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 three nights at the beginning of our honeymoon. The property is beautiful and in a great location in the gothic quarter. Staff were exceptionally helpful and courteous. We ate at the tapas bar our first night, which was excellent.
This was our first time in Barcelona and we're so glad we chose to stay at the Mercer Hotel. The hotel is situatated perfectly in the Gotic center and easy to walk to all the great restaurants and shops. The staff at the hotel were amazing and very helpful with suggestions and advise during our stay. The room was wonderful as well and everything was perfect and clean as expected. Highly recommend it and we will be back again.
We can not recommend the Mercer Hotel more highly, the property is well located, has great services, but of most significance was the friendliness, high service offering and exceptional staff. Everybody was empowered and sought to provide each guest with a personalised and exceptional experience.