Packed with abundant history, culture, architecture, delicious food and an energetic nightlife, Barcelona is a year-around destination that offers something for every type of traveler.
Written by Caroline Hughes
Tucked behind a discreet facade on Passeig de Gràcia, the recently opened Margo House welcomes discerning travelers with thoughtful amenities and a dose of personality (appropriated named after Margot Tenenbaum, the quirky and aloof character in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums). With only 9 rooms, guests are invited to make themselves at home and are well looked after by the friendly staff. White washed walls and a neutral color palate are a nod to Scandinavian design, creating a calming retreat in the middle of the bustling city.
This house turned hotel opened last year after a refurbishment of a 1869 mansion in the iconic Dreta de l’Eixample neighborhood. With great focus on preserving original architecture and elements, each of the 67 rooms enjoy ample natural light and relaxing earth tones. All guests are invited to enjoy the rooftop terrace, which included outdoor showers and hammocks. But what sets Casa Bonay apart from other hotels in Barcelona is the focus on supporting and showcasing local talent and businesses. For travelers interested in local Catalan culture, Casa Bonay gives visitors a taste of authentic local life.
Housed in a restored medieval palace from the 12th century, Hotel Neri combines historic ambiance with creative interior design and modern conveniences. In the heart of Barcelona’s popular Gothic Quarter, Hotel Neri’s unique setting stands out among the boutique hotel options in the city. The only Relais & Châteaux property in Barcelona, Hotel Neri has been awarded the distinction of Hotel Monument, a designation that recognizes hotels that add value to the city’s heritage.
The well-located Hotel OOM has plenty of amenities to keep guests occupied during their stay. The rooftop pool sets this 91 room property apart, giving guests the luxury of enjoying a cocktail while overlooking the streets of Barcelona. The spa on the first floor is complete with a hamman and water therapy pool. Modern and inviting, Hotel OOM serves as an ideal urban oasis. And to top it all off, Hotel OOM boasts an excellent, Michelin star rated restaurant, serving health-conscious Catalan cuisine.
The Serras Hotel is an elegant escape with ocean views and easy access to historic cathedrals in the Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum and the beach. With a nod to the city’s “modernista” period, the 30 guest rooms and suites having a calming color scheme with pops of black and white graphic prints. The ergonomically shaped furniture invites comfort in the hotel’s public spaces. The restored 19th century facade and use of wood and iron materials throughout celebrate the building’s Mediterranean roots, which can be enjoyed up close on the stylish rooftop terrace.
Sleek and stylish, the minimal decor at Hotel Alma makes this sophisticated hotel an ideal city retreat. The fingerprint activated room keys are a highlight and a seriously personalized touch. Spend some time in the relaxing rooftop garden and terrace to take in awe-inspiring views of Gaudi masterpieces from the rooftop (also seen from a few well-positioned rooms). Alma restaurant serves mod-Med food in a relaxed indoor setting or out on the patio.