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
The location, staff and beautiful simplicity of this hotel made our 7 day stay perfect! Every amenity is available. The towels are big and fluffy (always a true test of a good hotel). My only wish would be to stay again some day.
We came in the middle of the night with a baby so after a long trip, we were really looking forward to relax. Easy facilitated and straight forwarded check in procedures made our arrival easy.
Now for the specifics!
Food at the hotel: excellent breakfast menu. Personally I never order breakfast on hotel because I find the traditional morning buffets lame so it was delightful to have a proper breakfast disguised in gourmet plate served by a staff who apparently spoke more languages total than I could count .
Personel: absolutely amazing portfolio of staff. My kid was so happy playing around with the staff who showed no shortage of enthusiasm.
Staff was also very helpful and flexible when we asked for a suite because my wife conplained over my constant walking out for a cigarette. And this was in the very busy season.
Standard: bed and linen very good quality something I value as much skin is sensitive. Clean up of room very discreet and attentive. Exceptional cleanliness
Misc: great and homely atmosphere whilst giving a truly enriching and classic appearance.
Overally perfect place for a bcn getaway. location is very central whilst not being bothered by the very busy nightlife of barcelona. People are the greatest asset and the staff really made some nice recommendations to everything we wanted to inquire about cant thank u guys enough.
Exceptional service, food, facility, and location. Cant be beat! Staff went out of their way to make an exceptional experience. Only regret was that we could not stay longer, this is a quiet oasis in the middle of Barcelona