ABaC Restaurant & Hotel
What We Love
- Away from the city center in Barcelona's posh Zona Alta neighborhood
- The gorgeous building is a protected architectural monument and once housed the US consulate
- Spain’s youngest Michelin-starred chef is at the helm of the on-site, double-starred restaurant
- The interiors mix glamour and good taste
- Breakfast on the quiet patio in the landscaped gardens
- An exclusive and romantic spa designed for two
- Close to the subway and minutes from Plaça de Catalunya
What To Know
- Good for foodies and romance-seeking couples; it is about a 15-minute metro ride to the city center
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- The quality of the rooms and the restaurant is reflected in the prices
- Unless your children enjoy being little adults, this is not a good hotel for families
- Great for travelers seeking privacy and seclusion
- Don't come here with a car: You'll get lost and it will sit in the expensive ($54 per car, per day) garage
- The concierge can organize a segway tour of Barcelona's Gothic quarter
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A stay at ABaC Restaurant & Hotel places you in the heart of Barcelona, minutes from Casa Roviralta and close to Casa Batllo. This 5-star hotel is close to Sagrada Familia and Palau de la Musica Catalana.
Make yourself at home in one of the 15 air-conditioned rooms featuring private spa tubs and LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature jetted bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a sauna. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can take in a garden view, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).
Featured amenities include express check-out, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
Our stay was a fabulous experience, from Roberto's assistance via e-mail before we arrived to the kind attentions of elegant Maite and others at the front desk and in the breakfast room. The property is serene inside and out, with many areas to lounge in the sun or shaded gardens and staff who go out of their way to see to your every need. Our spacious, sunny room (with 5 or 6 huge, breezy windows) was in a section of the building which necessitated us to walk through the 3 Star ABaC Restaurant kitchens, as we came and left. It was like a brief glimpse of greatness and fun to see the chefs doing their quiet, precise choreography, as we passed through the gleaming kitchens. (The hotel is designed this way on purpose, with the intent of making the guests feel "at home" and part of the family.)
Our room was spacious, with high ceilings and many, many tall windows and bright and/or serene lighting, with many control switches at convenient locations. The air conditioning was perfect, quiet and easy to control and very precise. The beds were like sleeping on a fluffy cloud, with feather-light duvets and pillows of the gods. An alcove was created by three large windows jutting out from the room, which had a wall to wall lounge sofa (about 9 feet long) filling the space and topped with many pillows. The views were of the leafy grounds and gardens up to the estates at the top of the Tibidabo mountain in the distance. The rooms have the latest flat screen television, blue tooth speakers, remote controlled drapes and shades, nespresso machines and refrigerator. The luxurious bath has a glass shower with rain showerhead, a gigantic jetted tub with mood lights and separate toilet and bidet room. The towels and Bulgari toiletries add to the pampering. Drapes create a private dressing room, with two enormous, lighted closets and many useful drawers and luggage counters. Two hints: It took us many days to realize that we could change the language on the tv to English, by hitting the icon of the global world on the keyboard, so that we could search, etc. The electronic key works with ease on all the gates and doors. What a pleasure and a contrast to the electronic keys in the USA, which seem to loss their viability after a few hours in your pocket.
The Spa area was glamorous yet relaxing, with every possible facility from pool to sauna, steam room and sauna was available.
Forgot to mention: Breakfast was in a lovely library-like room with the most outstanding croissants ever! A variety of cereals and egg dishes are offered, as well as a variety of meat. Ask for the Iberian ham sandwich. Fabulous! And the juice and fruit which is served is absolutely perfect everyday. Also, you can arrive for breakfast up to 11 a.m. Talk about civilized! I loved this place.
I believe wheelchair access would be easy from the garage, but you need to check. Also, the beds are very high, which could be an issue. Entrances are softly lighted (would not have been bright enough for my Mom with glaucoma issues) and the pathway is large squares of pavers, separated by a two inch border of velvet cut grass. It is lovely and attractive, but someone with vision issues, may want assistance.
Barcelona is an exquisite and intriguing city and I hope to be able to return for another visit, but only if I can book my stay at the ABaC Hotel. Gracias por una visita maravillosa!
Loved this wonderful small luxury hotel that was a 12 minute metro ride to the heart of Barcelona. We started each day with a gourmet breakfast (included with our room) overlooking the hotel's private garden. Then we literally walked across the street to catch the metro for our day's adventure. Upon our return, we went to the spa to be massaged by jets of water in the Jacuzzi and relaxed in the wet/dry saunas. While the hotel boasts a Michelin 3 star restaurant, we were not able to take advantage of it. We loved being pampered by the staff in this artfully, decorated hotel in a local neighborhood.
Recently we stayed a couple of nights in the Abac. We have stayed here before, and again it was a most pleasant stay. The rooms are large and very stylish, one of the most tasteful I have ever stayed in. Great bathrooms. We feel at home. Excellent housekeeping: the rooms are always tidy and in order but you never see them work. Friendly and helpful staff overall. Location is nice: outside of the centre's business but close enough and with a metro (L7, Tibidabo) right in front of the hotel (only 8 minutes to Placa Catalunya).
Room for improvement? I do have a few suggestions. The area at -1 is not balanced in my view. The lounge is not frequently used as far as I can see but covers quite some space, whilst the gym is really to small and poorly equipped to actually work out. The pool is small and may in fact be used by 2 persons at the time if you want to swim seriously. Ventilation may be improved. Then again, we never saw anybody at the pool and our kids enjoyed so it wasn't really an issue. Staff is friendly to our kids, but there are not many kids around. In my opinion this hotel is less suited for small children (< 3 years).
Breakfast offers a small supply, but is of high quality. The quality of service is dependent on the lady that is in charge that day. Let's say there is difference between the efficiency of staff. But also here: friendly staff.
Abac is obviously not cheap, but for the high quality it offers I would say it is not expensive either. We had a very pleasant stay and certainly hope to return some day!
Its a gorgeous smaller hotel, right in the Sarria-Sant Gervasi that we really liked. From the start, reception staff were warm and inviting, and very quick, and we were given an upgrade, thanks! Excellent location and facilities and service, made good use of the minibar in our room, the room was just gorgeous, all beige, pastels, very bright and inviting. Overall, total luxury at an affordable price.
For her birthday, I invited my girlfriend there...but it was also a gift for me :-) The experience is not limited to sit at the table and being served. You get to begin your journey in the kitchen and see where the magic gets done. And then, you go from surprise to surprise. I suggest the wine pairing for an augmented experience. We got wines from 1970 and tried also a Jerez 2 palmas. Of course it comes with a price, but once in a lifetime it totally worth it because we are not going to forget it. The service was excellent and we appreciated discussing with the people serving the delights. It is not stilted but rather cool and we had some good laugh and that is also very appreciable. All in all, an unforgettable experience full of incredible and rich tastes. We weren't hosted at the hotel.