

    This is a boutique luxury hotel with just 18 beautiful rooms. Some have extraordinary views, but all have great modern-chic style, Egyptian cotton linens, big windows, and lavish bathrooms; single rooms are a tad small, but upgrading to a double room gets you more space. With a great location just off Las Ramblas on a beautiful historic square, this hotel is within walking distance of the Gothic Quarter's many sights. A spa, rooftop terrace and pool, three brilliant restaurants, and a beautiful lobby round out this luxe property's many amenities.

  3. Alma Barcelona

    A smartly designed luxury boutique hotel, the seven-floor Alma Barcelona has 72 quiet, upscale rooms with flat-panel TVs and free Wi-Fi. Unlike the nearby Claris and Majestic, the pool here is indoors, so weather will never spoil your swim. The rooftop terrace has first-rate views of the Eixample and Sagrada Familia. Style here has a starring role: design elements include fingerprint swiping instead of room keys, and architectural features such as a minimalist light-filled atrium. The Alma is a chic and serene spot for travelers who want Barcelona cool and an Eixample location a half block from Passeig de Gracia shopping.

  4. Hotel 1898

    Located on a prime piece of Las Ramblas real estate, the Hotel 1898 evokes Spain's opulent late 19th-century past with its architecture and decor. But guests get thoroughly modern pampering, with sterling service, plush rooms, a spa, and fine dining. And unlike other Las Ramblas area hotels such as Casa Camper, Hotel 1898 has not one but two pools: an indoor poolin an atmospheric grotto and a rooftop pool with panoramic Barcelona views. The property is the perfect pick for travelers willing to spend more for historic style and upscale comfort in a location right on the bustling Las Ramblas, near Passeig de Gracia shopping.

  5. El Palace Hotel

    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. The property boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, Caelis; 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.

  6. Abac Barcelona

    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. But the slightly out-of-the-way residential location is a drawback.

  7. Olivia Balmes Hotel

    At the 128-room Olivia Balmes Hotel, design is king. Almost every inch of this upscale hotel exudes sleek minimalism, giving it a sophisticated, contemporary vibe. Located in the heart of Barcelona’s bustling, tree-lined Eixample neighborhood, high-end shops, trendy restaurants, and the city’s historic areas are all within walking distance. Though the views are better from the rooftop terrace at the Royal Passeig de Gracia a few blocks away, the rooftop here has a pool. Other facilities include Seventeen Restaurant, with a local, seasonal menu.

  8. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

    The 98-room Mandarin Oriental is one of the most luxurious and romantic hotels in Barcelona. 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 with couples treatments, and numerous restaurants (one has a Michelin star). All-white rooms are sleek and comfortable, and service is excellent.

  9. Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux

    This upscale, 22-room hotel is located in the historic Gothic Quarter and housed in two buildings, one that dates back to the 12th century. Though there's no spa or pool, the hotel is gorgeously decorated with art and modern furnishings. The rooftop garden is a highlight and contains various seating, including hammocks, positioned in a feng-shui style. Rooms are spacious and filled with simple, stunning decor, but some experience outside noise and lighting is very dim. The on-site restaurant receives good reviews and a welcome drink is a thoughtful touch. It's a great pick for tourists who want a boutique-style property that's centrally located.

  10. Grand Hotel Central

    With an enviable city center location and superb classical-grandeur-meets-modern-chic styling, the Grand Hotel Central certainly lives up to its name. While rooms are fresh and contemporary with excellent amenities, it's the rooftop terrace with infinity-edge pool and panoramic city vistas that really steals the show. A Michelin-starred chef at the restaurant's helm also means outstanding -- if expensive -- dining, while wellness facilities are also high-end, though pricey.

  11. Hotel Catalonia Passeig de Gracia

    The 74-room luxury Hotel Catalonia Passeig de Gracia is located in the heart of Barcelona's posh Eixample, just down the block from Passeig de Gracia’s high-end shops and trendy boutiques. The hotel offers classically elegant, spacious rooms with luxury features such as in-room massages, and there's an excellent on-site restaurant, Les Delicies. The outdoor terrace and pool are great after long days of sightseeing, and free snacks in the evening are a nice touch, though breakfast isn't always included.

  12. Ohla Hotel

    The stylish and luxurious Ohla hotel is centrally located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. This boutique option offers 74 modern rooms with plush beds and high-tech amenities. One stand-out feature here is sexy stall showers that are located right in the middle of the rooms. The chic rooftop pool and lounge offers incredible city views along with a space to sunbathe. Dining options include Sauc Restaurant (which has a Michelin star), an inviting tapas bar, and a separate cocktail bar. This is the place for an upscale romantic getaway, and an eco-friendly one at that: Ohla Hotel contains solar panels, LEDs, and natural toiletries.

  13. Hotel Primero Primera

    The 30-room Hotel Primero Primera is a boutique in a quiet residential neighborhood. The rooms have been compared to luxury apartments by some guests, with nice extras including an honesty bar and free snacks in the lobby. A lovely, walled-in stone patio and small wading pool in the garden provide ample common space for relaxing. The hotel is located fairly far from Barcelona's center, but is in a posh residential neighborhood (nightlife is sparse). The metro is a few blocks away. Rooms are available in a variety of sizes -- some have nice balconies -- and have rain-style showers, stocked minibars, and flat-screen TVs.

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