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Hotel Highlights

  • Some of the city’s best nightspots inside your hotel
  • The beach is just 10 minutes’ walk away
  • The hotel plays host to delicious dining and a spectacular spa

Overview

A cutting-edge property in the cool Catalan capital, Meliá Barcelona Sky hotel is 29 glass floors of offbeat, bold style designed by French architect Dominique Perrault. Located in Poble Nou, this chic retreat has two restaurants and a sultry bar. A spa and outdoor pool with wood deck and sunloungers add an extra touch of luxury.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Meliá Barcelona Sky with us:

Breakfast for two in The Place on every day of your stay

Facilities

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Meliá Sky Barcelona hotel – Barcelona – Spain

Need To Know

Rooms

258, including 23 suites.

Check–out

Noon, though this is flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $125.30 (€113), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.47 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

Smoking is allowed in sections of the hotel.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, the hotel's own Meliá toiletries or Loewe bath products in Level category rooms and higher. There is a dazzling array of bonus treats if you book a room or suite in the Level.

Our favourite rooms

If you really want to splash out, book a Level Junior Suite and enjoy the sea room and 50sq m of space; or the penthouse Level Presidential Suite, a mini-kingdom hovering over Barcelona’s skyline, which offers a butler on hand 24 hours a day.

Poolside

There’s an unheated outdoor pool on the sixth floor, which is all metallic, industrial glamour. It comes with a wooden deck, sun loungers, tables and blue-and-white Balinese beds overlooking the sea.

Spa

Asian-inspired Yhi Wellness Spa is open from 11am to 9pm every day, and has a sauna, Turkish baths, a heated pool with whirlpool. Treatments include a range of massages and facials using all natural essential oils, herbs and spices. Try the sand ritual, which includes a green clay peeling and an energising citrus and green tea massage. Entrance to the spa is €40 a day, exclusive of treatments, but guests have free access to the 24 hour fitness centre.

Packing tips

Bikini, trunks and shades for poolside preening; dancing shoes for Barcelona’s nightspots (since the best ones are inside the hotel, Mrs Smith’s gravity-defying stilettos will be just fine).

Also

If you want an elevated level of luxury opt for the hotel's 'The Level' service, which indulges guests with a private reception, free access to all hotel services, a personal breakfast buffet, flexible check-out, a 24-hour concierge service, tapas and cocktails and in-room services including aromatherapy treatments, a Nespresso machine, a room on a higher floor with superior views and more.

Children

Kids are welcome at Meliá Barcelona Sky. Cribs are provided free for babies and a babysitting service with hotel staff is available for €15–€25 an hour. The loft suites offer more space and privacy, so are the most family-friendly option.

Food and drink

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Meliá Sky Barcelona hotel – Barcelona – Spain

Hotel Restaurant

Meliá Barcelona Sky has two restaurants, each with its own distinctive look and flavours. The Place, on the ground floor, serves modern Med dishes at lunch and dinner and centres on a colossal olive-tree sculpture. For loftier dining, head for the heights of the top floor and Dos Cielos restaurant, which serves up Michelin-starred creative gastronomic delights in an open-plan, stainless-steel kitchen, with dazzling 360° views over Barcelona. You can watch the chefs (led by culinary brothers Javier and Sergio Torres) as they go about their edible artistry. There’s a full wine cellar at one end of the restaurant. Make sure you book about a month in advance, especially for weekends.

Hotel Bar

The Place Cocktail Bar & Terrace in the lobby is a glimmering white space, punctuated with jewel-bright splashes of colour; lipstick-red walls, amber liqueurs glimmering behind the sleek bar, caramel and cappuccino sofas and glass screens in sweet-wrapper shades of emerald, blue, purple and pink.

Last orders

Dinner is served in both restaurants till 11.30pm. The Sky Lounge Bar mixes its last cocktails at 1.30am, Sunday to Wednesday; and at 2.30am, Thursday to Saturday.

Room service

Room service is available 24 hours a day and includes organic and Continental breakfasts, pasta, soup, snacks, main courses and desserts.

