Best Hotels in Barcelona – Last Minute City Breaks

Best Hotels in Barcelona

Even in a place as beautiful and bewitching as Barcelona, poor accommodation can literally ruin everything, especially for those interested in a last minute city break. It would be a pity to return home and most of your memories to revolve around lousy beds, dirty bed sheets and uneatable dishes.

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Barri Gotic (“Gothic Quarter”)

Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations, especially in Europe. Since you are obviously interested in exploring its unique culture, its delicious cuisine, its famous architectural marvels and its wild nightlife, you need as much information as possible when it comes to accommodation.

Since proper accommodation forms the basis for a successful last minute break to Barcelona, we have drafted for you a list of the most reputable and well – reviewed hotels in the area. Bear in mind that our list includes both luxury and budget hotels.

Here is the list

  1. The Majestic Hotel
  2. Mandarin Oriental
  3. Casa Camper
  4. El Palace Hotel
  5. The Serras
  6. Hotel Pulitzer
  7. “Cotton House” Hotel
  8. Hotel Bagues
  9. Grand Hotel Central
  10. The Bonic Hotel
  11. Anakena House
  12. Hotel 1898
  13. Alma

1. The Majestic Hotel – 4.5/5

The Majestic Hotel barcelona

Introduction

The Majestic is much more than a great hotel: it is one of the city’s emblems and a “locals” favorite. Preserving its age – old and glorious past with state-of-the-art facilities and modern services, it has succeeded in blending past and future.

You have probably guessed that The Majestic is not exactly the most economic option: room prices begin from £193.00, but the whole offered experience is truly worth it.

Location

Dominating the “Passeig de Gràcia”, the area between Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and the Pedrera block, it is ideal for visitors whose primary goal in visiting the city is shopping and seeing the sights, since numerous transportation stations are just around the corner.

Service & Facilities

We could describe this hotel’s Services and Facilities with just 1 word, “mpeccable”, but it would seem a bit exaggerated and prejudiced.

The Majestic’s most impressive facility is its rooftop pool and its excellent spa, as well its fully equipped gym. Other facilities include:

  • a Business centre;
  • a Bar;
  • a Fitness centre;
  • a Parking;
  • a Restaurant;
  • a Sauna;

As for the rooms, they are spacious and decorated in a discrete neo – classical style. Well designed and comfortable, they are equipped with snug beds that guarantee a good night’s rest. Cleanliness will never be an issue here, especially in bathrooms and toiletries. The hotel offers visitors free Wi-Fi.

Food

Let’s begin this section with a personal favorite: a Nespresso machine is conveniently placed in every single room!

As for the rest, you can expect a hearty breakfast (a bit pricey fully worth-it), rich and savoury dishes and great cocktails.

Useful Information

Official Site – http://www.hotelmajestic.es/en

Contact Information

Address – Passeig de Gràcia 68 – 7008007

Reservations – reservas@hotelmajestic.es

Telephones

  • Hotel:+34 93 488 17 17
  • Reservations:+34 93 492 22 44
  • Groups & Events:+34 93 488 17 17
  • Majestic Spa:+34 93 496 77 18
  • Accounts:+34 93 492 22 33

2. Mandarin Oriental – 4/5

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Introduction

A magnet for shopping addicts and Gaudí’s ardent buffs, the Mandarin Oriental holds the sceptres of style in the Catalonian capital. Great rooms, excellent service, great food and drinking, majestic views – what more can you ask?

Well actually there is something – a discount! The truth is we have here one of the most expensive hotels in Barcelona (rates start from £355.00) but not in any possible way overpriced.

Location

Close to its afore mentioned rival, The Mandarin Oriental is also a great option for shoppers and Gaudí buffs.

Services & Facilities

What is surprising in a luxury hotel is that its most memorable characteristic it is not its facilities, but its well trained and extremely polite and helpful staff.

As for the facilities, the famed Mimosa garden is terrific, as well as the rooftop, offering great views of the city lying underneath. The pool right beside you enriches the whole experience.

Other amenities include:

  • the Bar;
  • a Fitness centre;
  • a restaurant;
  • a Spa,
  • and a hammam

Surprisingly, standard rooms are less spacious than expected, but in no way disappointing. Decoration justifies the hotel’s name, enriched with subtle oriental strokes. Special attention is given to extras, from aromatherapy toiletries to leatherbound notebooks and welcome boxes.

