Where Should I Stay in Barcelona Tonight?

Courtesy Mandarin Oriental

Travel advice from our BlackBook editor Jessica Flint.

When surveying the Barcelona hotel landscape, the obvious option for extravagance is the Mandarin Oriental (rooms from $420, Passeig de Gràcia 38–40; 34-93/151-8888; mandarinoriental.com). The Asian-influenced hotel, opened in 2009, is in the fashionable Eixample District. It has 120 guest rooms and suites; several standard rooms have balconies or terraces, as do the suites, which also come with butlers. For more low-key luxury, the 275-room Majestic Hotel & Spa (rooms from $340; Passeig de Gràcia 68; 34-93/492-2244; hotelmajestic.es) is down the street from the Mandarin, and its rich 90-plus-year history gives it a Spanish feel. Book a Junior Suite. Hotel Arts Barcelona (rooms from $275; Carrer de la Marina 19–21; 34-93/221-1000; hotelartsbarcelona.com) opened in 1994 and is still a classic, with Frank Gehry’s Peix in Catalan sculpture outside the lobby. The hotel sits on the Mediterranean Sea, so it’s best to stay here during beach season. Request a room or suite on a top VIP floor.

For something newer, with boutique flair, there’s the Serras Hotel (rooms from $295; Passeig de Colom 9; 34-93/169-1868; hoteltheserrasbarcelona.com). It debuted with 28 rooms in January 2015 in a building that once housed Pablo Picasso’s first studio, in the city’s hip Gothic Quarter. In the same area and of similar size is the four-year-old Mercer Hotel (rooms from $365, Carrer dels Lledó 7; 34-93/310-7480; mercerbarcelona.com). Located in an architecturally significant structure with stone walls, the hotel has 28 rooms, including a suite. It’s an of-the-moment option, like the Eixample District’s 83-room Cotton House Hotel (rooms from $255, Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 670; 34-93/450-5045; hotelcottonhouse.com), which opened in February 2015.

Further afield, ABaC (rooms from $250; Av. del Tibidabo 1; 34-93/319-6600; abacbarcelona.com) launched in its new space in the Sarrià–Sant Gervasi area in 2008. It has 15 well-appointed rooms and is a 15-minute cab ride from downtown. Ask for a room with a terrace.

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