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A magical city by the sea, Barcelona is a feast of colour: the Mediterranean blues, the Gaudí mosaics, the contrasts in the skyline. With beautiful beaches, some of the most iconic architectural wonders on Earth, amazing shopping and cute picturesque streets, Barca is nearly perfect. Incidentally, so are the design hotels Barcelona. Below, you’ll find some of my top boutique hotels Barcelona!

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One of my favorite views from the rooftop @ the Wittmore hotel

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Design Hotels Barcelona at the Gothic Quarter

Together with El Born district, the Barri Gòtic is my favourite area in town. The oldest part of Barcelona, it’s full of impressive churches and squares dating back hundreds of years. As the historic centre, it’s also home to some of the top boutique hotels Barcelona!

Explore the narrow and ancient streets and you’ll find lovely eateries serving tapas, wine, and even vegan food. Cute boutiques also abound here, and it’s just a place to fall in love. This is the best area for design hotels Barcelona if you ask me!

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Take some time and explore the surroundings, this is the Gothic Area

The Gothic Quarter is also very centric, and a walking distance away from the beach and the more modern part of town. Find more lovely city accommodations through BOOKING!

Do you love beautiful accommodations in dreamy Mediterranean destinations? Then check out my hotel reviews for Palma de Mallorca and the Amalfi Coast. My Santorini travel guide also awaits!

1. The Wittmore Hotel – A Hidden Gothic Secret

  1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 5
  2. Service: 5
  3. Location: 5

The Wittmore Hotel Barcelona isn’t just my first choice when it comes to design hotels Barcelona.  In fact, it made it to my list of top hotels I have stayed in and it is quite an achievement! A perfect rating through and through, this place is a dream among top boutique hotels Barcelona.

Located in a small alleyway in the magical Gothic Quarter, it’s a true hidden gem. The first impression stays with you, as you enter through the elegant black wood and glass doors. Inside you are met by a truly unique vibe & atmosphere  – elegant British luxury with a homey feel. Once inside, you do not want to leave this place!

top boutique hotels Barcelona: Wittmore hotel
Welcome to the Wittmore hotel!

We stayed in the exquisite suite on the top floor, with windows overlooking the quiet inner yard with a vertical garden – supposedly the highest in town! The huge cozy bed, the contemporary furniture, the huge marble bathroom and details like the lovely cocktail & snack bar made this a truly memorable stay!

top boutique hotels Barcelona: wittmore hotel suite
Welcome to our home in Barcelona!

With only 22 rooms, this example of design hotels Barcelona offers the true personal feel that I love so much. The lovely facilities just add to this feeling of top boutique hotels Barcelona. The small & cozy restaurants, the cool inner patio, the library with the open fire and a bar makes even locals pop by for a drink and dinner.

top boutique hotels Barcelona: wittmore hotel patio
How gorgeous isn’t this place?

The Prime Spot…

However, my favorite spot in this gem among top boutique hotels Barcelona was the rooftop built in different levels with the plunge pool, sun beds and a bar. And as you see below a marvellous view of Barcelona. Last but not least the service here has the true personal and genuine touch that is so hard to find and a special thanks to Chiara! 

top boutique hotels Barcelona: wittmore hotel rooftop
Could sit here all night!

Well, as you understand by now, we loved this place and can not recommend it enough.  The Wittmore hotel is a total jewel of design hotels Barcelona!

Love the Wittmore Hotel? Book your stay HERE!

Check out my full review of the Wittmore HERE!

2. Hotel Neri Relais & Château – Modern Luxury in a Historic Setting

  1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 5
  2. Service: 5
  3. Location: 5

A 5-star chateau from the same people as the Wittmore, the Hotel Neri Relais & Chateau has the same air of luxury but with a more historical touch. Beautiful stone walls from another era welcome you to this gem among the top boutique hotels Barcelona. Keeping the historical elements, the luxury is quite contemporary, and the mix will sweep you away. Red and purple take center stage, adorned with plants – all within the palatial airs given by the stone staircases and high ceilings. Just like stepping into a private mansion.

design hotels barcelona: Hotel Neri Relais & Château
Welcome to my Chateaux!

