Condes de Barcelona
What We Love
- Alaire Terrace, the rooftop champagne bar, has sensational views of La Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera
- A choice of restaurants: fine dining at two-Michelin-star Lasarte, or Catalan bistro classics at Loidi
- The rooftop swimming pool
- Located in the city’s cultural hub, Quadrat D’Or
What To Know
- Reservations are recommended for Lasarte
- Alaire Terrace is popular with the after-work crowd
- The hotel is located on Paseo de Gracia, one of Barcelona's busiest streets
- Parking On Site
Occupying two 19th-century palaces, Condes de Barcelona has a stellar location in the city’s cultural hub, Quadrat D’Or. Split into two sections on either side of Carrer de Mallorca, the upper chunk is known as Monumental and the lower part as Central. The low ceiling and blocky furniture of the bar in the Monumental building feels very early-’90s, though the palace’s Belle Epoque features shine through in the grandiose proportions of the lobby. The higher you go the more modern it gets, culminating in a magnificent roof terrace. Monumental’s is lushly planted to create hidden corners for canopy daybeds (for guest use only), and Central’s has a distinct buzz with a wall mural by Mariscal, live music most nights and a hip local scene.
Bed and Bath
With 235 rooms split into five different categories, these are some of the city’s brightest and most spacious guestrooms. Each has plenty of natural light, parquet floors and matching wood furniture. Crisp white bed linens and cream-tone bathrooms (with shower and tub) are reassuringly utilitarian rather than boutique, though there are some welcome 21st-century touches such as the 28 to 32“ LCD TVs.
Sip a pre-dinner glass of bubbly at the rooftop champagne bar, Alaire Terrace, and drink in the views of La Pedrera and La Sagrada Familia. Dining options include Lasarte, a two-Michelin-star restaurant helmed by Basque chef Martín Berasategui. The intimate eatery seats just 35 and serves a tasting menu inspired by regional produce. The other restaurant, Loidi, is a laid-back, affordable alternative that serves bistro dishes created by Berasategui. Head up to the sun terrace and rooftop swimming pool to soak up the Spanish sunshine.
How to Get There
First I should say that the location was great. The hotel is lovely too. Unfortunately I booked the room using airline miles which probably led to getting a less than desirable room. It faced inward - our “view” was of the elevators. So you have no privacy with the curtain open. We also tried every single switch and lamp but never could get the small light that ran along the wall behind a long desk to turn off ... so that kept us awake at night. Given we were only there one night I didn’t bother asking to change rooms. We went to the rooftop for a bite to eat. Food was not memorable but the view was. Unfortunately we left early because you truly cannot escape cigarette smoke anywhere. I would stay again but only if booking through hotel directly.
We really enjoyed our stay at Condes! Perfect location, big room, beautiful rooftop bar, great a/c for nice cool rooms! Breakfast buffet was delicious ????. The front desk was very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend this hotel! I researched places to stay in Barcelona for a few months and I’m glad we chose this one! Convenient to all sightseeing!!
Had a great stay here before our cruise! Great location, right on the main shopping strip and really nice staff. It's a great little spot. The rooms are very clean and modern, wish we were here for longer.