Ditch the kids and stay at the adults-only Wittmore, 10 minutes from Las Ramblas
Throw yourself into Barcelona culture with a cookery class at Hotel Barcelona Cathedral
Splash out on the Ronnie Wood suite at El Palace Hotel and make the most of your in-room jukebox
Published: 10:37 EDT, 8 May 2018 | Updated: 12:53 EDT, 8 May 2018>
When you visit a city with as many sights as Barcelona, you don’t want to waste time travelling into the centre from the outskirts. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of great hotels on and around Las Ramblas or near the axial Plaça de Catalunya so you can stay right in the thick of things.
Relax on the rooftop terrace at Mercer Hotel Barcelona after a day of exploring
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
The Mercer Hotel Barcelona may be just around the corner from Barcelona Cathedral and the gothic Place del Rei, but you don’t actually have to leave the hotel to set eyes on an architecturally significant site when you stay here – this five-star hotel is one in itself, with medieval arches and corridors lined with 12th-century paintings. There are a few nods to modernity, of course, including a rooftop swimming pool and terrace bar.
Metro: Jaume I
Take a dip in the rooftop pool at Hotel Jazz
Hotel Jazz is just across the road from Plaça de Catalunya. To get the best feel for its central location, you’ll need to catch the elevator to the eighth floor, where you’ll find a rooftop terrace and swimming pool that both serve up 360° views of Barcelona’s skyline. This terrace is also the inspiration for the hotel’s name – in the evenings during the summer, it turns into an open-air club with light jazz music playing out as people sip cocktails.
Watch the sun set over Barcelona at Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa
Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa
The Plaça de Catalunya is just over a five-minute walk from Yurbban Passage Hotel and Spa, but you can get there even faster if you borrow one of the hotel’s bikes. The bike loan system is just one of the thoughtful ways in which this five-star hotel helps holidays in Barcelona run more smoothly. In addition, all guests staying at the hotel get their own smartphone with portable WiFi, and there are free laundry facilities and a digital concierge service.
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Despite being a six-minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya and nine minutes from Las Ramblas, Catalonia Magdalenes makes it hard to leave. There are two pools at this four-star hotel. The glass-sided one takes pride of place on the rooftop terrace, which overlooks the skyline of Barcelona. The other is a Jacuzzi-style relaxation pool and is part of the gym area. Other perks at this place include a free snack bar that is open 1400–2300 every day.
Enjoy sundowners on the rooftop terrace at Hotel 1898
Right on Las Ramblas, Hotel 1898 was once the headquarters of the General Philippines Tobacco Company. It’s not forgotten its history. Its name is inspired by the year that Spanish colonial rule came to an end in the Philippines, and there are black-and-white period photographs of the Philippines all over the walls, including in the underground spa. If you want to delve deeper into the history of the building and the surrounding area, you can book yourself onto a free walking tour.
Hotel Barcelona Catedral should be your top pick when staying in the Catalan capital
Hotel Barcelona Catedral
You can throw yourself into Barcelona life when you stay at Hotel Barcelona Catedral. And not just because of its central location, seven minutes from Las Ramblas. The hotel offers guests a range of experiences that help them get to know the city. These included free guided walks of the old city, cooking experiences with the hotel’s chef, and wine-tasting sessions that home in on Catalan wine.
Metro: Jaume I
The Wittmore is a very classy retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city
Ten minutes from Las Ramblas, The Wittmore is an adults-only hotel, and it’s definitely got a grown-up look to it. There’s a library area with floor-to-ceiling bookcases where you can share a bottle of wine or sip cocktails. There’s an elegant restaurant that opens out onto a courtyard-style al fresco dining area that comes complete with its own vertical garden of hanging plants and climbers. Then there’s the rooftop terrace with its dipping pool and sun loungers made for two.
You'll feel like royalty at El Palace Hotel
El Palace Hotel
With its chandeliers, damask wallpapers, grand pianos and marble finishing, El Palace Hotel is indeed palatial. Formerly The Ritz, it has welcomed its fair share of royalty over the years. Its guestbook also features a few other VIPs of note – everyone from John Wayne to Ella Fitzgerald have stayed here. The hotel’s suites are actually named after a few celebrities who stayed here and include the Ronnie Wood Suite, dedicated to the Rolling Stone and featuring a jukebox.
Grand Hotel Central offers marvellous views of the Gothic Quater and Barcelona Cathedral from the rooftop infinity pool
Grand Hotel Central
You’ll be welcomed to Grand Hotel Central with a glass of cava. Use it to make a toast to your good decision making – this hotel is five minutes from the Picasso Museum and 10 minutes from Las Ramblas. Despite having so much on its doorstep, the hotel is pretty self-sufficient, with a rooftop terrace, the SkyBar cocktail bar and the City Bar and Restaurant serving Mediterranean food.
Metro: Jaume I
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