The New Barcelona Hotels We’re Checking Into this Summer

Offering rooftop restaurants and pools, manicured gardens and ridiculously chic interiors, these are the smartest new boutique boltholes to base yourself at when exploring the Catalan city.

An effortlessly beautiful city, Barcelona has a much slower pace of life than that of its European siblings. With centuries-old citrus trees growing wildly on dusty, sun-scorched street corners and laundry lines swaying from windows above narrow passageways, there's something hugely hypnotic and comforting about this colourful streetscape. Old-school charm blends seamlessly with a contemporary attitude, in a setting that is gritty, yet fiercely glamorous.

Something of a jigsaw puzzle, Barcelona's design-driven neighbourhoods couldn't be more defined - they're literally split into octagon-shaped blocks. Be you planning to savour the many flavours of Sant Antoni, drink in the free-spirited vibe of Gràcia or rub shoulders with talented artists in culture-rich Poblenou, we've found the perfect boutique boltholes to bed down at. Book a stay and prepare to discover the magic of Barcelona for yourself.

Seven new Barcelona hotels to visit this summer

Seventy Barcelona Restaurant

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Seventy Barcelona

If Architectural Digest birthed a hotel, we're fairly certain it would look like this. Just a short stroll from Gràcia's time-honoured squares, Seventy Barcelona knows how to deliver the goods - in every sense of the word. Take a dip in the seventh-floor pool, before skipping downstairs to the vegan spa, sauna and steam room, where you'll find an impressive selection of treatments on offer. We love the Facial Flash, which promises the ultimate level of rehydration, post-flight. Two in-house restaurants, the Patio and Kitchen & Timeless, are also on standby for foodies looking to get their fix.

Address

Carrer de Còrsega 344-352, 08037

The Hoxton, Bedroom

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The Hoxton, Poblenou

Our favourite hip hotel chain is back with a bang. The Shoreditch-based hospitality group's first Spanish outpost pays homage to its surroundings with interiors inspired by the vibrant style of native architect Ricardo Bofill. Situated in the east of the city, in the Poblenou neighbourhood, the 240 rooms are decked out with locally sourced artworks, terracotta-tiled flooring, stone lamps and sage-green headboards. Make a beeline for the rooftop, where an inviting plunge pool and Mexican-inspired restaurant take centre stage. You'll find us buried beneath a plate of tacos, margarita to hand, on one of the plush day beds. Craving pizza? Grab a table at the all-day in-house pizza restaurant, Four Corners, instead.

Address

Avinguda Diagonal, 205, 08018

Sonder Casa Luz

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Sonder Casa Luz

After an action-packed day spent exploring, there's nothing more rewarding than heading back to a hotel that feels more like a home than a pit stop. Opening its doors last year, in the buzzy market neighbourhood of El Raval, Sonder Casa Luz feels world's away from the streets that surround it. A minimalist design is carried throughout the urban oasis, with earth-tone furnishings complemented by warm wooden detailing. Start your day with a fresh juice and flaky pastry on the rooftop terrace, but be warned: you'll have to wade through an army of potted plants before securing a spot beneath one of the mustard-coloured parasols.

Address

Ronda de la Universitat 1, 08007

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Hotel Casa Sagnier

While this 51-key hotel only opened late last year, its rich history rivals that of Barcelona's most established boltholes. The building, found on Rambla de Catalunya, was designed by renowned architect Enric Sagnier in 1892 - also serving as his family home and studio - hence the name. Marrying period details with a splash of contemporary flair, all six room categories feature wood-panelled walls, herringbone flooring and bright bathrooms clad with patterned tiling. Spend afternoons sipping sangria on your private terrace, then slip downstairs to in-house restaurant Cafè de l'Arquitecte, where a traditional tapas menu awaits. The cod fritters, in particular, are an absolute delight.

Address

Rambla de Catalunya 104, 08008

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Hotel Mirlo

A hotel that comes with a private spa built in the bedrooms? Sign us up. You'd be forgiven for assuming Hotel Mirlo was a wellness retreat in one of Spain's remote and rugged towns thanks to its grand exterior - picture a sandstone facade, duck-egg-blue shutters and striking columns that wouldn't look out of place on a royal palace. There are five different room types to choose from, in various shapes and sizes, but all are finished with their own sauna and rainforest-style shower. Given that there are also floor-to-ceiling windows, marble walls and hydro-massage baths, it's borderline impossible to venture beyond your bedroom door. We recommend doing so, however, in order to experience the tranquillity of the Mirlo's garden.

Address

Avenida del Tibidabo 32, 08022

Yurbban Ramblas

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Yurbban Ramblas

There are few hotels whose interiors are so dazzling that they make us want to redesign our entire house, but Yurbban Ramblas is up there. Located in the upper section of Las Ramblas, the boutique hotel's traditional 19th-century facade overlooks the legendary Canaletas Fountain. Inside, whitewashed walls form the backdrop to matte-black pendant lights, hand-drawn illustrations and bookshelves stacked with classic titles. While there's no in-house fitness studio, guests are invited to make use of the Casall training kit in their room, comprising bands, sliders, a pressure-point ball and foam roller. When it comes to touring an unknown city, it's a given that you'll get lost - at least three times. Stay connected to WiFi wherever you go with the hotel's complimentary portable device.

Address

La Rambla 129, 08002

One Shot Aragó 257

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One Shot Aragó 257

That late-summer getaway you're planning with the gang? Sorted. At no-frills One Shot Aragó 257, 49 rooms come complete with spacious bathrooms, king-sized beds and cosy armchairs - making for the perfect base at which to refuel between beachside lounging and a bar-crawl across the city. Ideally positioned in the heart of Barcelona's Eixample district, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options. Our favourite is Espacio UMA. Swing by for a serving of head chef Iker Erauzkin's magic.

Address

Calle d'Aragó 257, 08007

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