This charming hideout right behind the Cathedral is memorable beyond words. The design changes constantly, and I loved all areas, especially the cosy lobby, library and bar, and restaurant – just what you’d expect from design hotels Barcelona. 

I recommend booking either a deluxe suite or the Neri suite. These are very charming, with elements like beams, marble bathrooms, and wooden ceilings. The regular rooms are lovely and offer everything, but they’re a bit on the small side.

top boutique hotels Barcelona: hotel neri relais & chateau bathtub
Yes!! Let’s have a bath please!

Love the Hotel Neri Relais & Château? Book your stay HERE!

3. Hotel The Serras – Urban Chic Inside An Artsy Setting

  1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 5
  2. Service: 5
  3. Location: 4

A true luxury boutique hotel, every detail in The Serras was crafted for a memorable stay on one of the top boutique hotels Barcelona. Located inside a 19th-century building that once housed the atelier of a teenage Pablo Picasso, there’s quite a history here. Once inside, everything is contemporary, mixing Manhattanite sensibilities with modern Catalan design!

top boutique hotels Barcelona: The serras
Welcome to The Serras!

This darling among design hotels Barcelona is small and feels very intimate, a sensation that increases with the friendly and professional service. Inside the rooms, everything is carefully curated. The suite has a bathtub inside the room and you can choose your scent experience from a capsule menu in shower. Truly innovative!

top boutique hotels Barcelona: the serras bathtub
And you know what I think about a bathtub in the hotel room, perfection!

The Serras’ in-house restaurant stems from the mind of Michelin star chef Marc Gascons. Another highlight is the rooftop bar, one of the coolest in town, overlooking the harbour. Perfect for a nice summer afternoon!

This is exactly where I’d want to be a hot summer day!

Love the Hotel The Serras? Book your stay HERE!

4. Pulitzer Hotel – A Conscious Rendezvous of Locals & Visitors

  1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 4
  2. Service: 5
  3. Location: 4

Part of a well-thought-out hotel chain I love, The Pulitzer is one of the top boutique hotels Barcelona. With its 96 rooms, the atmosphere remains cosy and intimate, with attention to design. What’s more, the hotel serves as a great meeting point between locals and visitors.

top boutique hotels Barcelona: Pulitzer hotel
The Pulitzer hotels always deliver

Luscious, green, and full of wood and natural light, all areas feel warm and welcoming. The common areas, in general, are lovely, and I particularly loved the rooftop garden. Their green restaurant is also lovely with great food.

top boutique hotels Barcelona: Pulitzer hotel rooftop
My favorite spot! I usually come here even though not staying at the Pulitzer when in Barcelona! Love the vibe!

The rooms are a little on the small side, yet cosy. The design is a little standard but loved the turquoise bathroom. Make sure to stay in one with a balcony for the top boutique hotels Barcelona experience!

top boutique hotels Barcelona: pulitzer hotel room
Nice, clean and comfy hotel room
top boutique hotels Barcelona: pulitzer hotel balcony
Loving this little balcony and the view from our room

The Pulitzer is a great option for conscious lovers of design hotels Barcelona, having won numerous sustainability awards, including the biosphere certificate.

Love the Pulitzer Hotel? Book your stay HERE!

Check out my full review of the Pulitzer HERE!

5. Hotel Midmost – Affordable Boutique By Plaça Catalunya

  1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 3
  2. Service: 4
  3. Location: 4

Just a block away from the Pulitzer stands Hotel Midmost, an affordable and well-located option among design hotels Barcelona. The design doesn’t quite have the wow factor and I really missed some areas to hang out in, but it’s a solid option. Albeit simple, I liked the rooms, which were simple yet modern, in bright design with little blue details.

top boutique hotels Barcelona: hotel midmost lobby
The classic lobby

They describe themselves as classical avant-gardism, and that’s accompanied with very personal service, a feature of the top boutique hotels Barcelona. What makes the Midmost stand out among design hotels Barcelona is its rooftop. It has a bar, pool, sunbeds, and lovely views of the nearby University and surrounding area!

design hotels Barcelona: hotel midmost pool
Pool with a view, it couldn’t get any better

Love the Hotel Midmost? Book your stay HERE!

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