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 for 3 nights at the Claris and it served us well as a central base to explore Barcelona. The hotel and room were clean and the staff generally pleasant. The hotel did not, however, feel like a 5*. The room decor was a bit tired, the toilet flush was intermittently working, the bed was quite hard and the lack of tea making facilities or even an ironing board just didn’t give a luxury feel. We were looking forward to spending a few hours relaxing in the hotel spa but on arrival discovered that it’s only really a sauna and treatment rooms, and the prices seemed to just be made up on the spot, with €30 per person quoted just to simply use the sauna, or €130 for a massage, which just seemed astronomical! In summary, it’s a pleasant hotel if you can get it at a reasonable price but don’t expect 5* luxury.
Excellent stay, great service from the glass of cava on arrival to the speedy checkout. The recommendation they gave us for a steak restaurant was an absolute find! Lovely spacious room and although not cheap, definitely worth the money.
Hotel was first class. Internet was very fast. Very friendly staff. Location was walking distance to all the places we wanted to go to like eating places, shopping and Sagrada Familia churchWould definitely stay here again when I come back. It is pricey but I get what i pay for and it was worth it.
Wonderful staff right from the very first steps into the hotel. A special mention to OSCAR who has been incredibly friendly, helpful and shared many good tips with us.
Hotel has 5 star services and treats. No complaints.
Rooms and pleasant and cultural features are present everywhere.
Many complementary extras very much appreciated: handy phone with unltd international calls and data, free entry to the Egyptian Museum and much more...
Location is great too.
If you fancy a long weekend break in Barcelona and you want to be spoilt, then book this hotel.
From the minute we arrived till the minute we left, the management and staff of this small 5* hotel treated us like we were there only guests in the hotel. The detail to service was first class.
It is central to everything you would want in Barcelona, with designer shops and good restaurants and bars all on the doorstep.
But it's the attention to detail that stands out. They must see hundreds if not thousands of guests, yet they remembered our names, what drinks we liked, how we liked our omelette at breakfast etc.
We cannot wait to visit this fabulous hotel in this fabulous city again.