Claris Hotel & Spa GL
What We Love
- Rooftop restaurant with stunning city views
- Modern design flourishes in a lovingly restored palace
- Rooms feature pre-Colombian artwork
- Outdoor pool
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Pets are permitted
- There’s an on-site Egyptian art museum
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This five-star heritage hotel in Barcelona’s hip Eixample neighborhood is ideally located for shopping, barhopping and gawping at Gaudí’s masterpieces. Behind the property’s grand honey-colored façade, the marble lobby is decked out with low glass tables and oversize chocolate leather sofas. In the low-lit, midcentury-style guestrooms you’ll find polished wood floors, recessed lighting and pre-Colombian art pieces enclosed in glass cases. The marble-clad bathrooms are equally swank, with large bathtubs and walk-in rainfall showers. Head to the first floor for a peek at the hotel’s own Egyptian art museum, which showcases 70 unique pieces from the owner’s private collection. In the evening take the elevator to La Terraza del Claris, a glass-fronted Mediterranean restaurant with matchless city views. Follow that up with a glass of bubbly by the rooftop pool, or opt for tapas and cocktails at the Andy Warhol–inspired East 47 Bar.
In the Area
The hotel has a prime location in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, just steps from the shopping thoroughfare, Passeig de Gràcia. Nearby you’ll find museums dedicated to such cultural heavy hitters as Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró, as well as Plaza Catalunya and Barcelona’s lively thoroughfare Las Ramblas. For a shopping fix, you don’t have far to go, either: Luxe boutiques abound in this chic part of town, Chanel and Stella McCartney among them. For some of the best tapas in the city, look no further than the no-frills Catalan restaurant La Esquinica. Choose from chocos (creamy squid rings) llonganissa (spicy sausage) and tigres (stuffed mussels); all are delicious washed down with a glass of local vermouth.
How to Get There
We stayed 10 nights here on business in a loft suite. On the plus side, most of the staff are great, the lobby is cool, the rooftop bar and pool very stylish and the breakfast fantastic. On the negatives - which are not acceptable for a 5 star hotel, the rooms are a hot mess. No storage or counter space, our shower leaked everywhere, lights were problematic, the pillows like rocks and the room NOISY - from the street and the corridors. The gym too is the size of a king bed - with virtually no equipment. A very mixed review for a very mixed hotel
Nice hotel with excellent location and restaurant but rooms are small and regular service. I was in a nice suite but the noise in the street was high and the closet was quite small for more than three days. For an average of 550$ night I think the service and rooms can be better
I will start by saying the location of the hotel is fantastic and the staff is wonderful. We felt very well taken care of by every person who works at the Claris. The location is perfect, easy access to public transportation and also an easy walk to so many neighborhoods and sights. The only failing of the hotel is some of the design features. It is very chic and hip, but form seems to be more important then function in a number of ways, particularly in the bathroom where the very attractive glass shower enclosure leaked and the the vanity is overpowered by large sinks leaving almost no room for personal items. No rods for hanging towels was also a problem. The light in the bedroom closet was on a motion detector so even when the closet door was shut if you walked by it it went on. This was problematic in the middle of the night because if you got up the light would go on and would wake up my husband who was sleeping.