Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The award-winning Mayan Spa, which combines Mayan traditions and luxe Anne Semonin products
- A commitment to concierge service so strong, there’s even a dedicated room for sharing insider info
- The eye-catching six-story spiral staircase that seems to float in the air (it’s suspended from the ceiling)
- The library, with its high ceilings, overstuffed bookshelves, and tea service, is the perfect place to while away a rainy afternoon
What To Know
- Guests can rent the hotel’s Mini Cabrio convertible for cruising around the city
- In a nod to its history, the hotel offers guests a custom tailoring service
- For the rooms with a 19th-century aesthetic, book the Ottoman and Damask suites; the rest have a more modern vibe
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Once the headquarters of the Cotton Producers’ Guild, this 19th-century building was beautifully restored by Spanish interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, who retained the original floor tiles, ceiling frescoes, and neoclassical style that’s most evident in the spectacular octagonal hall and marble staircase. There’s also a narrow rooftop pool, bordered by cushioned sun loungers, and with a view of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família, just a mile away. All the rooms, which are painted white and named after different types of cotton (Egyptian, Madras), have Nespresso machines, bath products by Italian brand Ortigia and – an endearing touch – small flowering cotton plants. The cotton theme is carried through even to the chic restaurant, Batuar, where swatches are displayed in glass cases.
In the Area
Cotton House, like so many of Barcelona’s trendy hotels, is on the Gran Via, close to enough of the city’s attractions to keep guests entertained for a weekend without needing to hop on public transportation. It’s possible to spend a full day just in La Boqueria market, a mile from the hotel—a foodie haven packed with fabulous miniature bars, restaurants, and food stalls. The hotel is a 25-minute walk to Barcelona’s urban beach, and is even closer to the Gothic quarter and Casa Batlló, another of Gaudí’s masterpieces.
How to Get There
The room they assigned us was supposed to have a city view, instead we were provided with a room that was tiny and literally had a small window facing three white walls five meters from the window. It felt like you were paying over $450 per night to stay in a dark prison cell. Furthermore, the front desk manager was very rude and made no effort to seek an alternative, she insisted we had to stay since it was past the 48 hour cancellation policy. My wife and I were traveling for a family holiday and have never gone through such a terrible experience at supposedly a five star service oriented hotel. As a benchmark we are frequent travelers who have been fortunate to spend many nights at five star hotels in Italy, UK, Greece, US and France - this hotel was the worst; I would NOT recommend staying here !
Great staff. They are hard working and diligent people. They didn't miss any of my requests. Small room. The room was too small for two people. I couldn't open my suitcase while my wife opens hers. However, you can forget about the size problem once you are helped by the staff members.
Our family recently stayed at the Cotton House. The staff are wonderful. Javier and Blanca at the Concierge desk are amazing. Javier recommended and made reservations at several fantastic restaurants; Blanca helped with bookings for several very interesting events. The accommodations, especially the beds, are very comfortable. The bathrooms are stocked with really nice towels and robes. The room décor is very pleasing. Its small size (less than 90 rooms), allows you to easily interact with the staff and in turn allows them to remember you. The location is great with easy access to many places of interest. Cotton House provides you with the hospitality that Barcelona is well known for.
This hotel is a perfect choice. Service--whether the front desk, hotel staff, and the bellman named Reyes--were all very nice, professional, and accommodating. The hotel itself was unique and gave the vibe of a first class boutique hotel. The hotel is also an easy walk to most of the touristy spots in Barcelona, including the huge market on La Rambla where one can spend hours trying fresh foods. When I go back to Barcelona, this will likely be my first choice every time.
Siestas during the day and a no queue strategy had us bum rushing the counter every 15 minutes for 5 hours before our room was ready (despite platinum status). Rooms are awarded, not based on first come first served or priority status, but on how often you ask for a room. People come in hours later and get rooms. Not that the hotel isn't lovely, it is....but many customers sleep until 3pm so suggest another hotel if you require a 3pm check-in.