There is something very special about a city break in Barcelona . It is almost impossible not to fall in love with the city. The location by the Mediterranean is almost perfect, and you can combine shopping and city activities with lazy days at the beach. According to DigoPaul, Barcelona has everything from vibrant nightlife that never ends, to beautiful architecture and unique art experiences. From time to time you can be tempted by fantastic food in all price ranges. In addition, it is very easy to get there, with a barely four hour flight directly from Gardermoen.
Luxury hotels in Barcelona
Let it be said at once; the hotels we have picked out here are far from the cheapest. These are suggestions for you who want to treat yourself a little extra when you are in Barcelona. If you have a tight budget for the city break, you might want to take a look at some of our other suggestions. With that said, it can be mentioned that the prices of most luxury hotels vary greatly, depending on when you book. At certain times of the year, for example, you can get about half the price of Hotel W Barcelona, which pays off especially well when we talk about these five-star hotels. Also follow the booking services when they run their own campaigns.
The criteria for which hotels we have selected are a good mix of location, comfort, atmosphere and service. In Barcelona, it abounds with top hotels in most price ranges, but our proposals stand out among the clearly most luxurious and glamorous.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Hotel Arts is located in Port Olimpic, with the marina and beach on the doorstep. The iconic and huge goldfish, designed by Frank Gehry, stands right next to the hotel. The area itself offers so much excitement that it is possible to spend the entire city break within a small radius of a few hundred meters. If you get tired of beach life, you can enjoy the luxurious swimming pool with a delicious cocktail in hand instead. At the top of the hotel you will find a spa in a class of its own.
Arts is a hotel that deserves all its five stars. The rooms are sumptuous and offer views of the city or the sea right outside. Barcelona is known as the city to enjoy good food in, and if you live at Arts you do not have to travel far. The hotel boasts several top-class restaurants, one of which has two stars in the Michelin guide (Encota). The hotel also has several bars and cafés that are in line with the rest of the offer. Along the marina you will also find a varied selection of nightclubs and restaurants. Hotel Arts is within walking distance of Las Ramblas, and the city’s best shopping can be reached on foot.
Hotel W Barcelona
Hotel W Barcelona is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. You can see it clearly during the approach to El Prat, lying right on the beach, with an unmistakable shape. The large sail is very reminiscent of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai’s most famous luxury hotel. Should you encounter any world-famous celebrity while on a city break in Barcelona, there are good odds that it will happen at Hotel W. Here it abounds in trendy and minimalist design, avant-garde art and a relaxing atmosphere. Everything imaginable of opportunities for enjoyment and well-being is in place. The hotel has several top restaurants, cool bars and a popular top-floor nightclub. Here it is wonderful to relax after taking in Barcelona’s bustling life.
Rooms at Hotel W Barcelona are as stylish as the rest of the hotel. Even the most affordable options surpass most you would otherwise experience in a five star hotel. The luxurious design notwithstanding; the view is perhaps what strikes one most about this hotel. The architecture and location ensure that almost all rooms have a magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea, through panoramic windows that cover the entire sea-facing wall.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
While the hotels in the W chain attract hip and party-loving people, Mandarin Oriental is somewhat more synonymous with old money and classic snobbery. The hotel in Barcelona is nevertheless more trendy and minimally decorated than several of the sister hotels in other big cities, without compromising on the luxurious feel. The service at these hotels is in a class of its own, and you will be greeted in style from the first second of. Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona is located very strategically for those who want to enjoy the city’s superb shopping offer. Las Ramblas is just around the corner, and you can easily stroll down to the exciting Barri Gotic.
The rooms at Mandarin Oriental are very comfortable, but not of the largest. The latter does not matter, as Barcelona is not the city to stay indoors anyway. If you want to relax in the hotel, the roof terrace with panoramic views is the right place in the evenings, while during the day most people prefer the beautiful garden at ground level. Here you will also find the hotel’s highly regarded restaurant, Mimosa garden.
ABaC Restaurant and Hotel
Here is the hotel for those who want a little more peace and discretion, while the best in life can be enjoyed. ABaC is one of Barcelona’s best restaurants, currently with 2 stars in the Michelin guide. The hotel district is by far one of the largest in the city, offering only luxurious 17 rooms and suites. For couples on a trip, perhaps with something extra to celebrate, ABaC is right up your alley. Champagne is served here on arrival, and you can enjoy the precious drops in the in-room jacuzzi. The mentioned restaurant should be visited regardless of whether one chooses to stay at another hotel.
ABaC also offers a very comfortable spa, indoor pool and a beautiful garden suitable for relaxation, or aperitifs while recharging for gourmet dinners in the restaurant. The location is also nice for those who want a little away from the noisiest streets. ABaC is right next to the Jardins de La Tamarita, and you have a short way to Turo del Putxet Park.
Neri is a classic luxury hotel in Barcelona, housed in a 17th-century mansion. The house is one of the most beautiful in the old Jewish quarter, located in a quiet street, and with the Catedral de Barcelona right next door. Las Ramblas, the Picasso Museum and perhaps Barcelona’s most exciting market, La Boqueria, are close by. As with the aforementioned ABaC, this is the place for those who want to hide a little away, or prefer peace and quiet after exploring all the excitement of Barcelona.
The number of rooms or suites is only 22, and each has its very own character. There is a lot going on in chandeliers, gold, quartz and marble, as well as soft and comfortable wooden floors. Several of the suites and rooms have gorgeous balconies or small terraces. On the roof you have one of the city’s most romantic places to relax in the evenings, with delicious drinks from a competent bar. The hotel’s restaurant is not bad at all, but we recommend that you also try out some of the many offerings you will find nearby, such as the Japanese Koy Shunka with a star in the Michelin guide.