Primero Primera

Doctor Carulla 25–29, Barcelona, Catalonia 08017, Spain

If you want to disconnect from the city and try your hand at living like a local, there is no better hotel than Primero Primera for your escape. Indiscreetly set along a residential street, the slightly hidden hotel easily blends into its surroundings as if it were just another apartment complex along the tree-lined streets. Once inside though, you’ll get the sense of being in a classic-meets-contemporary men’s club with dark brooding tones, hidden nooks, rich hardwood floors, and total peace and quiet.

The hotel has electric bicycles that you can rent for 25 Euros/day. They can take you to the city center and back without any problem.


Throughout the entire hotel you’ll find a mix of antique furnishings and modern design elements. This goes for the rooms as well with sleek contemporary lamps hanging over old vintage desks. The rooms are incredibly spacious – some with carpets and others with hardwood – and all come with pillow menu, coffee and tea kettles, bottled water, and a free mini bar!

Check out the attic rooms on the roof. Here, you’ll share a private terrace steeped in red colors and cactus plants evoking a New Mexican adobe motif. The rooms have stunning views, slanted ceilings, and really let you get away from it all.


While there are some bathtubs, most only have showers that are jet black with rain-water faucets. Wooden countertops are replete with vanity kits and Gilchrist & Soames bath products.


The lobby plays on the themes of classic and contemporary with green marble floors, Greek busts, and a hypnotic spiral staircase. Behind the main area is a living room space where guests can snack on free treats 24-hours a day or relax with a book on plush leather sofas and chairs.


A large garden surrounds the oblong outdoor pool that is open year-round. White loungers line the sides and a bar serves cocktails and sandwiches throughout the day.


There’s no dedicated spa, but guests can book in-room massages. There is a separate space for facials if you need some freshening up.


Open 24/7, the gym has Life Fitness machines, free weights, giant mirrors for vain flexers, and TVs on the wall. Water is available and yoga mats can be found in the corner for stretching.


Across from the lobby is the main restaurant where both locals and guests often come for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s a mix of Mediterranean specialties and a beautiful patio with hanging lights perfect for a romantic rendezvous.


In the living room behind the lobby, a bevy of cocktails is available for guests to mix themselves. It’s an honesty bar, so merely write down what you’ve taken, and you’ll be billed at the end. In the main restaurant, there’s also a hearty selection of cocktails and wine.


Getting Around

This area of the city is very residential and very walkable. If you need to get to the city center, there are a few metro stops within 5-minutes of the hotel. Flagging a taxi is a little more difficult, but just have the hotel call on your behalf. Renting a car isn’t the worst idea if you want to stay this far away from the center.


If you want some great tapas while you’re here, head over to Restaurante Dos Torres (5-minute walk), which also has a nice patio. For good seasonal delicacies, check out A Contraluz (5-minute walk).


Vermouth fans who also like live music will love Chico Bar (6-minute walk), which also serves tapas. Bar Montesquiu (7-minute walk) is another tapas spot that has great drinks as well.


If you want to see daily life in a suburban part of Barcelona, then Primero Primera is an excellent choice. But it’s also much more than just a locals hangout. The food is surprisingly good, and you’ll see neighbors there as much as hotel guests. The pool is a real gem and helps you feel totally isolated among its lush gardens and quiet streets. Peaceful, laid-back, high levels of service, and a classic-yet-modern design all help guests of this great hotel get away from city life for a while and get a semblance of what it’s like to live in this magnificent city.


Pet Friendly, Romantic, Service
30 rooms, 5 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service 7am-11pm
Gym, Pool
Parking Lot


Phones: 93-417–5600

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