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 Mercer is located in the midst of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, and is build around Roman ruins. Lovely facility, small hotel, staff are outstanding. Concierge set up great personal tours. Definitely plan to have breakfast at the Mercer. Bar, Tapas room and main restaurant are first class. This hotel really made our trip.
What. Wonderful hotel. The location was perfect. I loved being right in the middle of the oldest part of town. Just gorgeous. The staff is extremely helpful and the concierge team is TOPS! Breakfast in the garden was a fabulous start to the day! It was absolutely delicious. Drinks before dinner in the bar is also a must! Lunch on the rooftop terrace was also a nice way to unwind after a morning at the Picasso Museum. Loved this hotel!!
The Mercer Hotel is stunning. It is intimate with a history unmatched in our other stays in Barcelona. We loved the property, neighborhood, and team at the hotel. This has become our first choice whenever we go to Barcelona. There is simply nothing like it and we feel lucky to have found the Mercer.
An oasis of quiet and tranquility in a beautifully restored building in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter with attentive and friendly staff, surrounded by the action of one of the buzziest cities on Europe.
This is truly a 5 star boutique hotel. Quality was evident everywhere, from the glass of cava at check-in to the turn down service at night, to the beautiful furnishings & fabrics, to the (free) mini bar in the room. The breakfast is worth getting - and the rooftop bar is adorablely Private (only for guests of the hotel, and there are <30 rooms. Did you know this hotel is built into the Roman Wall surrounding Barcelona? This respect for history is immediately evident in its rooms, with their clean Scandinavian design.Finally, the hotel location in the Gothic Quarter is just perfect. We were able to walk everywhere. However, if you don’t like walking, the hotel will order a taxi for you.