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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 2965 Reviews
Great place with excellent Service!!
Reviewed 8 hours ago

My sister and I recently stayed at the AXEL hotel, They are SO accommodating and friendly. Augusto, at the front desk was so helpful and gave us great recommendations and places to visit in the city. He was always so friendly and willing to help! Alex, the bartender manager of the SkyBar was also extremely friendly and accommodating. Overall, the hotel is clean, staff is impeccable and service is great. We are so happy to have stayed in this wonderful location as it is close to everything you must see in Barcelona. Thank you again Axel hotel, especially Augusto and Alex!

Beautiful experience
Reviewed 19 hours ago

Amazing stay at Axel.
I am a solo traveler and was extremely impressed with the quality of the Axel Hotel.
Perfect location with a wide ranging and delicious buffet breakfast. My room was inviting, spacious and very clean - great shower too.
Axel has professional and friendly staff - Gustavo and Marta at reception were so very helpful and friendly, Agustin at the SkyBar is warm and affable, and i had a professional and high quality deep tissue massage from Fernando at the attached Wellness 33 Spa.
Check out the exceptional spa room - awesome spa/jacuzzi with massage jets!
Often my favourite part of the day was a late afternoon cerveza with a book beside the rooftop pool...
Muchas gracias!

Reviewed 2 days ago

I had stayed by myself, but it was so comfortable and safe. The location was really convenient and easy to access another place like bar and historic places and stations. Besides, breakfast was amazing, I enjoyed every morning. My room was so spacious and clean, bathroom was also amazing, I really want to stay there. And Marta, I really appreciate you.

Sky Bar
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had Agustin make make me a sweet drink, and he did an awesome job! Don’t forget to visit the Sky Bar when you do ask for Agustin.

The Axel hotel is a great place to stay; It’s close to everything, food, clubs, historic places, and good people.

Great stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’ve stayed there for two nights visiting and everything was ok.
The location is really convinient, really close to the main attractions.
Gago, the receptionist was so welcoming at check in.
If I ever come back to Barcelona I will definetly stay there again.