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Dress code

If you’re eating at the Place, match your outfit to the décor’s understated glam and sport some casual chic. If you’ve chosen the high-octane Dos Cielos, whip out your finest Barcelona bling and dress like queen and king.

Top table

At the Place, the more romantic, private tables are at the back, while the tables by the bar make for a more lively evening. The best tables at Dos Cielos are by the window; book one of these and drink up the views (along with the Rioja).

Local Guide

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Meliá Sky Barcelona hotel – Barcelona – Spain
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Make the most of Meliá Barcelona Sky’s YHI Spa, and treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering and a trial of the spa’s hydrotherapy circuit. Treatments are based around Aztec and Mayan rituals, and therapies and the organic products are locally sourced. There can be few things more relaxing and restorative than the spa’s underwater massage chairs, overlooking the ocean.

The hotel overlooks the 5.5 hectare Parc del Centrede Poble Nou, designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Enter the giant sustainable garden through a Gaudí-esque gate, promenade through its romantic forest and woodlands, and explore the old Oliva-Artés factory, which is by stunning willows, lianas and flowers of every description.

Gaudí’s famous work in progress, La Sagrada Familia cathedral, is just a short taxi drive from the Meliá Barcelona Sky. Visit the museum inside and watch the stonemasons industriously carving stones to be used in the building, as the controversial continuation of Gaudí’s 1882 beginnings gathers pace.

Visit the old part of Poble Nou, which once housed fishermen within its narrow, winding streets. Despite all the recent renovations, the area has retained its traditional Catalan charm, and is a tranquil and attractive setting. Compared to the tourist trap of Las Ramblas in central Barcelona, Rambla de Poble Nou offers picturesque, tree-lined charm and local feeling. There are even age-old shops and bars to explore, and Mar Bella beach awaits you at the end.

Local restaurants

For the finest, freshest fishy feast, sit beneath the wooden beams at El Pescadors (+34 932 240 004) on Plaça Prim and choose from salt-water wonders such as calamari, prawns, angler fish fricandó, tuna with pickled Figueres onions or hake with romesco bread and leek mousseline sauce. One of Barcelona’s most famous restaurants, Botafumeiro (+34 932 184 230) on Carrer Gran De Gràcia has seduced and sated foodies for more than 25 years with its traditional cuisine, culture and professional standards. The menu blends Catalan and Galician influences, with particular emphasis on seafood and sweets. If you prefer your snails on salad lettuce rather than garden lettuce, head to Los Caracoles (+34 933 023 185) on Carrer Escudellers. The restaurant, named after the garden-munchers, pays homage to them both in décor (mosaic snails adorn the walls) and in the menu. For the squeamish, there’s delicious paella and grilled chicken or fish. Agua (+34 932 251 272), on Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, is one of the busiest and best seaside restaurants, thanks to its beachfront location and moreish Mediterranean cuisine. Admire the warm, welcoming colonial-style interior, but head for the highlight – the beautiful beachfront terrace right on the boardwalk. Be sure to try Agua’s unique coal-cooked rice. You can snack on tapas if you just want a mainly liquid dinner.

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Popular, party-people’s Poble Nou

Meliá Barcelona Sky

272–286 Carrer Pere IV, Barcelona, 08005

Planes

Fly with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Spanair (www.spanair.com) to Barcelona Airport, known as El Prat. It takes around 20 minutes to reach Meliá Barcelona Sky from the airport. There’s also a regular train service – a direct train runs from Terminal A to the city centre every 30 minutes – and buses leave for central Barcelona four times an hour.

Trains

The nearest train station is Estación de Francia (Estació de França in Catalan), which links the city to Madrid and Paris. As for travelling within Barcelona, there’s an excellent metro and bus network.

Automobiles

For those who prefer to drive, parking at the hotel costs €25 a night. If you’re coming from France, take the AP-7 from the French border down to Barcelona. Drive from Madrid on the A2, via Zaragoza, or take the AP-7 from the south, via Valencia and Tarragona.

