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Hotel Highlights

  • Located in the central, Gothic district
  • A unique 18th-century palace
  • Sumptuous, secret hideaway

Overview

This super-sexy stay is housed in an 18th-century palace, with an extremely dramatic interior that combines Gothic architecture with super-modern flourishes. Neri Hotel & Restaurante is contemporary – not in a minimalist way – but with the original features preserved and presented in a cutting-edge context. There are mad pieces of art dotted about on exposed brickwork, and gilded mirrors hang on stone walls.

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A complimentary bottle of wine, and a welcome drink

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

22 rooms.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $449.47 (€341), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

At the hotel

Roof terrace overlooking the Gothic Quarter, with sunloungers and bar service. Internet connection in each room; plasma TV, CD, choice of beds.

Our favourite rooms

The junior suite, with views of Plaça Sant Felip Neri.

Packing tips

Swimmers – Barcelona has its own beach. If you’re vegetarian, research where you can find meat-free places to eat.

Children

Very welcome.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Overlooking the square, the restaurant is set in the original stone arches of the Old Palace Neri – very romantic. It serves excellent aromatic Mediterranean cuisine.

Hotel Bar

Serves cocktails as impeccably designed as the decor.

Last orders

Food until 11pm; drinks until midnight.

Room service

24 hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Fashionable, informal.

Top table

All the tables are lovely.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Viewpoints From Montjuic, the hill next to the old town with a cable car to the top; Parc Güell,  which was designed by Gaudí; Mount Tibidabo – take the blue tram to the foot of the hill, and then the funicular railway to the top. Or have drinks on the striking surreal roof of La Pedrera, with views over the city.

Arts and culture Antoni Gaudí left an incredible legacy in Barcelona, from his undulating apartment block La Pedrera to his swan song, the Sagrada Família, still under construction. The city pays tribute to other great artists with the Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró. The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona focuses on 20th-century Catalan artists. The Gran Teatro de Liceu is up there with Europe’s great opera houses.

Something for nothing At the weekends, drummers play in Ciutadella Parc, where locals hang out. Las Ramblas is full of street entertainers (and pickpockets) every day. The Catalans have a tradition of building human towers, up to eight people high, during the summer months.

Shopping For designer labels, head for Paseo de Grácia. You’ll find boutiques and more unusual shops in the El Born area. Our favourite shop for foodie souvenirs is Colmado Quílez Avinyó on Rambla de Catalunya. Salva G on Avinyo is a hairdressers, bar, music store and cosmetics shop all rolled into one. One of the best food markets is Bocadilla, just off the Ramblas.Don’t go out until after 21h, since the restaurants will be dead, and most of the bars don’t start humming until after 23h.

Local restaurants

7 Portes on Passeig d’Isabel II (319 30 33) is Barcelona’s oldest restaurant, and serves an authentic Catalan menu in a formal environment with a pianist from 22h30. Fish-lovers should head to traditional La Barra de Botafumeiro on Gran de Grácia (218 42 30). Commerç 24 on Carrer Commerç (+34 93 319 21 02) is a fashionable, modern tapas restaurant: great for dinner. Passadis del Pep on Pla de Palau (+34 93 310 10 21) does good seafood – they call the shots on what you eat, which can be fun. Acontraluz is a bit out of the way, uptown on Milanesat (+34 93 203 06 58), but it’s a cool, contemporary restaurant with a lively atmosphere and great Mediterranean food; ask for a seat in the conservatory. Agua on the beachfront (+34 93 225 12 72) is fab for seafood, and is especially pleasant in summer if you get a table on the terrace looking out to sea; booking well in advance is advisable.

Tapas Our favourite tapas bars are: Cal Pep on Plaça de les Olles (+34 93 310 79 61), a traditional tapas bar with all the favourites – cured hams, daily specials and a bustly atmosphere in the evenings; Cervecería Catalana on Mallorca (216 03 68); Ciudad Condal on Rambla de Catalunya (318 19 97); Flash Flash on La Granada del Penedès for its tortillas (+34 93 237 09 90); and Santa Maria on Commerç (+34 93 315 12 27).

