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Five Star Barcelona hotels

Most popular areas in Barcelona for 5-star hotels

Catalonia’s sumptuous capital city has an array of accommodation for the pleasure-seekers and culture vultures who descend on the streets throughout the year. Exclusive 5-star Barcelona hotels can be found dotted throughout the Ciutat Vella, or old town, as well as in the Gothic Quarter. Here, amid the ancient squares and winding streets, the high-end hotels often retain the quaint period features you’d expect from the area. Chic 5-star designs can also be found in Eixample, close to the unique, organic-seeming structures of modernist architectural genius Gaudi.

Top 5-star hotels in Barcelona

Grand Hotel Central lives up to its name. A Neo-Classical building in the heart of the city, it boasts perks including a rooftop pool where you can sip a cocktail while gazing over the cityscape. Spectacular views also await at W Barcelona, which resembles a vast ship’s sail fashioned from glass. Its guestrooms have elegant, understated decor, while exquisite sushi and DJ beats can be enjoyed in the bar. Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is over a century old, boasting a roof terrace and ethereal spa rooms where you can enjoy massages and hydrotherapy treatments.

Where to find the best restaurants in Barcelona

It’s not just the intricately carved old buildings which draw people to the Gothic Quarter. This is also a dining hotspot, its maze of streets dotted with historic, atmospheric restaurants which were once frequented by Picasso and other luminaries. Grilled sea bream, iberico ham croquettes and other treats can be enjoyed here, while more fresh seafood – from meaty monkfish to thick hake steaks – is served up at the beachfront Barceloneta district. The Eixample district boasts chic restaurants garlanded with Michelin stars, and is a playground for discerning foodies.

The most popular things to do in Barcelona

It’s an unwritten rule that you cannot come to Barcelona without making a pilgrimage to the Sagrada Familia. This towering church is Gaudi’s eternally incomplete masterpiece, an almost shockingly unique structure which looks simultaneously ancient and futuristic, and whose mysteries enthral tourists and experts alike. More modernist art can be relished at the Picasso Museum, which is spread out throughout a network of palaces dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Fascinatingly, as well as showcasing Picasso’s more familiar Cubist and mature works, it also has his earliest teenage paintings which hint at the gestating genius within him. Families should head up to Tibidabo Amusement Park, which is situated on a mountaintop and has traditional rides including classic carousels and a Ferris wheel. To really spoil yourself, take a helicopter ride across the city and enjoy panoramas of these historic streets.

Best ways to get around Barcelona

Travel in Barcelona can largely be done on foot – after all, what better way is there to see the Gothic Quarter, or the beachfront? If you do need to get somewhere more quickly, hop on the metro, which is prompt and efficient, running throughout the whole city. There are sleek trams on street level as well, along with the Tramvia Blau – a charming, vintage streetcar which still trundles the streets, providing a nostalgic way to explore Barcelona.

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