Fodor's Expert Review Monument Hotel

Passeig de Gràcia 75, Barcelona, Catalonia 08008, Spain See on Map

Monument Hotel sticks out on the prestigious Passeig de Gràcia in a great way. This Neo-Gothic former mansion predates Modernism and its regal architecture is an interesting contrast to two Modernist masterpieces that are just down the street. Inside, you’re going to find pure luxury. A five-star standout, the Monument boasts a three-Michelin star restaurant, first-rate amenities and service, and a commitment to the finest things in hospitality.

room

Regal rooms feature hardwood floors, exposed brick, leather couches and banquettes. More than half the rooms are junior suites, so space is never an issue as that also leaves room for two TVs, and wrought iron balconies with original mosaic tiles. Other amenities include Nespresso machines, a pillow menu, and a free mini bar (sans alcohol).

The hotel offers a number of exclusive packages that emulate the seven deadly sins. There’s the gluttony package that focuses on gastronomy, the lust package is great for honeymooners, or wrath, which pampers guests with massages and more.

bathroom

Large bathrooms have sunken tubs and separate showers (showers only in deluxe rooms), as well as double vanities, black slate floors, shaving mirrors, and Jo Malone products.

There’s a bathing menu for different types of soaks – this is extra however.

lobby

The riad-style lobby has an original staircase that focuses your attention to the glass-covered atrium above. On one side a lush lounge with comfy couches has a distinct living room feel that's ideal for reading, working, or quiet meetings. This is also where you’ll find the main bar and restaurants in the hotel.

pool

The giant rooftop pool is a rare find in that it’s long enough to actually swim laps in. The summer only spot has white loungers and inside the pool itself are undulating tiled seating spots for sunbathers who like to stay wet while getting tan.

spa

The Valmont spa features both a steam room and sauna and there’s one cabin that’s used for massages and facials.

gym

Open 24/7, the fitness area has new TechnoGym cardio machines, free weights, white-tiled floors and loads of natural light coming from its rooftop perch.

dining

Dining is the best part of the hotel and there are multiple options to gorge yourself in. On the roof is Glasss Restaurant, a breakfast buffet and a la carte space that’s encased in glass (yes). It’s 38 Euros but it might actually be worth it with the array of options both healthy and otherwise. Downstairs you have Oria, a Mediterranean inspired spot with unique cuisine for lunch and dinner. But the true gem is Lasarte. The three Michelin-starred restaurant is helmed by Martin Berasategui and is a culinary journey unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

For an added bonus, try to book the chef’s table at Lasarte. Set above the kitchen, you get a bird’s eye view of the magic that happens on a nightly basis.

drinking

Hall0 Cocktail bar is set next to Oria off the lobby under an inverted pyramid with natural light pouring in from the skylights. This bar is known for champagne and classic cocktails. On the roof is Verbena, another cocktail joint that also serves Mediterranean cuisine and features live music and DJs during summer months.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Because you’re right on Passeig de Gràcia, you have easy access to loads of fancy shops, high-end restaurants, and great bars all minutes away by foot. There’s a metro stop about 2-minutes from the hotel and there’s never a shortage of taxis driving up and down the wide lanes. The location is perfect if you want to get to the old center as you’re close by famous attractions and museums as well.

Restaurants

Seafood lovers should flock to PUR (3-minute walk), a friendly find that serves the freshest fish. If you want to go where the locals go, check out Restaurante Jardin del Alma (3-minute walk) inside the Alma hotel, where a genius French chef offers classic Catalan with unique twists in a perfect garden setting outside.

Bars

Make sure you head next door to Condes de Barcelona where Alaire (1-minute walk) is a rooftop bar that’s packed every night and features live music and DJs. For another hotspot with incredible signature sips, walk up to Boca Chica (3-minute walk) where you’ll find a mix of locals and in-the-know tourists flirting deep into the night.

WHY WE LIKE IT

There are many reasons to love this hotel, but first and foremost is the gastronomy. There are only two three-Michelin-star restaurants in the city and this hotel has one of them. Not only that, the head chef is in charge of all the food outlets so you’re guaranteed something good no matter where you eat. Beyond the food, the rooms are large and luxurious with loads of free amenities, the service is the highest in town, and the location is on one of the glitziest and most central parts of the city. Overall, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more refined hospitality experience and this boutique should be at the top of any high-end travelers list.

QUICK FACTS

84 rooms, 50 junior suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service 24/7
$$
Gym, Pool
Free
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 935-482-000

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