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The Best Hotels in Barcelona for 5-Star Luxury: Tapas, Sangria & Ample Siestas

Come one, come all, Barcelona is more popular than that last season of Game of Thrones and about 10 times more satisfying. Love the beach? You’re sorted. Love Spanish history, culture and nature? It’s got that too. Long story short, this charismatic coastal metropolis is full of enthralling experiences, from hidden tapas bars down cobbled lanes to world-famous churches and zoos.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve done more research than Bran Stark and found the absolute best 5-star hotels in Barcelona. These beauties occupy some of the best locations in the city and offer holiday treats such as indulgent day spas, fine-dining restaurants and suites fit for Spanish royalty.

W Barcelona

W Barcelona

Few hotels in the world are more iconic than W Barcelona is to this Spanish city. Shaped like a boat sail, the all-glass exterior shimmers majestically along the coastline, a short stroll from sandy beaches, nightclubs, Aquarium Barcelona and Casino Barcelona.

The Michelin-starred La Barra seafood restaurant has just joined five other dining and drinking venues, while the Sun Deck’s infinity pool and day spa’s specialty treatments offer unbridled pampering. Every room and suite captures Mediterranean views through floor-to-ceiling windows and also includes a Bose Bluetooth system, Nespresso machine, mini bar, rain shower and pillow-top mattress.

Hotel Highlights

  • The terrace, outdoor Jacuzzi, Gaudi-inspired bar, circular bed and freestanding bath in the Wow Suite.
  • Live DJs, signature cocktails and private cabanas at the Wet Deck.
  • Innovative burgers and cocktails by the water at Salt Restaurant & Beach Club.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 451 – USD 1,067
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Placa de la Rosa dels Vents 1, La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Contemporary style and opulence abound at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, which boasts an other-worldly Penthouse Suite with two furnished terraces, city vistas, spacious living room and a kitchen. Some Deluxe rooms have balconies and garden views, while the entry-level suites include butler services, freestanding baths and Passeig de Gràcia views.

Schedule a rejuvenating treatment at the Tibetan-inspired spa, which also has a lap pool, steam room and full gym. Spoil your taste buds with Catalan cuisine at Moments, expertly crafted cocktails at Banker’s Bar or champagne in Mimosa Garden. The rooftop Terrat has a pool, panoramic city views and tables and lounges for open-air dining. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • The signature Oriental Harmony therapy at the day spa.
  • About 500 metres from Teatre Tívoli and Museo Egipcio de Barcelona.
  • The butler, living room, balcony and king-size bed in the Deluxe Suite.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 709 – USD 4,787
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Passeig de Gràcia 38-40, Dreta de l’Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Almanac Barcelona

Almanac Barcelona

Opened in 2018, Almanac Barcelona is one of the newest luxury hotels on the block. Its boutique style extends from its sun-drenched rooftop pool and steam and sauna rooms to the in-room Smart TVs and tablets. Dine on Mediterranean cuisine at the brasserie Linia, or visit Azimuth Rooftop Bar for cocktails and city vistas.

All rooms and suites have custom king-size beds, marble bathrooms and rain showers. The Almanac Room adds on Gran Via Boulevard views, while the Almanac Suite has a separate living room. Upgrade to the Terrace Suite for a private furnished balcony or splurge on the Penthouse Suite for a six-person dining table and a terrace with sun loungers and a shower. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • About 15 minutes’ walk from Palau de la Música Catalana.
  • Yoga classes and delicious ice cream available on the rooftop.
  • Pampering massages in the peaceful Treatment Room.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 293 – USD 3,127
Guest Rating: 10
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 619-621, Dreta de l’Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Cotton House Hotel Autograph Collection

Cotton House Hotel Autograph Collection

The central Cotton House Hotel Autograph Collection is a trendy hotel that’s won over HotelsCombined visitors with its Batuar bar and restaurant, where you can enjoy tapas and wine on the sunny terrace. In addition to a fitness centre, it also has a pool deck, solarium and a buffet breakfast.

Expect plush queen-size beds in the Panama and Madras rooms or a king-size bed and balcony overlooking a courtyard in the Cotton room. Enjoy more space and city views in the Egyptian room or opt for the Tafetan suite for an extra sofa bed. The Vichy suite has two sofa beds and a separate living space, while the Damasco features a four-poster bed and 19th-century accents. 

Hotel Highlights

  • Within a 20-minute walk from Ciutadella Park.
  • A sun-drenched pool with plush sun loungers.
  • Historic features, including a grand marble staircase.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 350 – USD 1,228
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 670, Dreta de l’Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Overlooking Barcelona’s lively beachfront, the extravagant Hotel Arts Barcelona justifies its price tag with award-winning Mediterranean seafood and wine at the Michelin-starred Enoteca Paco Pérez, pampering treatments at 43 The Spa, two pools and the glamorous Skyline Terrace. It also features Spanish and Catalan breakfast specialties at Lokal and healthy treats at Bites.