Local bars

Stop at La Vinya del Senyor on Plaza Santa Maria for a glass of wine before hitting the shops in the Gothic Quarter. For after-dinner drinks, head for El Born district. Or head uptown to Carrer Maria Cubi, where there are several lively bars; our favourites are Universal and Mas y Mas.

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Shady square by the cathedral

Neri Hotel & Restaurante

Calle Sant Sever 5, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain, 08002

Planes

Fly with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Spanair (www.spanair.com) to Barcelona Airport, a 20-minute drive to central Barcelona. A taxi from the airport to Plaça St Jaume (which is as close as you can get by car to the hotel) will cost around €25. There’s also a half-hourly Aerobus service which connects the airport with the city centre (hop out at Plaça Catalunya), and a train runs between Terminal A and Barcelona every 30 minutes (€3 for a single ticket).

Trains

Within Barcelona, there’s an extensive metro and bus system; to explore outside the city, take the train to Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza or Bilbao from Barcelona’s main railway station, Estació de Sants.

Automobiles

Walking is the best way to explore the narrow, Gothic streets surrounding the hotel, but there’s room for cars at the several public carparks if you do decide to drive. If you’re coming from France, take the AP-7 from the French border down to Barcelona. Driving from Madrid will take a bit longer: six hours on the A2, via Zaragoza.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Asking two semi-professional beach bums to review a hotel in a city centre on one of the hottest weekends of the year could have backfired. When the sun’s shining, culture comes pretty low on our agenda. But, as it happened, we discovered a city and a hotel as beguiling as any beach. The weekend began with an early flight. The idea of the same two beach bums getting to the airport super-ear…
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Neri Hotel & Restaurante

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Asking two semi-professional beach bums to review a hotel in a city centre on one of the hottest weekends of the year could have backfired. When the sun’s shining, culture comes pretty low on our agenda. But, as it happened, we discovered a city and a hotel as beguiling as any beach.

The weekend began with an early flight. The idea of the same two beach bums getting to the airport super-early on a Saturday is beyond a joke; luckily, it was remarkably easy. With nothing but hand luggage, we were in a cab on our way to Hotel Neri by 11h. Located in a back street in Barrí Gotic (the Gothic Quarter, the oldest, most picturesque part of Barcelona) it’s a little difficult to find, but that’s a good thing. As we were to learn, this is a city that never sleeps, so our location proved a bonus when we wanted some kip; there’s no chance of a hedonistic rabble partying below your window.

Too early to check into our room, we dumped our bags and found our first of many bottles of rosado waiting conveniently round the corner at a tiny café. After a lunch of some delicious garlicky prawns and a prowl around the neighbourhood streets, we got back about 15h, and were very pleasantly surprised by what the Neri had to offer. When you stumble in from the sun and heat, it’s really very startling. You certainly appreciate its darkness and austerity as a welcome respite from Barcelona’s busy streets.

The hotel is housed in an 18th-century palace, with an extremely dramatic interior that combines striking Gothic architecture with super-modern features. It is contemporary – not in a minimalist way, but with the original features preserved and presented in a cutting-edge context. The front door is made of enormous sheets of glass and ornate metalwork, there are mad pieces of art dotted about on exposed brickwork, and gilded mirrors hang on stone walls. It all works beautifully.

Even better, the rooms are a reason to shut the door on the rest of the world. Our bedroom was sultry, spacious and sumptuously sexy. A huge bed, lots of velvet and dark silks and stacks of cushions made it hard to leave. It’s the perfect place for a cheeky weekend. All you want to do is draw the drapes, sink into the dark-grey slate bath and sip champagne, or stretch out on the enormous bed and ignore whatever’s on the large plasma screen in front of you. Eventually we prised ourselves out, headed up to the hotel’s pretty private rooftop, and rang down to the bar for an aperitif before dinner. Below, it might have been busy all around, but cosied up on cushions, alone on a terrace nestled among age-old rooftops, we couldn’t have enjoyed a more peaceful sunset.

