Consistently ranked as one of the top luxury boutique hotels in Spain, this little wonder lives up to its reputation with otherworldly service, incredible rooms and amenities, and a unique history that will inspire the creative artist in anyone. That history just so happens to include the very spot where Pablo Picasso set up his first art studio and painted Science and Charity in 1897 (now hanging in the Picasso Museum down the street). Beyond the artistic roots, the hotel also thrives in gastronomy with a Michelin-starred chef at the helm as well as a rooftop with live music. There’s a lot to love – including a location that’s more than ideal.
Lush rooms have epic Marina views from iron-wrought balconies, and soothing white walls with modern fixtures. Guest rooms also come with plush yellow couches, Blue Tooth speakers, and Handy devices which allow you stay online and make free international calls from anywhere in Barcelona. Additional amenities include a pillow menu, bottled water, a welcome treat of cava and tapas, turndown service, and Nespresso machines. Basically – they do all the things right.
You’ll also find a pair of flip flops in the mini bar if you need something for the beach.
Most bathrooms just have showers, but you’ll also find the occasional shower/tub combo throughout. Inside are hanging circular mirrors, modern art, plush robes, shaving mirrors, scales, super soft slippers, and Diptyque bath products. Again – all the things right.
The main lobby is more of a check-in area where you’ll be presented with a cold towel, chocolates, and glass of cava. If you go up one flight of stairs, there’s a library lounge area with concrete floors, plush couches, and buttons on coffee tables you can press for food and drink service.
The rooftop pool is more for just dipping your toes as it’s not exactly big enough to swim in. But it’s up here where Picasso got his start, so maybe you’ll be inspired by the artistic vibes flowing across the space.
While there’s no dedicated spa room, you can order a variety of in-room treatments like facials, massages, manicures, and more.
A small gym is open 24/7, has rubber floors, Life Fitness machines, and free weights. Apples and water are always on hand as well.
Informal is the main hotel restaurant and helmed by Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons. Here, traditional Catalan cuisine mixes with contemporary twists to create a one-of-a-kind menu that’s worth a splurge. This is also the breakfast area of the hotel where you can watch your eggs being prepared through the glass window to the kitchen.
The rooftop bar is next to the pool and has great views of the Marina. In the summer, they often have live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays or chill DJs. Inside the hotel, Le Nine sits on the first floor library lounge and is ideal for a nightcap since it’s technically open 24 hours a day.
The hotel’s location is truly one of its highlights. Within minutes you can be at the beach, the Gothic Quarter, the Born neighborhood, Las Ramblas, or even Montjuic. Walking in this area is ideal and there are usually open markets and festivals set up just across the street. The closest metro is also a five-minute walk from the hotel and taxis are constantly cruising the street right in front.
You have to eat seafood when you’re in Barcelona, and nowhere does it better than ESTIMAR (8-minute walk), a classic joint that serves the freshest fish in the city. If you’re a tapas fan, check out Ten’s (8-minute walk) a casual spot helmed by Michelin chef Jordi Cruz.
If you’re looking for more live jazz, head over to Harlem Jazz Club (5-minute walk) a classic spot hidden in the Gothic Quarter. If you’re a cocktail fan, check out Paradiso (8-minute walk) a speakeasy that’s hidden behind a pastrami shop – that also serves amazing pastrami.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This small boutique truly understands hospitality as they take care of every little detail during your stay. The staff is incredibly nice and attentive and is great at predicting any needs you might have. In the rooms are loads of free amenities and little surprises during your stay, which are always a nice touch. Besides the history – Picasso painted here, after all – the food is excellent, the rooftop bar is fun, and the location is more than ideal with access to every major part of the city by foot. There’s a reason this hotel wins awards, and it’s worth planning far ahead to stay here as they only have 28 rooms that fill up fast.