H10 Urquinaona Plaza
What We Love
- The rooftop terrace with a plunge pool and bar with stunning views of the city
- Sleek, attractive decor
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Plaza Urquinaona is a busy throughfare, not a postcard-perfect Mediterranean square
- Converted from a 19th-century palace
- Breakfast is served in the basement dining room, and there's a café for light bites throughout the day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Converted from a 19th-century palace, the Hotel Urquinaona is a sleek 80-room boutique that blends such original features as coffered ceilings with bold pops of color and designer furniture. The entrance is as striking as any in the city, with a wrought iron staircase that sweeps up through the atrium and a mustard-yellow banquette where you can take the weight off your feet. The H10 group is one of Spain’s most reliable hotel chains, and by working with GYA Architects, they’ve managed to combine a visual wow factor with the practical aspects of a comfortable stay (welcome drinks on arrival, cookies on pillows and can-do service).
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are intimately lit, and there are innumerable ways to adjust the light level, and plenty of mirrors that open up the space. Dark wood floors contrast with a predominantly white-on-white color scheme that’s broken up with pops of color, such as mustard armchairs. Chunky writing desks, Nespresso machines and luxe bathrooms with hefty square sinks and rain showers come standard. Some rooms are decorated with elaborate, gold-heavy ceiling paintings, and Superior Rooms are equipped with spacious balconies complete with sofas, armchairs and gauzy drapes to shield you from the sun.
On the ground floor there are various nooks and crannies to relax in, from the small lounge furnished with Arne Jacobsen swan chairs to the library, which features sofas, computers and a decorative fireplace. An ample breakfast is served in the basement dining room, and there’s a café for light bites throughout the day. When the sun shines, head up to the pretty rooftop terrace, which is home to a plunge pool, a small gym and a bar.
In the Area
This part of the Eixample puts you within striking distance of the Passeig de Gràcia, the city’s most decadent shopping street, which is lined with flagship stores and designer boutiques. Downhill, toward the sea, is Domènech i Montaner’s eye-boggling Modernisme masterpiece, the Palau de la Musica, a breathtaking concert hall. Pop in for a post-show glass of wine at El Bitxo. Just around the corner from the hotel the emblematic tapas bar Casa Alfonso has been going strong (and has barely changed) since 1934.
How to Get There
Great location, super friendly staff, modern and clean hotel. Would definitely stay here on a return visit to Barcelona. Can’t say enough about this hotel overall, A+++!!!
Rooftop lounge has a great panoramic view of the city, well worth the visit during the summer months. Shout out to Luca at the front desk for the great recommendations and friendly local advice. Grazie mille Luca!
We have just returned from a fabulous family holiday here. This was an excellent base to explore the Gothic, Eixample, Born, Barceloneta and other neighbourhoods in Barcelona centre.
The hotel has a lovely central atrium that some rooms look onto and some rooms look out to the plaza or into the block behind.
Our first impressions were very good and I can honestly say they never really went down! A nice welcome with cranberry juice for the children and Cava for us. We were in a large family room with plenty of space. When we got to the room the children were catered for with pack of chocolate biscuits, some orange juice and a cuddly toy (each), and crayons and an A3 colouring in sheet. I was catered for with a nespresso and a quick call got children’s robes and a kettle on a tray with tea making equipment for The Mrs.
There was some early morning conversation noise from reception and some building vibration from the underground Metro, so the hotel accommodated our request to move and we were very quickly changed from 206 to 406. Two floors higher we didn’t hear any further conversations from the atrium and while the metro vibration was there it was so subtle that we stopped noticing it (to be fair this would probably be the case on lower floors too).
I loved the roof top bar, the children had a play in the plunge pool. There were nice touches like jars of sweets beside the lifts and lots of treats on the central table in the breakfast restaurant.
The service at breakfast was really good too. Including going off menu and asking for spinach, avocado and poached eggs. Which was catered for.
Really can’t recommend the people or the place enough. We had a great time. Thanks.
It is only fair to mention the amazing staff first who throughout our weekend under exceptional circumstances looked after us. We received complimentary cava on my husbands birthday, but that aside all the staff were extremely polite and friendly. Particular mention to Edu the bar tender who was so friendly and the 3 doormen who secured the doors while protesters passed by. We felt very reassured. The superior room had a lovely terrace overlooking the pretty garden from the bar. My only criticism of the room was the strange bathroom arrangement. The shower and toilet were behind a glass door but the sink and mirror were in the bedroom. Me and our friends did not like this. The breakfast was delicious. The hotels location was fantastic and it was just unfortunate that protests were taking place that weekend and passed by but it did not spoil our visit.