This Las Ramblas hotel is a bastion of civility along the oft-manic street just outside. But beyond the bustle of the boulevard, inside is a calm and comfortable spot that epitomizes the best of the Le Méridien brand. There’s great dining, a solid spa, a sizable gym, and lots of personalized perks that comes from a generational staff that’s always ready to pamper. Carved out of a 1950s era building, today, Le Méridien Barcelona is all modern with all the trimmings you could ask for.
Contact guest relations before you arrive and let them know the reason for your visit. If there’s a special occasion, you might just find a little treat waiting for you in your room.
Because of the building’s history as a non-hotel, you’ll find that every room is entirely unique in size and shape. What you will get throughout are hardwood floors, colorful area rugs, Bose Bluetooth speakers, free bottled water, and Illy espresso machines (in many).
Every guest of the hotel receives free entry to Palau Güell, a mansion designed by famed architect Antoní Gaudí.
All the bathrooms have black-stone tiles, shaving mirrors, and a mix of shower/tub combos or solo showers. Malin & Goetz bath products are standard, and the slippers are take-home quality.
While most nicer hotels come with a hair dryer, this spot takes things up a notch and provides frazzle-haired guests with a straightener as well!
The expansive lobby has glossy marble floors and lots of hangout space. On one side, you’ll find leather chairs and work tables, felt couches, book shelves, and communal areas with tabletop games. At the back there is Longitude 2°10’, a coffee bar that serves breakfast, sandwiches, and other snack items throughout the day.
The hotel is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends. Though there is a fee of 60 Euros plus tax.
You probably wouldn’t call it a pool, but there is an outdoor vitality bath on the 6th floor where stellar views are combined with deep soaks. There’s also an ice-cold bucket shower in case you need a wake up or cool down.
Explore Spa Studio is by appointment only, but once inside you’ll discover a sauna, steam room, massage facilities, and a glorious outdoor patio.
Open 24/7, the gym has hardwood floors, Technogym machines, free weights, and plenty of room to workout. Water is always on hand to replenish that sweat loss.
The main restaurant off the lobby is CentOnze, a Mediterranean dining den that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here guests can indulge in unique takes on Spanish cuisine with excellent lunch specials and a solid wine list.
Le Pop Cocktail Bar is next to CentOnze and open from 5pm-1am. Like it’s name suggests, you’ll find pop art on the walls and delicious cocktails on the menu.
Being right on Las Ramblas has its privileges as you can walk to dozens of attractions, bars, restaurants, and shopping areas. There are multiple metro stops nearby and a never-ending line of taxis trolling the avenue. Be mindful of your wallet or purse on Las Ramblas as this street is a pickpocket’s dream.
Don’t skip a visit to La Boqueria (3-minute walk). This outdoor market is one of the best in the world where you’ll find endless food stalls and restaurants showcasing Spanish cuisine and more from around the world. If you’ve had enough of Spanish ham (probably), walk a little west to Flax & Kale (6-minute walk) where you’ll have your pick of vegan, vegetarian, and all-around healthy goodies on the menu.
Just up the street is Boadas Cocteleria (3-minute walk), the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona. If you want irony to go along with your boozing, check out Bar Betty Ford (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
With chaos, kitsch, and crazy all around you, it’s nice to have a semblance of normalcy inside a luxury hotel. Le Méridien Barcelona offers just that and pampers guests with an array of benefits and services. The staff here will go out of their way to ensure a great time in the city and often treat you with small goodies during your stay. The food is surprisingly solid and the bar-keeps definitely know what they’re doing. If there’s anything lacking it’s that there’s not really a pool, though the vitality bath is still a nice touch. Generally, this hotel is superb and is a perfect place to crash after avoiding the tourists throngs just outside.