This area is also known as the Quadrat d'Or - the Golden Square - and is
the part of Barcelona where you'll find the highest concentration of
Modernista buildings by the three greats - Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i
Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch along with many others - so one of
the delights of staying here is being surrounded by these inspiring
I haved included eight 5 Star Hotels in total and these include traditional hotels, such as Hotel Palace or the Majestic and more modern offerings like Hotel Omm.
As usual, I have organised the accommodation offering starting at Plaça de Catalunya and working our way up the hill towards Gràcia.
If you want to combine your stay in the Eixample with visits to The Ramblas and the Barri Gòtic, you should look at the beginning of the list whereas if the bars and nightlife of Gràcia draw your attention, start at the end and work backwards.
All in all, this is a really great place to stay and partly because of the architecture but also because it's a classy neighbourhood, I personally think that the Eixample is the best area of Barcelona for 5 Star Accommodation.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, L'Eixample, 08010 Barcelona
Formerly the Ritz, Hotel Palace GL is one of the most elegant and luxurious hotels in Barcelona - In fact, the GL in its name stands for Gran Lujo or Great Luxury.
It is located on the busy Gran Via - the main street that runs along the top of Plaça de Catalunya - so it is perfectly situated for the Eixample and just a short walk down the hill to The Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.
In my opinion, the Palace is about as good as it gets when it comes to hotel accommodation - it's beautiful, tasteful, classy and classic - in short, everything one would expect from a 5 Star.
Opened in 1919, the rooms hark back to former times whilst the 1 Star Michelin Caelis Restaurant, under chef Romain Fornell, offers a touch of modernity with its Catalan-meets-French Signature cuisine.
The downstairs 19/Nineteen Restaurant is also and guests can enjoy a cocktail at the Rien de Rien Cocktail after sweating off the Barcelona grime at the Palace's
Mayan-style spa with a Temazcal Sauna.
The Hotel Palace GL is a superb choice for anyone in search of traditional luxury and excellent service.
Passeig de Gràcia 38-40, L'Eixample, 08010 Barcelona
Conveniently located at the bottom of Passeig de Gràcia close to Plaça de Catalunya, the Mandarin Oriental is another Barcelona hotel with plenty of history.
The rooms are really tastefully decorated combining shades of white and oriental designs and range from standard 5 Star to the extraordinary Penthouse Suite.
The Mandarin offers high quality Catalan cuisine at the Moments Restaurant and all-day dining at the Blanc Brasserie & Gastrobar whilst you enjoy a cocktail at the Bankers' Bar.
I have also heard that the Mimosa rooftop terrace will be offering special events this summer along with its Asian-Inspired Mediterranean fare.
For leisure and fitness, the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona offers an indoor pool, a fitness centre as well as a sauna and jacuzzi, massage services, a spa & wellness centre and a beauty centre.
The Mandarin is definitely one of the best options for top class accommodation in the Dreta de l'Eixample.
Passeig de Gràcia, 29, L'Eixample, 08007 Barcelona
Housed in an elegant 19th century building almost directly opposite the Mandarin, Eurostars BCN Design as the name suggests features avant-garde cutting edge decorations throughout.
Its publicity begins 'For the daredevils. For those who know how to squeeze out the pleasures from life. For the lovers of design and art.' so you know you are booking in to modern-style luxury.
Adventurous shapes and colours grab your attention as you move about this boutique hotel and the rooms feature an open plan design with bedroom and bathroom occupying a single space often with the bath as the centrepiece.
The Bcn Design bar-café serves buffet breakfast and tapas and the lounge has views over Passeig de Gràcia as well as an outdoor terrace.
Passeig de Gracia, 68, L'Eixample, 08007 Barcelona
Almost directly opposite Casa Batlló and a short walk down from La Pedrera, the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL - a Barcelona classic if there ever was one - is situated on the central section of Passeig de Gràcia.
Opened a year earlier than the Palace in 1918, the Majestic is also Grand Luxe and its history is entwined with that of Barcelona, Modernisme and the fine boulevard on which it is located.
Suffice to say that the rooms are pretty special decorated in tasteful pale shades and the Majestic's offer includes Suites and Penthouses.
The Majestic's culinary offer is renowned throughout Barcelona and centres on the elegant Condal Restaurant, which serves à la carte dishes, and Petit Comité featuring traditional Catalan cuisine with a signature touch.
