Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Neri

Price per night from$475.26

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR445.91), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Private palazzi

Setting

Side-street sanctuary

Formed from two palaces in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, Hotel Neri’s architecture spans several centuries (half dates all the way back to the 1100s). The narrow mediaeval streets of the Gothic Quarter are right outside, as is arty La Ribera and the equally gothic cathedral. There’s a rooftop with a bar and a pool, a terrace that sprawls out onto Sant Felip Neri Square down below and a restaurant so good, you almost won’t need to venture out to the buzzy barrio’s many bars and tapas joints (but you really should).

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

28, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £419.67 (€491), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €6.88 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (€33 per person).

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, free bottled water, TV and Bluetooth speakers.

Our favourite rooms

For a ceiling worth admiring as you gaze up from your bed, book 107 and schedule some coffer appreciation. Some of the rooms have their own terrace, occasionally with outdoor bath tubs and showers for alfresco ablutions. For more space, opt for one of the hotel’s six apartments across the road.

Poolside

There’s a saltwater pool up on the roof, open for swims (and sangria) between 10am and 7pm.

Spa

In-room massages can be arranged on request.

Packing tips

Bring clothing suitable for scorchio Spanish temperatures, plus sensible shoes to conquer the city on foot from your super-central locale.

Also

One Deluxe room has been adapted for disabled guests.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome in the apartments for an extra €50 a day. See more pet-friendly hotels in Barcelona.

Children

All ages are welcome and under-12s stay for free.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Watch the world go by out on the plaza, or keep the cava flowing up on the roof.

Dress Code

The palazzi may inspire clothing that edges on extra.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel’s A restaurant always brings its ‘A game’ to its delicious dishes, which include tempura sea-bass with lime mayonnaise, grilled octopus with miso aubergine and kimchi romesco, and oxtail tatin with apples. There’s also the leafy, candlelit Roba Estesa rooftop and the Sant Felip Neri terrace, which extends onto the square outside. Breakfast is served either in your room or in the restaurant.

Hotel bar

The hotel serves drinks in its lounge bar, up on the roof and out on the terrace and, since this is Spain, the cocktails continue to be mixed until late.

Last orders

Breakfast hours are from 7.30am to 11am. Lunch is from 1pm to 3.30pm and dinner from 7.30pm to midnight. Drinks are available until 1am.

Room service

A separate room-service menu can be ordered from around the clock.

Location

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Address
Hotel Neri
Sant Sever, 5
Barcelona
08002
Spain

Hotel Neri is in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, close to the cathedral and only a brief ramble from Las Ramblas.

Planes

Barcelona’s El Prat airport is a 40-minute drive away. Hotel transfers can be arranged for around €100 each way.

Trains

Services from all over Spain call in at Estació de Sants station, 20 minutes away by car. Transfers arranged by the hotel cost upwards of €60.

Automobiles

The Gothic Quarter’s narrow streets are pedestrianised, but the hotel can send a valet to meet you at a nearby car park to help with heavy luggage.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Barri Gòtic location means you’ll be close to the cathedral and all the bars and restaurants this cool quarter has to offer. Museums nearby include homages to both Picasso and Joan Miró. It’s also close to La Boqueria market, just off Las Ramblas; and for great views and multi-coloured mosaics, don’t miss Gaudí’s modernist masterpiece Park Güell. 

Local restaurants

A Barcelona institution since all the way back in 1835, Los Caracoles may have been named after its snail signature dish, but there’s a lot more on the menu today, including Iberian ham, firewood-roasted chicken and lobster paellas. Another historic backdrop awaits amid the lofty ceilings, brick walls and wooden beams at El Pintor. Or for a little slice of hipster-heaven Hackney in the middle of Barcelona, head to Caravelle, a 10-minute walk away from Hotel Neri, for brunches and house-brewed beers.

Local bars

Barri Gòtic is one of Barcelona’s buzziest neighbourhoods, so you won’t go thirsty – nearby drinking dens include Bar Cañete and Bar del Pla.

