Although it’s a bit out of the way for the typical tourist spots of the city, that shouldn’t totally dissuade you from reveling in the five-star luxury of this Meliá hotel. The high-rise complex rises 20+ floors above the city and comes with million-dollar views, modern amenities, and one of the best breakfast buffets in the city. While it isn’t in the city center, it is nearby some major attractions and easy-to-ride public transportation that can get you to the middle of town with ease. Billed as the first five-star hotel in Barcelona, the Meliá is still on the high-side of hospitality to this day.
Sleek rooms have thin gray or brown carpets, dark chocolate and gray wood headboards, mounted internet-capable TVs, and jaw-dropping views (from the higher floors). If you splurge, you’ll get access to The Level, the exclusive club of the Meliá group where you’ll find Nespresso machines in the rooms as well as access to the club lounge with free snacks and drinks all day long.
One of the best parts of this hotel is that every single room comes with a Jacuzzi tub. Let’s say that again – every room in the hotel has blasting jets while you bathe. Beyond your bathtub bliss, there’s raised porcelain sinks, black slate floors, separate rain showers, and shaving mirrors. Agua de Loewe products are standard.
The expansive lobby has green marble floors, tons of meeting and socializing space, and a restaurant/bar serving food and drinks all day long.
The YHI Spa is one of the true highlights of the hotel. Here, guests will find a wide variety of treatments from massages and facials to peels and wraps. Also inside is a large indoor hammam, steam and sauna rooms, and thermal beds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are only two massage rooms, so make sure you book ahead as the hotel has a lot of guests. Also, access to the spa is 15 Euros unless you’re in one of The Level rooms and then it’s free.
The fitness facility is also inside the spa (but access here is free for all guests). Orange rubber floors support an array of TechnoGym machines and free weights along with a giant mirror for all your preening needs. Apples and water are always on hand.
The breakfast room is quite large with everything from cooked items like eggs and sausages to cold fare with meats, cheeses, fruit, and pastries. Members of The Level have a few extra items like smoked salmon. In the lobby is Cheeso (yes, Cheeso), an all-day dining spot that specializes in Catalan cuisine but also has an incredible Spanish cheese plate (Cheeso).
The bar is also at Cheeso and not only has an impressive cocktail selection, but a wine cellar that pairs perfectly with that cheese plate.
Although it’s on the western side of the city and a little far from the center, it’s still easy to get around especially since its right on Diagonal – the longest street in Barcelona. It’s about a 10-minute walk to the closest metro station, but the tram is right outside the hotel and can take you west to shopping centers and attractions.
Head across the street where the Gran Derby Suites has The Times (2-minute walk), a coffee shop and café with a great selection of healthy options and a reasonably priced set menu. If you want to try one of the best restaurants in the world (#18 on the top 50 at time of publication), check out Disfrutar (15-minute walk), an inventive two-Michelin-starred joint with out of this world cuisine.
Also at the Gran Derby Suites is Epsom Bar (2-minute walk). Here, you’ll find a terrific scotch selection in a dark and brooding British-themed watering hole. If you’re a fan of vermouth, head over to Dry Martini (15-minute walk) for the gin drinks of your dreams.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Meliá Barcelona Sarriá belongs to a large corporate group of hotels, but it doesn’t always feel like that at this incarnation. The service is great, the food options (especially the breakfast and that cheese plate – yum) are solid, and the spa is first-rate. Some might complain about the location, but know going in that it isn’t in the center and one of the best parts about that is you don’t get bombarded with tourists (or the pickpockets who love them). Comfortable and clean, this modern high-rise gives its higher-end clientele incredible views and a close look at Barcelona life where locals actually live.