There is also a piano bar, cocktail bar and the trendy Gourmet Bar, which is located by the rooftop swimming pool and a terrace with amazing views of the city, which will be organising special evening events throughout the summer season.
The Majestic also offers spas, fitness centres and other 5 star accoutrements so all in all it's an absolutely brilliant place to stay.
Pau Clarís, 122, L'Eixample, 08009 Barcelona
Renaissance Barcelona Hotel has a great location on Pau Claris, a couple of streets back from the central section of Passeig de Gràcia in the heart of the Dreta de l'Eixample, but in my opinion it's really a very good 4 Star Hotel with a 5 Star rating.
It's run by Marriot Hotels and is very well-furnished but to be perfectly honest, the level of luxury is quite simply not on a par with establishments like the Hotel Palace or the Majestic.
Having said that it's still pretty good and very reasonably priced for what you get.
I particularly like Renaissance Barcelona Hotel's CRU Restaurant, which specialises in excellent quality steak, and the stylish CUIT bar, which lounge serves cocktails, wines and traditional Spanish dishes.
There is also fantastic roof terrace with spectacular views over the city and the rooms are really nice as is the whole hotel.
I'd be giving Renaissance Barcelona Hotel a great review if it was advertised as a 4 Star but unfortunately at this level the competition's too tough.
Pau Claris, 150, L'Eixample, 08009 Barcelona
Hotel Claris GL is the third of the Grand Luxe Hotels in the Dreta de l'Eixample and is located further up Pau Claris very close to the centre of the Quadrat d'Or - the Golden Square - which houses the main concentration of Modernista buildings by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and others.
Hotel Claris occupies the 19th century Vedruna Palace between Carrer Valencia and Carrer Mallorca and like many GL hotels in Barcelona features an interesting selection of art with over 400 original pieces on display and free entry to the Barcelona Egyptian Museum, located next door.
The rooms are gorgeously featuring furnished pieces of Roman, Egyptian and Hindu artwork and range from the Superior Room to the Duplex Suite.
Terraza del Claris Restaurant is set in a magnificent glass-enclosed terrace with spectacular city views and serves signature Mediterranean cuisine whilst the East 47 Cocktail and Tapas is one of the coolest spots in town with top DJ sessions every Thursday.
Hotel Claris has been in operation since the early 1990s, and whilst aimed at a slightly younger trendier guest, is a dignified rival to the more traditional Majestic and Palace.
Mallorca, 269-271, L'Eixample, 08008 Barcelona
The super sophisticated Alma Barcelona is set in an attractive building on Carrer Mallorca - one of my favourite streets just off Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia.
Once again it's a great location perfect for taking in Modernista architecture.
The hotel itself is extremely chic and offers and air-conditioned rooms with smart, modern décor, leather armchairs and free Wi-Fi.
The Alma’s spa features an indoor pool, a Hammam and a sauna and there is a gym, where massages are also available.
I really like the interior patio - it's an oasis of calm in the heart of the city centre and adjoins the restaurant, where chef Sergio Humada serves interesting Catalan signature creations.
Next to the open-plan restaurant, Alma's bar offers cracking cocktails, including a moreish kiwi Bellini, with a bespoke soundtrack of chill-out and acoustic tunes.
I'd say the Alma - which means 'soul', by the way - is perfect for sophisticated youngish adults in search of luxury and a great from which to enjoy Barcelona's tempting delights.
Rosselló, 265, L'Eixample, 08008 Barcelona
Set just back from the top of Passeig de Gràcia on Carrer Rosselló, the stylish Hotel Omm is, as you can see in the photo, literally a stone's throw away from Gaudí's iconic Pedrera.
If Hotel Alma was sophisticated then Hotel Omm is ultra chic in the best possible sense starting with its captivating modern facade.
Featuring stylish contemporary furnishing and decoration, each of the Omm’s rooms has a balcony overlooking Passeig de Gràcia, or the hotel’s interior garden.
The spa features steam baths, a gym and offers a selection of treatments including facials and aromatherapy.
I can highly recommend Michelin-starred restaurant, the Roca Moo, which is managed by the Celler Can Roca - recently voted best restaurant in the world, by the way - and specialises in modern Catalan cuisine.
The very cool Roca Bar offers an innovative selection of street food and dishes to share and from there you can move on to the nightclub with DJ and live music.
If we began with Hotel Palace at the most traditional end of the 5 Star scale, it seems appropriate to finish with Hotel Omm, which has captured the uptown set and epitomises Barcelona at its most fashionable.
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