Mercer Hotel Barcelona
What We Love
- Artworks by Augustí Puig, whose real-life studio was Javier Bardem’s workplace in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona
- Atmospheric dining room in a meticulously restored Roman defense tower
- Delightful service that makes you feel like an old friend rather than a nameless guest
What To Know
- Narrow pedestrian streets mean it’s quiet, but the closest cab stand is a couple of blocks away
- Best suited to couples and design-loving travel buddies
- Free WiFi
Built into the ancient Roman walls that once enclosed Barcelona, the Mercer oozes history. Medieval columns and restored frescoes have been brought up to date by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo’s clever streamlining of old and new. A soft, creamy palette brings together styles spanning several centuries, and the glass courtyard, Scandinavian furniture and pale wood floors create a contemporary vibe.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are spacious, and the beds are supersize too. Although sleekly minimal in style, each of the 28 rooms has its own special feature, such as Catalan vigas (bow-beamed ceilings), exposed brickwork, a private terrace or a two-person bathtub. Luxe detailing abounds, from the touch-sensitive Finnish beechwood bedside lamps and deep-pile rugs to the Loewe products in the minimalist bathrooms.
The hotel may not have a spa or a fancy gym, but it knows how to wine and dine you. The Mercer Restaurant, helmed by Xavier Lahuerta, is decorated with medieval frescoes and serves innovative Mediterranean cuisine and an impressive tasting menu. For lighter bites head to Le Bouchon for tapas plates. Locals pop by for an Old Fashioned in the sultry cocktail lounge, but the best place to appreciate Barcelona’s good looks is with a glass of bubbly by the plunge pool on the rooftop terrace.
How to Get There
We stayed here for a long weekend and fell in love with the place. The building is unique, a perfect balance between cosy and stylish, with a nice inner courtyard and an amazing rooftop terrace (where we enjoyed some delicious drinks and snacks). The room was beautiful, very comfortable bed and amazing shower. You can feel that the staff pays a lot of attention to details.
The breakfast was delicious, with just the right choice of things and served in the beautiful courtyard. But what really made our stay so perfect was the staff. We received a very warm welcome, and throughout our days at Mercer everyone of the staff went out of their way to help us. We really felt spoiled by all of them and wish to send them again our thanks for all their help. We hope to be back some day soon!
We celebrated our 20th year wedding anniversary in Barcelona and decided to treat ourselves by staying at the Mercer in the Gothic quarter. Firstly, the location of this hotel was ideal....in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, minutes from the Born quarter and 15 mins walk to Barcelonetta...the beach. Secondly, the service at this boutique hotel was impeccable....attentive but not overbearing. Since the hotel doesn't have a lot of rooms, we felt at times that we had the hotel all to ourselves...it was so nice and relaxing. The rooms were so quiet...the beds super comfortable that we had such great sleeps during our 5 night stay. The drinks at the Pool Bar were fantastic - Thanks Paola! Thanks to the whole team at the Mercer. We hope we can return someday soon.
The Mercer Hotel is pure luxury! Our room was huge and super quiet. We slept great! It's the details that matter and the Mercer nailed them. Super friendly and helpful staff too. The concierge helped us arrange tickets and had amazing food recommendations. Would definiely stay here again.
Great hotel, very friendly staff - they went out of their way to assist us and make us feel welcome. Very comfortable rooms. Great showers. Close to most major sites in Barsalona. You can walk to most places.
Well located and attractive accommodations. Great staff. Due to narrow streets some taxis won’t or can’t drive directly to the hotel. Ask them before you get in. This is not an issue when you want to leave from the hotel. The staff will call taxis that drive directly to it.
The breakfast is ridiculously overpriced for the buffet and ala carte.