Barcelona’s sleekest beach hotels for a city break

W Barcelona/Hotel Arts

The Spanish city has it all – sun, sea, sand and plenty of culture, but best of all, Barcelona has beach hotels, which means half your holiday can be nerd and the rest can be horizontal on a lounge chair.


Picasso pilgrims will love the museum dedicated to the artist, who spent his formative years here. Then there’s the world’s most famous unfinished church, the art nouveau Sagrada Familia – and fans of Gaudí should also stop by Park Güell to be dazzled by the creative use of colorful mosaics by the architect.

Buzzy El Born is Barcelona’s hippest neighborhood, where the old medieval lanes are now lined with shops and bars.

Outpost W on the promenade in Barceloneta (the city’s beach district) wins the award for best placed beach hotel in Barcelona – the sail-like structure on the sand is the only hotel with direct access to the shore.

Hotel Arts features the sea from its spa (as if you need another excuse to check in for a treatment), and Melia Barcelona Sky is as noble as its name suggests, with a rooftop pool vying for your attention on the beach.

Some are steps from the sand, but that just means you can stop for tapas or sangria — or dive into a museum or gallery — along the way. Read on for the United Kingdom edition of the best beach hotels in Barcelona…

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W Barcelona

You can’t miss the sail-shaped W Barcelona, ​​right on the beach and always bringing the parties. The beach may offer some stiff competition, but the rooftop bar on the 26th floor is also a great place to relax, as is the cabana-lined pool. Luckily for sand addicts, the hotel is the only place in town to offer direct beach access.

Unsurprisingly, with a setting so close to the Barceloneta promenade, many rooms have Mediterranean views. And if you want to pull out all the stops, some suites have circular beds for you to stretch out and enjoy the sea through floor-to-ceiling windows.



Hotel Arts Barcelona

Next to the beach and next to the Olympic Port, Hotel Arts offers you the best of both sides of the city, with views of the horizon and the sea in both directions. It’s the proud owner of the city’s only sea-view spa — and if anything can improve a massage, it’s a siesta in a deckchair facing the Mediterranean afterwards.

The 44-story tower, as gleaming as the sea below through clever use of glass and steel, is also home to a restaurant with two Michelin stars (and four other options), two outdoor pools, and beautiful gardens.



Melia Barcelona Sky

This Melia outpost is in El Poblenou, the part of Barcelona built for the 1992 Olympics. glossy white floors, glossy red furniture, colorful rugs and contemporary artwork. Views improve with each floor you climb, with La Sagrada Familia visible from some rooms.

It’s close to Platja de la Mar Bella, but the rooftop pool might just captivate you first. In addition to the more casual restaurants on the ground floor, Skyline on the 24th floor is the place to go to enjoy the terrace and panoramic city views.



Western Atenea Mars

Just a few steps (150 meters) from the city’s Nova Mar Bella beach, this adults-only hotel has a dedicated sunbathing area, including a terrace, a sea-facing swimming pool and a solarium with Balinese beds and lounge chairs. hammocks. Be sure to book a sea-view room (the others overlook the city) at the Occidental Atenea Mar, and in the unlikely event that it’s cold outside, you can warm up by going to the sauna or gym. sport.

It is close to the marina, a few steps from a shopping center and less than 1.6 km from two other beaches: Bogatell and Nova Icària.



Grand Hotel Central

Home to a serious rooftop pool (who really needs the beach?), the Grand Hotel Central is indeed both grand and central, on the edge of the Gothic Quarter on Via Laietana in El Born, and a 20-minute walk foot from the shore. Interiors have neoclassical columns and copper doors, with clean, contemporary rooms and an elaborate lobby with wrought-iron lighting and a stately staircase.

The bistro serves classic Mediterranean cuisine, but the Skybar is naturally where it is, mainly for its majestic views over Barcelona, ​​but also for tapas and cocktails.



Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Still in the Gothic Quarter, but just a 20-minute walk from sunny beaches, the Mercer hotel in Barcelona enjoys an excellent location: in addition to its proximity to the beach, it is close to the cathedral, the Picasso museum, from the Boqueria market and one of the most famous streets in the world (AKA La Rambla). It’s also near the coolest neighborhood (El Born) and medieval streets to roam in search of hipster-approved hangouts.

The hotel is formed from a group of historic buildings, set around the ancient Roman walls – and the renovation has preserved all the best features, including 18th century wooden ceilings, 14th century arches and 12th century frescoes century.



The Wittmore

Behind a black door at the end of an alley in the Gothic Quarter, the Wittmore is one of the bon vivants in search of speakeasy vibes, endless aperitif hours and a sense of humor (the restaurant is even called Witty).

There’s plenty to play on every floor, from the leafy patio to the sunny terrace, which offers incredible views of the dome, a plunge pool and sun-yellow throw pillows. Members’ club-worthy interiors are downright darker, with tartan fabrics, velvet armchairs, patterned wallpaper, and wooden cabinetry that give it more of a country-house feel.



Suites Barceloneta

These boutique apartments are located in the old fishing district of Barceloneta, but not far from La Rambla. They’re set in historic neighborhoods, but modernized with TVs, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. Most apartments at Barceloneta Suites have a balcony and you have access to the roof terrace, which offers stunning views of the sea and the city.

For more space, opt for a duplex suite with the bed on the mezzanine. The area is full of equally charming seafood restaurants, or you can try making your own tapas in your apartment kitchen.



Serras Barcelona

This hotel may be steps from the beach in the Gothic Quarter, but it’s worth staying in such a stylish place, with its high ceilings, industrial accents, and welcoming lounge-style furnishings. Dining options at Serras range from a rooftop cocktail bar – with a plunge pool, fairy lights, DJs and marina views – to a Michelin-starred restaurant that showcases the best of local Catalan produce .

The 1846 building was designed by the same architect behind Plaça Reial square – and the story doesn’t end there: Pablo Picasso’s first studio was here.



Ohla Barcelona

A mile from the city’s beaches, Ohla ticks all the Barcelona boxes: rooftop pool, tapas restaurant and clever interiors. Once the site of a palace and later a department store, today the historic building notably houses a thousand ceramic eyes on its neoclassical facade, which was all that remained when the hotel was built.

Beneath all those watchful eyes, you can enjoy Michelin-starred meals at Caelis, a view of the cathedral served with a cocktail on the rooftop (where there’s a pool), and tapas overlooking the street below.


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