The people have spoken, and the results are in – larger than life beds in cookie-cutter bedrooms, stacked on top of one another in towering high rises are no longer in the modern traveller’s interests.
Introducing the boutique hotel – a small establishment typically with 10-100 bedrooms, usually located in a trendy urban location, boasting unique in-house amenities (think gourmet in-house restaurant and modern décor), without sacrificing the basic luxuries of a hotel stay. And there is truly no better city to try out this unique form of accommodation than in barcelona- the city’s eclectic mix of ancient gothic architecture, art nouveau buildings and graffiti-splattered alleys is a textbook example of the anti-ordinary. Need to know more? below we list our 4 top-performance boutique hotels in the condal city, ready to give you the perfect night’s rest, while spicing up your instagram account.
The perfect little retreat in the heart of the Cuitat Vella, the Mercer calls an old medieval façade home, a part of Barcelona’s ancient Roman wall. It’s no wonder they chose to keep the walls mostly bare, allowing the tastefully selected vintage furniture to take center stage. Complete with a restaurant, rooftop bar with pool, and stylish cocktail bar, this hotel ticks all the boxes. The ultimate plus? Despite its central location, the entrance merges seamlessly with the surrounding architecture, ensuring maximum privacy while being in the center of all the action.
Founded in 2006 by a local team of creatives who had a burning desire to create the ultimate urban artistic retreat, this small yet mighty accommodation boasts not 1, but 3 different gourmet restaurants, all under the roof of a restored building dating back to the late 18th century. Each room has a slightly different layout and distribution, featuring traditional “suelos hidraulicos” (traditional Catalan floor tiles), each with their own miniature terrace to soak up the Barcelona sun. A rooftop terrace with an extensive cocktail menu is the perfect place for a night cap after a long day of back to back meetings, and don’t forget to check out their adorable micro book store “Lino” located right by the entrance, filled with second hand gems who’s pages are waiting to be poured over.
For those looking for a slightly classier boutique hotel experience, look no further than Hotel Neri. Located in the heart of Barrio Gotic in a 17th century mansion, its terrace that peeks out on a quaint little square is this hotel’s prime feature. While no all-star amenities are in sight, this 22 roomed establishment screams personality with its bold colour palette and loud art pieces, complimented with glass chandeliers and plush velvet sofas.
Un-missable due to its exterior façade adorned in millions of googly-eyes, Hotel Ohla is for the avant-garde traveller in you. Full of unexpected surprises, a total black lobby creates a misleading somber and dramatic introduction to an otherwise prim and pretty 5 star hotel. This place has it all – from rooftop clear sided pool, a pillow and sheet menu, rainshowers in every room, to a gourmet Michelin star restaurant downstairs which features a modern spin on traditional Catalan and French cuisines. Original details of the existing buildings were left untouched, including its central 19th century staircase, which is abruptly contrasted with a minimal and muted interior, forming a harmonious marriage between old and new.
Would you like more options or help finding the perfect accommodation?