Adjacent to the hotel is La Ribera, another of the city’s oldest areas; judging by all the bright young things, it is also where the hip folk hang out. We weren’t massively hungry, and wandered around until we found a fantastic tapas restaurant in a little square, where we joined bohemian thirty-something senyors i senyores picking at olives and manchego cheese. With a pop of another cava cork, this Mr Smith, who lives in Africa, and Mrs Smith from south London, decided to meet in Zanzibar for another week of pleasure. But even that would be hard pushed to beat the romance of Barcelona. Everywhere you stroll, the air is alive with the sounds of buskers: opera singers, string quartets, a girl playing the harp. Sitting under the moonlight with someone you love, listening to haunting melodies picked out on a Spanish guitar, is a real life-is-sweet moment.

We weren’t in the mood for anything too intrepid, so we were happy to discover how easy it is to explore Barcelona on foot. In the centre of the action, close to tourist-packed Las Ramblas, behind Avenue de Catedral, we sneaked a look at La Seu. Even Mr Smith, who had declared right at the start that he wasn’t being dragged into any churches, had to concede it blew him away.

You can’t help but soak up Barcelona’s culture – it’s all around you. There are the eccentric buildings designed by Gaudí, and countless galleries and museums, many of which are within walking distance of the Neri, such as the inspirational Museu Picasso. But we suggest avoiding the best-known landmarks when the mercury is at its highest. It is worth seeing the mind-boggling craftsmanship of La Sagrada Família close up, but eschewing the queues to go up to the top we spent the rest of our morning wandering around town, eyes open to the stunning architecture.

Barcelona offers romance, decadence, heritage, a chance to party and the option of chilling. But the crowning glory for this pair? The beach. A 45-minute train ride took us to the seaside town of Sitges. The carriage was packed, but even listening to the rhythms of the Spanish chatter was fun. Serendipity had coincided our visit with a religious festival, and as we wandered down the hill, we joined a crazy procession of stilt-walkers with papier-mâché heads and voluminous costumes, all heading towards the clifftop church. We revelled in the carnival atmosphere and the sounds of accordions, guitars and windpipes, and pondered whether Tim Burton had helped out with this particular interpretation of the nativity. We then found a spot on the sand among friendly preeners and posers. An afternoon spent lying in the sun, buying beers and snacks from the good-looking young Spaniards patrolling the beach – who could complain?

But you don’t need to leave town to feel sand under your feet or frolic in the sea. A ten-minute cab ride from the hotel brings you to Barceloneta, the city’s own man-made beach, flanked by lots of restaurants and bars. This discovery had us changing our return flights, booking into the Neri for another night, and extending our long weekend by another day. Our last afternoon entailed dawdling over a long, boozy seafood lunch in Port Olímpic, and more beach-based relaxation. This is a city where you can find delicious wine and tapas whatever the time, wander around or hang out until the wee hours, and finally retire to your immaculately serviced room at the Hotel Neri to get some rest before you start all over again.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Neri Hotel & Restaurante's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a superb location next to the cathedral; the hotel has friendly helpful staff and lovely modern rooms.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Neri sits in a great neighborhood, has a fantastic chef and wonderful service. I have stayed there a number of times and it has never disappointed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a beautiful hotel right in the centre of gothic quarter. It has great character, all the facilities and excellent staff.

Don’t expect

Because of the situation, you can hear some noise from people coming home from the bars and restaurants, but this was never past midnight so not a real problem for us.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a lovely small hotel in the heart of the Barri Gothic quarter of Barcelona. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We had a very enjoyable stay here and I would go back there again. They recommended a restaurant for dinner one evening – Pla – and it was outstanding and very near the hotel. All in all we were very pleased with our booking of this property through the Smith booking service.

Don’t expect

We only had breakfast at the hotel once and while the breakfast was nice with many choices, at €19 per person it is more expensive than it should be. Also, not all the junior suites have a view (ours did not) and so one should check ahead of time as to what room options there are since there is variability in the accommodations in the same booking category.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff was excellent. The rooftop bar was fabulous for late-night drinks. It's a great location to explore the Gothic Quarter. Breakfast is lovely.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Rooms, service, breakfast – the hotel was perfect for us and our friends. It's very central in the old part of Barcelona. Ideal.

Rating: 10/10 stars