For a stylish hotspot – Soho House
One of the world’s trendiest private hotel groups, Soho House, creates a buzz in whichever city it operates. It offers accommodation in Miami, Istanbul, Berlin, LA, Chicago and has several clubs and hotels in its hometown, London, so it was only a matter of time before it opened in Barcelona. Soho House Barcelona is wonderfully chic and has one of the best rooftop pools in the city. The 57-bedroom hotel and club is based in the Gothic Quarter and presents an excellent outlook on to Port Vell Marina. It is a hotspot for celebrities and the local creative crowd and offers top facilities including a gym, screening room, spa and restaurant, Cecconi’s, which is renowned for its northern Italian cuisine.
Soho House, Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli 4, 08002 Barcelona,+34 93 220 4600
For something quirky ‒ Praktik Garden
Praktik Hotels is one of the most appealing mid-range hotel groups in Spain, and this boutique establishment is a hidden oasis in a pretty area of Barcelona. Praktik is a small chain only operating in Madrid and Barcelona, and its hotels still feel intimate; there are a few in different Barcelona neighbourhoods so you can choose one to suit your style. If you want to be close to the city’s most famous avenue, head to Praktik Rambla. If you have a sweet tooth then Praktik Bakery, which houses one of the city’s best bakeries, is for you. For those wanting to feel more like city residents, either of the Praktik hotels in Eixample would be a fine option; choose between Praktik Vinoteca and our favourite, Praktik Garden. Praktik Garden is ideal for those wanting to relax; it’s a peaceful sanctuary in contrast to the action elsewhere in the city. After a walk in Park Güell there’s no better place to rest and relax in the sun than the hotel’s terrace. If you can, spend a little extra and book one of the four suites.
These have large rooms complete with a gloriously chic Juliet balcony and a separate area in the entrance for your suitcase – almost like a walk-in wardrobe. Bathrooms are modern and stylish. The hotel is within strolling distance of lively bars and restaurants and a couple of minutes’ walk from Girona metro station. The street is quiet and leafy ‒ you can meander the neighbourhood with an ice cream or coffee without a care in the world.
Praktik Garden, Carrer de la Diputació 325, 08009 Barcelona, +34 93 467 5279
For sleek and simple – Chic & Basic Velvet
After a recent revamp, Chic & Basic Velvet reopened its doors earlier this year. The hotel is far more chic than basic and is inspired by Hollywood glamour from the 50s, with velvet seating, an array of plants, golden lamps and retro-style furniture. The cinematic feel is enhanced by movie signs and moody lighting. The bedrooms are contemporary and stylish in design and accessories. Bathrooms are fairly large and stocked with soaps whose amusing packaging reads ‘This is the cutest soap you will steal from a hotel. Enjoy it.’ It sets the tone for this easy-going hotel. In fine weather (which, after all, is a frequent occurrence in Barcelona’s spring and summer), you’re encouraged to bask in the sun on the roof terrace. There’s a pretty good breakfast buffet on offer, so you can start the day well before heading out to explore the city.
The hotel is located in the heart of Eixample, close to Sants station and Parc de Joan Miró. However, should another area take your fancy, the group has hotels in other neighbourhoods, from Las Ramblas to the Born district.
Chic & Basic Velvet, Carrer del Consell de Cent 74, 08015 Barcelona, +34 93 423 4647
For something historic – Cotton House
Cotton House hotel is set in a beautiful historic building. The 19th-century property is a landmark in Barcelona, and it was refurbished with the intention of keeping its original elegant Catalan style from cotton manufacturing days. The marble staircase, parquet flooring and panelled ceilings give a sense of grandeur like no other, while contemporary touches make it comfortable and suited to the modern day. Impressive facilities include a cocktail bar and restaurant, Batuar, which is the definition of Spanish sophistication, and there’s also a library, terrace, outdoor pool and spa, all carefully designed to resonate with the original look of the building. As a further nod to the cotton textile heritage, you will find L’Atelier, an in-house made-to-measure service for artisanal tailoring.
Cotton House, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 670, 08010 Barcelona, +34 93 450 5045
For something a little alternative ‒ Casa Bonay
Another hotel in Barcelona set in an impressive neoclassical building, Casa Bonay offers delightful architecture and much more as well. The property was built in 1869 as the home of wealthy industrialists and has been painstakingly renovated, complete with mosaic tiled floors and a terrific, sweeping staircase. Unusually, the hotel was set up by a collective of local and international designers ‒ in lighting, furniture, interiors and graphics ‒ along with chefs, editors and experts in coffee and wine. They share an appreciation of each other’s work and a desire to collaborate ‒ Casa Bonay is the happy result. The 67 bedrooms have stylish, contemporary furnishings and are each stocked with a yoga kit and products from Malin and Goetz.
The restaurant, Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey, offers Mediterranean-Asian cuisine, and there’s a rooftop eatery for tapas and barbecues in summer. In addition, Libertine is a fantastic third-wave coffee bar that also serves tapas and cocktails. In all, Casa Bonay is one of the most stylish of haunts in Barcelona.
Casa Bonay, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 700, 08008 Barcelona, +34 93 545 8070