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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


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


4.0 Very Good 3042 Reviews
Nice staff, good facilities, bedrooms poor
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stayed two nights with friends. Friendly staff, good facilities - great gym. However the room was not 4 star quality. It was very small, with dated and cheap furniture, a tiny bathroom and non-functioning air-con. The roof top bar is good but expensive at €15 for a drink.

A escape to remember
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came for the first time in Barcelona and we choosed Axel Hotel not only for the good recommendations we've received but also for the central location.
I warmly recommend this hotel, they have a very nice staff, all prompt and kind. It's clean, very nice rooms and rooftop pool.
Every evening the rooftop bar it's opened late in the night with good music and kind staff. Many thanks to Alexandru for every evening attention and kindness, nice cocktails and nice atmosphere at the rooftop bar!

Extreme Noisy Pump-Up Lobby Music
Reviewed 5 days ago

- They pump up the EXTREMELY LOUD MUSIC in the front and back of LOBBY 24/7! Why?
- One cannot sit in the lobby to listen to your cellphone,-so freaking LOUD! all day and night! Pretty assinine, and annoying of course.
- Does the management care the disgusting lack of respect for the guests.

Need to be specific and request the room exactly in the picture
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for 5 nights in this hotel I specifically asked for a king size bed and the room depicted in the picture. Ended up getting a double size bed instead of the king and a much smaller room. I complained to the website where I booked the room and the manager spoke to us the next day. Rectified the problem and was given the right room. The manager state that there is only 2 rooms of that kind every floor and if it is unavailable then you will be placed in a room where it is I believe much cheaper than the one you paid for. So make sure to specifically ask for the king size bed and the room depicted in the pics. This is an adult only hotel catering to gay clients(mostly) but there are also straight couples checked in the hotel. The rooms are very clean but need to cut down on sanitizing with strong bleach as it can be irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat. The elevators are a bit confusing as some can go all the way down to the floor where the gym is and others can’t go to the roof top bar called Sky Bar. The drinks there are very expensive (26 euros for 2 mojitos filled with ice). The vibe is not that great when we visited and did not come back again because there are other gay bars in close vicinity (Gingins bar across the street). The gym is well equipped just bring your card and another card that tracks your purchases in the hotel. It is free but it is not exclusive to patrons of the hotel. It’s being use by the public as well and gym trainers with their clients. The spa/sauna is also in the same floor as the gym but you will need to pay 10€ even if you are staying at the hotel. Very nice sauna and probably lots of action during weekends ( there is a gay sauna as well across the street). Overall nice hotel but could be better. The beach is a good 45 min to 1 hr walk but there are lots of buses and metro for 2.20€.

Good experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a good time spent in Axel hotel Eixample where I met Pol, a nice hotel's employee there. Very sociable and great with guests.
Axel hotel is well located in the heart of gay neighborhood :)