Choose a Deluxe Room for city or ocean views, baths and heavenly bedding or upgrade to one of the suites for added luxuries such as panoramic sea vistas, a separate lounge room, fireplace or wrap-around windows. Get the royal treatment in one of the penthouses, which offer butler services and Bang & Olufsen audio-visual systems. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • Cocktails and live music at the infinity pool.
  • Certain rooms offer access to complimentary food and a dedicated concierge in The Ritz-Carlton Club.
  • Within a 20-minute walk from Barcelona Zoo.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 512 – USD 4,474
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Marina 19-21, La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

Monument Hotel

Monument Hotel

Natural accents abound throughout the rooms and suites at Monument Hotel, including the Deluxe room with a king-size bed. The Junior Suite and Suite Monument overlook the Eixample courtyard, while the large Suite Paseo de Gracia has a separate living area and Paseo de Gracia views. The four-person Family Room and five-person Family Suite are perfect for groups.

Don’t be surprised to find yourself chilling around the rooftop pool, which has a catered terrace and plush sun loungers. Choose from five distinct restaurants, including cocktails and snacks at Hall0 Cocktail Bar, a delectable buffet breakfast at Glasss Restaurant and signature cuisine at three-Michelin-starred Lasarte Restaurant. 

Hotel Highlights

  • Creative Mediterranean cuisine at the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Oria.
  • The five balconies, panoramic city views, two bedrooms, open kitchen and butler services in the Penthouse Suite.
  • About 800 metres from the Museu del Modernisme Català.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 354 – USD 3,007
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: Paseo de Gracia, 75, Dreta de l’Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Hotel The Serras

Hotel The Serras bedroom

Hotel The Serras combines history, art and fine dining to create memorable Barcelona accommodation. The Michelin-starred Informal has an open kitchen and grill, while Le Nine serves coffee and cocktails. You can sip cocktails poolside and dine on share plates at El Sueño, located on the hotel’s sunny rooftop.

This intimate hotel only has 28 spacious guest rooms, which all have Mediterranean or Gothic Quarter views, complimentary smartphones, Smart TVs and wireless sound systems. The Superior Room has a private balcony, while the Grand Deluxe adds on a cosy sitting area. Opt for the Junior Suite for a separate living area or enjoy two balconies, sea views, a king-size bed and spacious lounge and dining room in the Suite Mediterraneo.

Hotel Highlights 

  • The two bedrooms, balconies, sea views and three bathrooms in the Grand Suite Mediterraneo.
  • Located in the Gothic Quarter near Catalan restaurants and tapas bars.
  • A rooftop terrace with a pool, olive tree, bar and views of Port Vell Marina.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 488 – USD 830
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Passeig de Colom, 9, El Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain

The One Barcelona

The One Barcelona

Enjoy utter relaxation at The One Barcelona, where sunny days can be spent at the rooftop pool and Mood Rooftop Bar, both of which overlook the city’s unique architecture. The on-site Despacio Spa is also quite enticing with its personalised treatments, heated indoor pool, Finnish sauna, sun loungers and 24-hour gym.

Contemporary furnishings and art by Chilean artist Fernando Prats adorn every room and suite, which also have complimentary spa access. The Grand Deluxe Terrace includes a private balcony and cosy sitting area, while Suite Barcelona is known for its egg-shaped bath and separate living room. It’s hard to look past the Terrace Suite Sagrada Familia, which has a large terrace with a Jacuzzi, sun loungers and views of the Sagrada Familia. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • Live DJs and exclusive cocktails at the Cocktail & Wine Bar.
  • Tapas, live music and traditional Catalan cuisine at Somni Restaurant & Cocteleria.
  • The two bedrooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi terrace and media hub in the Penthouse Suite.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 308 – USD 2,124
Guest Rating: 9.6
Address: 277 Carrer De Provenca 277, Dreta de l’Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

The contemporary rooms and suites at Grand Hotel Central Barcelona don’t skimp on luxuries, including a complimentary mini bar, rain shower and king-size bed in the Standard room. The larger Executive adds Gothic Quarter views, while the Junior suite has a sitting area. The Grand Suite, meanwhile, boasts a full kitchen, living room, deep-soaking bath and complimentary access to the on-site hammam and dry sauna.

