What We Love
- The hotel’s striking mirrored façade, which reflects its gothic surroundings
- Mediterranean Sea views from the 10th-floor rooftop terrace
- The Castilian-style pool table at Punch Room
- Bar Veraz, the onsite tapas joint, is helmed by Chef Sebastian Mazzola (formerly the creative director of the acclaimed Adria group)
What To Know
- The state-of-the-art gym includes a meditation nook
- The gold chairs in the lobby lounge are Dalí replicas
- Guest rooms contain Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers
- Room rates include twice-daily housekeeping service
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Sultry metropolitan beauty featuring a supper club and bespoke cocktail bar on the fringe of Barcelona's edgy El Born District
EDITION hotels are often elegant microcosms of the cities they occupy, and their Barcelona outpost—an entrancing combination of Gaudí-inspired grandeur and up-to-the-minute amenities—is no exception. Hotelier Ian Schrager tapped local interiors whiz Lázaro Rosa-Violán to distill each space with the avant-garde spirit of El Born, the city’s indisputable creative hub. That artistic authenticity is especially detectable at Bar Veraz, where a quartet of pieces by local painters and glorious Saint Caterina Market views accompany seasonal tapas. The hotel’s lounge, Cabaret, a sumptuous subterranean spot with velvet curtains, low ceilings, and live DJs, attracts a well-heeled after-hours crowd while the aptly named Roof, an all-day haunt (and one of Barcelona’s only year-round rooftops), is equipped with a saltwater plunge pool and a marble-fronted bar that slings both smoothies and cocktails. In between, 100 rooms are clean-cut retreats with whitened oak, surrealist art by Madrid-based Chema Madoz, and walnut paneling intended to resemble the blinds used in some of Barcelona’s historic quarters. For the most charming Barri Gotic panoramas, spring for one of the four spacious suites—then enjoy the view.
In the Area
Guests are within walking distance of many Barcelona landmarks including the Barcelona Cathedral and the three-tiered, 10,000-stall Santa Caterina Market, which locals prefer to the heavily trafficked Boqueria. The city’s main beaches, Passeig de Gracia and Las Ramblas, are also easily reachable on foot. Other neighborhood highlights include La Colmena, a patisseria that’s been around since 1849; the Tuxedo Social Club, a classic speakeasy tucked behind a library; and Ramon Cuberta, a custom footwear boutique. If you’re looking for a more casual alternative to the hotel’s swanky dining options, duck into Casa Mari I Rufo, a tapas joint nearby.
How to Get There
The original title of this review was "First Edition, Final Edition" but that would have been unfair to the wonderful people who make the hotel function as well as it does. We have now stayed in 17 of the 24 Marriott Bonvoy brands. The virtue of so many brands is that there's probably something for everyone's taste. For us, the answer is not Edition. There's too much noise from the outside, there's way too much aromatherapy in the public spaces and guest rooms, there are way too many pampered people who are happy to elbow you out of the way. Not to say that some people would love it.
The efforts of the people who work at the Edition made our stay work out. Special thanks to Anna, Katye, Reluca and Martin who helped us with room "issues." (Apologies to any of them whose name I might misspelled.) Warm appreciation to the breakfast team in Bar Veraz who helped us get every day off to a good start. Great people, great smiles!
My wife and I stayed here for three nights. The staff was genuinely friendly and helpful. They went our of there way to have a converstation with you asking "how was your day" and "what were you going to do today." The hotel is a little hard to find and only has a small plaque with its name. I would you suggest that you look at the picture to recognize the hotel. There is no driveway so you get out on the street and cross a plazza to get to the front door. We are Marriott platinum members so our breakfast was included. The breakfast includes cold selections and a warm entre all of which were very good. The rooftop bar has a great view and is good for lite bites with drinks. If you don't like cigarette smoke, the roof top bar might not be the place for you in the evenings. Before the late crowd gets to the rooftop bar, the cigarette smoke is very minimal. The hotel is a great place to stay and is convient to great shopping and the must do's in Barcelona.
I really like this hotel. The decor, the location is just great. The amenities are spot on! The only flaw is that the rooms are small and the restaurant is a tad on the lacking side. There are many other restaurant near-by. I wish we had stayed in a larger room. The staff could not be any nicer.