June 20, 2024

Barcelona is up there with my favourite European cities — the truth is — it nearly tops the record. There are a lot of causes to like Barcelona: the museums and artwork galleries, the seashores, the eating places and purchasing, the church buildings and structure, and simply the overall laid-back vibe of the place. 

Relating to locations to remain, the town continues to supply up the sort of selection solely Barcelona can. Quirky, artsy, boutique, and cute are all discovered within the motels and visitor homes within the metropolis, and plenty of them are proper within the middle of the motion. To get you began on the place to remain in Barcelona, I’ve picked out my favourite locations to remain, plus some which might be on my want record.

Via Sants Hotel lobby

By way of Sants Lodge foyer

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1. By way of Sants Lodge 

By way of Sants Lodge is a Hilton propery that’s newly opened for 2023. It’s near the prepare station; only a road away so it’s ideally suited for anybody touring right here by prepare. It’s a little methods away from the principle sights and the middle of city, however there are many taxis round and it’s near the metro, which is simple to make use of. The lodge is positioned on a quiet road, which is right at nighttime for a metropolis lodge and ideal for anybody who struggles with metropolis middle road noises at night time. It’s a easy however trendy lodge. Many individuals use the lodge for an evening earlier than a cruise or for a weekend away, because the facilities are restricted to a bar, restaurant, and a small health club. There are plans for a rooftop pool which is able to make the lodge much more attractive. It’s an important lodge for exploring the town whereas not being within the busy middle.

Via Sants Hotel bedroom

By way of Sants Lodge bed room

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Eating And Drinks 

The Foyer Restaurant on the lodge serves Mediterranean dishes, together with Spanish and native Catalan delicacies. It’s a pleasant casual restaurant, however I didn’t see many individuals there. There are some actually good native eating places on this space which might be genuine and utilized by locals, which most company appeared to favor. Nonetheless, the breakfast right here is de facto good, so I’m positive dinner is just too. I can say that the cocktails on the bar are excellent as nicely.

The Arts Hotel

The Arts Lodge

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2. Lodge Arts

Lodge Arts is a Ritz Carlton Lodge that caters to cruise ship prospects searching for a layover. That’s to not say it isn’t an important lodge for anybody searching for a weekend, or per week, away in Barcelona. There are two swimming pools right here and the lodge is a tall constructing that stretches into the sky. The swimming pools are beautiful, however they do get very busy within the excessive season. Surprisingly, there are not any balconies for any of the rooms, however there are some unbelievable views over the seashore and out to sea from the home windows. It’s a big lodge, so anticipate lots of people — particularly in excessive season — however the facilities are excellent.

Arts Hotel penthouse bedroom

Arts Lodge penthouse bed room

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Eating And Drinks

There are 4 unbelievable eating places on website: a Japanese restaurant, the Marina Membership providing solely outside eating, a Mediterranean restaurant, and The Pantry — which is a speakeasy-style restaurant that gives native delicacies and an important wine record. Actually, it’s troublesome to decide on between these eating places as all of them supply excellent eating choices, however The Pantry has the sort of environment I like and the meals is extra distinctive and native than the others. The roasted eggplant and vermouth is a should, and the crusty choux pastry with Catalan lotions for dessert is simply divine. Breakfast on the lodge can also be extraordinarily good and provides some good vegan choices.

3. Lodge Jazz 

Located proper on the prime of La Rambla, Lodge Jazz is in an important location for seeing all the principle sights of Barcelona. There’s additionally a metro station simply by the lodge, making it an important base for exploring additional away from the town middle. You possibly can keep right here for simple entry to all the town’s sights and in addition head off to the seashore. The lodge itself is someplace between a boutique and a bigger lodge. The rooftop pool and terrace is a beautiful spot for sunbathing and you can even get meals and drinks up there. The rooms are all pretty spacious and so they have patio-style doorways that open onto small metropolis balconies.

Eating And Drinks 

You possibly can order tapas from the bar menu at any time after 11 a.m., which is when breakfast ends, and you can even get some beautiful sourdough pizzas and burgers. It’s not a lot a restaurant as a casual snack bar, however the meals is de facto good and there’s a sensible choice of wines and cocktails. The breakfasts are extraordinarily good and there’s a large selection in pastries and sizzling meals. Good for lunch or a lightweight chew by the pool, the snack menu is sweet sufficient to behave as dinner in case you don’t thoughts the restricted selection in dishes.

4. Lodge Granvia

Simply off the Plaza Catalunya, Lodge Granvia is completely positioned for exploring the town. If you happen to’re flying to Barcelona, there’s a bus service that runs from the airport proper to the lodge and again once more. The constructing itself is gorgeous and was constructed as a personal residence for a rich household in 1870. It’s been a lodge because the Nineteen Thirties and there’s been quite a lot of effort put forth into protecting the lodge’s historical past and environment obvious. The rooftop terrace is a beautiful spot for having fun with a drink on a sunny day, although there isn’t a pool. The rooms are spacious and all have beautiful previous stone balconies. Uncommon lately, you will get a single occupancy room, which accommodates a single mattress.

Eating And Drinks

I used to be stunned to discover a grand previous lodge like this doesn’t have a restaurant. There’s a beautiful lounge space and bar, however no eating room. I believe quite a lot of Barcelona metropolis middle motels don’t supply dinner as a result of the eating places within the metropolis are so good and there are such a lot of of them. Nonetheless, the breakfast is de facto good right here. It’s a buffet with a very nice selection of pasties, and sizzling meals, plus it’s continental. Up on the terrace is a beautiful place to chill out and luxuriate in a leisurely breakfast.

5. Lodge 1898 

Lodge 1898 is an expensive lodge near La Rambla and all the town’s sights. The constructing wraps itself round a nook road and you may instantly see how grand it’s earlier than you even get inside. As soon as inside, it’s very plush and evokes the spirit of the nineteenth century completely. However the spotlight by far is the basement spa. It doesn’t appear to be overused by company, even in busy instances, and it’s a beautiful haven for enjoyable and de-stressing. There’s additionally a rooftop terrace with a pool, which is equally beautiful for sitting out within the solar and having a drink. The 2 choices imply you will have all the things you could possibly need for enjoyable proper there on the lodge.

Eating And Drinks

You possibly can e-book a room on a bed-and-breakfast foundation, or half-board; however in case you e-book half-board, you may need to make it clear to all members of workers that that is what you will have, as lots of them don’t appear to be accustomed to company doing this. You may also discover that you simply gained’t have a desk reserved as you’d anticipate. Nonetheless, the meals is superb and I’d advocate the stewed lentils with Iberian rib and pumpkin, with the crunchy chocolate and hazelnut tart. A bottle of the Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Cava is de facto moderately priced and goes nicely with something.