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
4 day sweet stay at Mercer is the heart of the Gothic Quarter of BCN. Walking distance to everything you want to do while there. Check out the Born neighborhood and other surrounding areas soo though. Follow the signs for the history of mid evil BCN info!
We stayed at this beautiful hotel - conveniently located in the heart of the atmospheric Gothic Quarter - for 5 nights. From the moment we arrived the door and reception staff were welcoming, helpful and extremely charming. Our room, overlooking a central courtyard, was quiet and tranquil, pale walls and painted beams of the original building contrasting with all the contemporary, personal touches associated with a top class boutique hotel. (After asking for fresh milk for our tea on day one, this appeared in our fridge each day thereafter). The breakfasts, served in an intimate restaurant space, were delicious - small culinary works of art on a plate, beautifully presented and served by attentive waiting staff. We also ate at La Bouchon, the hotel's tapas bar, which offered a good selection of wines and small plates in an informal atmosphere at very fair prices. I simply cannot praise the staff highly enough for their courteous service. We were greeted personally, by name, each day. The concierge service was second to none with helpful tailored recommendations for itineraries and dining out. Special thanks go to Silvina who welcomed us with glasses of cava, gave us a short tour of the hotel - including the delightful roof terrace - engaged us in conversation about art, architecture and fashion, and greeted us like old friends whenever she was on duty. This is a very special hotel in a wonderful city. We can't wait to visit again.
I stayed 3 nights in the Mercer. The location is bang in the middle of the Gotic quarter and is ideal for exploring Barcelona. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I would rate the service excellent. One minor point is that the Wifi in the rooms is not very strong/stable. They should make an investment in improving that. But as soon as I complained about it a separate dongle was arranged for me that I could use for the rest of my stay.
I can't say enough about how much I loved this hotel: it's location, it's amazing architecture and design, and above all, it's superlative staff, which were absolutely one-of-a-kind and on a level I've never experienced. It's location in the Barri Gotic just adds to the magic. Our room was a blend of ancient and sleek, as was the entire hotel. Breakfast in the courtyard was unforgettable - breakfast! It's a special, special place in my favorite city in the world and I can't wait to return.
Excellent location, food was delicious and extremely comfortable bed with modern spacious room but still keeping the integrity of the building. The staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.