What We Love
- Central location in the Gothic Quarter, a neighborhood rich with historical and architectural treasures
- Surrounded by walkable streets and alleys for aimless wandering and discovery
- The courtyard featured in the Woody Allen movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona
What To Know
- Light sleepers, beware of rooms overlooking busy Felipe Neri Square
- A taxi stand is conveniently located at nearby Saint James Square (the municipal square), and metro stations are a five-minute walk from the hotel
- The hotel’s private car service drops guests at the front door
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Two buildings, a medieval palace and an 18th-century stone house, have been restored to create 22 luxe guestrooms and suites on three levels. The neoclassical façade, coupled with stone and exposed brick interior walls, evokes a sense of Barcelona as it was centuries ago. Interiors by Cristina Gabás showcase antique furnishings, chandeliers and gilded mirrors mixed with contemporary paintings and sculptures.
Bed and Bath
You don’t expect to find such spacious, opulent and sensuous rooms in this medieval setting. Minimalist style is complemented by whimsical flourishes, including beads dangling across the frames of guestroom windows that actually open. Each room is unique in decor: The themes, palettes and murals hung above the beds all vary by floor and there’s a bed linen and pillow selection as well as a massage menu in every room. Natural quartzite floor and wall tiles (said to dispel negative energy) in the bathroom are accented by shiny Arne Jacobsen fittings over large double sinks. Bathrooms have windows, infrared heat lamps and products from Greek brand Korres.
The focal point of the 35-seat Neri Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is a dramatic medieval arched stone wall separating the bar from the dining area. The restaurant’s seasonal menu, created by chef Benito Iranzo, features fresh seafood and other local ingredients, many of which come from the nearby Boqueria Market. Weather permitting, drinks and meals are served alfresco in the courtyard behind the hotel. Roba Estesa, an inviting rooftop bar and garden with deck chairs and two hammocks, tempts visitors to catch a bit of sun, soak in the panoramic rooftop views or enjoy tapas and drinks at sunset. Indoors, the cozy library, with its metal mesh curtains, velvet sofas, and iron armchairs, is perfect for reading, relaxing or sipping a glass of cava.
In the Area
Rooms at the rear overlook the Plaça de San Felipe Neri, arguably one of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona. An octagonal stone fountain and huge tipuana trees adorn the intimate space. The Baroque San Felipe Neri church, once frequented by Antoni Gaudí, sits along the historical square. And the quirky Museu del Calcat, a shoe museum, is located in a Renaissance building next door. Head farther afield into the heart of the Gothic Quarter, where every turn through the labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and winding alleys uncovers a small shop, artisan studio, bar or restaurant, as well as a changing cast of street performers. It’s a short walk to the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (the main Gothic church in Barcelona), La Rambla and the Boqueria Market (a mecca for food enthusiasts).
How to Get There
This is a fun hotel with nice rooms, thick walls and friendly reception/management staff. The food was OK, but not special and the restaurant staff were fine, but not exceptional.
Being situated in the middle of the Gothic area is convenient for sightseeing, although taxis cannot always reach it due to the narrow streets and some being closed. We would happily stay there again.
Awesome location. Walking distance to everything. If you have American Express Platinum card this is the best luxurious hotel you can stay at. The rooms are great and the staff is very friendly. 5 stars all around.
We actually stayed June 2018 (forgot to post review). The desk staff were super nice and helpful. There were cookies available in the lobby that were delicious. Room was fantastic, loved the bathroom and bath items provided (smelled amazing). Breakfast, oh my goodness, loved it. Everything is so fresh. There is a rooftop area that looked great as well although we didn’t take advantage of it. I would definitely stay here again.
No doorman on weekends. Musty smell inside. Bartender did not speak English, and did not know what Bourbon is. Saturday concierge would not assist us in making a dinner reservation. Waiters paid no attention to someone waiting for breakfast. Power plugs inconveniently located near floor instead of next to beds. On arrival taxi could not drive up to hotel because street was too narrow.
Ther Sewer smell throughtout the hotel made the stay a not so good experience. We cannot give enough praise to Juste & Juaquin. They went over & above what anyone could want to make our trip as nice as possible.Because we are getting our 1stnight refunded, it shows you are an honorable organization. The atmoshhere of the hotel would be wonderful but for the sewer problem