Packed with stunning Gothic architecture, superb restaurants, and hip bars and clubs, Barcelona is often regarded as Spain’s coolest city. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of boutique hotels with serious cool factor throughout the Gothic Quarter, Sarria-Sant Gervasi, Eixample, Poble Sec, and Tres Torres neighborhoods. After visiting hundreds of Barcelona hotels, we evaluated each boutique property, taking into consideration their in-room amenities, common-area features, and overall sense of style. Take a look at our expert picks for the best boutique hotels in Barcelona and start planning your trip!
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.
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. Leisure travelers are the main customers here, but business travelers will likely appreciate its "business corner," with its library and computer, and small private areas for events and meetings. The hotel also offers several cocktail and dining options, including the Le Bouchon tapas bar and Jean Luc Figueras' Mercer Restaurant JLF, a rooftop lounge and small pool, a hanging garden, and some of the most comfortable beds around.
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.
The chic, 30-room Hotel The Serras offers modern luxuries in an intimate, boutique setting that’s surrounded by one of the Gothic Quarter’s most popular areas. The rooftop terrace bar and pool have spectacular views of glitzy Port Vell, while the hotel's fine-dining restaurant overlooks the old city’s palm-lined streets. From top the bottom, the entire hotel has a sophisticated, designer touch, and its pristine guest rooms exude a sleek, spa-like serenity. Amenities include 24-hour room service, smart TVs, and Nespresso coffee machines, while bathrooms are especially upscale with large, rainfall showers. There are no spa or parking facilities, however, and rates can be double that of other luxury hotels.
The upscale Aparthotel Arai opened in 2012 as a stylish retrofit of an 18th-century mansion in the Gothic Quarter. Filled with impressive artwork and artifacts, original marble floors and staircases, and exposed stonework and beams, the sophisticated decor combines historic features with modern design elements. The 31 rooms at this boutique property come with opulent, black-marble bathrooms and kitchenettes with full-size refrigerators stocked with minibar snacks. There is a rooftop terrace with a small pool offering terrific views, along with a small fitness center and sauna. The hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, but it will deliver a boxed breakfast of baked goods and fruit for a fee.
A smartly designed luxury boutique hotel, the seven-floor Alma Barcelona has 72 quiet, upscale rooms with flat-screen 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.
In a city packed with hip and trendy boutique hotels, Hotel Brummell still manages to stand out. There are 20 guest rooms at this three-pearl property in Barcelona’s up-and-coming Poble Sec neighborhood. It’s a spot for tourists wanting to experience a more local vibe, the bohemian El Raval neighborhood and Las Ramblas are a 10- to 15-minute walk from the hotel. Excellent features include a swimming pool, sauna, sundeck, indoor courtyard, and top-class restaurant. There’s also a quirky shop, bikes for hire, and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is available, although not included in the room rate. Rooms are stylish and have air-conditioning, sharp bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs.
This 58-room boutique hotel in the heart of Barcelona has a relaxed, soothing vibe. The upscale hotel is close to most major attractions, and it's within short walking distance of Old Town and more modern shopping districts. Many rooms have views of the nearby hills. The proximity to the subway system will be convenient for some -- but annoying for others since the train rumblings can be heard from some rooms.
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.
Like most (but not all) H10 properties, there's a ton of style to like at this upscale property in Barcelona’s Eixample. The location couldn't be more central, with bars, restaurants, and some of the city’s most impressive architectural gems all within a five- to 10-minute walk. The 80 trendy, contemporary rooms come with air-conditioning, Nespresso Machines, and free Wi-Fi, though some are compact. The hotel has a good number of amenities beyond the rooms, including a rooftop terrace with a small pool, cocktail bar, and great views over the city. There’s also a lobby bar and restaurant, though breakfast isn't included.
There are 63 rooms at this sharp four-pearl property in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood. It’s a bustling area and popular with tourists who want to reach sights like Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya on foot. Contemporary guest rooms are done in a travel theme that's light, bright, and modern, with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and air-conditioning. Some are small while others have terraces, living rooms, and pools. The hotel has features not often found in central Barcelona, including an outdoor pool and sundeck, and a fitness center. There's also a retro air-travel restaurant and bar.
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.
The Duquesa de Cardona is a boutique hotel that blends old-school charm with understated sophistication and has a convenient location in the Gothic Quarter. The lobby is quaint, with checked floors and elegant velvet chairs that give it the look of an old-fashioned parlor. This classic feel carries through to the other common areas and guest rooms. Even the standard rooms have plenty of space, as do the bathrooms. The hotel's terrace, with a small pool and bar, is a real perk.
The SixtyTwo Hotel is a boutique option where old meets new. This stylish hotel is located in a historic building on the fashionable Passeig de Gracia in the center of Barcelona. Rooms are sleek with modern furniture and sexy open bathrooms that are large for Barcelona standards. Additional room perks include iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and Nespresso machines. Beyond the inviting design and a free wine tasting for guests every Wednesday, the highlight of this hotel is its location in the upscale Eixample neighborhood, within walking distance of numerous attractions. However, the hotel does not offer a fitness center and there is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.
The stylish and luxurious Ohla hotel is centrally located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. This boutique option offers 74 modern rooms with high-tech amenities and free Wi-Fi. 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.
The 79-room H10 Montcada is a small upscale boutique located in the Gothic Quarter, across the street from the metro and the Barcelona Cathedral. Rooms are modern, spare, and stylish, with wooden floors, brown leather accents, and great amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, and tons of toiletries. But most are on the small side, and units on lower floors may experience traffic noise and vibrations from the metro. The restaurant serves a varied breakfast buffet in a homey room (for a fee) and the lobby bar has a speakeasy-meets-travel theme that is charming and elegant. The highlight, however, is the beautiful seasonal rooftop terrace, compete with a whirlpool, padded loungers, a bar, and 360-degree views.
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.
The three-pearl Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel is a modern and stylish boutique hotel that opened in 2014 in the quiet El Born neighborhood, within a brief walk of many attractions in the Gothic Quarter and the Urquinaona subway station. Its 56 rooms are clean and quiet with a minimalist decor and 40-inch smart TVs. The walk-in, rainfall showers are exceptionally nice, but some rooms are tiny and dark. Notable amenities include a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities, and a lovely rooftop bar and pool with spectacular views. The hotel also hosts a nightly wine and cheese reception.
Housed in an elegant 19th-century Modernist building, BarcelonaBB is a charming and intimate bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the Eixample. Gaudi masterpieces and the metro are right nearby. Its five rooms (four share two bathrooms) are appealingly decorated and quiet. The free continental breakfast is plentiful and delicious, and the proprietors friendly and helpful with sightseeing information. The bed-and-breakfast is a terrific value, and a great fit for travelers who wish to forego a big hotel experience.
The 64-room Hotel Praktik Vinoteca is a mid-range boutique hotel with an extra-special quirk: a thorough, yet tasteful, wine theme. The sharp interiors include plenty of well-aged wood, cork, and over 900 display bottles that create a polished, bohemian look throughout the hotel. Rooms are compact, but contemporary, with urban-chic details and modern features like air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs. The hotel's Eixample location means restaurants and bars are all around, while Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas are only a 10-minute walk away. Wine tastings attract locals as well as guests, and the terrace is a lovely place to hang out.