Here is a guide of all 5 star hotels in Barcelona, arranged in order of popularity. All prices are for double rooms in January, and the ranking beside each hotel has been taken from the ranking in TripAdvisor at the time of writing in January 2014. Of course there are many other valuable review sites, so this is purely a rough yardstick. Currently some of these are quite reasonable for five star hotels, plus many have a variety of special offers.
Tip: quite a few have promotions on that if you stay for a certain amount of nights, you can get 1 night for free.
Dels Lledo 7, Barcelona 08002 – Phone: 933 107 480 Website: http://www.mercerbarcelona.com/
This award wining hotel offers a special, personalised exclusive stay in Barcelona. It also has a gastronomic experience which includes a superb tasting menu and a a night or two in one of the Deluxe or Junior Suites. The design contrasts the medieval with the modern, which in itself is quite an experience.
The concierge is great, he can even help to get tickets to Barcelona FC. The location couldn’t be any better, as it is in the Barri Gotic (Gothic area) and on top of that it has a lovely rooftop pool.
Price Range: From €240 approx.
2. Alma Barcelona No. 4 in Barcelona – Award Winning In Gothic Quarter
Mallorca 271, Barcelona 08008 – Phone: 932 164 490 – Website: http://www.almabarcelona.com/index.php?idioma=eng
The award winning Alma Barcelona is also located in the Gothic Quarter of the city, putting it in the most perfect location. If you’re new to Barcelona, be aware of pickpockets in the area, and also like any other city or tourist trap, this is the area where the prices are at the highest.
The hotel staff are extremely helpful and will go out of their way to make recommendations if you ask them. The decor is nice, but some people may consider the lighting and effects to be a bit on the dark side, this is of course very subjective.
Price Range: From €250 approx.
3. Hotel DO Placa Reial No. 6 in Barcelona – Gastronomic Boutique
Placa Reial 1, Barcelona 08002 – Phone: 934 813 666 – Website: http://www.hoteldoreial.com/
Located close to the Opera House – the Gran Teatre del Liceu, which is midway between the Ramblas and the Placa Reial, a few minutes walk from the Hotel DO Placa Reial will bring you to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. This boutique hotel has quite spacious rooms, some of which overlook the Placa Reial (Royal Square).
The building was originally constructed in 1856, but in 2011 was entirely renovated and is now stylishly furnished, with 18 luxurious guest rooms. Prepare yourself for a unique gastronomic experience, with menus that are based on local, fresh produce. The hotel also has a spa, solarium and swimming pool. Staff are friendly and excellent.
Price Range: From €255 approx.
4. El Palace Hotel No. 8 in Barcelona – Old World Elegance And Luxury
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, Barcelona 08010 – Phone: 935 101 130 – Website: http://hotelpalacebarcelona.com/en/
An award winning 5 star hotel in Barcelona that was renovated in 2009 as a grand luxury hotel, the El Palace was actually the Barcelona’s Ritz that originally opened in 1919. This is old world elegance with touches such as old-style Roman showers. It has retained its distinguished feel after its renovation, and is also located close to the Ramblas.
You can ramble and shop around the Ramblas to return to the hotel’s Mayan Luxury Spa to relax and rejuvenate for the evening’s enjoyment. This could include dining at the hotel’s Caelis Restaurant which has a Michelin star.
Price Range: From €250 approx.
5. ABaC Barcelona No. 13 in Barcelona – Zen, Gourmet And Bang & Olufsen
Avenida Tibidado, 1, Barcelona 08022 – Phone: 933 196 600 Website: http://www.abacbarcelona.com/
There’s a Zen Garden, rooms which are chic, modern but cosy, along with your Bang & Olufsen sound systems in this award winning 5 star hotel in Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona. The beds in the hotel are possibly the most comfortable beds you’ll every sleep in! The hotel is not central, but within a metro trip of the city’s attractions, which by some could be considered to be an advantage.
The food is superb, with the young Chef Jordi Cruz in control of a creative, gourmet experience. He likes to merge tradition with creativity, and is the author of one book, with another one being penned currently. The chic surroundings, combined with this, plus staff who take pride in what they do, are the right ingredients for a lovely stay.
Price Range: From €240 approx.
