The facade of this hotel is the epitome of drama, thanks to its 1,000 ceramic “eyes” on stalks, created by surrealist Catalan designer Frederic Amat. Step inside and the tone is more subdued, with 74 minimalist bedrooms, featuring oak floors and plush bed throws. You can even choose the aroma of your bed linen (among the options are green tea and lavender). The glass-sided pool on the rooftop terrace (right) is just the place to unwind after a long day in the city, while the Michelin-star Sauc Restaurant is the place to dine and be seen.
Insider Tip: Room 603 has large floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the Palau de la Musica concert hall from the shower.
This gem of a hotel, located in the centre of town, near Placa de Catalunya, is proof that stylish boutique hotels needn't break the bank. Its 46 chocolate-brown bedrooms are sleek and spacious, boasting marble floors, suede headboards, silk bedcovers and gleaming bathrooms. On the roof is a fantastic terrace (right) and bar where you can recline with a cocktail as you soak up the city views. There is also an impressive lobby featuring bold modern art and smart seating areas to lounge in.
Insider Tip: There is only one family room that can accommodate up to four guests. Book early.
This hotel is housed in an 18th-century palace on a quiet mediaeval side street in the Gothic Quarter. Its 22 bedrooms combine history with style, with original features like sandstone walls and Gothic arches alongside striking modern artwork, stylish lighting and designer bathrooms. A range of snacks are available on the leafy roof terrace, and there is a restaurant and bar too; the latter serves great cocktails. Or just hide away in the library, with its sink-into velvet sofas.
Insider Tip: Request the junior suite for a view of Placa Sant Felip Neri.
The 5 Rooms
Its name is deceiving. This hotel, started as a tiny five-room enterprise, was such a hit, its owner added an extra seven rooms and suites, plus two apartments a few blocks away. Each of the rooms and suites is filled with beautifully-restored furniture, like velvet armchairs and giant mirrors, sourced from flea markets across Europe. If you’d like more space, opt for one of the equally chic apartments (each accommodating two to four guests). A breakfast of pastries, jams and cheeses is included in the room price.
Insider Tip: Staff are not around 24/7, so make sure you note the emergency mobile phone number to call if necessary.
Hotel Primero Primera
Stepping into this family-friendly hotel, located in Barcelona's Sarria-Sant Gervasi neighbourhood, is much like entering a private home. This is, in part, true; for the owner’s family has lived on the first floor ever since it was built in 1955. Make your way through the entrance hall, up the spiral staircase, to the 30 beautiful and spacious bedrooms, each filled with antique and modern furniture. Or head for the lounge with its worn leather sofas and honesty bar, or the restaurant/cafe which serves light meals until 11pm.
Insider Tip: The hotel has bicycles for hire – just ask at reception.
Eurostars Grand Marina GL Hotel
Luxury, Exclusive, Avant-garde, Minimalist, Mediterranean. These are the five essences that make up the great tourist landmark in the port of Barcelona, the Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel. Created and planned for you to enjoy the maximum luxury and feel that all the Mediterranean (as sung by Serrat) turns around it. The hotel is a perfect leisure paradise for everyone, surrounded by a universe of amenities, optimum comfort and luxury. Mediterranean airs, avant-garde art, minimalist design and a soft sea breeze command the privileged facilities of this 5-star Barcelona hotel, set in the hub of Barcelona’s Port Vell.
Insider Tip: Head to the rooftop terrace for a great view of the whole harbour, ideal for those getting on a cruise ship located around the corner. This location is perfect for sea lovers who also want to be close to the city centre.
Majestic Hotel & Spa
The timeless commitment from Majestic Hotel & Spa for the last 90 years is reflected through its newly refurbished 275 rooms in extraordinary classic and comfortable style. The rooms and suites, recognised by their elegant style coupled with innovative dedication, have satisfied the needs of the most demanding guests such as Jean Paul Belmondo, Milos Forman, Vargas Llosa, and Dalai Lama. These celebrities found their stay in Barcelona an unforgettable one - and so will you. The neoclassical hotel is located on the Eixample district's Passeig de Gracia Avenue with its designer boutiques in central Barcelona.
Insider Tip: Request for the Deluxe Room Paseo de Gracia, which offers the best views of the most exclusive boulevard of the city.
Grand Hotel Central
Grand Hotel Central is a home in the heart of Barcelona, where the amenities and luxuries of a 5-star hotel are combined with a sense of style and elegance. The hotel has a perfect location between the Gothic district, with its spectacular Cathedral, and “el Born”. It has 147 spacious rooms and suites with the best of modern design and facilities. This hotel has a dedicated team who understands your specific requirements for any meeting or event.
Insider Tip: The location couldn't be better! The rooftop not only gives you a breathtaking view of the city, but the swimming pool and the sky bar located there are great on a hot sunny day after touring around the city.
Casa Fuster Hotel
Without a doubt Hotel Casa Fuster is the most emblematic property of the Hotels Center chain. Located in the heart of Barcelona, it is the jewel in the crown of famous Catalan architect Lluís Domenech I Montaner, symbolising the spirit of modernism in its most utmost splendour. The hotel holds a 5-star luxury grand monument rating and offers superior and meticulous attention to every last detail; ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Hotel Casa Fuster is a traditional meeting point not only for businessmen, but also for artists, intellectuals, and citizens looking for a unique and quiet environment for both business and pleasure.
Insider Tip: The hotel combines a unique modernist architecture with minimalist details. On Thursday nights you can see live jazz performances, which makes Casa Fuster Hotel even more special.
Claris G L Hotel
Hotel Claris is a 5-star Grand Luxe hotel located in Barcelona’s central Eixample neighbourhood. It is just steps away from Passeig de Gràcia, a street that boasts the city’s most famous shops. Its enviable location puts the city’s biggest tourist attractions within your reach, including the works of famous Modernist architect Antoni Guadí. It occupies the Palacio Vedruna, a former palace that dates back to the twentieth century.
Insider Tip: Head to the cosy hotel bar and have one of its top-notch cocktails, while soaking in the ambience and unique character while you would find in a small luxe boutique hotel.