Spa and free WiFi throughout.
The best (and most expensive) of the Tibidabo suites which overlook the mountains is Principal Tibidabo, which has a beautiful semi-circle seating area, a stained glass window in half of the dual lounge and a small balcony. This suite feels light and airy, and also boasts some beautiful frescoes. Passeig de Gràcia apartments overlook the front of the building; we like Principal Passeig de Gràcia best because of its large terrace. (Both Principal Passeig de Tibidabo and Principal Passeig de Gràcia were once the building's main living quarters, hence the names and their lashings of space.)
No pool, but be sure to make use of the waterbeds, sauna and massage room on the terrace.
Don’t worry if you forget anything – your concierge will replace any items that are AWOL during your stay.
Each apartment comes equipped with a personal assistant, who will happily organise any extras during your stay. Whether you crave a massage, a haircut, a make-up consultation, a babysitter or just some recommendations, let your PA take charge.
Small dogs can come too for free, but you’ll need to bring everything they need with you – nothing is provided. Bear in mind that the apartments are all white and rather fancy; messy dogs may mean headaches. See more pet-friendly hotels in Barcelona.
Very welcome. Cots can be added to rooms free; the chef can whip up a children’s menu. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged (€42.35 an hour) with a days' notice.
The apartments are all white, and there’s plenty of expensive designer furniture, so judge accordingly: older ones who can be careful, or very young ones who can be controlled, are probably best.
Principal Tibidabo and Principal Passeig de Gràcia have the most space – but if having a terrace worries you, opt for the former.
Take your little ones to the zoo at Parc Ciutadella, or to the aquarium (Europe's largest) on Moll d'Espanya. Wander around Poble Espanyol watching the crafts workshops and glass-blowing. If they're not scared of heights, have a ride on the Port cable car from Barceloneta beach over to Montjuic.
All rates are per apartment, which sleep up to four, and include a personal assistant, access to the hotel's spa, and WiFi. A 10 per cent discount applies to stays of four nights or more. Breakfast is not included, and costs €25 a person.
Request a private chef and choose your own menu, or get organic groceries and treats for the little Smiths delivered to your apartment.
A local nanny can be booked for €42.35 an hour (give two days notice).
No need to pack
Cots, buggies, sterilizers, changing mats and toiletries for little Smiths can all be provided, but you do need to book in advance.