For a return to Europe, Barcelona is sure to be a hot spot this summer, so now is a good time to start thinking about where you want to decamp.
In this issue, we’ve given you a head start by looking at the best suites and penthouses at Barcelona’s very best hotels.
1. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
With 5 stars from Forbes Travel Guide and a #1 ranking in the city from Travel + Leisure, Forbes Travel Guide says Mandarin Oriental is “located on one of Barcelona’s most desirable avenues, Passeig de Gràcia… Steps from Casa Batlló, one of architect Antoni Gaudí’s most famous buildings, as well as shops like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci that line the street. You can also easily walk to both Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter, so getting to some of the Catalan capital’s most popular sites is a breeze.”
The inspectors report, “The hotel offers a serene oasis when you are ready to step away from the bustle of the city, with a world-class restaurant, a rooftop pool, an amazing spa, and even a garden where you can wind down and relax with a cocktail in hand. It’s fun to see signs of the building’s former history as a bank, such as the old safes incorporated in the aptly named Banker’s Bar.”
Occupying the entire top floor, the Penthouse Suite provides a master bedroom with its own living room, dressing room, bathroom, and terrace. There is also a second bedroom, kitchen, living/dining area for eight, and adjoining terrace.
This one-bed Barcelona Suite has a living/dining area, terrace with jacuzzi, and a butler. There is a large master bedroom with a dressing area, a spacious living room with a dining table, and a glass-walled bathroom with a rainforest shower and bath. The terrace includes a jacuzzi.
More suites at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona.
2. Hotel Arts Barcelona
My personal favorite, Hotel Arts Barcelona, gets 5 stars in Forbes, is #3 in Travel + Leisure’s Best List, and #3 in the city in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. Forbes’ inspector writes, “If you want to have one of the best views in Barcelona while staying at a magnificent property on the beach, Hotel Arts Barcelona cannot be surpassed. Lavishness is evident throughout this luxury hotel, which was built for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. This 44-story steel-and-blue-glass exposed-beam tower on the Mediterranean has become an icon of the city. The views are stunning, either out to the sea, towards the city, or in some cases, both. Located near the marina and in the fun beachfront Barceloneta district, the Hotel Arts provides premier comfort and accommodations.”
The Presidential Penthouse
The 4,306 sq. ft. Presidential Penthouse is on the 42nd floor. It is a two-bedroom penthouse with a spacious living room and dining area. There’s an expansive terrace with panoramic views. Interiors feature exclusive designer furniture worthy of a city known for its design.
The Barcelona Penthouse
The 3,229. sq. ft. Barcelona Penthouse has an expansive terrace facing the city. There are three large three bedrooms in this duplex with a spacious living/sitting room. It’s located on the 40th floor.
More suites and penthouses at Hotel Arts Barcelona.
3. Almanac Hotel
Opened in 2018, in 2020 Alamanac Hotel shot to be US Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 rated hotel in Spain for its 2020 Readers’ Choice list. A “chic boutique hotel” that “still feels shiny, modern, and brand-spanking-new… Guests are granted free access to the steam room, sauna, and relaxation room, as well as the rooftop terrace, loungers, and dipping pool. The on-site Línia restaurant and Azimuth bar are popular with Barcelonans and visitors alike.”
Two Bedroom Penthouse
The 2,153 sq. ft. Two-Bedroom Penthouse Suite gives you plenty of space with a boutique hotel feel. Two bedrooms with separate bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes, a boardroom or dining room for six, powder room, and living room make it perfect for business or families. The private terrace features its own outdoor shower.
More suites at Almanac Barcelona.
4. The Edition Barcelona
It’s among the top picks by readers of the US version of Conde Nast Traveler and rated 4-stars by inspectors of Forbes Travel Guide. The Edition is located in the El Born district, famous for its medieval squares and narrow streets. Forbes says of the 2018 opening, “The building may look nondescript from the busy street outside, but it’s a different story when you step into the breezy lobby and explore the trendy hotel. Take in the alluring signature scent, admire the slick interior — an effortless blend of classic and contemporary — peruse the array of drinking and dining options, and relax in the smart, minimalist rooms.”
Santa Caterina Penthouse Suite
The 1,561 sq. ft. Santa Caterina Penthouse is located on the top floor. You are surrounded by a private, fully-furnished outdoor terrace with Mediterranean greenery, dining table, lounge area, and sun beds. Inside, there is a separate living area, dining room, and kitchenette. There are several connecting options, including a full-floor takeover.
More suites at Edition Barcelona.
5. Nobu Barcelona
Nobu Barcelona is the #1 rated hotel in the city by the UK edition of Conde Nast Traveller. The magazine writes, “The Japanese celebrity chef’s third restaurant and hotel opening in Spain is in a slightly unusual setting: he’s chosen Plaça dels Països Catalans outside Sants station in north Barcelona to set up camp – a spot that is incredibly well-located for train travel but a tad further from the buzz of Las Ramblas than you’d expect.” Make sure to visit the signature Nobu restaurant on the 23rd floor with a 360-degree panoramic view.
The 1,600 sq. ft. Nobu Suite is located on the 22nd floor and offers spectacular panoramic views overlooking the city and the Mediterranean. The suite features a separate living and dining room, bar area, and a stunning centerpiece of a traditional Japanese irori hearth. The Nobu Suite has the option of combining with three additional bedrooms.
More suites at Nobu Barcelona.