• 7 Barcelona hotels making a splash

    7 Barcelona hotels making a splash

    Stunning sights, bustling promenades, architectural wonders along with a total of 4km of beaches! Yep, we’re talking about none other than Barcelona. The Catalan capital is a top city breaks destination, so as you can imagine, there are tons of hotels to choose from. But the main question you’re asking is “does it have a pool?” Well… these do!

    Hotel Barcelona 1882

    The 4-star Hotel Barcelona 1882 is close to the Sagrada Familia, in fact, the name of this hotel pays homage to Gaudí and his masterpiece. 1882 marked the start of Sagrada Familia’s creation, so it’s fitting that the Hotel Barcelona 1882 offers views of this beautiful architectural work.

    The attention to detail in this hotel’s interior is fascinating. It is after all a hotel which is inspired by the works of Gaudí and William Morris! But aside from the hotel’s modern design, it also offers a whole host of facilities including a gym, free yoga classes on a Wednesday morning and of course, that all-important swimming pool.

    This rooftop saltwater pool is simply perfect. Take a dip, soak up the great weather on a sun lounger or grab a cocktail from El Cel Bar. The chill out area is a fun spot to socialise, whilst the rooftop also boasts incredible views of Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia.

    Negresco Princess

    Located in Eixample, the 4-star Negresco Princess combines modernity, comfort and style. A fairly new hotel, it opened in 2015 and has been welcoming guests ever since. The Negresco Princess benefits from a fantastic location. A stay here will put you within walking distance of Plaza Urquinaona, Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia. There are also loads of shopping and sightseeing opportunities in the area.

    But it’s all about the pool too right? Negresco Princess doesn’t disappoint when it comes to cooling off from the hot sun. The seventh floor lends itself to an infinity pool and sun terrace. So, whether you’re enjoying a quick dip or lounging about poolside, you can admire the surrounding city views too. You’ll also find La Terrazza by Bobby’s serving up classic cocktails alongside a great chill out area. Plus, if you want to kick start your day with a bit of energy and relaxation, free yoga classes take place on the terrace too!

    Grand Hotel Central – Small Luxury Hotels of the World

    The 5-star Grand Hotel Central is a glamorous hotel benefiting from a combination of fantastic facilities and a top location. Much of the hotel features a classic design reminiscent of the twenties, yet also an aura of city chic.   

    Aside from the Grand Hotel Central’s design and décor, the wellness suite is definitely a highlight thanks to its massages and treatments. There’s also a thermal suite which includes a traditional and dry sauna.

    However, we know that the main feature you’re looking out for is the pool! Grand Hotel Central does in fact have plenty to offer in that department. It has a rooftop infinity pool which boasts amazing views of the Gothic Quarter and Barcelona Cathedral. So, float around and look out towards the impressive Barcelona skyline for an unforgettable city break experience.

    Miramar Barcelona

    The 5-star Miramar Barcelona provides lovely views of Las Ramblas as well as luxury for all its guests. The building itself has tons of history behind it. A palace designed by Ramon Raventós, it was then restored in 2006 by Óscar Tusquets in a Neucentisme style.

    Elegance is spotted all around the Miramar Barcelona and with picturesque views of the Montjuic Mountain and Mediterranean Sea, there’s no wonder this is a highly rated hotel in Barcelona.

    There’s enough luxury to go around at the Miramar Barcelona though. Starting off with the L’Occitane Spa where you can use the indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub among many other facilities. However, it is the pool area that’ll catch your eye. There’s plenty of room for a swim and with sun loungers and parasols you can lounge around in peace and quiet. It really does offer a tranquil oasis in the heart of a bustling city.

    Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

    We all want to be based in a wonderful location during a city break and the 4-star Iberostar Paseo de Gracia does just that. With Plaza de Cataluña right on your doorstep, there are plenty of sights and culture to soak up during your stay.

    The hotel is one of the most historical buildings in the city but offers contemporary accommodation that would appeal to every holiday maker. There’s almost a funky, arty vibe at the Paseo de Gracia Hotel.

    If you’re looking forward to Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine during your trip to Barcelona, you’ll be in good hands. Ca’s Menestral Restaurant serves up a delicious breakfast in a buffet style with a side of Plaza de Cataluña views. But the Sky Bar is where all the action is taking place. Located on the top floor of Iberostar Paseo de Gracia, you’ll be up in the clouds with a drink in hand (and a swimming pool of course!). Make a splash in its refreshing waters as you admire the Barcelona views, you’ll see everything from Sagrada Familia to the Mediterranean Sea.     

    NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón

    The recently renovated 5-star NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón offers elegant accommodation with a laid-back vibe. As well as bright and spacious rooms, there are great facilities and a brilliant location to explore.

    Situated in Eixample, the hotel is in a prime location for sightseeing and discovering all that Barcelona has to offer. You’ll also only be a 10-minute walk away from the Gothic Quarter and close to Gaudí’s Casa Batlló.

    Perhaps you won’t even want to leave the hotel… With a rooftop swimming pool open all year round accompanied by stunning views of the city, we’d completely understand if you’d prefer to sit around poolside all day. Plus, with lounge chairs and food and drink available? No one can judge you for wanting to stay here for your whole Barcelona city break!

    Hotel Duquesa de Cardona

    The 4-star Hotel Duquesa de Cardona enjoys lovely views of the Marina Port Vell harbour located just opposite the hotel. With a stay here, you’ll also be located in the historical Gothic Quarter, close to major sights and architectural delights. Not forgetting to mention, the beach will be close by too!

    Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is housed in a historical building, dating back to the 16th century. It was later restored and in 2003 it became the beautiful hotel it is today.  

    The rooftop terrace area of Duquesa de Cardona is perfect for ultimate relaxation thanks to its two plunge pools and spectacular views. On top of that, La Terraza del Duquesa is a top-class cocktail bar located on the terrace. So, even if you don’t feel like having a calming swim, you can unwind with a drink or two whilst witnessing the glorious Barcelona sun set over the marina.   

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