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
- 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
I Highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay again the next time I’m in Barcelona. The staff was friendly and very helpful. The hotel called me before my arrival to assist with any additional booking. Only wish I was able to stay longer. Better then expect.
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at The Serras for 3 nights while visiting our son who was studying in Barcelona. The staff was super friendly and nothing was too much trouble during our stay. We also really liked the location of the hotel. They booked tickets for us, made restaurant reservations (all of their recommendations were great-specifically Ceccioni [Italian} down the street) The last night we ate in the hotel restaurant which was absolutely incredible. The room was clean, very updated and we had a small balcony. The shower even has pods of aromatherapy that you stick into the hand sprayer! The bed was very comfortable and every night they bring you fresh cold bottles of water and a little dessert. One night we decided to go have a drink at the W hotel which is right on the water. The view is great but the staff there was so unfriendly we were happy with our decision to stay at The Serras. We've stayed at many hotels over the years, and this ranks in the top 5. I hope we can return someday.
We LOVED our stay at Hotel Serras.
The location is brilliant- across from the harbor promenade, where huge yachts rest at anchor, a short stroll from Las Rambles, and in a neighborhood with an abundance of cute cafes and restaurants.
The staff were friendly and attentive and during our comings and goings greeted us each time as though they were delighted to see us. They were always available to arrange taxis or to provide tips and advice.
The room was small but elegant and though at first we were disappointed that our balcony appeared to not have a view, we discovered that it looked onto a quaint neighborhood alley with large beautiful buildings at each end. The bed was a true king bed “just like they have at Buckingham Palace” with a wonderful selection of pillows. The bathroom had both a rain shower and handheld with great water pressure and temp control.
The rooftop bar was pleasant and the restaurant, Informal, was wonderful serving breakfast from 7:30a. Every meal there was terrific.
We definitely recommend this hotel and will stay here again on our return trips to Barcelona.
I absolutely loved this hotel. It is a small boutique hotel with the perfect location. The roof top deck is a perfect place to hang out at night for a night cap and relax after a long day - it over looks the harbor. The back of the hotel is right on the gothic center. The rooms - and we did a smaller room were super nice. Large bathroom, wonderful beds and linen. A handy phone to make long distant calls internet access, etc at n/c. I could go on and on. Staff is remarkable. Wonderful restaurant. Definitely a 5 star hotel. I would recommend it highly.
We originally selected the hotel for its rooftop deck and location over the water.Ii did not want to be located too close to Las Ramblas due to pickpockets and tourist noise, nor too far away from the action of town. This hotel is located perfectly within walking distance of those areas, close to the metro to get around town and especially to go into the El Born area of Barcelona. We loved the location because we could walk to restaurants along the water to drink Galician white wines and eat fried boquerones and paella as well as enjoy the El Born shopping. The hotel has a beautiful rooftop deck that is a fantastic amenity and lovely to sit and drink at after a long day of exploring. Another important point about the hotel is its Excellent Air Conditioning!!! The rooms are well appointed and the shower had excellent water pressure. The bed was Very comfortable as well. The most interesting thing about this hotel is its staff. I don't think I've ever stayed in a place where it is so apparent that the staff likes their jobs and will go above and beyond for you every single time you see them. They were especially helpful in arranging Barcelona Football tickets and getting us to the right shops to purchase wines to send home. There is a unique atmosphere in this hotel due to the staff's character, professionalism and generosity of spirit. You can't go wrong with this simply wonderful hotel!