Food

Finding something unsatisfactory in Mandarin’s cuisine is considered a Herculean feat. Everything, from the Bankers’ Bar, to the Mimosa garden restaurant is simply terrific. But “Moments”, a restaurant owned by a descendant of the triple-starred chef C. Ruscalleda, is more than a great place to have your dinner – is a lifetime experience.

Useful Information

Official Site – www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona/

Contact Information

Address – Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40 Barcelona 08007

Telephone – +34 93 151 88 88

Email – mobcn-info@mohg.com

Reservations – www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona/hotel-reservations

3. Casa Camper – 4.5/5

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Introduction

The Casa Camper hotel has adopted a totally different philosophy: “chuck away needless luxuries, emphasize on making them feel like home”. And, we can surely say, this appeals to a great number of visitors who prefer value without the usual price – raising wrappings. Room price start from £170.00 per night.

Location

Ideally located for art enthusiasts at north Raval, near the MACBA modern art museum and La Rambla, the Casa Camber has the Plaça Catalunya, a great transport hub, just a short walk away.

Service & Facilities

Everything is purposely designed to encourage the frequent staff – visitor contact, so as to create a personal bond between them. And it works. Before leaving the hotel you have this strange sense you have known these guys for years.

Amenities include a fully equipped gym, an L – shaped sun deck with loungers offering beautiful views of the city and a Bar. Sadly, there is no pool.

Rooms are what they promise to be: minimalistic but more than comfortable, with all the standard extras and amenities and with great views from their balconies.

Food

A snack bar serves delicious salads, desserts, small meals, along with soft and hot drinks, but the best thing for delicate palates is the adjacent Michelin – starred Japanese restaurant, the “Dos Palillos”.

Official Site – http://www.casacamper.com/barcelona/default-en.html

4. El Palace Hotel – 4.5/5

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Introduction

If we could describe the El Palace experience with just one word, it would be “opulence”. A former “Ritz” hotel, is gives the chance to enjoy luxury in relatively lower prices. Rates begin from around £230.00 per night.

Location

Also close to the Passeig de Gràcia, the Palace is ideal for shoppers who wish to drain their credit cards. Surrounded by Barcelona’s renowned Modernista architecture, but a little remote regarding most popular sights, El Palace is saved by the several transportation options situated nearby, including taxis, the Sub and buses. The neighborhood is lively but noisy too – still nothing the soundproofed rooms can’t handle.

Service & Facilities

Discreet and efficient room service, a comfortable and well equipped business centre, the 14 –metres long pool up on the roof, and the pre-Colombian south American themed spa, famed for its volcanic stones treatments are the hotel’s most important facilities.

Rooms are heavily and luxuriously decorated, but not in taste. If you are not afraid to pay something extra, opt for the Classic rooms: they feature Roman baths, with stylish mosaic decorations.

Food

You will find that their breakfast buffet is even more opulent than the decoration of the rooms, but the hotel’s emblem is the famous and Michelin starred “Caelis” restaurant. Another, less prominent but equally promising food option is the 19 brasserie and the Winter Garden on the rooftop.

Official Site – www.hotelpalacebarcelona.com/en/

Useful Information

Address – Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 668 08010 Barcelona

Telephone – +34 93 510 11 30

5. The Serras – 4.5/5

The Serras

Introduction

Another great hotel in the heart of the Catalonian metropolis, the 5 – starred Serras is often, and rightly, described as rather friendly and extremely comfortable. Featuring a decked rooftop bar and an adjacent pool, where you can swim while marveling the view across Barcelona’s historic port.

You have probably guessed that the standard room price is close to £228.00

Location

The Serras dominates the Passeig de Colom area that overlooks Port Vell. The problem is that noise from the avenues stretching underneath can get on your nerves, but the fully soundproofed rooms quickly solve the problem.

Service & Facilities

The Serras has everything a 5 – starred hotel should, including

  • a bar,
  • a gym,
  • a Spa
  • and a great restaurant.

The standard or “Deluxe” rooms are a bit small but cozy and bright, with spacious balconies offering unobstructed views of the port. Spacious bathrooms, snug beds and mattresses designed for Queen Elizabeth II herself. Anything else?

Food

The hotel’s restaurant, the “Informal”, is run by a Michelin star awarded chef and dishes do not fall short of its fame. Mostly based on traditional Catalan recipes, the restaurant also offers European and Oriental favorites.

