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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 2838 Reviews
Nice hotel in Barcelona
Reviewed 1 day ago

Very nice hotel with good location. The staff are friendly and very proffetional. The room was modern and clean, thought they could have lights with possiblity to dimmer down. Recomend it strongly for extended weekend to explore Barcelona.

axel hotel
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed every moment! The check-in was quick, the hotel was clean and the service was excellent.
I want to thank Daniel, Martha (the girl from the reception-I can not remember her name) and Sergie from the dining room.

Trendy, clean, comfortable hotel
Reviewed 5 days ago

The hotel is clean, nice. The reception is friendly and helpful. Or rather, every staffs is friendly. No judgemental/ sinister look on anyone’s face.

The room is very nice. Clean sheets and all. However, no usual 2 bottles of water is provided.

It’s a heterofriendly. Expect to meet many straight couples, or maybe bbf man-woman couple. That’s to say, the gym’s locker and sauna are for sharing. Would be nice if they were all-man. Although the gym/sauna is printed to open till 10:30pm, but expect it to start closing after 10pm, and fully closed at 10:15pm.

The breakfast is very good. Each cup of coffee is personally brewed, not from the coffee machine. One of the servers - his name is Sergi I think - is exceptionally good. He remembers our order of coffee since day one and always have a smile on his face! Very professional and dedicated to his work!

The down point would be the chambermaid. They need regular reminder to clean the room. Eg. I left the room at 9am, left the L card (to clean up) on the door. There were 3 other rooms at my section had the L cards hanging. When I came back at 2, none of the rooms were cleaned. Went to the gym and at 4pm, none was tidied up. Had to remind the cleaners. Luckily they acted fast and cleaned up the room within 30min.

Having stayed at many top hotels, I would recommend this hotel.

Sky bar Axel Barcelona
Reviewed 1 week ago

We’ve been here a few days and already in love with the hotel, staff. The sky bar is by far the best asset to the hotel. Amazing use of space. Sunshine all day long and the cocktails are out of this world. Best cocktails around, highly recommend Rainbow, Pina coladas and Passion fruit mojitos.
Colmilo is an amazing at his job, his cocktails are top quality and has been very welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend a visit to Axel but especially the Sky Bar

Not Great
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First let me say that the staff, especially the bar tenders during the evening on the rooftop bar were lovely and had a great energy. But I would not return to this hotel.

If you want to shower in private it’s not possible in the “premium room” we were in. There is a window into the rest of the bathroom, the bedroom and out onto the courtyard and not all of these windows can be shut.

The courtyard itself was a dark and narrow space covered in AstroTurf where people would go to smoke and the smoke would drift into the hall and even into our room.

The room was dark, undecorated and unwelcoming. I’m sure there are better rooms but this should not be advertised as a premium room.