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
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
Nestled in the gothic quarter very close to “el born” quarter, the Mercer hotel is ideally located for those wanting to “live” the city and buzzing experience of this unique area.
Very quiet jewel, carefully crafted and decorated using the raw and simple beauty from the gothic times combined with simple and elegant furniture both modern and cosy, a warm color palette integrating light wood, the light color of the big rocks and some curated artworks inspired by Basquiat and Soulage.
A patio surrounded by giant glasses brings light together with nature and plants.
In the patio we had our breakfast al fresco every morning protected from the sun by trees. The Mercer breakfast is as the rest of the hotel: tasty, looking good, generous and very elegant. Pastries, fresh fruits, made on order eggs and other delicacies, a vast choice.
On the rooftop, a quaint terrace with a small swimming pool and bar. Just what’s needed to make you feel one of a kind, in a quiet yet vibrant feel. Low music, good service and excellent mojito
We had the premium suite: fabulous with an enormous private terrace. Generous space and taste everywhere. Very comfy.
The Bouchon : a tapas restaurant of the the Mercer is delicious as well, not highly priced.
Lastly the staff is efficient, warm, helpful, smiling . A delight. Special thanks to Jose Manel and the 3 receptionists we had the pleasure to meet during our stay.
Delightful staff, great atmosphere, fantastic breakfast, lovely terrace;in a word sublime - an oasis of calm in the gothic quarter of a buzzing city. Merits its 5 stars completely would highly recommend.