4.5
Very Good 1557 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 1557 Reviews
Wonderful stay but.......
Reviewed 18 hours ago

Let me begin with the pluses. Location is great, right in center of city. Hotel is beautiful and immaculate with an exceptional staff. There is a small but adequate rooftop pool with only a handful of chaise lounges. There is also an indoor pool and pretty good gym. The buffet breakfast which was included with the room(courtesy of amex) was also great. We had drinks at the Bankers Bar each night and the waiters and waitress were the best. There was even a 19 year old intern waiter who was like a seasoned 20 year veteran. Now some negatives. We had 3rooms and none were ready when we arrived( we did get there very early). 1 room was finally ready around 1:00 and the other 2rooms not until 3:00. The rooms were very small ( don’t know if all rooms in Barcelona are small) and the views were of an ugly interior courtyard. They did have great toiletries and plasma televisions plus great housekeeping with nightly turn down service. The last negative is the nightly rate of almost 750 euro=$900. There are lots of hotels in Barcelona so I would compare prices and if there is a general trend toward inflated prices in July and August I would seriously consider MO. If not, you might want to consider somewhere else.

Excellent Michelin Restaurant and Good Service
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed for four nights in a deluxe room with balcony. The rooms are a bit more tried than when we stayed three years ago and the bathrooms seems a bit dark and old in design. However everthing was working and clean.

They did provide a welcome amenity in terms of some cookies, but no fresh fruits that we would have prefered.

The dining options are very good and especially Moments make it worth travelling here just to eat. Superb cooking and very good service - two Michelin stars are well deserved. Also Terrat on the rooftop was very accomplished with very good ceviche and other Nikkei spescialities. Blanche is more ordinary but still ok and serve a little above average breakfast.

The pool is unfortunately a joke - only 60cm deep so not at all a swimming pool.

But service is good and especially the concierge and Reception staff are very good.

We will definately be back again, but hopefully they will do a bit of remodeling in the rooms and consider a proper pool.

THE place to stay in Barcelona
Reviewed 4 days ago

We loved the Mandarin Oriental. We booked a Studio Suite through Amex Platinum card and we were upgraded upon arrival to a larger suite. We loved the location of the hotel being in the center of all the best shopping and sights. Gaudi's Casa Batilo is across the street. The service level was what one would expect from a hotel of this caliber. The rooms we well appointed and luxurious on all accounts. We loved the roof top bar and restaurant. We enjoyed the roof top every day. You can hang at the pool or go up for sunset cocktails. I was struggling on whether to stay near the water or in town and I am so happy that we selected to be in town. I think it is too touristy near the water and for us we enjoyed being in the heart of the city.

Excellent location and superb concerige service
Reviewed 4 days ago

The facility is what you would have expected in a five star luxury hotel and its location is superior as it is close to many scenic spots. What makes the hotel stand out is their excellent concierge team. They are all very friendly, enthusiastic, patient and helpful. The concierges are happy to answer all our questions, discuss itineraries, and catered for all our needs extremely efficiently. We are particularly impressed by Daniel Resende.We were caught up in a very unusual situation when all the taxis in Barcelona were engaged due to a popular concert in town and we were late for a theatre booking. Daniel in his tuxedo suit ran down the street in full speed to find a taxi for us. His dedication is very much appreciated and it is this kind of concerige service that is the soul to hotel hospitality.

My mother’s purse stolen at breakfast
Reviewed 6 days ago

The hotel is fine but definitely not to come back. Management should be wary of staff as I cannot understand how my mother’s purse was stolen at breakfast in this five star hotel and staff did not catch them at cameras?
They did not call the police and did not offer compensation.