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
I was amazed (not in a good way), kids running the breakfast and lunch - no coordination and many mistakes in what we ordered. Some of my friend’s food never arrived.
The hotel is very well situated and it’s has some character overall, thus they have to step up in their waiters and bar personal.
I won’t go back to that hotel just because of that, as well as my 5 other friends.
The building and rooms have character, which I appreciate. I found the room well appointed and functional, though having the shower as a "room" is an unusual design choice. As one would expect from a Marriott property, the beds are comfortable. As an added bonus, the thermostat works.
I found the staff excellent, friendly and helpful. I would stay here again.
I had only two real complaints. First, the fitness room is tiny. Although I never saw another person there, two would have been a crowd. Second, they charge 3 euro for a Nespresso pod in the room. Marriott does this at a lot of their high-end properties in Europe and it just makes it feel as though they're nickel-and-diming you. On the other hand, it's a standard home Nespresso unit so you could always get your own capsules at a grocery or convenience store.
Average hotel for a premium price in downtown Barcelona. I was very excited about spending a week here during a conference. But in the end it was quite disappointing.
The hotel has a few nice details, great decor, location close to many landmarks. But it was quite a few issues. The gym is ridiculously small, with just two cardio machines. Most importantly it's very noisy! I didn't have a single night of silence. I could hear the room next door until 1am. And they weren't even shouting, just regular talking and TV. Same thing for housekeeping. You can hear every single door opening and closing in the entire floor!