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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 1323 Reviews
Top notch hotel. Will be back 100%
Reviewed 1 week ago

Top notch location, service and views. This hotel is on top of the hills overlooking Barcelona. The outdoors area with the stainless steel pool has views to Barcelona as well. The staff is top notch at all levels. I will definitely come back here again

Disappointing!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the 'Love Actually' package to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary which included a one night stay, welcome drink, dinner and breakfast for 530 €. It was a Sunday which maybe made a difference but there was no welcome drink, in fact beyond a normal check-in procedure, no welcome at all. My wife who had arrived before me was not shown to her room but just given the keys, she took the brunch menu (30€+) but had to pay extra for the coffee (a bit penny pinching). The package which clearly stated dinner in their Barcalonas restaurant was closed but we were shown to the terrace which was very nice but the 'Tasting Menu' included in out package was awful. Mozzarella sprinkled with chopped roated vegtables, followed by a piece of tuna that was overcooked and so dry we had one mouthful each, but the 120g (bit small) rib-eye steak, roasted baby potatoes and 3 slices of mushroom was tasty and good, then a choice of desserts from their menu. Frankly, a really unimaginative menu and certainly not worth the money.
Breakfast is good and can be enjoyed on the terrace and the food and beverage staff were all very pleasant.
Check-out on the Monday morning, was full of apologies and there was no hesitation to take another 87€ for justifiable extras. Really wasn't looking for compemsation but maybe take a few euros off the outstanding balance or give us the bottle of Cava that was next to the desk for 'Welcome Drinks' .... yet again, a lack of thought.
There is no question that this hotel's location is excellent with great views of the city but without that I think this hotel would struggle (if it isn't already).
It's a bit tired (room furniture a bit battered and some stains on cushions), living on a luxurious past and there are much better 5-Star hotels in the city that offer better value for money. What a shame.

Still a personal favorite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE have been staying at this hotel since shortly after it opened back in 2003. We recently revisited and overall our impressions have been very positive. On previous visits, we were not very impressed with the breakfast buffet nor with the gastronomic restaurant. However, this year, the hotel has clearly upgraded their kitchen staff and taken into account past criticisms. The gourmet restaurant was excellent, the quality of foods top notch, and the service very good. Engaging if you wanted to engage, and leaving you alone if you wanted a quiet private dinner. Also, breakfast and the poolside food has been much improved. Really very good quality and absolutely no complaints. My compliments to the management for these improvements. The physical property is first class and certainly a go-to destination. You want your guests to come all the way to the top of Tibidabo with its spectacular views, and then stay and enjoy the facilities. We will definitely be back again. En hora buena!

Amazing
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely stunning hotel located in the hills overlooking Barcelona. Staff were great - friendly and helpful.
The views were amazing.
The room was of a very high standard and would highly recommend. Hopefully will be back again soon.

WOW!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is by far one of the most unique hotels I have been to. Situated high up on the mountain, you get them ost majestic views of Barcelona, the sea and the surrounding mountains. Definitely a must visit