Pillow Talk: Romantic Hotels in Barcelona for Couples ~ Sultry Siestas Await

From boutique hotels with rooftop pools and sizzling sea views to hilltop retreats with luxury spas and rousing romance packages, these are the best and most romantic hotels in Barcelona for couples in need of a little quality time.

Everything you’ve heard is true. Barcelona is one of the sexiest and most seductive cities in Europe. It’s a lusty temptress of old world charm, a sorceress of sun, sea and sultry siestas.

And whether dining over candlelight at world-class restaurants or stealing kisses on the beach at sunset, this enchanting metropolis is sure to have you whispering te quiero in no time.

Gran Hotel La Florida (5 Star Grand Deluxe) ~ The Great Escape

Bedroom views Gran Hotel La Florida Tibidabo Mountain Barcelona

Words and (some) photos by your hopelessly romantic guide, Ben Holbrook

Perched atop the pine-clad Tibidabo Mountain that looms over the city from the rear, this double-deluxe hotel is unquestionably the most exclusive hotel in Barcelona. As well as offering unrivalled vistas across the city it also overlooks the Pyrenees Mountains.

Its secluded location also makes it popular with A-list celebrities – who knows who you’ll spot canoodling around by the pool!

Amenities and services couples will love: The Gran Hotel La Florida is all about romance and relaxation: get cosy in the indoor-outdoor pool and loosen up your aching joints in the Wellness Zone, which is home to a L’Occitane branded spa, sauna, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym.

Rooms are plush and feature private balconies with sweeping city views and a number of landscaped garden terraces offer alfresco dining. Restaurants and bars include the refined Barcelonas and more casual Cafe 1925, where you can enjoy contemporary Catalan cuisine and soak in the views. This is pure Mediterranean living.

The Valentine’s day “romantic spa packages” also offer a array of privileges and upgrades, ranging from special tasting menus, buffet breakfasts, cava and strawberries, to couple’s spa treatments and, most importantly, late check out.

Double rooms available from around €200 / £172 / $215
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Hotel Praktik Vinoteca (3 Star Superior) ~ Wine Themed Boutique with Soundproofed Rooms (Say No More)

Hotel Praktik Vinoteca 3-Star Boutique Hotel Barcelona CityPraktik Hotels is a small group of offbeat boutique hotels in Barcelona (and Madrid), each with a unique theme. Praktik Vinoteca is a 3-star shrine to the world of wine, complete with a bulging cellar with over 900 bottles.

Located on the artery of Carrer Balmes in the elegant Eixample ‘hood, it’s within easy reach of Barcelona’s best restaurants and bars – not that you’ll be able to bring yourself to leave this little haven of romance.

Hotel Praktik Vinoteca 3-star boutique Hotel BarcelonaAmenities and services couples will love: The hotel’s resident sommelier offers private wine-tasting sessions, helping you discover Catalonia’s much lauded wines. Once suitably lubed, head to your luxury soundproofed room to discover your own slice of hedonistic Barcelona. Ding. Dong.

Double rooms available from around €265 / £225 / $280
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Hotel Alma (5 Star Modernity) ~ Soulful Sleeps in the Exclusive Eixample Neighbourhood

Hotel Alma Rooftop Terrace with Views of La Sagrada FamiliaThe name says it all: Alma means soul in Spanish. And with its prime location just off the Gaudi-centric boulevard of Passeig de Gràcia, this minimalist five-star design hotel is the perfect base for your romantic escapade in Barcelona.

Amenities and services couples will love: Rooms are lavished with all the luxury furnishings you could ever wish for, but the pièce de résistance is the rooftop bar, which offers breathtaking views of La Pedrera, one of Antoni Gaudi’s most iconic Modernist masterpieces (and Casa Batlló is just next door).

There’s also a particularly sensual spa with an indoor pool, Hammam and sauna, whilst the idyllic garden bar area is a zen-like hideaway perfect for sipping cocktails and whispering sweet nothings.

Double rooms available from around €222 / £185 / $235
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Hotel Neri (5 Star Boutique) ~ Romance in the Heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Luxuruy Boutique Hotel Neri, Gothic Quarter BarcelonaHoused in an old Medieval palace, Hotel Neri combines historic charm with modern luxury. Think velvet sofas and opulent chandeliers contrasted with bold pieces of art and contemporary light fittings.

It rests in the shadow of the city’s cathedral and is within strolling distance of the Picasso Museum and Las Ramblas. You literally couldn’t find anywhere more central.

Hotel Neri in Barcelona's Gothic QuarterAmenities and services for couples: Apart from its plush rooms and proximity to the best restaurants, shopping and cultural attractions in Barcelona, Hotel Neri also boasts a leafy rooftop bar where you can enjoy enjoy a drink over candlelight.

The restaurant terrace at street-level spills out into the idyllic nook of Plaça Sant Felip Neri. A real heartbreaker of a hotel.

Double rooms available from around €285 / £245 / $307
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B-Hotel (3 Star Design) ~ Seduction at Tempting Prices

B-Hotel 3-Star rooftop pool Design hotel in BarcelonaLuxury for less, Hotel B is a contemporary design hotel located just off Plaça Espanya. The mighty Las Arenas shopping mall (which used to be a bullfighting ring) is just next door, as is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

Bedrooms in B-Hotel 3-Star Design hotel in BarcelonaAmenities and services couples will love: The rooms are bright, comfortable and pleasantly affordable. The sunny rooftop terrace boasts its own swimming pool and offers spectacular vistas over the leafy Montjuic hill.