Reviews

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Meliá Sky Barcelona hotel – Barcelona – Spain
Meliá Barcelona Sky
Meliá Barcelona Sky 272–286 Carrer Pere IV Barcelona 08005 Barcelona Spain

Anonymous review

Rating: 10/10 stars
I’m a bit dazed. As I step out of the cab outside boutique hotel Meliá Barcelona Sky, I’m immediately struck by the giant green-and-blue building that soars up and up from the pavements of Carrer Pere IV. In elegant, vehemently low-rise Barcelona – known for its curving, art nouveau Gaudí-isms – skyscrapers most definitely aren’t the norm. I’m stil…
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Meliá Barcelona Sky

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

I’m a bit dazed. As I step out of the cab outside boutique hotel Meliá Barcelona Sky, I’m immediately struck by the giant green-and-blue building that soars up and up from the pavements of Carrer Pere IV. In elegant, vehemently low-rise Barcelona – known for its curving, art nouveau Gaudí-isms – skyscrapers most definitely aren’t the norm. I’m still looking up, open-mouthed, at its summit when I stumble face-first into a revolving door, which promptly spins around and disgorges me into the hotel’s stylish and sexy lobby. A bemused-looking Mr Smith is left standing outside with our luggage.

We’re staying on the Level – the VIP-friendly part of the hotel in which all the premium rooms are to be found – so we head up 25 floors in the lift to a check-in desk that offers breathtaking views over the city. Everything’s a bit special on the Level, you see. Food and drinks are complimentary, there’s a private cinema and games room, and you’re extremely unlikely to bump into anyone wearing a bum bag and ‘I love Barcelona’ baseball cap. Once he’s finished interrogating the concierge about restaurants and dancing venues for the evening ahead, Mr Smith thoughtfully slips into the conversation that we’re in town to celebrate my birthday. In a blur of well-chosen black clothing, the concierge disappears to the bar at the end of the lounge and produces two flutes of crisp, chilled Cava. We clink glasses and toast what I can’t help thinking is going to be a wonderful weekend.

Glasses still in hand, we enter our largely darkened room on the 21st floor and throw back the drapes to reveal floor-to-ceiling windows. Mr Smith, a vertigo sufferer, recoils, but I ease myself onto the glass-side chaise longue and spend several minutes gazing down on the impressive sea vistas. The dazzling hotel pool, with its requisite bronzed bodies draped over bright-red Balinese beds, is also directly below. I know where I’m going to be spending tomorrow. ‘There’s a sun lounger down there with my name on it,’ I inform Mr Smith, who is too busy plugging his iPod into the Tango X2 audio system to take much notice of me. He’s already fallen in love with the in-room gadgetry, though I’m more impressed by the Nespresso coffee maker beside our bed and the lovely Aveda products in the bathroom.

Dressed to the nines and feeling ‘birthday fabulous’, we slip down to the Sky Lounge Bar to join our friends who’ve accompanied us from London for the weekend. They offer birthday wishes and enthusiastic nods of approval at my choice of hotel. We sit on white, L-shaped couches to sip more Cava and survey our surroundings. Rectangles of blood-red carpet provide vibrant splashes of colour on the glossy white floor while the light fittings above look like rolls of unravelling paper. A sleek, rectangular bar sits beneath a lamp that looks like a giant baby’s mobile, and an attractive female DJ spins some funky, chilled-out tunes on the decks nearby. By now, we’re feeling cooler than the bottle-filled ice buckets in front of us.

After drinks, we enjoy a delicious dinner of high-end tapas – jamon iberico de bellota, truffle omelettes and freshly grilled seafood – in the lively Sky Food Bar, which winds up around 1.30am. We then head for Port Olympia, just a few blocks from the hotel, where there are a multitude of stylish clubs and bars that face directly onto the beach. Afterwards – we’re having a big night, OK? – we troop back to Angels and Kings, the super-sexy Catalan sister of the infamous New York and Chicago hangouts, which is ideally situated on the sixth floor of our hotel. Mr Smith and I feel incredibly rock ’n’ roll as we swan up the red carpet, straight past the queue and flash our room keys to the doorman. We dance until the wee small hours, then take the short trip up in the lift to where our comfy king-size bed awaits.

