Architects have had a field day on Barcelona’s hotel scene in recent years; it is one of Europe’s hotspots for design. Thus, the city now boasts a number of beautifully designed hotels, from modern masterpieces to characterful old townhouses. So if you appreciate design, here is our pick of the most beautifully designed hotels in Barcelona.
Where to Stay in Gracia
High up in the hills above Barcelona’s city center lies Gracia. This is a vibrant neighborhood famous for its independent spirit. This is an art lover’s heaven with art galleries, craft shops and quirky stores on every street. On the weekends, Gracia comes alive with students and young people socializing the night away on one of the many squares. If you’re staying here for the art, our Gaudí, Cava, and Tapas tour might be just up your alley. Or explore the area with our Barcelona wine and walking tour.
The Seventy Barcelona hotel describes itself as being akin to a Mediterranean guest home, with avant-garde architectural style. The interiors are indeed spectacular. Think huge plants, spiral staircases and a bright, modern feel. The rooms marry bright, natural designs with deep-hued walls for warmth and comfort. The hotel also comes complete with a rooftop pool and terrace.
Corsega, 344-352, Gracia
A sweeping golden spiral staircase, a roofop pool, stone balconies. These are just some of the design features that make the Almanac Hotel so special. Situated in Gracia, Barcelona’s trendiest neighbourhood, the hotel is a perfect stay for design aficionados. The stunning rooftop terrace and bar is a perfect place to relax. As are the light-filled, tranquil rooms.
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 619-621, Eixample, Barcelona
A pre-modernist mansion on bustling Passeig de Gracia houses the Monument Hotel. This is a hotel that prioritizes luxury and comfort. There’s a Mediterranean style terrace with rooftop pool, a wellness center and a restaurant overseen by Michelin star chef Martin Berasategui. And the rooms are spacious and filled with natural light, designer furniture and each features a beautiful iron-wrought balcony.
Passeig De Gracia, 75, Eixample, Barcelona
Where to Stay in las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter
The Ramblas and Gothic Quarter are perfect locations if you want to be in the hub of the action. Las Ramblas is Barcelona’s most famous street, a wide boulevard with old buildings as far as you can see. It also houses the famous Boqueria market if you’re fond of Spanish food. And the Gothic Quarter’s rambling, twisting streets make it an atmospheric place to stay.
Centrally located España mixes just the right amount of history and modernism. It is set in a 19th-century building, originally built as an inn for travelers. The design is a heady mix. Think sleek lines and conceptual lighting fixtures rubbing shoulders with old-school tiled walls. The hotel has therefore deservedly become an institution amongst seasoned travelers.
Carrer San Pau 9-11, El Raval, Barcelona
The Bagues Hotel is set right on the most famous street in Barcelona, the Ramblas. Every inch of the hotel has been carefully designed. There is the stunning rooftop pool with panoramic views across central Barcelona and a striking central marble staircase. The hotel also boasts a jewelry museum, showcasing spectacular pieces from century-old brand Bagués-Masriera Jewellery Store.
La Rambla, 105, El Raval, Barcelona
Set deep into the winding back streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter lies Arai Aparthotel. The façade of the building is stunning, as are the interior natural stone walls. There are just 31 rooms, each individually designed in natural tones to compliment the stone walls. There is also a rooftop pool, sauna and gym.
Avinyo; 30, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
The Whittmore Small Luxury Hotel
The Whittmore is an adult-only hotel in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The jewel in its crown is its glorious sun deck, with spectacular views across Barcelona’s rooftops. The patio is also a sight for weary eyes. The book-lined bar opens out onto an interior patio complete with a vertical garden and comfortable seating. The rooms have unusually opted for a British touch. This includes tartan style carpets, elegant seating areas and warm wooden paneling.
Riudarenes, 7, Ciutat Vella
Where to Stay in El Born
Born is the Gothic Quarter’s elegant sibling. Cross Calle Leitana into Born for stunning architecture, artisan stores selling everything from leather to fashion and brilliant bars and restaurants. It’s also full of fantastic wine bars serving the best varietals from across Spain. Explore Spanish wine culture with our tapas, train, and wine tasting tour to Montserrat, or learn how to get from Barcelona to Montserrat on your own.
The Barcelona EDITION
No ‘beautifully designed hotels in Barcelona’ list would be complete without The Barcelona EDITION hotel. They have carefully thought about every detail. There are Spanish leather headboards, walnut paneling, Italian linens and designer toiletries. The 100 rooms also each feature an inset window seat with spectacular views across Barcelona. Plants fill the rooftop bar and terrace and the common spaces are 1950s minimalism décor at its best.
Avinguda Francesc Cambo 14, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
Room Mate Gerard
The Room Mate Gerard Hotel adorns an old, typical Barcelona building right on Las Ramblas. It was completely renovated in 2016 with the help of prominent interior designer Jaime Beriestain. The interiors are warm but minimalist and the rooftop pool and sundeck is a nice touch for those seeking pure and unadulterated relaxation.
Ausias March, 34, Barcelona
Where to Stay in Eixample
Just north of the Gothic Quarter and Born is the Eixample district, a large, busy area of Barcelona with a charm all of its own. The district is famed for its nightlife, with bars and restaurants on every corner, as well as some famous nightclubs.
Claris and Spa
What makes the Claris and Spa Hotel unique is the pieces of art and furniture that adorn each room. One may have a 19th-century work of art on the wall, another might have antique furniture. And the care and attention that has gone into making each room unique is impressive. The hotel also boasts a Mayan style spa, pool and two Michelin-chef led restaurants, all of which have been spectacularly designed.
Pau Claris, 150, Eixample, Barcelona
Where to Stay in Poble Sec
Little known Poble Sec is a gem of a neighborhood. It lies just underneath Montjuic and has great accessibility to the city center and beach but is much quieter than some of the other districts. It has a residential feel but there is still plenty to do and see, like the pedestrianized Carrer de Blai, famous for its tapas trail.
The Brummell Hotel occupies a small 18-century building in Poble Sec, the neighborhood that lies just under Montjuic. They invested in a complete façade restoration, which returned the hotel to its former glory. And the interior restoration has been spectacularly successful. In fact, the design of the common spaces is reminiscent of a New York loft apartment. The rooms are comfortable and light-filled. But the icing on the cake must the pool and plant-filled terrace.
Carrer Nou De La Rambla, 174
Staying in Barcelona
There are so many beautifully designed hotels in Barcelona, it can be hard to choose where to stay. But we can help. Along with these beautifully designed hotels, we also have a curated list of excellent hotels to choose from. They’re a great place to relax and rest before heading out on an experience tour or two, or checking out a spot on our Barcelona design guide.