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
- 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
I booked this hotel early in 2018 using a 5 night stay certificate. We traveled to Barcelona in late September 2018 staying at the hotel until October 4, 2018. On arrival we were given a tiny room overlooking a shaft at the hotel - the hotel acknowledged my Platinum status. After the first night, I went to the front desk and asked to be moved to a better room for the remaining 4 nights. I never heard back from the management and left the hotel after the 5 nights to continue our trip.
On our return home, I contacted Marriott and outlined my issue. They sent an inquiry to the hotel. The response was only one night could have been changed so they didn’t feel it was worth telling me . Visitors were moving in and out each day and it seems strange at least 3 nights could have been accomadated. I am convinced that due to me using a Marriott certificate , I was viewed as a second class client. I have never had this experience in London or Copenhagen where I have used certificates. I have been a longtime Marriott rewards and Marriott vacationclub member and in past years used Marriott for business functions in Arizona.
I called Marriott rewards again and requested at least refunding me 3 nights (or points) due to the issue and experience my wife and I had at the hotel. Several weeks later, I have still not heard back from The Cotton House hotel since Marriott Rewards contacted them for a second time on this issue.
I definitely do not recommend this hotel to travelers to Barcelona. They clearly aren’t professional in their follow up and treatment of Platinum Marriott clients.
Rooms can be extremely small and unpleasant although I will admit the location is good.
We stayed the end of October. We are Starwood platinum status. When we checked in they wished my husband a happy birthday. That was the last thing they did for us. On the last night I called the concierge. And reminded them I had sent an email regarding his birthday and they said they would do some sort of celebration for a fee. I said, “no thank you.” In the end they did bring champagne and balloons. To our room, which leads me to the next issue. The room was not even a room. It was straight out of Harry Potter, a closet. No real window. Claustrophobics beware! I would caution anyone when booking. I would so of enjoyed a real room.
I travel the world all year for business (pleasure when I can) and I can say that this hotel is one of my favorite. My colleagues also travel for work and say the same thing. It's got character and charm. It feels like home. The people are nice and genuine. The restaurant is awesome. What more do you want? Only a few hotels will even get me motivated enough to write a review. This is one of those places. I would say top 3 for me. Enough said.
We were greeted at our taxi by Merce, who checked us in and informed us that we had been given a beautiful upgraded room. We were also warmly welcomed by Juliette with whom we had several helpful interactions during our all too brief stay. All the staff were warm, welcoming and helpful.
Our upgraded room was lovely, with special touches in relationship to cotton, since the hotel was once the headquarters of the Association of Cotton House Manufacturers. We had a balcony, which unfortunately we didn't get a chance to relax on, as it rained during our stay. The room was light and airy and the bed was super comfortable. One thing to note in this particular room: we had a "wet" room with separate tub and shower, however the floor was very slippery. We didn't discover the mat for the shower floor tucked way under the sink vanity until the 2nd day; it would be more helpful if the mat were placed in the shower area as a slip on the shower floor could be a real problem.
We didn't dine in the hotel, but the restaurant looked quite nice. We only wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy more time in the hotel, but we had much to see during our short visit to Barcelona.
I was a guest at dinner after business meetings. The hotel is delightful and the restauant located within a room displaying archive samples of cotton fabrics and extracts from order books or old ledgers (the building was formally the Cotton Trade Union Headquarters).
Staff are young, informal and friendly. No sign of any quality hotel stuffiness.
We enjoyed a selection of tapas-style starters - beautiful smoked eel, fine crispy slices of aubergine were highlights.
A main course of perfectly cooked hake, gleaming white, moist and just ready to flake apart was wonderful. Served on a bed of soy/sesame flavoured prawns surrounded by a creamy light sauce.
Judging by the beautiful selection of fruits, I maybe misjudged my deconstructed Strawberry Tiramisu, though the strawberry sorbet accompanying it was delicious.
The red wine (chosen by our host) was sensational - I suspect it was very fine and rather expensive!
Do go for the experience.