Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa – Adults Only
What We Love
- A welcome drink is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The sociable, festive vibe
- Hanging at the SkyBar, with its rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, chill-out zones and splendid views
- The Pommery champagne–sponsored Pop Bar for a pre- or post-dinner tipple
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Adult-oriented; this is a hetero-friendly hotel, but not a family-friendly one. Children 17 and under are not permitted.
- Clubby music in the lobby and over breakfast can be a bit much early in the morning
- Guestrooms are rather stark compared with the whimsical glamour of the rest of the hotel
- A city tax of approximately $2 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In Barcelona’s Eixample district, the Axel Hotel’s whimsical interiors are just as impressive as its Art Deco façade. Thanks to a lavish overhaul in 2010, the cool marble lobby is dotted with Mackintosh-esque high-backed black leather thrones and just off it, the Pop Bar, is underscored in crimson neon. It’s all quite eye-boggling, so it’s a surprise to find that the guestrooms are coolly minimal — apart from the erotic portraits of scantily clad hunks, of course. The Axel Barcelona is a gay hotel with a proudly inclusive stance; it cheekily bills itself as “hetero-friendly.” If you’re gay and here to play, it couldn’t be better located, with some of the city’s top gay-friendly bars, restaurants and clubs just minutes away. It’s a calm, quiet place to lay your head, which comes in handy in a city that doesn’t sleep, and being able to loll around the pool and sip champagne by day, or recover from the previous night’s excesses in the spacious basement spa (which has a Thalasso pool area) is a real treat.
In the Area
Constructed in the early 20th century as a more elegant and airy residential extension of Barcelona’s old city, the Eixample district has style in spades and is a foodie hot spot. Sample your way through the wines of Spain at Monvínic; stroll the tree-lined avenue Enric Granàdos for a locally produced organic burger at El Filete Ruso’s; and splurge on Jordi Cruz’s genius tasting menu at Angle. Don’t miss Antoni Gaudí’s candy-box creation, Casa Batlló, or a romantic nighttime tour of his apartment building La Pedrera.
How to Get There
I last stayed at this property 12 years ago. Back then it was cool, quirky and the place to stay.
All these years later nothing has changed except ... the service or lack thereof was appalling. Checkin and our was the worst I've experienced from disinterested boys. I traveled from Australia to visit and my requests were not even acknowledged, Noisy third floor room, skybox and pool closed for the duration without any prior warning given. This was one of the reasons I decided to stay here. Planned maintenance was broke months ahead so no excuse not to notify potential customers. Day 2 a huge crane at front of hotel and construction noise over head.
The hotel smells like a chlorinated gay sauna. The rooms are dated and power points inconvenient and sparse. No storage for anything. Everything about the room is annoying.
The only positives were the location and on this occasion leaving (forever).
The main reason we chose this hotel for our three night stay in Barcelona was because of the reviews highlighting the rooftop pool and sky bar. On checking in we noticed a sign saying both the pool and sky bar were closed for maintenance.
Reception said we could use the rooftop bar at their sister hotel Axel Two, a “10 minutes walk away” 30 minutes walk actually, and when we got there, reception told us the bar was usually open until 3am but they were closing it at 7pm until further notice.
Room was fine if a tad small with little space to hang clothes. WiFi very good, shower powerful, breakfast fine.
If you want to have use of the pool and sky bar I would recommend checking with the hotel prior to arrival to make sure it’s open. A gesture of goodwill would have been appreciated as key elements were unavailable, I suggested a complimentary room upgrade but that fell on deaf ears sadly!
Was here a month ago and my neighbors were smokers in this non smoking hotel so when I checked in yesterday, I’m pretty sure I got a fab upgrade to the corner room that has a little terrace overlooking the square. Unfortunately, the aircon circuit kept breaking. They changed my room to an equally sweet room and invited me to breakfast after the bizarre experience at the wellness 33 gym/spa. The hotel and gym are separate businesses. Hotel is clean, comfortable, flexible and just great service. Thank you. Will stay here again for sure and seek out a local gym that is more clean, newer and safe equipment, and staff that treats the hotel guests the same as the full paying guests from the city
I ve lived in BCN for 7 years and now I come often. I ve been 2 times here and allways have been super well treated, also reception and wellness spa stuff are so friendly. As I come alone is nice to have someone smiling at you. The las time Dave at reception upgraded my room, it was possible and just offered me. As I travel alone not allways can enjoy a large room, and it made my experience a 200% better. The spa was nice, with many guys and quite relaxed. I recomend it, the hotel is fun.
Friendly staff in a great hotel on a great location in Barcelona. The cleaning ladies perform an amazing service. Been there for 4 days and the consistency of the great work, shows.
Would love to go back and highly recommend it!