Last Updated on July 8, 2015 by Natasha Amar
This post is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove project.
One of the most vibrant European cities, Barcelona beckons to visitors with its distinctive architecture, historical allure, cultural gems, lively nightlife and distinguished gastronomic tradition. It’s worth it to seek out the clichés of tapas, paella, sangrias and Gaudi, and to get off the beaten path in the neighborhoods of Poble Sec and Sarria. To make your time in the city even more memorable, consider staying at one of these boutique hotels in Barcelona.
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With its ideal location in the city center, Ohla Hotel is a five-star boutique experience housed in a historic structure on the site of a former palace. The neo-classical architecture and complete set of contemporary amenities make this an excellent choice. The bold design in some rooms includes panoramic rain showers and glazed showers in the center. The hotel boasts a Michelin Star restaurant called Sauc and two bars, one of which serves up some of the best tapas in town.
Located in the lively center of Rambla De Catalunya, Hotel Murmuri is a four-star boutique hotel which serves as a nice base from which to explore Barcelona. This five-story hotel offers 53 modern rooms and 2 luxurious suites, with elegant décor by British designer Kelly Hoppen. Retro-style lamps, black-and-white photographs, and pastel colors add plenty of personality, while its two restaurants make for a great introduction to Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine.
A beautiful hotel in the heart of the atmospheric Jewish quarter, Hotel Neri appeals to travelers keen on unique hotel experiences. The institution, housed in two historical houses–one of them a 12th century palace– wows guests with its medieval charm and simple décor. Each of its 22 rooms and suites is fully equipped and has interesting touches such as decorative gold and silver murals, terraces and quartzite bathrooms. The in-house restaurant serves great Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic setting. It’s superb location close to Las Ramblas, La Boqueria market and the Picasso museum means that interesting sights aren’t too far away.
Melia Barcelona Sky
Towering over Barcelona in a super-stylish skyscraper designed by Dominique Perrault, Melia Barcelona Sky in Poble Nou is no ordinary hotel. During the day, the symbolic structure, intricately designed with clean lines to symbolize modernity, reflects light and the movement of the city. The emphasis is clearly on innovation and the use of technology to create a unique and comfortable guest experience. Whether it’s the fantastic view from its Michelin Star Dos Cielos restaurant, relaxing in its panoramic pool or enjoying the special features in its rooms, Melia Barcelona Sky leaves you seriously impressed.
Hotel Villa Emilia
Hotel Villa Emilia is a modern hotel with décor both elegant and inviting. It enjoys a central location in Barcelona, close to Las Ramblas, Paseo de Gracia, Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter. Rooms are modern, comfortable, minimalistic in décor and equipped with all the necessaries. The rooftop bar La Terraza and Zinc Bar provide great dining and entertainment options, hosting live music from Thursday to Sunday and other events such as BBQ nights. It’s a good choice for travelers looking for a social hotel experience.