Where to Stay
Barcelona, Spain

Luxury

The Mercer Hotel

In a historic building in Barcelona’s historic Gothic quarter, this upscale hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Jaume I metro station and 500 m from the Museu Picasso (art museum).  Offering free Wi-Fi and minibars, the refined rooms also come with flat-screen TVs, designer toiletries and rainfall showerheads. Some have balconies and/or original wood beams or stone walls, while suites add amenities such as separate living rooms, bathtubs and desks. Room service is available.
Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a garden patio, as well as a business center.

Trendy

Hotel 1898

This plush hotel, set in a 19th-century, colonial-style building, overlooks La Rambla promenade and is a 3-minute walk from Liceu metro station.

The elegant rooms with colorful accents and contemporary decor feature free Wi-Fi and tea-making facilities. Upgraded rooms include amenities such as sitting areas and private terraces, and suites offer Nespresso machines, canopy beds, and separate living rooms. Upgraded suites add breakfast and terraces with hot tubs. There’s a posh tapas restaurant, plus a rooftop terrace and a swanky bar. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a spa, and a library. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Budget

Hotel Pulitzer

You’ll struggle to find a hotel much more central than the Pulitzer, sitting as it does just off the Plaça Catalunya. Its large lobby and bar area, with its white leather sofas and red lacquered cabinets, makes for a cool meeting place away from the hubbub, but better yet is the roof terrace and cocktail bar; it buzzes in the warmer months, not only with guests but savvy Barcelonins. The glass-ceilinged VISIT restaurant alongside the garden has a more sophisticated Mediterranean fare.

Wood, leather, and satin dominate the chic but modestly sized bedrooms, while bathrooms are tiled in dark marble.