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
Beautiful setting and absolutely brilliant staff. Welcomed with a glass of Champagne on arrival from the incredible staff and then checked into our beautiful room. Rooftop bar was another highlight as was the service by Sam the bartender and his signature cocktail. Very memorable experience
As well described in the TA reviews, the Mercer Hotel indeed has some very fine qualities. We particularly liked the location in the Gothic section, as well as the very creative blend of Roman, Gothic, and contemporary design and construction. The common areas of the hotel are truly stunning.
The location of the hotel in the ancient Gothic section is a definite major plus, but many of very narrow streets around the Mercer are blocked to vehicles. While a taxi driver who knows the correct path can come directly to the front door. But without specific instructions, taxis often discharge passengers several blocks from the hotel. A simple solution would be to prominently include specific instructions with room confirmations for arriving guest to provide taxi drivers. It would also be handy to have a small preprinted card in each guestroom with clear instructions for guests returning to the hotel during their stay to provide to taxi drivers during the stay.
A significant flaw for us was our $935/day Junior Suite was dark, actually cave-like. There are other complaints on TA reviews about the Mercer’s dark rooms with management responding that they can bring in additional lights upon request, so I also made this request. This was a clumsy solution given that the entire suite was short on receptacles. Placing a single extra floor lamp (so we could see the cloths in our closet) required stringing a cord across the floor.
Some recessed puck lights in the ceiling and/or a couple of sconce lights, plus a couple of puck lights in the closet, would greatly improve the ambiance of the suite. Also dark awnings block a large part of the natural lighting that would otherwise come through the windows. The awnings need to be retracted or a lighter, translucent fabric used.
Ending on a positive note, we agree with the many TA reviews mentioning the courteous, helpful, and friendly staff. Our interactions with the reception staff, the two concierge, the bartender (Carmen) were all very positive. Now, let there be light.
I rate the Mercer a 4 out of 5, with a 5 easily attainable with some added lighting in the guest rooms.
We stayed at the Mercer Hotel for 8 days and had great service throughout our stay. The hotel is a great location - walking distance to most things. The breakfast was one of the best we’ve ever had. I’d stay here again
This place was perfect for celebrating our 25th. The staff was impeccable and anticipated our every need. The concierge services were exceptional. Each restaurant recommendation exceeded our expectations. From the lovely arrival amenity to the champagne toast on our actual Anniversay, I could not ask for anything more. It was truly the most romantic getaway!
We come again to the Hotel Mercer in Barcelona!!We enjoyed the great atmosphere in the hotel.The staff in the hotel was very helpful and very friendly.The location of the hotel is very central and many can be reached on foot.