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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

Amenities

  •  Adults Only
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Art Deco mansion with a lively rooftop pool scene and a champagne bar in Barcelona's Eixample district

The Lowdown

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

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa – Adults Only
Aribau 33
Barcelona, 08011 Spain

Reviews

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victoriacN4043WN

Its a pleasure to be in a hotel like Axel that keep the highest standards of the best hotels of the world. Also is a 5star the Human Factor. Unforgettable spa time. Cant wait to come back again. Gracias!

Really made welcome
br0lgabird

Axel is an overtly gay & lesbian hotel, yet it truly lives up to its slogan “we are heterofriendly”.
What a fab location for exploring Barcelona on foot.
Special thanks to Daniell in reception and Sergi who runs the breakfast bar.
The rooftop bar offers a great view of central Barcelona in the evening. And do try to see the sunrise from there too.

Urban Spa - highly recommended
Amanda A

This weekend, 5 of us visited this spa on a ‘hen package’ - we had a fantastic 2 hrs using the facilities and sipping Cava. The staff were extremely friendly, helpful and attentive to us. Just a very short walk from Plaça Catalunya - it was probably the highlight of our hen weekend and it comes highly recommended. Thank you ????