Take a look at the best kid-friendly hotels in Eixample.
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. But there are no coffeemakers in the rooms, and you should expect to pay a hefty price for breakfast.
The three-and-a-half-pearl Sensation Sagrada Familia is located in the upscale Eixample neighborhood, around the corner from iconic Sagrada Familia. The apartments are chic and smart, with muted tones and modern technology including air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, fully equipped kitchens, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop terrace is a highlight, with sunny and shaded loungers -- plus unrivaled views of Gaudi's masterpiece. A small outdoor pool, modern fitness center, and sauna are nice-to-have extras, but expect to pay extra for daily housekeeping. Breakfast is available (for a fee), and rates are on par with other upmarket properties in the area. Visitors looking for a livelier location might try Hotel 1989 on Las Ramblas, where rates are higher, but there's a restaurant and tapas bar on-site.
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.
The two-and-a-half pearl, Barcino 147 is a homey bed and breakfast spread between two buildings in the leafy Eixample district of Barcelona. Conveniently located near the city center and many tourist attractions, the B&B is great for low-key, independent tourists looking to explore Barcelona. Owned by an artist and art collector, Barcino 147 is filled with richly colored decor and Romantic-era paintings. While many of the hotel's 12 guest rooms share bathrooms, there are also suites and full apartments for more privacy.
The 29-unit Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites are situated in a quiet residential area of the lively Eixample district. This three-pearl option is within walking distance of numerous restaurants, bars, shops, and supermarkets, as well as public transportation. Apartments are modern and fresh, and up to four bedrooms are available. All have full kitchens with everything needed for cooking and dining, plus washing machines for clothes. Guests who book directly on the website get free breakfast kits, but that's it for on-site meal service. Most guests who stay here are looking for a place that's more like home than a hotel. Travelers who would like on-site amenities in addition to apartment-style accommodations could check out the Suites Avenue, which has a little gym and small rooftop pool.
Business and leisure travelers alike may enjoy the extra space afforded by these 41 apartment-style guest rooms at the upper-middle-range Barcelona's Suites Avenue. The luxury hotel also has a hard-to-beat location opposite Gaudi's La Pedrera and within walking distance of Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. The surrounding area is filled with shops and restaurants. Having so many dining options nearby is particularly helpful, since the Suites Avenue lacks an on-site restaurant. It's a good choice for travelers who will be spending more than a few days in Barcelona and want the comforts of home not typically found in a hotel. Kitchens with refrigerators, ovens, stovetops and coffeemakers are all included, and some rooms have small balconies. Travelers should know that many of the bathrooms lack doors, causing a lack of privacy within the guest rooms that can be an issue for some. Property features include a small rooftop pool and a fitness center.
The 120-room and suite 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 two Michelin stars). 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.
Located on the vibrant Carre Pelai a short stroll from La Rambla, the Hotel Jazz reflects the energy of its surroundings in its look and feel, with stylish and colorful decor and a buzzy vibe. The contemporary rooms feature comfy beds, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The centerpiece amenity is a rooftop, year-round outdoor swimming pool and sundeck with good city views, a cocktail bar, and a lounge. A stay here suits travelers who want a prime spot near La Rambla, in a cool, modern upper-middle-range hotel that doesn't break the bank with its nightly rates.
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 and 24-hour personalized service. Families might want to choose apartments that 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.
The Aspasios Rambla Catalunya Suites consists of 24 spacious apartments decorated in a chic, bright, modern style, with either terraces or balconies. Centrally located on a major street in Eixample, it's within walking distance of several tourist attractions, and the Passeig de Gracia metro station is about a five-minute walk away. Apartments have top-notch fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. These are self-catered apartments, and there's no breakfast service, fitness facilities, or pool. Travelers who prefer more typical hotel amenities might want to compare rates with the nearby NH Collection Barcelona Calderon, which has a rooftop pool, a restaurant, and a wellness center, but in-room Wi-Fi comes with a fee.
The NH Podium is housed in a lovely 19th-century building that blends seamlessly with its charming surroundings in the city's Eixample district. Inside, it has been thoroughly modernized, with 145 spacious rooms and suites that offer the contemporary furnishings, flat-screen TVs, and stocked minibars that are standard for the NH brand. The rooftop terrace is a major highlight, with potted plants, chic furniture, and a terraza bar that make for a pretty setting to take in the city views. Its outdoor pool, however, is a bit on the small side. Dining options include Mediterranean cuisine at the Corella restaurant and a daily breakfast buffet, though there are less expensive alternatives in the surrounding area.
The 36-room Hotel Ambit Barcelona is a mid-range property with an excellent location in the bustling Eixample district. Guests can walk to restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops, and both metro and bus stops are nearby. Plaza Cataluna and Passeig de Gracia are a 10-minute walk away, and there's plenty to see and do all around. Although some rooms are quite small, they're all modern and fresh, and come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, air-conditioning, and kettles for tea and coffee. Some have furnished balconies. The comfy living room and lovely terrace are popular hangout spots, and there's a self-serve bar. As an alternative, check out the Hotel Vueling BCN by HC, and it has an on-site restaurant and bar plus a great Eixample location and contemporary style.
The Hotel Granvia is a genuine piece of Barcelona history. Built in 1870 as an elegant manor house for the owning family of the Bank of Barcelona, the Granvia was converted into a hotel in 1935 and served as a key social hub for the city's elite for many decades. Completely renovated in 2013, the hotel offers upscale rooms, sterling service, an ample breakfast buffet (for a fee), and an outdoor terrace café. It's a good fit for those who want a stylish and comfortable stay, but don't need a pool, fitness center, restaurant and other amenities that bring with them a higher nightly price tag.
With a stylish lobby reminiscent of the inside of a space station and a funky, modern diner area where breakfast is served, the Room Mate Emma is a cool pick for tourists visiting Barcelona and wanting to stay in a "design" hotel. The mid-range chain has 56 colorful guest rooms that stand out for their bold use of color and artistic touches. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby, but guests wanting to stay closer to Las Ramblas may want to consider Hotel Ramblas, a stylish, more expensive option closer to the action.
This 61-room hotel, part of the tech-savvy Petit brand, is a no-frills but contemporary choice located in Barcelona's city center, a few blocks from Plaza Catalunya. There isn't much to the property (it lacks any outdoor space -- a rarity for Barcelona) but it's a good value, especially for families. Rooms are starting to show wear and tear, but high-tech amenities such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and laptops help compensate. Balconies and exercise bikes are available in some, while others lack views, so be sure to specify room priorities when checking in. The quirky, modern lobby has multiple seating areas, additional laptops, and a small bar. Meanwhile, a more sophisticated breakfast room has soft lighting and beautiful exposed brick. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.