Via Laietana 49, Barcelona 08003 – Phone: 933 415 050 – Website: http://www.ohlahotel.com/en/
Located close to Las Ramblas, the hotel is located in an historic building that used to be the home of the Count of Barcelona. Enjoy Michelin starred gourmet Catalan cuisine in its restaurant and amazing views over Barcelona from its rooftop terrace. It has a very classy design, an exclusive feel and friendly, excellent staff.
Price Range: From €210 approx.
Paseo de Gracia 68, Barcelona 08007 – Phone: 934 881 717 – Website: http://www.hotelmajestic.es/
This is in a good position, with a nice view of the pier and cruise ships and within walking distance to the old quarter. It is elegant, sophisticated and the service is attentive. There is a spa, an outdoor swimming pool and a choice of suites, junior suites and penthouses. I would personally choose the Penthouse Sagrada Familia to get the views over this amazing place, from the penthouse’s private terrace.
Price Range: From €166 approx.
Grand Hotel Central No. 23 in Barcelona – Recommended By The Guardian Newspaper
Phone: 932 957 900
You’ll find the Grand Hotel Central right by the Barcelona Cathedral, with superb views over the Gothic district, especially from the rooftop pool terrace, where the infinity pool is. It’s a lovely 1920s building , with rooms which are simple, sleek and softly furnished. According to the Guardian Newspaper this is: “One of the five best European new hip hotels”
There are 147 well soundproofed rooms, which include a choice of a loft, a deluxe king city, a master suite and a grand suite. It has a charming atmosphere and great staff.
Price Range: From €197 approx.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona No. 26 in Barcelona – Amazing Eastern Service & Style
Phone: 931 518 888
I love the entrance of this hotel, with its columns of stone carvings. Located on the Paseo de Gracia this hotel ticks the boxes for luxury and location. The rooms are beautiful, tastefully designed and immaculate. The staff have been known to address you by your name and the service is of the type one would expect in Asia – the level of service all other hotels should aspire to. The food is excellent, as is the ambiance, making the Mandarin Oriental a haven in the perfect location in Barcelona.
Price Range: From €330 approx.
Hotel Arts Barcelona No. 28 in Barcelona – Superb Sea Views
Phone: 932 211 000
On the Olympic Port, the Hotel Arts Barcelona overlooks the Med, and is next to Barcelona’s marina and famous beaches. It’s a relatively short walk to the Gothic Quarter, although not so close as some of the other hotels listed. However in this hotel you are by the sea, lush terraces, and some rooms have amazing views of the harbour and city.
It’s a modern property, which was designed by Bruce Graham, and is considered part of Barcelona’s cultural renaissance. I believe personally that it may be too modernistic for some guests, due to its hard edges, but these are balanced by touches of refinement and elegance. Top notch staff, very spacious rooms and wardrobes, contemporary luxury and superb location are the selling points of this hotel. Own downside however, at the time of writing, is that they do charge €25 per day for internet access.
Price Range: From €224 approx.
W Barcelona No. 31 in Barcelona – Beachfront With Panoramic Views
Phone: 932 952 800
Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Ricardo Bofill, the W Barcelona is the ultimate in urban, modernistic glamour, with views to die for. Carlos Abellán, the Michelin starred chef, is also to be found there at Bravo24.
Enjoy stunning rooms, top quality service and choose from a range of chill out areas. When booking your room there, try to get one that has both city and sea views. The hotel also has 3000m2 of divinely modern event and meeting spaces.
Price Range: From €219 approx.
Majestic Residence No. 32 in Barcelona – Central Apartments, Good Family Option
Phone: 934 881 717
This is the apartments which belong to the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona, reviewed above. You can choose from sophisticated 1, 2 or 4 bedroom apartments in a great location, making this a good option for families. Some even have views over to the Sagrada Familia, but of course you’d need to ask when reserving. Also the higher up you are, the less noise you’ll hear and most likely you’ll have better views. Apartments are quiet spacious.
Price Range: From €170 approx.
Pullman Barcelona Skipper No. 36 in Barcelona – Beach & Clubbing
Phone: 932 216 565
The location of the Pullman Barcelona Skipper is good for those who want to enjoy nightlife as there are a good few clubs within a block or so. It’s also by Barceloneta beach, however in terms of being close to the old quarter, you have a bit of a walk.
