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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
really nice room and very nice rooftop lounging area, had a lovely modern room with good extras, the design is really good! the sky bar was really nice at night so i deffo recommend a drink there before bed (or before you go out), nothing bad to say would stay again!
I am looking forward to coming to Barcelona again for La Merce, and thought this might be a good place to stay. We booked on a popular booking website. For some reason the hotel only took 50% of the price on booking, and said they would take the remainder a month prior to arrival. However they haven't processed the payment, and when I contacted the hotel they said the card was declined. However my bank says there has been no attempt to charge any of my cards. What a way to run a business.
We needed a place to get a room for a couple of days. They were quick in getting us a room. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating!! Rooms are clean and updated! Next time we are in Barcelona we would come again!!