For those who know me, you know that Barcelona is a city that I love. For those who know me less, let me guide you through these few lines and reveal my passion for one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Like any good traveler, the first thing to do is to find accommodation. The lines which follow draw up a list of 10 establishments which I appreciate therefore that I approve.
I was talking about this hotel a while ago, formerly the Omm Hotel, The Sir Victor Barcelona has since made a new appearance thanks to the work of the Israeli duo Alon Baranowitz and Irene Kronenberg. The almost perfect mastery of the open space on the ground floor is inspired by the landscape of the Catalan capital, from its coast to its mountainous relief. The light and airy entrance recalls the sweeping shore; the oversized pool table in Carrara marble and the hanging sculpture by Bocci add to the ambience of discreet luxury. Everything is done to feel good like the rooftop bar, with a bright aquamarine swimming pool and a view on the road to the heads that oscillate among the strange structures of the Casa Mila de Gaudí.
Carrer del Rosselló, 265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 932 71 12 44
ROOM MATE GERARD
A hotel group and several first names, today I’m going to tell you about Gerard from the Room Mate family. It was the architect Jaime Beriestain who succeeded in a tour de force by transforming a classic six-storey building in the Eixample with courtyard and balconies in the Ensanche district into a modernist space of 66 rooms. The lobby, in particular, is more like the private residence of a playful young Turk with great taste than a hotel. For Beriestain, Gérard innovates in the sense that it is the first time that he has worked with raw materials, sand pine and waxed concrete in particular, which could explain the calm atmosphere of the spaces. The proximity to Plaça Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter, Paseo de Sant Joan and the modernist masterpiece of Casa Burés make this hotel a strategic place for a city break.
Room Mate Gerard
Carrer d’Ausiàs Marc, 34, 08010 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 931 82 80 31
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It’s impossible not to put the Hotel Arts in this list, because it is one of the best hotels in the city. Along the building’s 43 floors (the tallest in Barcelona), it is also reputed to be one of the most upscale hotels in Spain. While celebrities and CEOs can enjoy breathtaking views from one of the duplex penthouse suites it is still possible to have a room for less than £ 200 per night. Standards are high, with sprawling beds and marble bathrooms. The top two floors of the hotel are dedicated to a spa with two open-air terraces and the highest sauna in Barcelona, where everything is high.
Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 932 21 10 00
THE Barcelona EDITION
Located in El Born, the historic and creative epicenter of the city, The Barcelona EDITION overlooks the Santa Caterina market. Throughout the property, the whole creativity of Ian Schrager and the famous interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán comes to life. The rooms are warm. Nothing is left to chance from the leather headboards with walnut wood paneling, complemented by oak parquet with bleached chevrons. Even to enjoy a drink, the magic takes place in this bar enamored of discreet luxury. A pure journey into the Catalan heritage.
The BARCELONA Edition
Av. de Francesc Cambó, 14, 08003 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 936 26 33 30
The Alexandra Hotel is ideally located a few steps from the city’s main shopping street, Passeig de Gràcia. In addition, thanks to its new interiors, partly made by the local firm Borrell Jover Arquitectura, this establishment deserves to be included in this list. The 116 rooms are spacious, while some of the suites have their own terraces and outdoor baths.
Carrer de Mallorca, 251, 08008 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 934 67 71 66
Built as a private house in 1955, Primero Primera is divided into two distinct spaces by a covered entrance inspired by old carriage houses. On one side, there’s a wood-paneled reception organized around a swirling Art Deco staircase, a small gym, and a luxurious lounge with damask couches, antique rugs, card tables, and a cart cup filled with Gray Goose vodka and Hendrick gin. On the other, a casual restaurant. The evenings are more clubby, with people stopping for salads or platters of Iberian ham and a glass of wine. Unlike the rest of the hotel, the 30 rooms tend to be sparse, with fitted wardrobes and smartly upholstered furniture. The best are the small chalet-style spaces nestled under the exposed beams of the eaves, with exclusive access to a Mexican-inspired outdoor terrace.
Carrer del Dr. Carulla, 25, 08017 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 934 17 56 00
Originally built for the Bonay family – who still own the property – the former artist’s residence and residence has been renovated by the Tack studio in Brooklyn. A local touch permeates the rooms, guests can for example bathe in original marble baths. On the roof, you will have an orchard and an aromatic herb garden. Website: casabonay.com
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700, 08010 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 935 45 80 70
One of the major assets of the Serras hotel is its view of the Marina Vell marina. Housed in a 19th-century building by the famous Spanish architect Francesc Daniel Molina, the structure – which now has a restored facade – is locally known to be the site of Pablo Picasso’s first workshop in 1896. The Informal restaurant run by the Catalan chef Michelin-starred Marc Gascons serves Mediterranean classics, while a rooftop terrace attracts locals and customers alike. Designed by designer Eva Martinez, a light and airy atmosphere is felt.
Hotel the Serras
Passeig de Colom, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 931 69 18 68
With four establishments in Barcelona and one in Madrid, the unusual group Praktik Hotels gives its hotels a different theme. The reception is staffed by staff wearing red striped aprons, and surrounded by pewter buckets overflowing with spiky dragon trees. Funny! Website: hotelpraktikgarden.com
Carrer de la Diputació, 325, 08009 Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 934 67 52 79
LITTLE BEACH HOUSE
Let’s take a little distance, 30 minutes by car. On arrival, the journey begins with its small green and white art deco beach huts. Always looking for interesting properties, Nick Jones – founder of Soho House Group – seized a small hotel built in the 1950s for his last member club: Little Beach House.
Little Beach House
Carrer Mirador del Port, 1, 08871 Garraf, Barcelona, Espagne
Phone: +34 935 22 15 52