Many of the most popular Barcelona hotels are located in the La Rambla area. These hotels, however, because of their intrinsic location, seem to also be the most expensive. In order to experience the elegance of the luxury in the hub of the city, this area is attractive to many tourists because of the ease of transit and site seeing.
Bagues’ is modernly chic. Hammered metal, frosted glass, textured stucco, and gentle lighting cascade the brilliance of this luxurious lodging. Warm, professional service is attractive to patrons and it is pet-friendly. It is only a few steps away from the opera house and a wonderful view of the port from the rooftop offers fresh Mediterranean breeze with early morning coffee. One must be privy to less privacy in the lavatory setting and the hotel is extremely expensive. The rooms are also a bit small in conjunction to the price.
Once the headquarters of the Compania General Tabacos de Filipinas, is also located in La Rambla and is in close proximity to the opera house, Liceu. It is named for the year Spain was stripped of its final colonial outposts. This spectacular mansion boasts stained glass and marble floors. Its subdued lighting and coffered ceilings bring comfort to a luxurious experience for the patron, coupled with superior service and peaceful ambiance.
The incredible 360 views from the huge roof deck display the Mediterranean Sea, Monjuic, and the Barri Gotic’. Although a bit pricey, H1898 is an experience of a lifetime and should be thoughtfully considered when visiting Barcelona. Noise may be a factor since the lower rooms on the La Rambla side tend to transfer rumblings from the subway.
Hotels in the Barri Gotic’ are a little less pricey and a bit more practical.
This hotel was converted in 1998 from a historic home. It has hardwood plank floors and dark wood décor and furnishings. The double room with a terrace overlooking the back garden is very little over the standard rate and highly recommended.
Only steps from the Cathedral, tourism swirls outside the Portal d’Angel and noise can be a problem. The location is a mixed blessing of shopping and clamour. There are babysitters upon request and the service is professional. There are free walking tours and for the price, a great value.
Hotels in the Eixample neighbourhood are perhaps the most practical of all Barcelona hotel choices. More inland, and north-westerly located, this area has more options and may be the best all around alternative.
When entering the lobby of the Claris, a beautiful Japanese water garden for a touch of tranquillity sways the patron to acceptance. This hotel began as a 19th century townhouse and was converted into one of Barcelona’s favourites. Each room has its own design and décor; some contemporary and some 18th Century English. Classical and Oriental antiquities add intrigue and charisma to the establishment.