What We Love
- Former 18th-century palace with original features and contemporary interiors
- Sweeping city views from the rooftop pool
- The on-site museum features a 5th-century Roman mosaic
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- All rooms feature kitchens, luxe bathrooms and private balconies
- A $1 city tax per person, per night, will be collected at the property
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
In Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, a 10-minute walk from Las Ramblas, the Arai Aparthotel Barcelona is a lovingly restored 18th-century palace with an abundance of original features, including vaulted ceilings, checkerboard marble floors and sweeping wrought iron staircases. The interiors showcase works of art from the private Clos Foundation and objects uncovered during the building’s renovation. In the 31 apartment-style rooms you’ll find fully equipped kitchens, high ceilings and private balconies, and many feature original cream-colored stone walls or exposed brickwork. The marble-clad bathrooms are suitably swanky, with large metal sinks and walk-in hydrotherapy showers. Cool off with a dip in the rooftop pool, then head down to the museum next to the lobby; the display includes vintage photographs, ceramics and a fifth-century Roman mosaic.
In the Area
The hotel is well positioned for enjoying the Gothic Quarter’s historic delights. Get a culture fix at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a majestic 19th-century music venue that offers an eclectic program of opera, ballet and classical concerts. Just a 10-minute walk from the theater lies the world famous Picasso Museum. Housed in five adjoining medieval palaces, the museum features over 4,000 examples of the artist’s work. In the evening treat yourself to a meal at elegant eatery El Regulador. Serving up Mediterranean dishes, sourced from local Boquería market, the restaurant boasts spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows and an exclusive cocktail bar.
How to Get There
My husband and I are a big fans of Barcelona. This was our 7th trip to Barcelona but first time with kids (6 & 3). Hotel is absolutely stunning and the room was exactly as described on the website, spotless clean plus you can expect some extra details that gives it an extra “touch” – fresh flowers; Nespresso machine; big bathroom.
Staff is very professional and helpful. Location is perfect for sightseeing and going out for food & drinks.
This was an excellent stay and I would highly recommend this hotel. I hope I will be back!
Fantastic location for exploring the city located in the Gothic Quarter Family room perfect for our needs and all to a very high standard. Roof top plunge pool made it extra special. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.
Wow! This place was spectacular! The decor/vibe of the whole place was amazing and the location is perfect for shopping and restaurants! It feels very safe as you need your key card to get into even just the lobby from the street, which I loved. We were in a room with ceilings that were at least 20 feet tall, maybe more. So, SO beautiful! There was some noise from the outside as our windows faced a courtyard of sorts, but nothing too much as to where you couldn't sleep or anything!