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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 1378 Reviews
Stay away from this junk hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

1- They charged me city tax for 2 persons 6 days while I was alone and my stay was 5 days. then when discovered this cheating in my home , I called them to refund my money they promised but till now no one gave me any attention
2- They force me to dopiest 500 EUR for 5 days
3- The hotel is too far from the city, noting beside you at all , it's horrible place. No Taxi available, you have to till hotel's staff to arrange taxi and you have to pay a lot because you need almost 7 KM to get out from mountains, I decided to rent car to get out from this headache, they charged me 21 EUR a day for car parking

The bottom line this worst hotel's stay in my life

Excellent Hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stunning location with amazing city and mountain views. Comfortable rooms and clean bathrooms.
Staff were exceptional in every way and in particular Maria and Roger on reception who could not have been more helpful. Trip down to the city can take some time but it is part of the overall experience.

Expected more from 5 stars
Reviewed 2 months ago

Pros
-amazing view
-the spa services by L’Occitane were great
-the jacuzzi was nice
-Very freindly and helpfull staff in restaurant and bar, seemed very genuine and eager to go the extra mile.
-beautiful lobby and inside lounge area
-the design of the room was very nice and comfortably modern
-very comfortable beds

Cons:
-Dont go here in the off-season as most outdoor areas are closed off.
-staff says it will take 15-20 min for taxi to arrive, but we waited 30-55 minutes every time so make sure you are not in a hurry.
-Hotel advertises free shuttle, but it was fullt booked our entire stay so dont count on being able to use it.
-Seems a Little run down on the outside. Tiles on our terrace were loose, the terrace in general was not very welcoming, beautiful view from Windows by bathtub, but the Windows were very dirty. We had dinner by the window in the restaurant and there were halfbroken bulbs on the stringlights blinking right in front of us for most of the dinner.
-the guest manual in our room was completely soaked and dirty for some reason.
-Had to press button for service in the lounge bar, but I dont think the button works.
-Nobody seems to be in charge of regularly cleaning up the pool area. I spent a couple hours there among used glasses and towels left by previous guests and didn’t see any staff come through at any time.
-Nobody cleaned our room on our second day.
-we had plans for a spa day and booked treatments, but the jacuzzi area was out of service before our appointments so the plan for cava in the jacuzzi before our massages weren’t possible.
-the food in the restaurant was ok, but you can find something far better in the city for that price.

Im sure its a lot nicer in the summer when you can take full advantage of the view, but I will stay somewhere else next time.

Best Hotel I have ever stayed in
Reviewed 2 months ago

Just returned from a two night stay at this hotel - from the moment of arrival the staff were amazing, the hotel is situated on the top of the mountain overlooking the City where the views are superb. The decor of the hotel is fantastic, we had an executive double bedroom which was enormous, the restaurants serve wonderful food and the breakfast is everyone's dream of heaven - we loved the hotel so much we could have just stayed there for our whole time relaxing by the pool or chilling in the many lounge and sitting areas - we we sad to leave but will definitely be visiting again

Fantastic hotel with amazing views of Barcalona
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed here early October 2018 for a long weekend break. We really enjoyed our stay here. The friendly staff and luxurious surroundings made for a very relaxing stay. The hotel facilities were 5* as was the service. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the city. Don’t get put off by the out of town location - in fact this was part of the attraction. The hotel provides a free shuttle into the city and the views from the hotel are amazing. We will definitely return.