What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Boutique
- Proper in-room bars stocked with half-bottles of Ruinart champagne, Belvedere vodka and locally distilled Gin Mare
- Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascon is at the helm of the grill restaurant for steaks and seafood
- Toiletries and scented candles by cool brand Malin + Goetz
- Close to Barceloneta Beach
What To Know
- All guestrooms feature a balcony overlooking the city or the sea
- The Passeig de Colon is a busy thoroughfare, but the rooms are superbly soundproofed
- Opened January 19, 2015
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night (for a maximum of seven nights), will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On the site of Picasso’s first studio, the Serras is a sleek new retreat on the palm tree–lined Passeig de Colon. We popped in for a sneak peak before it opened, on January 19, 2015, and can report that the 18th-century townhouse has been transformed into a modern interpretation of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau heritage. Designer Eva Martínez has reworked traditional hydraulic tiles using black and white motifs, introduced modernisme design flourishes and injected a little Art Deco glamour into the lobby. The 30 guestrooms feature luxe details like rowboat bath tubs by Italian designer Rexa, rain showers inset with soft lighting by Hansgrohe (in the Junior Suites), and Hypnos beds, which were voted the most comfortable in the world in 2014. The place brims with history, too. The façade was created by Francesc Daniel Molina, who designed the iconic Plaça Reial; from the front you can enjoy expansive views of the port, while the back overlooks medieval streets and gargoyles. The rooftop, where Picasso was believed to have painted Ciencia y Caridad, is now a wooden deck with a plunge pool, olive trees and sensational port views. It’s a heavenly spot for a serene breakfast, lunch or dinner, though the buzz is all around Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascon’s new venture in the lobby, which serves updated Catalan sharing plates from his restaurant near the Costa Brava. Bar Le Nine, on the mezzanine above reception, takes its cue from London’s Belgraves Hotel and promises to segue neatly from a relaxed nook for midmorning coffee to a lively late night hub for cocktails and DJs.
In the Area
Across the road in the swank Port Vell, the floating shopping center Maremagnum is a good place to stock up on Spanish fashion labels. Snag a spot on the terrace overlooking the boats at El Marítim for a paella cooked over wood. A quick stroll up the hill will take you to Bar Zim, a tiny hole in the wall where you can sip 12 exceptional Spanish wines by the glass paired with organic charcuterie and farmhouse cheeses. It would be churlish not to visit the Plaça Reial, given its connection to the hotel, and these days it has become quite upmarket. Check out Ocaña for brunch in its eye-popping café, which is studded with chandeliers, or for cocktails in the chic basement Apotheke bar, which offers Prohibition-style drinks.
How to Get There
The Serras is an absolute gem in this wonderful city. Beautiful building & rooms, comfortable common areas (lounge, roof top). The food at the restaurant (El Informal) is one of the best meals we've ever had. Room was spacious & lovely, nice to have our own balcony. But the best part is the people who work there - extremely helpful and welcoming - always ready to do whatever is needed to make your stay & your experiences in the city fabulous!! Cannot speak highly enough. Stay here - you'll love it!
Great Hotel in a convenient location. Staff and service were exceptional, and the food was amazing! Room was a little small, but very clean. Bed was comfortable and the sheets were good quality. Nice size bathroom with 2 sinks and a good size shower with great water pressure. Highly recommend!
Great hotel, couldn’t really fault it!
A good location, on the edge of the gothic area, across the road from the harbour. Staff very good and could not do enough for you. Roof top bar well worth a visit, perfect for a late afternoon drink. Rooms spacious and well equipped, fantastic shower. If I had to find something to be critical about then feel breakfast should be included for the price, however still paid for it every day(€29 per person) and enjoyed it!
Loved our stay in Hotel The Serras! Great rooms with jacuzzi tub and conditioning oil shower treatments. Nice perks!
A really knowledgeable bartender made us great cocktails on the roof top by the pool over looking the marina.
You can have food or drinks 24/7 in the salon on the 1st floor.
Will for sure stay there again for our next trip to Barcelona!
My sister and I stayed at the lovely Serras hotel a week ago and enjoyed every moment. From the first, we met Maima and Sergio who were so warm, attentive and welcoming on our arrival. It was our first time in Barcelona and Maima gave us the most thorough introduction to this beautiful city highlighting all the places we may want to check out and offering to book us tickets. Sergio was equally helpful and gracious by making sure we were comfortably settled in. The room was very comfortable and the bathroom is awesome (loved the shower!). The room has its own cell phone which I really enjoyed having and the turn down service included a sweet treat which I thought was a nice touch. The rooftop area, like the rest of the hotel, is charming and relaxing. On top of all this goodness, the location can't be beat. The Gothic Quarter ended up being our favorite part of Barcelona and having a hotel right there was amazing. What more can I say? The staff, the room, the restaurant (Informal was delicious) all delightful. As a woman who often travels solo, I would come back here in a heartbeat.