All guests can enjoy the rooftop pool deck, where you can soak up city vistas while swimming, practising yoga or sipping cocktails. City Restaurant is an inviting Mediterranean bistro, while City Bar serves cocktails crafted by expert mixologists. Visit the on-site spa for 30, 60 or 90-minute body treatments. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • A state-of-the-art fitness centre with views of Santa Maria del Mar.
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets, hypoallergenic pillows and media hubs in every room and suite.
  • About a five-minute walk from the Museu Picasso de Barcelona.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 298 – USD 1,063
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Via Laietana, 30, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, Barcelona, Spain

Claris Hotel GL

Claris Hotel GL

Despite being surrounded by numerous museums, galleries and restaurants, Claris Hotel GL offers a variety of reasons to stay inside, such as Mayan Secret Spa, which offers Mayan-inspired rituals and treatments. It also boasts signature Mediterranean cuisine among lush plants at La Terraza del Claris and a blend of Chinese and Mediterranean flavours at Mr Kao. And let’s not forget about the alluring rooftop pool and lounge area.

Pre-Columbian artwork and modern furnishings highlight the Executive Room, while the split-level Junior Suite Duplex has a loft-style sitting area. The Grand Suite is adorned with Hindu sculptures and antique furnishings, but if you want the ultimate luxury, upgrade to the two-storey King Suite with a sauna, marble bathroom, leather couches and etchings of Napoleon’s battles in Egypt. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • Unique pieces of artwork adorn all the rooms and suites.
  • Delectable dim sum and wok-fried noodles at Mr Kao.
  • The Pre-Hispanic sauna with volcanic stones and medicinal herbs.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 285 – USD 1,055
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: Pau Claris 150, Dreta de l’Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL has been providing 5-star services and amenities since 1918. The hotel’s opulence reaches a crescendo in the Penthouse Royal, which features king-size beds, a Jacuzzi and sunbeds on its terraces as well as butler services and its own bar. You can also opt for a Deluxe room with a rain shower and street views or Junior Suite with a sofa bed and spacious living room.

Don’t pass up a tempting treatment or massage at Majestic Spa, known for its Lomi Lomi Massage. The rooftop bar and restaurant, La Dolce Vitae, pairs perfectly with the rooftop pool and city vistas, while Restaurant SOLC uses vegetables from the hotel’s garden and local fish and produce.

Hotel Highlights

  • The hydromassage bath, Paseo de Gracia views and king-size bed in the Majestic Suite.
  • Has self-contained apartments with full kitchens and large living and dining areas.
  • Full continental breakfasts, live evening music and wine-and-cheese afternoons at El Bar del Majestic.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 350 – USD 3,316
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: P. de Gracia, 68, Dreta de l’Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I

Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I

Encircled by leafy parks and the Catalonia Sports UB complex, Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I is nestled in a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood near the Royal Polo Club and features three on-site swimming pools. The latter includes a large garden-enclosed pool, adults-only pool and year-round indoor pool.

There are also seven on-site bars and restaurants, including barbecued seafood at The Terrace, fresh buffet breakfast at Market Restaurant and Spanish dishes and wine at B24. The modern Deluxe rooms feature marble spa-like bathrooms, work desks and wide windows, while the suites add on memorable luxuries such as Jacuzzis, dining tables and living rooms.

Hotel Highlights 

  • Live sport, cold beer and bar snacks at Aris Sports Bar.
  • About 350 metres from the tennis courts, pools and gym at David Lloyd Club Turó.
  • Live pianists and evening DJs at B24.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 257 – USD 1,114
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: Avenida Diagonal 661-671, La Maternitat i Sant Ramon, Barcelona, Spain

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Nestled in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Mercer Hotel Barcelona offers easy access to the city’s beaches, museums, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You’ll also find enticing dining and drinking venues on site, including the stone-walled Mercer Cocktail Bar and Le Bouchon, known for its local tapas. The rooftop Terrace also offers cocktail and food service with its sun loungers and pool.

All 28 rooms and suites preserve the buildings rich history through artful architectural details, such as exposed bricks and ceiling rafters. The Superior room has a king-size bed, Egyptian cotton and oak flooring, while the Junior Suite overlooks the Gothic Quarter and has a rain shower. Stay in the Suite for the added luxury of a separate lounge room and a complimentary one-hour guided walking tour. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and mini bars in every room.
  • Preserved historic architecture and a peaceful patio with orange trees.
  • About 200 metres from the historic Harlem Jazz Club.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 369 – USD 3,060
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Lledo 7, El Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain

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Master Hoteliers of Luxury & Culture in Barcelona

Luxury and history go hand-in-hand in Barcelona, showcased in these 5-star hotels that combine modern extravagance with storied buildings or traditional restaurants. Many of them are also blessed with rooftop terraces and swimming pools, along with pampering day spas and suites.

What’s your favourite hotel in Barcelona? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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