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What We Love

  • 360-degree views of Barcelona
  • Chic designer suites are equal parts whimsical and modern
  • Special Sunday brunch showcasing food from Catalonia, Spain and the rest of the Mediterranean.
  • Incredibly cool interactive visual "wall" that runs alongside the stainless steel pool.

What To Know

  • The mountainside location requires traveling to/from the big city (about 15 minutes). The hotel offers a free shuttle.
  • If you think you hear screams you aren't dreaming — Gran Hotel la Florida shares a mountain with an amusement park (if you saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona you might remember it.) But rest assured it's way in the distance, and it's fun to hear the cotton candy sounds of a fairground.
  • On-site restaurant is expensive.

Amenities

  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

There’s just something great about being on top. High above the frenetic pulse of Barcelona, amid flowery gardens and terraces that weave a web of total tranquility, Gran Hotel la Florida is this Spanish city’s finest antidote to frenzy.

Wearing its contradictions with ease, la Florida is a city hotel that feels as if it’s in the country (15 minutes gets you down the mountain and into town). And the classic architecture is chock-full of modern artistic splashes, from massive glass sculptures to a wicked stainless steel pool. Add to that incredible elegance delivered with heavy doses of whimsy, and you’ve got a perfect marriage of classic and cool.

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The main dining action takes place at L’Orangerie restaurant, and the best way to partake is at one of the outdoor terrace tables. On occasion the hotel hosts themed wine dinners, when it plucks vintages from its 350-bottle wine cellar. After feasting on Catalan bread and rack of lamb braised with honey, nuts and orange on a sweet corn ravioli, I sip a cognac at the outdoor Miramar Bar, a subtle prelude to the night of drinking and eating that lies ahead.

A perfect recharge after you’ve pulled an all-nighter in Catalan’s capital (so easy to do) is the hotel’s Zen Zone Spa, starring the dreamy French spa line Payot, for a Swiss chocolate treatment or honey scrub. But nothing compares to swimming a few laps in the indoor/outdoor stainless steel pool as giant iridescent amoebas morph into various shapes on the wall screen above. Looking out over the lip of the infinity pool I can see the entire cityscape as I slip through the water.

Tomorrow I plan to explore the wild mosaics and Art Nouveau twists and turns of architect Antoni Gaudi. But for now, a gentle breeze licking my forehead high up on the mountaintop, all I need to think about is my next lap.

How to Get There

Gran Hotel La Florida
Ctra Vallvidrera al Tibidabo 83-89
Barcelona, 08035 Spain

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 1416 Reviews
Fun Cava brunch with friends from Barcelona after a week of hard work
Reviewed 2 days ago

Hotel is sumptuous. Orchids everywhere. Model wooden Spanish armada ships. Elegant furnishings. And the view out towards the blue water is spectacular. Our brunch was delicious, sitting outside in the springtime.

Customer Services are Shocking for a 5 star hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a lovely stay, but found that all extras are not clearly advertised if you are relying on hotel information folders, so left with a very unpleasant feeling after receiving our final bill. Staff are happy to assist whilst taking your money, however if you have an issue, they pass the buck, and will not compromise. Customer relations are shocking.

The hotel is lovely, and the views are stunning, but getting into the centre of Barcelona is an adventure, as the courtesy taxi has very little availability and the times are not convenient for a hotel which is a 20 minute stay out of the centre.

Fantastic stay - well worth a visit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a fantastic 5 night stay at Gran Hotel La Florida, taking a few days to explore the city and a couple of days to enjoy the wonderful facilities and setting at the hotel.

The views from this hotel, and from our room in particular, were the highlight of our stay and could not be found anywhere else in the city.

The hotel feels modern and luxurious at the same time, with a nice lobby and spa area in addition to some outdoor seating areas with great views over the city.

From arriving we were made to feel very welcome and were very well
looked after until the moment we left.

From Giselle who greeted us on arrival and made sure that we had everything we needed, to Mariano who drove us to the city on the shuttle and recommended some great restaurants and areas in the city, every member of staff added a real touch of class to the experience of staying here.

Roger was also a big help before we got there and ensured that our stay would be a memorable one.

If you are planning a trip to Barcelona soon and looking to find somewhere to relax in between enjoying the sights of the city then you should definitely consider La Florida.

Great experience - apart from money missing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Barcelona, and the hotel was an excellent place to stay. The staff were warm and friendly, the room had a glorious view over the city and the facilities (pool, terraces to sit out on etc) made it all the more attractive. The breakfast, in particular, was a daily high spot. We tried the gourmet restaurant the first night - the waiters made the evening, and the food was well prepared and tasty. Sadly the shadow over the stay was a sum of money being taken from our locked room the first night - with the hotel seeming unwilling to accept that such a thing could happen.

Miss
Reviewed 2 months ago

I’m here with my boyfriend we only arrived last night but I felt I had to comment on the amazing customer service we’ve received so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to has been very friendly and very helpful, including a man called Ricardo who showed us round the hotel before showing us to our room. When we went for a little drink in the bar the staff member (we didn’t catch his name) did not sit down once. As soon as our glasses were empty he was there to fill our wine glass up, kept bringing little bowls of snacks, just really worked hard.

Our room is beautiful as is the view. Cannot fault this hotel.