Official Site – http://hoteltheserrasbarcelona.com

Useful Information

Address – Passeig de Colom, 908002

Telephone – +34 93 169 18 68

6. Hotel Pulitzer – 4.5/5

Hotel Pulitzer

Introduction

Pulitzer’s main advantage is undeniably its centered location, right on the heart of the Plaça Catalunya and, of course its excellent value – for – money room prices, that start from just £97.00 per night.

Location

Not ideal for those of you who love serenity and relaxation, but surely the best possible option for those of you who want to feel Barcelona’s vibe, the Pulitzer Hotel is just off the Plaça Catalunya, on the edge of the Old City, which means it offers access to all sorts of transportation and it is just short walks away from numerous traditional sights.

Service & Facilities

Staff is very friendly and well trained, while facilities include a bar and a restaurant. Standard rooms are small but cozy and nicely decorated.

Food

The housed cocktail bar offers high quality basics (sandwiches, steaks, burgers, pasta) 24 hours a day, while the adjacent restaurant offers far more delicate flavours. The bar up on the rooftop is great for youngsters who fancy the typical Café del Mar environment.

Official Site – www.hotelpulitzer.es/en/

Useful Information

 

7. “Cotton House” Hotel – 4.5/5

“Cotton House” Hotel

Introduction

Its name sounds – and it actually is bizarre, for a hotel – but as soon as you learn that the building used to serve as Barcelona’s cotton guild headquarters, everything falls into place.

The Cotton House Hotel, as already stated by its name, has no desire to conceal its interesting past – on the contrary, it makes the most of it, by using original features and antique pieces of furniture and other interesting allusions to the cotton industry. Prices are not exactly cheap (starting from £208.00 per night) but they do depict the quality of the services and the facilities.

Location

Maybe Cotton House hotel’s greatest drawback is it location in a not so interesting and lively neighborhood. On the other hand, it is sure quitter and several transportation options are right beside the corner.

Service & Facilities

Facilities include a well equipped gym, a fine pool and a spa, as well as a bar the hotel’s restaurant.

Standard rooms are more than comfortable – maybe the decoration, afflicted by the whole “cotton obsession” needs some changes – but everything is shiny clean and ergonomically designed. Probably their most distinguished feature is the impressively big beds and shower cubicles, which add to the whole relaxing experience.

Food

The housed restaurant, named “Batuar”, is firmly devoted to ongoing – and quite successful – experimentations on traditional Catalan recipes – making it an ideal option for those of you who love to explore local delicacies and dishes. The cocktail bar is just beside the dining room’s side, but if you seek the best place in the premises to enjoy your Scotch, go to the Hotel’s Library, surrounded by oak shelves and age – old books.

If you finally decide to select the Cotton House Hotel, do choose to take your breakfast out on the terrace – unless the weather won’t allow it.

Official Site – http://www.hotelcottonhouse.com/en/barcelona

Useful Information

Address – GRAN VÍA de les CORTS CATALANES, 67008010

Telephone – 0034 93 450 50 45

Reservations – reservations@hotelcottonhouse.com

General information – cottonhouse@hotelcottonhouse.com

8. Hotel Bagués – 4/5

Hotel Bagues

Introduction

A small gem on Barcelona’s diadem, Hotel Bagués served in the past as a jewellery showroom and its passion for detail has not withered by the years. In fact, there is a small museum inside the hotel with pieces of jewellery from the original Bagués – Masriera collection.

Bagués’ advantageous location on the heart of La Rambla means that after exhausting yourself through the streets of the this captivating city, you can return back to your room in no time and either enjoy a nice meal, or take a relaxing swim up on the rooftop pool. And the best part has yet to come: you can have all that with just £144.00 per night.

Tempted? Or maybe you are wondering why Bagués is rated with 4 out of 5 with so many merits… Well, it is the noise and the crowds that flood the streets every single day of the year. If you don’t mind that, than our 4 can easily become a 5 for you!

Location

As already mentioned, staying in La Rambla offers you fast access to a vast array of sightseeing and shopping options through the city’s greatest transport hub, the Plaça Catalunya.

Service & Facilities

Staff is very experienced and polite so you shouldn’t have a problem no matter the issue at hand.

As for the facilities, my personal favorite is the rooftop pool, equipped with a nice diving board. The hotel also has a small fitness centre, a genuine hammam and a steam room – and an excellent massage service, which you can also enjoy in your room.

The rooms’ layout is not as simple to describe as in the hotel’s mentioned above, for the simple reason that the building features a diverse and multifaceted inner design and structure. Upper floors have rooms that vary in size and see either towards La Rambla, or towards the Betlem church. They also have different amenities: some, for example have a bathtub, while others simply do not have enough space for it.

