What We Love
- The detail is sublime, from Bar Arnau's alabaster fireplace to the contemporary "champagne bubbles" of the inner courtyard
- Lavish Modernist dining room serves Catalan cuisine created by multi-Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui
- Intimate teak roof deck complete with plunge pool, hip music and a light show
What To Know
- A city tax of $1.60 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Occasional tour groups passing through can detract from the peace and quiet
- There’s no gym or spa, but in-room massages can be arranged
- Due to its status as a historical building, standard rooms are rather small
Modernist masterpiece. There’s barely a corner of this richly decorated hotel that doesn’t have a story to tell, from the Catalan greetings engraved in the lobby to the Roman-style mosaics on the marble staircase (an obsession of architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, who designed the hotel in 1900), to the Sala de las Sirenas, named for the mermaids that float around on its walls. When the interior space was revamped by designer Mercè Borrell and architect Carlos Bassó in 2010, they arranged it so you can look up through the breakfast room’s glass roof and see the mermaids’ golden air bubbles floating skyward. The impressive alabaster fireplace in Bar Arnau is where Catalan creatives (Ramon Casas, Antoni Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch, et al.) gathered to discuss their ideas.
Bed and Bath
The rooms feel rather staid compared with the full-blown fantasy of the hotel’s public spaces, playing it safe with a beige and gray palette. Petite but perfectly formed, the smallest are 161 square feet but feel larger thanks to a simple, modern style and views to the street or internal courtyard. Bathrooms are sleek, with oversize vanities and showerheads and luxe Rituals products.
Since the revamp, the public spaces at the España have been embraced by locals, who pop by Bar Arnau for an expertly made whiskey sour or a glass of cava before heading to the opera, or for a taste of Martín Berasategui’s sturdy Catalan food at the Fonda España. Try broad beans with blood sausage, black rice with monkfish, or roast duck with black turnips from the volcanic soil of La Garrotxa. Head to the roof terrace to splash in the plunge pool by day, then dine under the stars on posh tapas such as mushroom and foie gras croquettes and scallop and smoked bacon sandwiches.
How to Get There
Just spent three nights following a meditterean cruise. Hotel is lovely and clean and in a fantastic location in a lane just off La Ramblas ..literally one minutes walk to the vibrant and bustling street. Didn't use the restaurant in the hotel as there was too much choice outside. Staff were polite and helpful. Rooms modern and clean. Would definitely recommend and will go back there
I stayed here one night. The hotel is located just half a block off the Rambla, which depending on your taste could be a plus or a minus. To me the Rambla is to be avoided because it is crowded and very noisy, especially on Friday night so I am not keen on this location. I chose it for its proximity to a place where I had a meeting. The restaurant in this hotel is stunning and the food is quite good, especially for lunch. The hotel staff are efficient and friendly. The room that I had - I think it was called a boutique room with a terrace -was small but adequate for one person for one night. It has no particular design features but it was comfortable. I think it might be too small for 2 people, especially if it were not for the very lovely terrace which was quiet and private. The bathroom was tiny with no place to put anything. The breakfast was nice and served in another beautiful room. If you want be be close to the Rambla and are ok with a small room, this hotel might be for you.
My daughter and i requested a TWIN ROOM in this hotel on arriving we were told a twin room wasn't possible a double room was given at no time did we receive a E-mail, phone call, no contact from the Hotel what so ever to say they could not for fill our request full payment was taken for a room that was not asked for day before arriving!!!! NO RECIEPT WAS OFFERED FOR THIS PAYMENT ,several people on reception said that they would see if we could move us as proof was given that a twin room was asked for the third person we spoke to was a young lady she said that NO move would be given , i thought it would then be my choice to go to another Hotel that could provide us with what we wanted but it seems NO that this Hotel refused to give any money back so the only solution was for me to share a bed with my daughter who has medical problems and didn't bring her full kit with her as she thought she would be sleeping on her own, i feel reception staff LIED to us just to shut us up ,the hotel its self was lovely good position but have arrived home absolutely shattered IT IS MY CHOICE NOT YOURS ESPANA WHAT HOTEL I GO TO IF YOU CANNOT PROVIDE ME WITH WHAT I ASKED FOR !!!!!!!!!
We enjoyed a very nice stay at this hotel. From registration, to directions / recommendations to check-out, the front desk was very courteous and helpful. Our rooms were very comfortable and I LOVED our balcony. We enjoyed a romantic late night snack & drink on the rooftop terrace. I will stay here again when I return to this beautiful city.
Great staff, fantastic food, walking distance to many of Barcelona's featured attractions including Antoni Goudi's Casa Batllo, an absolute must see. The decor, the rooftop Tapas / Bar and the rooms where amazing. Highly recommend this hotel.