Weekend getaways around Europe are increasing in popularity. Barcelona is one of the many cities that is ready to welcome tourists for 2-3 days and provide them with relaxation.
Cotton House Hotel
The ancient building of this 5-star hotel is located in the very heart of Barcelona, in close vicinity to the most famous commercial street of the city. As one can guess from its title, cotton is the protagonist of this place—even the interior design in this hotel is linked to the this natural material. Why cotton? In the past, this building housed the headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation. Nowadays, this historical building, the construction of which was commissioned by a wealthy Catalonian family in the 19th century, has been converted into an important architectural landmark of Barcelona.
In 2015, the building was completely refurbished, maintaining and recovering the building’s original elements. Shortly after, the luxurious hotel was opened. Guests can take advantage of a library, a terrace, an open swimming pool, and a restaurant named after the antique cotton-processing machine “Batuar.” In contrast to the majority of the local restaurants, this one never closes during the day. From 7 o’clock in the morning to the midnight hour, they serve dishes made of seasonal products from local producers.
Address: Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 670
Nobody will find you in this hotel, hidden in the labyrinths of the Barrio Gótico (as long as you don’t tell the address). This hotel has no identifying markers except for a butler standing near the entrance door.
Hotel guests are offered a selection of 22 rooms and enjoy a terrace with a swimming pool, rooftop yoga zone, cocktail bar, and gourmet restaurant under the guidance of chef Albert Ventura.
Address: c/Riudarenes, 7
Hotel The Serras
Also located in the Gothic neighborhood, this hotel faces the Old Port and the Mediterranean Sea. The building now housing the hotel was built in 1846 in the style of romantic classicism. It once housed the first workshop of the famous Pablo Picasso. One can also visit the Picasso Museum, which displays the early works of the artist, just 10 minutes from the hotel.
All 30 rooms have handcrafted beds created by Hypnos, the official supplier of furniture for the Royal family of Great Britain since 1929. The chef of the hotel restaurant is Marc Gascons, who is a Michelin star owner.
Address: Passeig de Colom, 9
Soho House Barcelona
The only way to get access to this hotel, which features 57 rooms and is located on private club space, is by paying a membership fee and finding two guarantors who are also club members. It is truly worth the effort: Soho House is a world class destination and a favorite spot for the Beckhams, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rihanna, and other celebrities.
Members of the club are welcome to enjoy SPA-center services and a fitness club. They can also take advantage of the 30 salons at the cinema, two restaurants, and a swimming pool on the roof of the building.
Address: Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
The highlight of this hotel is the inclusion of a piece of the ancient Roman wall preserved from the Barcino colony (1 century AD). Next to the fragment of this old wall is a library with literature dedicated to the history of Barcelona.
Every room has historical value, harmoniously blending antiquity and modernity, while featuring designer furniture and a modern bathroom equipped with all amenities.
Address: c/Dels Lledo, 7
This Catalan family-owned boutique hotel is located in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Barcelona. Although the hotel is far from the hustle and bustle, the city center can still be easily reached.
Despite major refurbishment, its interior has remained the same: light hues, furniture made of precious wood, and decorations made of high quality materials. Overall, the hotel has 30 rooms (each with its own personality) that occupy the first floor of the house.
Address: c/Dr. Carulla, 25