Here are our top hotel choices in Barcelona:
Gallery Hotel: The Gallery Hotel at Rossello 249, was recommended by my long-time friend Mary Vaira whose El Sol Villas rents luxury villas in Spain (check them out). It is somewhat of a business hotel, but is well situated next to a Metro stop, is walking distance of many museums, foundations and the works of Gaudi. There are many good restaurants for dinner in the evening. They had a great, friendly and helpful staff and a good breakfast buffet. I would definitely stay there again.
Hotel Arts: I wanted to see the hotel and Frank Gehry’s large flying fish. It is a large hotel built as the flagship for the 1992 Olympics. It has some top restaurants, particularly Arola. This is more of a business hotel. If you stay here you are really not near anything except the beach, so you would not be able to walk to many key areas.
Casa Camper, Carrer Elisabets 9: A sleek design hotel located near the contemporary art museum. It has a great lobby. The great restaurant Dos Paillos is on the corner.
Hotel Omm: This is a sleek contemporary hotel at Rossello 265 in Eixample. In the same area is the new Cotton House Hotel which has great design and is recommended by Wallpaper* Magazine. It is located in the former headquarters of the textile industry from 1879.
You might also check out the Hotel Ohla, a five star hotel, at Via Laietana 49. It is known for its contemporary design. It has a fun rooftop terrace. Wallpaper* Magazine recommends the Margot House hotel for its great Japanese/Scandinavian design, nine rooms and central location. Wallpaper* Magazine also included the luxury boutique Serras Hotel on their ‘Best Urban Hotels’ list.