4.5
Very Good 1698 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Prime location
  • Colossal rain showers
  • Highly approachable and knowledge concierge staff
  • Bird’s eye views of Barcelona from the rooftop splash pool
  • Numerous open-air spaces, a rarity within city hotels
  • Signature ginger-infused “Banker’s Martini” in the lower level Banker’s Bar

What To Know

  • Hotel opened in late 2009
  • Reservations for the Two Michelin-starred Moments need to be made weeks in advance
  • WiFi costs an additional $20 per day
  • Not all rooms have bathtubs
  • Rooftop pool is only a knee-deep splash pool but lined with plenty of lounge chairs
  • Outdoor Mimosa Garden and rooftop pool open seasonally
  • Gym is small by Mandarin Oriental standards

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

A mid-19th century bank reinvented as a luxury hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona pushes the envelope on style and design in the heart of Barcelona’s main street, the Passeig de Gràcia. Blending minimalism, modernism, and elegance, the hotel reveals the bold vision of designer Patricia Urquiola, who elevates Barcelona’s “edgy and arty” factor to yet another level.

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The common areas have bags of swagger, from the entrance – a catwalk-style bridge across the open space of a glass-enclosed atrium – to the duo of lap and splash pools (one in the basement, one on the roof) and the original safe deposit boxes adorning the walls of the Banker’s Bar, a nod to the building’s past.

Co-headlining Barcelona’s citywide foodie revolution, Two Michelin-starred restaurant Moments is one of the hottest tables in town, often stealing the limelight from the hotel’s more casual restaurant, BistrEau.

Outside on Passeig de Gràcia lie great boutiques, ethnic restaurants, and iconic sights. Unlike the establishments on ultra-touristy Las Ramblas, these are boutiques, tascas, and vinotecas patronized by locals, where Catalan and Spanish are, refreshingly, heard more often than English. Not that it’s a bad location for tourists – two of Antoni Gaudí’s most globally revered works, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, stand in plain view from the hotel entrance. Indeed, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona offers that rare surreality of having the best of the city at your doorstep. In addition to being style conscious and design-driven, it’s evident that the masterminds behind this hotel were all about “location, location, location”. Thankfully, they’ve come up with something to suit everyone.

How to Get There

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Passeig De Gracia, 38-40
Barcelona, 08007 Spain

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1698 Reviews
Some service hiccups
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very pretty hotel with a great location. But there were several service failures that were disappointing given what I expect from the brand. Several instances of a complete lack of service at the breakfast restaurant and bar. Part of my willingness to pay the M.O. price is for the service, so when that’s lacking it reduces the value if the hotel quite a bit.

Disappointing MO Hotel in Barcelona
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having stayed at many MO hotels in Asia, my husband and I had high expectations for our first MO experience in Europe. We stayed for 3 nights (6th-9th June) as part of our honeymoon trip. I am afraid to say it comes with lots of disappointments. I will start with the good first. The location is great. The decor is modern and the room comes in good size. We ate on the roof terrace (Terrat) and had a drink in the Banker's Bar as well as the fitness facilities/spa. The food and service were great. The main issues as follows: Check-in: We booked through the MO website for an anniversary package which includes breakfast, free drinks etc. The staff at the check seemed to be unfamiliar with the details and asked us if we want a free breakfast (MO member benefit). She then need to double check with the colleague and only clarified the package details when we asked. Laundry: Nightmare. We gave 3 clothing items to the housekeeping team for laundry and pressing on a Friday morning (face-to-face). According to the standard service, the item should be ready after 6:00 p.m. on the same day. We rang the housekeeping service on Saturday morning and was promised the items would be brought up to us asap. We then went out in the day, came back in the evening and still the items were nowhere to be seen. After 3 more phone calls in the late evening, the items finally came back to us after 10:00 p.m. Saturday. Concierge: I expected the concierge service to be top notched after many great experience in MO hotels. I felt the concierge service is somewhat lacking as it needs constant reminding. My husband and I wanted to make a restaurant reservation for a Japanese restaurant which only takes phone reservation. We went down to the concierge on the Friday and gave the staff our details.The staff made the call to the restaurant straightaway (in front of us) and was told the reservation could only be done on-line now. The staff couldn't find the details on its website but told us to leave this with her team. (The dinner reservation is for end of June). We passed by the concierge a few times after during our stay, we checked with them and there was no update. The concierge even told me on the day we checked out that her team would contact me via email once the reservation is made. And now it has been 4 days since we checked out and I still heard nothing (the restaurant does close on Sun and Mon). Overall I am disappointed with the service MO Barcelona provides.

Superb property
Reviewed 1 week ago

The MO Barcelona is just superb. While the entrance is not as grand as others and the lobby itself quite a let down, the smell in the house, the helpfulness of the staff, the great style of the well-appointed rooms and bathrooms and the awesome breakfast well compensate for the discreet entrance on Paseig de Gracia.
The service throughout and everywhere in the property (maybe with the exception of Terrat, the bar upstairs) is flawless, caring and quick.
The room is not huge (it is Europe) but well appointed enough that we never felt on top of each other. Bathroom was awesome (except the vent in the restroom) with great water pressure and awesome roomy shower.
We tried the spa, which was great too, not exceptional but great, meeting expectations. The pool is on the very small side.
The only let down was the Terrat bar upstairs, which allows cigar smokers (not only cigarettes as expected for an outdoor space, but also cigars) and the advertised dipping pool which is no more than an ornamental water basin for decoration, Nobody in their right mind would enter or put their feet in this.
Now a strong advice for anyone staying there, ask for the complete tour of the facilities or know in advance that there are 3 bars in the hotel (I unfortunately only discovered this after my stay as the lazy front desk staff who I thought was very friendly and caring did not bother mentioning it nor showing them to us during the tour): Terrat as mentioned above on top of the hotel, a Banks bar and a Mimosa Garden. I would have loved experiencing them but unfortunately did not know about it...

Very average
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'll start by saying the good: All the staff are very professional, polite, and eager to please

The bad: This hotel is not up to 5 star standard. Especially in the rooms you can tell that they have not used high quality materials (in the shower for example). Having stayed at 4 other Mandarin Oriental properties before (London, Tokyo, New York, Milan) I had high expectations and these were not met. Even in the bar one of the walls is covered with a very touristy map of Barcelona, which just looks cheap. Finally I don't understand how they decided to close the garden for renovations in May, rather than in the autumn or winter.

It is the most expensive hotel in Barcelona but it feels cheap inside.

Absolutely perfect!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first time in Barcelona and my first solo holiday - The MO was like a one away from home. Super friendly and highly professional staff made me feel so welcome. Blanc was the perfect place for me to work and relax. The Spa was amazing - had two beautiful treatments, which were perfect. So happy with my stay - I hope one day to return. Thank you.