Each room is equipped with Bluetooth streaming, TVs and coffee machines.

Food

Most visitors love “El Regulador”, a cozy little bistro, luxuriously decorated, that serves some of the finest Mediterranean dishes in Barcelona.

Official Site – www.hotelbagues.com

Useful Information

Address – La Rambla, 105 08002

Telephone: +34 933 435 000

E – mail: bagues@derbyhotels.com

9. Grand Hotel Central – 4/5

Grand Hotel Central

Introduction

Barcelona’s Grand Hotel Central breathes a sense of artistic superiority and charm – and in relatively lower rates. Standard room prices are around £150.00 per night.

Location

Located on the Via Laietana, which stretches right beside the famous Gothic district and facing Barcelona’s Cathedral, the Grand Hotel Central certainly justifies its name selection: it is both Grand and Central!

Hence, visitors that are fortunate enough to the Grand Hotel Central as their base have most of Barcelona’s most famed attractions and La Rambla itself just around the corner, while the adjacent Metro station makes things easier even for more distant destinations.

The hotels rooftop is one of the best spots to be if you like photography or simply fancy great views. The pool right beside helps a lot!

Service & Facilities

You have to be a reincarnated Roman Emperor to find fault with the staff. They are very polite, experienced and professional.

The facilities, beside the rooftop pool, which is simply amazing, include a spa centre, a thermal suite equipped with hammam and sauna and a adequately equipped gym.

Art lovers can also check the ground floor gallery, which houses the work of promising young artists. If, on the other hand, you prefer reading, you can spent some time in the hotel’s nice library.

Rooms are designed to seem even more spacious than they really are. The decoration is elegant and successfully blends traditional and modern motifs. All rooms are equipped with Nespresso machines.

Food

Just stay in the rooftop – and not just for the wonderful pool. There is also a bar that is considered one of the coolest places to be during the summer heat, offering great cocktails and delicious tapas.

If you need something more traditional, check out the City Restaurant just below and taste the creations of Michelin star winning chefs.

Official site – www.grandhotelcentral.com

Useful Information

Address – Via Laietana, 30 | 08003 Barcelona

Telephone – +34 93 295 79 00

+34 93 268 12 15

Reservations: info@grandhotelcentral.com

Reception: recepcion@grandhotelcentral.com

10. The Bonic Hotel – 4/5

bonic hotel barcelona

Introduction

Enough with the luxury options. You can find equally great hotels in Barcelona if you travel on a budget. The Bonic Hotel is one of the best. Comfortable, stylish and with ardent supporters from all around the world, Bonic’s most valued characteristic is its genuine and whole hearted hospitality.

If you are ok with shared – but perfectly clean – bathrooms, the Bonic will not fail your expectations – especially if you consider you just have to pay around £80.00 per night!

Location

Nicely located just a short walk away from the Rambla and the Port Vell, the Bonic also offers its residents numerous transportation options, especially through the Drassanes metro station.

Evidently, the neighborhood around the Bonic is teaming with clubs, bars and restaurants – which is simply great for youngsters who usually opt for budget hotels. On the other hand, your night’s rest might not be the best part of your stay in Barcelona.

Service & Facilities

Well, facilities are exactly the ones they should be for a “shared bathroom” type budget hotel. It is kept scrupulously clean and the owner is world famous for its kind manners and helpfulness.

You will also have access to a computer and printer, free Wi-Fi and several other useful items for your beach excursions.

A few words about the rooms are in order. There are actually numerous rooms of different design and size, namely 4 doubles 3 singles, which all share 3 bathrooms, all nicely decorated and equipped with several amenities and extras, such as robes, slippers, hairdryers etc. It is just perfect if you plan to travel with siblings, close friends or with your fiancée and a friendly couple.

Food

As for food, all you can expect is a rich and filling breakfast, with fresh and warm bread and pastries made every morning from a close – by local bakery, along with tea, coffee and some spirits.

Official Site – www.bonic-barcelona.com/en/bed_and_breakfast.php

11. Anakena House – 4/5

Introduction

Housed in a “Modernista Eixample” block, the “Anakena House” Hotel is a wonderful option for those of you who seek economic but stylish accommodation options. You can check in with just £90.00 per night. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Location

Anakena House’s neighborhood is not very prominent and the hotel itself is a modified apartment right above the University complex, and very close to the central hub of Plaça de Catalunya and the Old City. Another interesting characteristic about the neighborhood is that it is considered the core of the gay district in Barcelona.

