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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

I love this hotel!
amandakeane64

My husband and I have just returned from a short break at the Gran Florida. We have stayed at this hotel many times and it feels like I am returning home to family. A wonderful relaxing stay, beautiful views of Barcelona. The quality of the food is good and more importantly the staff are welcoming and ensure your stay is perfect. I would highly recommend this hotel and can’t wait to go back.

Stunning views and service
lerato s

The drive up to the hotel is fantastic with incredible views of the city below and the hotel perched at the top of the mountain. We were greeted by friendly staff and a glass of Cava. Both our rooms were great and the facilities super.
You won't go wrong with the breakfast, whether you order in or go down for the buffet.
My only suggestion would be that they toss out the worn towels and gowns with holes.
It may not be convenient in terms of access to the city but very much worth a stay.
The setting is straight out of a fairytale and made our honeymoon all that more magical.

A magical one of a kind setting
ElizabethLondon1992

This hotel is really unlike any other. Its setting up on the mountain gives breath taking views of the city below. The style and decor is 1920s meets Gothica and it truly is unique. Pool is excellent, spa great & staff wonderful. The food and drink is priced reasonably and the breakfast is a good mix of spanish traditional and continental dishes. The warm and welcoming feel
of this hotel makes it perfect for a total unwind break, a place
to get away, disconnect and be inspired. Its wonderful