The hotel is quite geared up for business, with 9 fully equipped event/meeting rooms, so if that is part of, or all of the purpose of your trip to Barcelona it could be a good choice. Rooms are quite spacious and service is also very good. In terms of its lead in price, it’s at the lower end of 5 star rates, but in my personal opinion it doesn’t have the same character as some of the other hotels in higher rating positions. However if it’s 5 star that you want at a slightly lower cost, then it could be a good option.
Price Range: From €143 approx.
Hotel Bagues No. 37 in Barcelona – Central, Classy Museum Hotel
Phone: 933 435 000
Part of Derby Hotels, the Hotel Bagues is a museum hotel in a historic building, El Regulador. Originally built in 1850, it was designed by Josep Fontseré i Doménech, the Catalan carpenter and architect. So if its Romantic Classical style that you’re after, then this hotel is a good option, plus it is on the Ramblas.
A classy, stylish option where you can eat delicious food made from local ingredients. It has a nice atmosphere and the service is friendly but professional.
Price Range: From €153 approx.
Renaissance Barcelona Hotel No. 58 in Barcelona – 100 metres to Paseo de Gracia
Phone: 932 723 810
Belonging to Marriott Hotels, the Renaissance Barcelona is close to the Paseo de Gracia and also offers 491m2 of space for events and meetings. Inside it is modernistic but warmly and well decorated, with pleasant rooms. One reviewer mentioned noise issues, however he seems to be in the minority. There is a fitness centre but no swimming pool. One of its attractions is its rooftop bar, which is a nice place to hang out, plus they serve good food. If possible ask for a room with cathedral views.
Price Range: From €127 approx.
Hotel Casa Fuster No. 62 in Barcelona – Modernist Jewel, Centrally Located
Phone: 902 202 345
A jewel of modernist architecture in Barcelona, the building was designed by the influential Catalan architect, Lluís Domenech i Montaner, and the name Casa Fuster translates into the House of the Carpenter. It is one of 5 hotels that have been awarded the Leading Hotels of the World recognition for unmatched luxury service. There is a rooftop terrace with pool that is another highlight of this hotel. Look forward to a spacious, stylish room and time hanging out in the famous Cafe Viennes.
Price Range: From €176 approx.
Le Meridien Barcelona No. 76 in Barcelona – Good Location
Phone: 933 186 200
Le Meridien is perfectly located in the Ramblas, and it aims to inspire with art, cuisine and service. Part of the Starwood Group, those of you who are members can avail of the benefits. Rooms are generally a good size, and comfortable. Staff are friendly and helpful, with the concierge being especially good.
Price Range: From €191 approx.
Hesperia Tower No. 82 in Barcelona – Recommended For Meetings & Conferences
Phone: 934 135 000
At the Hesperia Tower the style is elegant, modern and luxurious. Part of the NH Hotels group, this hotel is often used for business purposes. It is around 15 minutes by metro into the centre, if you wish to go sightseeing in the Gothic quarter and the metro station is about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. They serve a great breakfast.
Price Range: From €114 approx.
Hotel Miramar Barcelona No. 86 in Barcelona – Stunning Views From Restored Palace
Phone: 932 811 600
This is one with a bit of a difference to the previous hotels reviewed, as it is a restored palace that sits atop Montjuic with fabulous views over the Ramblas and harbour. It has been lovingly and artistically restored, so that you can enjoy a combination of 1920s grandeur with cool, contemporary design. I also love the fact that the hotel is opposite to the lovely Costa i Llobera Gardens, making it a very attractive location indeed.
Rooms are filled with light,; they are elegant and modern, with views over the gardens, or the city and sea, and often their own balcony or terrace. There isn’t a big price difference currently between the two view options, so this is worth taking into account.
It is a friendly boutique hotel, which has a location that is attractive to those who love a good view and the serenity that come with these type of surroundings. The staff can’t do enough for you, they are very sweet without being obtrusive.
Price Range: From €140 – €190 approx. Depending on what views the room has.
Claris Hotel No. 88 in Barcelona – A Classy Boutique Hotel For Art Lovers
Phone: 933 668 800/934 876 262
As a lover of art, I particularly appreciate the original pieces of art that are used in the decoration of the rooms here. They are Hindu, Egyptian and Roman. The Claris is quite well located, within around 10 to 15 minutes from all the main talking points of the city. For those of you who may be travelling with a furry member of your family, this hotel is pet friendly. The staff are exceptional and the overall experience is a luxurious treat, but at the same time you feel like you’re staying in a home away from home. This is a classy boutique 5 star hotel with a small rooftop pool.
