Soho House Barcelona
What We Love
- Its close proximity to the Gothic Quarter
- Cookie jars in all the rooms, refilled daily
- The “Barcelona signature” treatment at the Cowshed Spa
- Port Vell panoramas from the rooftop pool
What To Know
- There’s a 36-seat theater onsite
- The hotel enforces a strict no-photo policy
- Small and Medium Corner rooms face lively Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli
- The house kitchen turns out an all-day tapas menu
The Soho House brand has long thrived for its ability to adapt to its specific city, while also retaining its unmistakable mission—to create a comfortable home away from home for the cosmopolitan creative class. In Barcelona, its maiden Spanish venture has achieved all this and more. Housed in a 19th-century compound, centered by a striking glass atrium, the hotel’s Juliet balconies (which afford views of Gaudi’s spires), gothic chandeliers, and Spanish tiles are a tribute to its Catalan host—even while hallmark elements like the armada of striped chairs that typically line the signature rooftop pool and charming selection of early 20th-century furniture remain. The 57 bedrooms span the size spectrum, though even the smallest, at a petite 260 square feet, manage to make room for memorable perks such as walk-in rain showers, vintage radios, and fluffy Frette bathrobes. Add a decadent spa and a ground-floor outpost of Cecconi’s, a contemporary Italian gem known for hearty Venetian cuisine, and you’ve got all the trappings for a first-class stay.
In the Area
The hotel is a short stroll from Las Ramblas (and the Drassanes metro stop), Barcelona’s most famous pedestrian boulevard that’s bursting at the seams with souvenir vendors, buskers, and street artists. If you’re seeking a quieter spot, there’s the underrated Gaudi landmark, Palau Guell, a medieval residence built for an industrial tycoon and one of the storied architect’s first pieces of work. A ten-minute walk will bring you to the gargoyles of La Catedral in the nucleus of the Gothic Quarter—for one of the best bird’s-eye views of the vibrant city, head to its roof and tower. And for an irreverent take on tapas, there’s Bar Cañete, a family-run establishment that specializes in rare cuts of Iberico pork.
How to Get There
I will start this review at the end: Soho House Barcelona is superbly appointed, quirkily curated, lavishly attuned to guests’ needs, a marvelous physical property. The rooftop bar was fun and edgy, the club cool and sacrosanct, the rooms deliciously sexy, comfy, homey and real. We loved it all, especially George the house manager who was passionate, warm, insightful and genuine.
We chose this hotel for our honeymoon because I am a design hound; I loved the idea of a private club-cum-hotel full of interesting furniture and fabrics, and don’t get me started on the wallpapers. So we got what we expected in the way of interiors and design. But what we didn’t get was a feeling of being truly welcome at the club by the actual club members, who are mostly in the 27-32 range. Only one club member spoke to us, a warm Irish lad. Others clustered around their phones and laptops...oddly devoid of true warmth and presence. The energy was rather dreary.
I loved Soho House and would consider becoming a member, if they take members in the 50 plus age group, I love the idea of a club centered around the creative industries. But as a hotel it needs to integrate members with hotel guests. There was an odd disconnect there.
Also, our corner room was splendid except the bathroom was so dark we could not see. Lighting needs to bow to function as well as form.
You know what to expect from a Soho House property. It is consistent and you either love it or leave it.
We love the vibe here. It’s always nice to have a drink at the rooftop of this one. The bar menu is also pretty good.
This is exactly the type of hotel we love with a very unique look, attached to trendy rooftop & restaurant (Cecconi's), with a very casual vibe. Parts of it reminded us of Les Bains in Paris which we also loved.
If you're going to the pool, get up there early. I was the first person there on Friday morning at 8am, and within 15 minutes half of the spots were taken. Pool service is a bit slow, but the food & drinks are great.
Location is great for those that like to walk around cities, close to Gothic Quarter, Plaza Real and many other spots.