Take a look at the best luxury 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.
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 Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal is another good option and is equally well located for tourists wanting to be within walking distance of attractions.
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.
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.
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. Those wanting somewhere with comparable facilities plus a free breakfast should check out the nearby Hotel Barcelona Catedral, which has lower rates but less style.
The 85-room H10 Metropolitan is an upscale hotel with an outstanding in Barcelona's posh Eixample, just a half-block from Plaza Catalunya. Barri Gotic and El Raval are within an easy walk, and there are shops and restaurants in every direction. Compact rooms have a fresh vintage-contemporary look and some offer private outdoor spaces with lounge chairs. Two outdoor pools include one on the rooftop with views of the city, plus a courtyard pool with a bar for drinks and light fare. An excellent breakfast buffet is served, but it's quite expensive, and dining is limited to light fare in the hotel's Eden Bar. For a similarly priced hip hotel, travelers could check out the sexy, LGBT-friendly Axel Hotel Barcelona, which has a spa.
The four-pearl Ohla Eixample is a well-designed boutique hotel in the Eixample, a short walk from the metro and luxury shopping at Passeig de Gracia. Its 94 guest rooms have an on-trend, urban look, and all come with 55-inch flat-screen TVs, well-stocked minibars, kettles, and free Wi-Fi, and some boast private furnished balconies. Ohla Eixample is among the city's handful of hotels with a rooftop pool, and this property's is a standout, with a wide deck, sunbeds, and city views. Other highlights include a full-service spa, fitness center, a Michelin-starred restaurant with innovative Catalonia cuisine, and breakfast for a fee. Travelers seeking a luxury boutique property in heart of the Eixample can check out Alma Barcelona.
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.
The Villa Emilia is a chic boutique option close to the Passeig de Gracia and the metro. Rooms are cozy, clean, inviting, and large by Barcelona standards. Floor-to-ceiling windows actually open fully, maximizing fresh air in the room. Sleek bathrooms sport stone stall showers and some have large soaking tubs. The common areas of the hotel carry over the stylish vibe, including Zinc for great dining and the rooftop for relaxing in prime outdoor space. With free Wi-Fi and a superb central location, the 53-room Villa Emilia is a solid pick.
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.
For an upscale property in the Eixample neighborhood, near some of Barcelona's best dining and shopping, Hotel Omm is hard to beat. A suitable choice for business or leisure travelers, the hotel has all the amenities one would expect of a luxury property: a rooftop swimming pool with city views, a hot nightclub with table service, a spa that’s open daily, and the Michelin-starred restaurant Roca Moo. Rooms are elegant and spacious, some with balconies and views and all with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.
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 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. Guests looking to stay in the heart of the Old City can find similarly priced rooms and amenities at the hotel's sister property -- Catalonia Portal de l’Angel -- or at Hotel Barcelona Catedral.
With a 19th century facade, stunning interior design, chic rooms, and a hard-to-beat location in Eixample, the upper-middle-range Room Mate Carla is a pretty solid choice. A lack of amenities do take things down a notch -- there's no full-service restaurant or wellness facilities, for example -- though there is a lobby bar, small but chic courtyard, and a nice breakfast buffet served until late. The 88 rooms are trendy, too, pairing minimalistic white furniture with bright, retro pops of color. Amenities include rainfall showers, flat-screen TVs, generously stocked minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Travelers could also comparison shop with Room Mate Anna, the hotel group's flagship property in Paseo de Gracia, which adds extras like antique details, a rooftop pool, and sauna.