B-Hotel will help you break hearts, not the bank.

Double rooms available from around €80 / £69 / $86
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Hotel 1898 (4 Star Deluxe) ~ Bliss on Las Ramblas

Hotel 1898 Barcelona Las Ramblas 4 STar Luxury Hotel AccomodationOccupying a prime piece of real estate on Las Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona, this handsome hotel is a lavish and romantic retreat in the thick of the action. Built in 1891, it was originally home to the Philippines Tobacco Company and it still retains an air of colonial Machiavellianism, in a good way.

Amenities and services couples will love: The rooftop bar and swimming pool are particularly delicious, complete with 360-degree views across Barcelona’s terracotta skyline. The special “romance package” includes strawberries and cava, a luxury spa treatment for two and a superior double room.

Book the deluxe Colonial Suite to ensure a victorious conquest of your very own.

Double rooms available from around €205 / £177 / $220
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Mercer Hotel (5 Star Luxury) ~ Roman Romance in the Gothic Quarter

Romantic Luxury Hotels in Barcelona Mercer Hotel BarcelonaHoused in a Medieval building on one of the Gothic Quarter’s signature narrow streets, the Mercer Hotel is a romantic sanctuary in the heart of the old town.

Though the main structure is left in its original form – including a hunk of the old Roman ramparts that once circled the entire city – the rooms and living spaces feature modern furnishings and colourful artwork to give it a contemporary feel.

Amenities and services  couples will love: The hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant is a thing of beauty, whilst the adjacent cocktail bar is the perfect place for pre and post drinks. The rooftop pool and terrace area offers serious views, whilst its prime central location means the best of Barcelona cultural and gastronomical attractions are all within strolling distance.

Rooms are plush and sure to seduce – ask for a room in the Roman defense tower (yes, really!) for that extra wow factor.

Double rooms available from around €157 / £135 / $168 
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Cotton House Hotel (5 Star Grand Luxury) ~ Debonaire Design Hotel

Romantic Cotton House Hotel for Couples in Barcelona SpainAs the name hints, this contemporary design hotel used to be the HQ of Barcelona’s cotton guild. It is now owned and operated by Marriott’s Autograph Collection and its interior has been completely done-over by local design extraordinaire Lázaro Rosa-Violán – a striking spectacle of gilded antiques, fine art, wood-panelled walls and resplendent furnishings.

Amenities and services couples will love: The Batuar Restaurant is an idyllic space for everything from sunny breakfasts on the terrace to romantic dinners and drinks. The library is scented by the old books that fill the floor to ceiling bookshelves and is the perfect place for a cocktail.

The sunny terrace is perfect for Spanish wine and tapas and the rooftop plunge pool is handy for when things get hot and steamy.

Double rooms available from around €230 / £205 / $257
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Hotel Brummel (3 Star Boutique) ~ Design Hotel in Gastro Hub of Poblesec

Brummell Hotel Poblesec BarcelonaSeriously hip, this 20-room boutique is the epitome of “chic boutique” and it’s difficult to believe that it’s only 3-star rated. It’s located in the bustling foodie district of Poblesec, which is home to some of Barcelona very best tapas bars and restaurants, ranging from budget bites to Michelin-starred marvels.

The perfect hotel for foodie couples.

Hotel Brummell hotel Barcelona with private terraceAmenities and services couples will love: Rooms are small but beautifully designed, many with spacious private balconies. The same can be said of the rooftop pool and terrace area, which also features a sauna.

And though there are countless good places to eat nearby, the Brummel Kitchen fuses southern Spanish flavours and local Catalan flavours to create delicious flavours worth staying in for. 

Double rooms available from around €75 / £66 / $82
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Colón Hotel (4 Star Classic) ~ Neoclassical Splendour & Cathedral Views

Colon Hotel in Barcelona near the cathedral and Las Ramblas in city centreLocated smack bang in the centre of Barcelona, overlooking the city’s iconic Cathedral La Seu, it really doesn’t get much better than this. Rooms are large and particularly comfortable, making this one of the most convenient and luxurious basecamps for couples who want to really get under the skin of Barcelona.

Amenities and services couples will love: The rooftop bar is arguably one of the most impressive in Barcelona, providing panoramic views over the cathedral and the Gothic Quarter.

There’s also a rooftop spa where you can indulge in couple’s massages and wellness treatments. The hotel’s restaurant is chic and charmingly traditional.

Colón Hotel is undoubtedly one of the best value hotels for couples in Barcelona

Double rooms available from around €88 / £75 / $95
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Majestic Hotel & Spa (5 Star Grand Deluxe) ~ An Indulgent Institution

Majestic Hotel ~ Romance and luxury for couples on the trendy Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona Rooftop Swimming PoolTo me, this Neoclassical – pure Parisian opulence – marvel represents the very best of boutique Barcelona: classic Catalan style uplifted with modern services and facilities.

It’s classic and refined, but manages to remain warm and somehow contemporary at the same time. Occupying an enviable corner plot on the dazzling Passeig de Gracia, you can literally pop next door to shop at some of Barcelona’s most exclusive stores and discover Modernist architecture from starchitects like Antoni Gaudi and Domènech i Montaner

They don’t call this “The Golden Square” for nothing.

Amenities and services couples will love: The spacious rooms are crispy clean, many with private balconies offering outrageously beautiful views over Barcelona.

Talking of views… The rooftop pool terrace is arguably the best in Barcelona and is a favourite haunt of the city’s glitterati.

Double rooms available from around €220 / £193 / $240
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