Price Range: From €120 approx.
Hotel Omm No. 102 in Barcelona – Central, Contemporary Michelin Starred Hotel
Phone: 934 454 000
Get a glass of bubbly (cava) when you arrive, check out late up to 14.00 at the Hotel Omm and go to eat at the Michelin starred restaurant, Roca Moo. Located centrally at the heart of the Paseo de Gracia, the hotel brings creativity, innovation, design, luxury and pampering to its guests. The rooms are minimalistic, with bathrooms that are large, which split the different aspects in an interesting way. For those who have contemporary taste, it’s a good choice, however it may not delight those who have classical design taste. There’s also a great terrace on the top floor with a dip pool. Staff and overall atmosphere is about attention to detail.
Price Range: From €160 approx.
Melia Barcelona Sarria No. 115 in Barcelona – Chic Euro Style
Phone: 902 144 440
Located in Barcelona’s Five Star Conference Mile, the Melia is around 5 minutes from Sants train station. If you book directly on the melia.com website they are currently offering a €15 per day spending voucher for the hotel. The Melia is one block from Avenida Diagonal and 2 from the hop on and off tourist bus. The design is chic, Euro style, with rooms which are elegant and modern. Book a superior room if you fancy hanging out in a whirlpool. Staff are friendly, helpful and speak English.
Price Range: From €125 approx.
Gran Hotel Princesa Sofia No. 122 in Barcelona – Sparkling Staff & 10 Minutes Walk To Camp Nou Football
Phone: 935 081 050
On the Avenida Diagonal, the hotel is a 5 minute walk away from the metro which takes you into the stop on Plaza Catalunya to wander around the main iconic sights of Barcelona and if you are coming to see a Barcelona football match, then it’s a wonderful choice, as it’s only minutes walk away. What shines through amongst other things about this hotel, is the sparkling attitude and service of the staff. Of course you expect great service at a 5 star property, but the staff members encountered were truly exceptional. This is hospitality at its best.
Price Range: From €135 approx.
Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel No. 161 in Barcelona – Marina Magic
Phone: 936 039 000
Beside Port Vell, this hotel is far away from the hustle and bustle, but you can still walk into the heart of the city within 10 to 15 minutes. It has a wonderful gym and a small pool on the top floor, and even if you don’t feel like exercising do pop up at night just to check out the views. Positive experience with staff, although not all of them speak English. It is a good choice for those who are catching a cruise ship, or if you like being close to the marina area of Barcelona city.
Price Range: From €125 approx.
Gran Hotel La Florida No. 165 in Barcelona – A Privileged Location..Follow In Ernest Hemingway’s Footsteps
Phone: 932 593 000/Bookings 932 593 065
Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, Rock Hudson and James Stewart and stay at this emblematic boutique hotel that originally opened its doors to guests in 1924. In a privileged location, at 500 metres above sea level on the Tibidado Mountain, the hotel overhangs the city and has panoramic views over the Med and Barcelona.
Enjoy the gorgeous pool and spa, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Admire the art and design, that seems to blend the old with the new. Don’t stay here if you want to be in and around the Ramblas a lot. This is a lovely boutique hotel to explore the city from, but then enjoy retreating into luxurious harmony, away from the busy buzz of central Barcelona.
Price Range: From €160 approx.
Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel No. 227 in Barcelona – Lush Gardens, Conferences & Football Matches
Phone: 933 644 040/Bookings 902 051 111
Due to its location, on the edge of the city (5km or so), the hotel is often used for conferences . Architecturally it’s appealing, plus you can avail of the fitness and spa club, which you’ll find in the lush gardens. There’s also a pool If you’re coming for a football match the hotel is 20 minutes walk to Camp Nou.
Price Range: From €145 approx.
Eurostars BCN Design No. 240 in Barcelona – Modernistic Funky Hotel In A Good Location
Phone: 902 932 424
A funky designer hotel in a great location, Eurostars BCN Design will appeal to those who like modernistic, if somewhat quirky design. The location is a big selling point, as are their rates for a 5 star hotel in this location. Staff seem happy as they smile a lot and are very helpful.
Price Range: From €110 approx.