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
I stayed for a week in August. Access to the outdoors from within the hotel enabled me to enjoy the beautiful weather of Barcelona.
I strongly recommend using the rooftop area.The food is amazing and the views are lush.
The staff are also very nice. They were always willing to help in any way they could. Everyone from reception staff to cleaners. I had a refreshing chat with a cleaner on one occasion, who told me his recommendations of places to visit. Little touches such as that really made my experience of Barcelona great.
My favorite point regarding the hotel is not only the wonderful cleanliness, but its continuity throughout the hotel grounds. It seemed that absolutely everything was cleaned only five minutes before you viewd it, all the time.
Stayed for two nights with friends.Location is great with very friendly,helpful and attentive staff.
Rooftop area with bar is fantastic. Super cocktails. Lovely food and menu in restaurant .Definately recommend and will stay again.
Excellent service and accommodations from start to finish by all. Location perfect, walk to most sights.this is the best service we have received at any hotel. We have stayed at many over the years including the ritz but this was the best.
The Serras facilities are beautiful and immaculately maintained. Our one dinner we had at the rooftop restaurant was the best we had during the week. We could hardly wait to wake up and enjoy the breakfast experience each morning.
What truly sets The Serras apart from other hotels is the staff. Every person we met was friendly, engaging and seemed truly happy to help us in any way possible.
We spent five days at The Serras and we all agreed that the stay was the best hotel experience we have had.
Excellent location, staff, service. Great restaurant recommendations. They assisted in organizing a private half-day trip. I can't come up with anything even slightly negative in order to "balance" this review.