Reviews

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Jackson Boxer

Anonymous review

By Jackson Boxer, Cookery-clan scion

Winding my way through the labyrinthine passages of the Gothic Quarter, refusing to consult a map, and relying only on my utterly misplaced confidence on an infallible sense of direction I have no reason to believe I possess, I couldn’t help but marvel on what an utterly wonderful and impractical vision of urban living these narrow streets provide. At a time when living in a walkable city is considered an essential component of a happy existence, how marvellous to maintain an environment in which two pedestrians would struggle to pass each other in opposite directions, let alone motorised traffic.

To then stumble upon the discreet entrance to the Hotel Neri, in the shadow of the ramparts of the magnificent old gothic cathedral, was to be whisked off the narrow alleys into a spacious temple of comfort and calm. The hotel is situated in a beautiful old palace (or two, to be precise), which have been sensitively converted to feel both marvellously grand, and also approachably welcoming. The team were very friendly, once I finally figured out how to open the large front door. If they were amused by the clumsy and flustered spectacle I made in the attempt, they were much too gracious to show it.

We'd taken an apartment in an adjacent palace, across the street. The rooms are comfortable, furnished with an unfussy modernity, the heavy brick walls of the old building in full evidence, giving a solid, protective feel to the space. I specifically wanted an apartment, because they thoughtfully include a small kitchen, and it's my greatest pleasure when visiting another country, not only to eat the magnificent local food, but to play with it too.

The food at Neri is a great point of pride for the hotel, and we enjoyed everything we ate there, but appreciated most especially the little extra touches they made, like bringing up little wraps of freshly candied citrus peel they’d made to the room unbidden, or leaving exquisite fruit out for me to find on our return from our perambulations, perfectly ripe kiwis for instance, whose sweet acidity restored the equilibrium of my palate one afternoon after a particularly heroic lunch.

Perched over the Gothic Quarter, windows flung open, the sounds and scent of the city filling the apartment, light streaming in, I couldn’t feel further from London – where it had been raining bitterly for something like the tenth successive week – in this moment. Trotting downstairs, I slid out to join the throng, and wound my way back and forth through the alleyways to get my bearings. The hotel is perfectly situated for my two favourite travel pastimes – ambling around with the sole purpose of working up an appetite, then eating with wild abandon to sate those hungers. Barcelona is an eminently walkable city at the best of times, but to be so well placed for both exploration – half an hour to hike up to the Miró Foundation, 20 minutes down to the beaches of Barceloneta – and eating, felt like I’d struck gold.

The classic tapas institutions of El Xampanyet and Cal Pep are a stone’s throw from Hotel Neri, perfect for that first meal with no reservation, and well worth the ritual of queuing up for perfect small plates of enormous charm and deliciousness, as are the excellent restaurants of Estimar and Direckte Boqueria. The latter is located in the Mercado de la Boqueria, whose halls I haunted to buy beautiful things to prepare for our breakfast each day, taken after a bracing dip in the rooftop saltwater pool, happily listening to the church bells in giddy conversation with each other. 

Indeed, Barcelona remains one of my absolute favourite cities for eating in, and an excellent place to recalibrate a jaded palate. The produce is superb, buying in the markets is fun, and I fully respect a city where the shops don’t open until well past 10am. I generally breakfast light, but do my best to squeeze in a couple of lunch stops, and a serious dinner. The standout meals of this trip were Gresca (Carrer de Provença, 230, booking essential), a menu with profound quantities of both offal and charm, artfully serving beautifully composed plates of archetypal Catalan staples with an unmistakably modern sensibility; and lunch at La Cova Fumada (Carrer del Baluard, 56, no booking), a tapas bar traditionally feeding the local fishermen their lunch after landing the morning’s catch, now with a much broader audience, and always ferociously busy, but serving immaculate plates of simple and spankingly fresh seafood. Both were a pleasant 20-minute walk from the hotel.

As I checked out of the Hotel Neri, thanking each of the wonderful staff in turn, I reflected ruefully that, while it’s a terrible pity the city I’m bound to call home by birth, work and family is so much colder, bigger, less amenable to strolling, I’d almost certainly be a hell of a lot fatter, to the point of no longer being able to easily navigate Barcelona’s narrow and winding alleyways, and what a cruel and ironic fate that would be.

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