For the city break: H10 Marina Barcelona
A Barcelona city break is all about location and the H10 Marina sits pretty in Villa Olimpica, close to both the coast and urban furore.
The lowdown… Pick a hot spot hotel. Soak up the smooth four-star style at the H10 Marina Barcelona, settling into comfortable white linen bedrooms and a restaurant with an impressive wine list (get set for the night – there are over 200 to choose from).
The best part? The roof top terrace with its glistening pool and Skyline lounge. You will feel like you’re in utopia as you glide through the pool and spot spectacles across the city, then dry off in the summer sun with a sangria.
If you can pull yourself away from the roof top terrace and pool, discover the nearby Ciutadella Park, Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia. Alternatively, hop on the metro around the corner to venture further.
In the know… If you book a Privilege Junior Suite, savour access to the Lounge, where you can help yourself to drinks and snacks throughout the day. You can also enter the blissful spa for free, making use of its heated pool, rejuvenating jets, Jacuzzi and thermal loungers.
If you’re not ready to dip your toes in the ocean, make a splash in the infinity pool on the Sun Deck
Kick back in the heights
Catch the Barcelona skyline from the comfort of your own room.£214 ppBook your stay at the H10 Marina Barcelona
For the beach break: W Barcelona
Where better to be than smack bang on the beachfront during your Barcelona beach break? On the doorstep of the coast, The W Barcelona boasts beautiful sea views.
The lowdown… Choose a fashionable retreat in Barceloneta, oozing with opulence, when you book one of our hottest hotels. Check out chic rooms, with floor to ceiling windows showing off captivating views of the city, sea or the best of both.
If you’re not ready to dip your toes in the ocean, make a splash in the infinity pool on the Sun Deck – be sure to rent out a super cool WOW cabana. In the need to unwind after sandy beach days? Head to the state-of-the-art Bliss Spa for a rejuvenating treatment and try the head-to-toe glow facial, then treat yourself to the beatific brownie buffet.
Don’t miss the swanky Eclipse bar for crackerjack cocktails and DJ beats on the 26th floor. The dress code? Sleek and chic.
In the know… This is the only hotel in Barcelona with direct access to Barceloneta beach. Enjoy walking along the golden shores and lounging beachside, with just a slice of the promenade in between.
For the family: Novotel Barcelona City
Select a top-notch family-friendly stay at the Novotel for a fabulous location near many of Barcelona’s popular sights and within easy reach to the beach.
The lowdown… Give your family a holiday with the best of both worlds at Novotel Barcelona City. Situated in central Barcelona but just outside of the hustle and bustle, the whole clan can relish a blend of culture quirks and the city’s beachfront.
With plenty of family rooms available, the Novotel offers a four-star design and a comfortable place to rest your head after adventurous days. Discover the idyllic roof top terrace and pool area, sunbathe or seek shade as the children take a dip in the water, then get ready for a bite to eat. The restaurant Novotel serves Mediterranean cuisine, but you can find a handful of other restaurants within a few minutes’ walk.
Metro-Glòries is just a short-walk away, so stick together and hop aboard to get around the city with ease.
In the know… With a playing area at reception, the whole family will feel at home as soon as you step through the front door.
Soak up the views from the rooftop bar, dusk or dawn.£558 ppStay at Grand Hotel Central
The perfect finish to the day – drinks in the ultimate hotel bar.£789 ppBook your stay at the Cotton House Hotel
If a night in is on the cards, tuck into a tasty dinner at your hotel.£334 ppBook a holiday
For couples: Cotton House Hotel
Take a romantic break at the luxurious Cotton House boutique hotel. Unwind with a touch of the finer things in life during your Barcelona couples retreat.
The lowdown… You will be impressed as soon as you enter the hotel’s grand hallway and check out the magnificent library and glossy bar. Your heart may skip a beat as you open the door to your beautifully appointed room, before exploring more of your five-star stay.
Soak up the smooth ambience of the beautiful cocktail bar and restaurant Batuar, with its wealth of master bartenders and array of international awards. Choose your tipple and wander out to the sublime outdoor terrace or sink into a plush armchair in the library, which is full of character. Head up to the sixth floor for the small pool and outdoor area, where you can catch views of the Sagrada Familia.
Before you head out to see the city, quiz the seriously knowledgeable concierge team for top tips.
In the know… Imbued with history, this hotel is the former headquarters of the city’s cotton guild – you can even get your very own made-to-measure shirt during your stay.
For budget: Holiday Inn Express Barcelona – City 22@
Select a simple base for your Barcelona holiday. Make the most of a location close to Barcelona’s hottest spots, which won’t bite hard on your bank balance.
The lowdown… If you’re a destination adventurer looking to tour Barcelona every day you’re away, book a stay at the contemporary Holiday Inn. All your necessities are covered, with Wi-Fi, comfy beds and on-site parking in the city centre.
As for location, Llacuna Metro Station is just a short walk away, making it easy for you to bop about the city from one Gaudí attraction to the next. Stretch your legs with a quick ramble down to the beach, then saunter along Rambla del Poblenou for flavourful food.
If you choose to hire a car, this is the perfect base for venturing out of the city centre too.
In the know… Start your day right, with a choice of breakfast available – included during your stay.
For luxury: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Indulge your senses and treat yourself to a stay at the Mandarin Oriental, a breathtaking hotel in the heart of Barcelona.
The lowdown… Savour a luxurious stay, oozing with unique touches and dripping in opulent design, with its rooftop staff in straw hats and interior design by Patricia Urquiola. Most rooms include beautiful baths, apple dock stations, hair straighteners and yoga mats – just to name a few.
Located along Passeig de Gràcia near Casa Batlló, the fabulous rooftop terrace and pool provide the perfect look out from the centre of Barcelona. Rise from your sun lounger only to try the strong cocktails and Peruvian gastronomy at Terrat. You’ll find four different types of ceviche on the menu.
Retreat to the shade and scent of lavender at the outdoor Mimosa Garden bar before moving on to the innovative basement spa for an Oriental Essence massage. When you’re ready for a nightcap, try the white cosmopolitan at the dapper Banker’s Bar.
Insider’s tip… The real highlight of this lavish hotel is restaurant Moments, run by wildly talented triple-starred chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam, where Catalan cuisine is served with a twist.
For rooftop views: Grand Hotel Central
See the sparkling sights of Barcelona city from the sky with panoramic views from the hotel’s rooftop terrace.
The lowdown… Gaze up at this architectural wonder, a hotel built in the style of a Twenties Chicago skyscraper. Step inside to admire the elegance which flows through the building from the high ceilings adorned with hanging lanterns and chandeliers to handsome wood furnishings in the library.
Make your way upstairs to the dazzling roof top infinity pool, and take a swim up high, perfectly located between the Gothic Quarter and El Born. If you’d rather stay dry, unwind at Skybar on the roof; in the summer months, this is one of the trendiest places in Barcelona for pre-dinner drinks and tapas-style snacks.
When you’re ready to come down from cloud nine, check out the ground floor gallery, which highlights the work of up-and-coming artists.
Insider’s tip… The rooftop terrace and heated pool stay open in the cool of winter, so you can always enjoy the fresh air and indulge in a comfortable warm dip.