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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 1432 Reviews
Restful
Nightlifeseekers

Had a great time - yes you are out of the city but you are up the mountain, quiet with clean cool air, the hotel bus service isn't great but (mainly full) but you can take the public bus, funicular railway and tube (all part of the experience) Pools are great, a G&T will set you back about 18 Euro, staff are good, room was clean and had what we needed, social areas are charming and comfortable. Breakfast was fault less. Great time had!.

Good Hotel but Very Expensive Food
SomeVisitor11

The hotel has some very nice views of Barcelona, as it's situated at the top of the Tibidabo area. Views are stunning, and the hotel has a nice swimming pool area.

However, be warned: The big disadvantage of this hotel is that the pool bar and the hotel's restaurant are both *very* expensive. We are talking prices like €20 for a hamburger, or €28 just for breakfast. The fact that there are no other hotels or restaurants in the area means that you are stuck with only this option: the very unbelievably expensive dining offered at the hotel. As for us, we paid around €100 per person per day just to eat!

Disappointing
JCWSmith

We visited GHLF as a family to celebrate my 50th birthday. The promised shuttle into town was always full, luckily there was a public bus available as it was a public holiday otherwise we would have spent a fortune travelling into central Barcelona. There is nothing to do around the hotel except visit Tibidabo, which our children loved but which is very expensive.

The pool was very cold, despite claims it was heated, the seating area around was dark and neglected. The sauna was shabby and the jacuzzi always filled to the brim with guests unable to swim in the pool.

Service was friendly, breakfasts were good. The family room was fine with a comfortable mattress. Generally the hotel felt unloved and not up to 5-star standard