Spa, gym, personal trainers, fitness classes, free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, CD player, minibar, black-out curtains, Red Flower and Acqua di Parma toiletries. In-room WiFi costs €18 a day.
Mandarin Rooms have fresh, stylish decor inside – all the hotel’s rooms get plenty of natural light – and also boast a terrace or balcony overlooking the gardens, ideal for private alfresco dining.
Split your swimming time between the hotel’s two pools: there’s a 12m pool in the spa (impressive for a city-centre hotel) and a narrow plunge pool on the rooftop terrace.
Bring your Catalan phrasebook: everyone speaks Spanish (and many people speak excellent English) but a few phrases in the native tongue will delight locals. Benvinguts a Catalunya!
Two rooms are adapted for wheelchair users, and the hotel’s common areas are accessible.
Welcome; baby cots or extra beds for under-12s (€120 a night for over-12s) can be added to parents’ rooms free.
Newborns to teenagers
Every room is big enough for an extra bed or at least two baby cots, but suites that have a separate living room will give family members more privacy.
When you’re not busy exploring Barcelona, keep kids occupied with the hotel’s stock of children’s books, U- and 12-rated DVDs, games consoles, computers, iPads, art and craft materials, board games and puzzles. Or, borrow a bike: this is a very cyclist-friendly city.
The larger pool is in the spa, which is a kid-free zone. But, there’s also a small pool ideal for a dip on the rooftop terrace.
Kids can tuck into dishes from their own menu (such as hot dogs, pastas and croquettes) and restaurant staff can provide highchairs on request.
Book a babysitter for €25 an hour (with a €15 supplement after 11pm); give at least a day’s notice.
No need to pack
There’s plenty of baby and kid kit available: the hotel has baby cots, cot bedlinen, bed barriers, potties, bottle sterilizing facilities, socket covers, highchairs, booster seats, pushchairs, soft toys and books to borrow. Bedrooms have black-out blinds.
Nappies, baby wipes, formula milk, baby food and child-friendly snacks are all available to buy.