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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 1392 Reviews
amazing location and facilities
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stayed here 9th Feb 3 nights .Birthday treat for my wife .We both loved it used all the facilities pool .sauna .gym etc .Staff were so friendly and informative nothing fazes them .Used their free shuttle into city every day WHAT A SERVICE . Breakfast first class not cheap !! Had a delicious meal with wine in restaurant again very good food and service Had a very slight hiccup with TV in room which the staff sorted promptly .The manager Abel took note of and had Cava and strawberries in room when we arrived back from city My thanks again to all When i return very soon will be back here not least for the spectacular city and mountain view from hotel and wonderful surroundings

oves as did my wife staff all friendly and very informative used sauna pool gym all great

Spectacular View & Hotel Service
Reviewed 1 week ago

Daughters Birthday treat from Wife with girls in December 2018.
The Hotel is although far from Centre is gloriously located up on a hill overlooking the beautiful Bay into Barcelona. It's a beautiful building with tradition & History.

We were provided with an upgrade which was greatly appreciated, that provided wonderful pan view from the windows overlooking largely pleasant weather outside.

Hotel Staff were brilliant to family at all times.
We used the shuttle service to go visit further into Barcelona, which was a real bonus.
Beds were extremely comfortable & room had excellent amenities.

Breakfast was generous & plentiful.
Hotel is immaculate & kept pristine clean.
We loved the pool to enjoy and soak after walking around Barcelona.

We were lucky going off season to enjoy the place, which would most probably be packed during summer months. Highly recommend the Hotel with a difference in terms of service, location & amenities. Truly 5 Star experience!!
Great birthday celebration enjoyed by the Girls.

As amazing as the views!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotels situation is fabulous, you can see the sunrise, as well as the sunset from there. Well situated on top of the hill, next to an amazing church, which is beautiful. You can see the Pyrenees mountain range on a clear day, as well as the whole city of Barcelona. There is a beautiful fragrance that fills the hotel when you enter, which is most unusual. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially the two concierge from the hotel. Really nice people. Very nice breakfast deliciously laid out, again, with a fabulous view over Barcelona. The hotel is about 8 kms from the city centre, but the shuttle and taxis make the journey easy. It was nice to get out of the hussle and bussle of the city at the end of the day. The lunch menu available,was mainly tapas, nice, but quite expensive, as is the dining room in the evening. There is a pool, and a very nice jacuzzi. Would definitely return.

Pre-wedding visit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Myself, my fiance and our parents stayed here for 2 nights for a pre-wedding trip. From start to finish our overall experience was truly amazing. The hotel is so beautiful and the staff were fantastic and attentive. The rooms are a great size and beautifully decorated. We stayed in a suite with views that took my breath away. The atmosphere throughout the hotel is so peaceful and really helps you unwind. I can't wait to get married here and show my friends and family the place that has become so special to us.

Four Night Stay in Barcelona
Reviewed 1 month ago

I arrived early to check in, but was offered sparkling wine and a tour around the hotel. My room was a deluxe type with balcony on the fourth floor with views of Tibibado Church and also Montserrat and part of the city. The room was clean and spacious but could benefit from some minor refurbishment. Breakfast offered plenty of choice and quality of food and drinks, and in the winter season, there is only one restaurant. The hotel overlooks the city and is very quiet, although it is 5 degrees colder than in Barcelona. There is a free shuttle service that operates three time a day during the winter, so it is convenient for guests. I do recommend that you book the shuttle as there are a limited amount of seats on offer. The best asset of this hotel was its staff. In particular, I would like to thank Alex, Maria, Roger, Sergie and Mariano for making my stay extra special and enjoyable.