Service & Facilities

The only problem with Anakena House is that it is comprised by just 8 rooms and there isn’t much we can say about the facilities and the amenities that are available. So, why a 4/ 5 rating? Because the place is cozy, the manager very hospitable and the rooms clean and neat, characterized by the distinctive Eixample Modernista motifs. They are spacious, with high ceilings and tall windows.

Most of the rooms have balconies with nice views of the surrounding buildings, space for extra bed, a minibar and the all the basics (TV, free Wi-Fi etc.). You may found the bathroom a bit.. cramped but everything works perfect and is shiny clean.

Food

Well, you can expect a nice breakfast (for which you won’t have to pay anything), which will remind you more of a “mom prepared” breakfast than that of a hotel. Of course, there is no bar or restaurant inside the premises, but there is plenty of whole – hearted willingness to suggest the best places to eat and party in town.

Official Site – http://anakenahouse.com/en/

Useful Information

  • Address – Consell de Cent, 276, principal, 08007 Barcelona
  • Telephone – +34 934 673 615
  • Email – info@anakenahouse.com

12. Hotel 1898 – 4/5

Hotel 1898

Being a member of the Núñez i Navarro Hotels family, the 1898 Hotel is a strange but captivating amalgam of impressive architecture, colour explosions and intriguing decoration. One of its most distinctive characteristics is its 2 (!) pools, both inside and outside the building. Combined with a standard room price of £177.00 it easily snicks in our list of the best hotels in the Catalonian capital.

Location

Here, things are a bit… let’s say complicated. Being a part of the La Rambla, just a stone’s throw away from the Plaça Catalunya – which is always great if you want to move around the city through public transportation – means that during high seasons you will simply feel you are under by thousands of tourists, day and night… and midnight! If you like this crowd vibe, then it is just ideal for you. If don’t, better opt for another hotel in our list.

Service & Facilities

Staff is great, very polite and professional (of course they will always help with your luggage). As for the facilities, during the summer, just stay in your room to sleep and bathe and then run up to the roof as fast as you can! A great alfresco bar, comfortable sofas and, of course, the necessary pool (a bit small but it is ok) will make your nights in the Hotel 1898 simply unforgettable. If you choose to visit Barcelona during the winter or autumn, there is always the indoor pool, a well organised spa and a great Fitness centre.

Classic cinema buffs will just have to go there no matter what, for every night classic films are shown in the lobby, while their friends can relax with their drinks in the library.

Rooms are adequately spacious and colourful, facing either a painted interior patio, other the fiercely vivid La Rambla. Luxury rooms have also a private terrace.

Food

Personally, stay at least 3 days there just to have the chance to taste all 3 breakfast menus – and make sure you enjoy them up on the roof. A cocktail bar and a nice cozy restaurant dedicated to the mystique of the traditional Catalan flavours fill the whole picture.

Official Site – www.hotel1898.com/en/barcelona-h1898-know-us.php

13. Alma – 4/5

Alma hotel barcelona

Introduction

We will close with a medium budget accommodation option, the Alma Hotel.

A stylish and well – organized hotel, Alma is usually preferred by international entrepreneurs that combine work and pleasure when visiting Barcelona. Of course, simple tourists will also find the hotel’s service and facilities excellent and affordable; you can have a standard room for £180.00 per night.

Location

Although it’s a good 20-minute walk from the Old City, the Alma is handy for high-end shopping, plenty of eating and drinking options and two of Gaudí’s iconic buildings, La Pedrera and the Casa Batlló, being just off the Passeig de Gràcia. It’s also well-connected to every form of public transport.

Service & Facilities

Everything in the Alma Hotel reveal that it is designed for demanding clients that know what they want and will not compromise their desires. All staff members are experienced, very (very) serious with what they do and very well trained.

Alma has a fitness centre, a wonderful Zen – inspired spa and a hammam, as well as an unexpectedly long indoor pool. Alma’s façade is very impressive, facing a nice sun – drenched garden space and made mainly from sheet glass.

Rooms are smart and spacious, with extremely well – made mattresses that guarantee a good night’s rest. They all have their own private minibar too.

Food

Alma has the typical, but very well run, cocktail bar, and a restaurant that will not disappoint clients with delicate palate.

Official Site – http://alma-barcelona.hotel-rn.com/?lbl=ggl-ex

Useful Information

Telephone – 0808 145 3715