After waking to freshly made espressos and what can only be described as 'breakfast tapas' – tiny pots of yoghurt topped with fresh-fruit compote, baby pastries, squares of omelette, cheeses and charcuterie – from the Level Lounge buffet, we don our finest swimwear and make a beeline for those red sun loungers down at ground level. The soothing sound of water trickling into the glamorous metallic pool, and the blissed-out beats emanating from hidden speakers, lull me off into a sensuous and satisfying siesta.

Afterwards, half our party heads to Gaudí’s Park Güell for a culture fix, while the foodies among us make our way over to La Boqueria, a bustling, undercover food market just off Las Ramblas. Here, we sample melt-in-the-mouth jamon, moreish Manchego and artfully displayed anchovies, before tucking into delicious grilled prawns, cooked-to-perfection squid and the biggest scallops I have ever seen at one of the busy marketside tapas bars. Then we walk off our accrued calories on the beach, where locals gather to play music and volleyball in the sunshine. Back at Meliá Barcelona Sky, we treat ourselves to sunset cocktails and picture-perfect views from the 24th floor outdoor terrace.

That night, we do it all again. The drinking, the dining, the clubbing, the falling into bed at 4.30am… So, by Sunday morning, I’m starting to feel far older than my new age. Mr Smith and I take advantage of the late checkout that he’s thoughtfully arranged, and spend those extra hours luxuriating in the downstairs ME Spa. Lying on a warm marble slab in the hammam, a masseuse’s fingers undoing all the knots in my back, I reflect on our blissful weekend in the Catalan capital. It’s been fascinating, luxurious and unbelievably cool – exactly like Meliá Barcelona Sky. I’ll definitely be back. I guess you could say I’ve found my Level.

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 have to say about Meliá Barcelona Sky in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location, the pool. Lots of restaurants on Main Street through Poble Nou. Recommend El 58. Also walk down to front and along the promenade, it's a lovely walk.

Don’t expect

Lively roof bar in May, it was empty because it was too cold and windy.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were very attentive and helpful, full of smiles and happy to speak English. Local recommendation is to use the metro at Poble Nou. Very easy to use system and machine that you can change to English language.

Don’t expect

Tea bags! Each night we had to ring reception as the cleaners didn't restock the tea bags!!! Scandalous! 

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The area of town, attentive and v friendly staff, amazing bed, huge buffet brekkie. Go Car sightseeing tour was excellent fun

Don’t expect

Few blown lightbulbs in room and few other bits of disrepair.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The tasty morning breakfast, beautiful views out of the window, waterfall shower, and the up and coming cool neighborhood. El 58 is a great tapas bar in the up and coming Poblenou neighborhood, not to be missed. Eight out of 10.

Don’t expect

Consistent temperatures in the shower - the shower was really lovely and spacious but the temperature constantly fluctuated between scalding and frigid. They're also pretty militant about the breakfast time, so don't plan on rolling in at the last second.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service was amazing and the rooms were stunning. This hotel exceeded all our expectations :) Recommend visiting the restaurants by the beach.

Don’t expect

Nothing!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The breakfast, the staff, and the beach.

Don’t expect

To easily find a mirror in your room: there is one but it was hard to find.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The bedroom was wonderful with a view looking out to the mountains. It was large and spacious with plenty of places to put your belongings. Breakfast was sensational with so much selection and great service.

Don’t expect

The quickest way to get into the city centre is by train, but the station is close so this wasn't a problem at all.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Level lounge and Dos Celios restaurant. Views from The Level and rooms. Position close to beach and metro. The spa. Nearby, go to Rambla del Poblenou close to hotel for restaurants. Try El National on Passeig de Grazia for upmarket tapas in the city. Obviously the Sagrada and the Casa Batillo and a wander round the old parts of the city. Views from Montjuic are fantastic too.

Don’t expect

Bargains: it's not cheap. Traditional: it's big and modern.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Level - the staff here were always friendly and helpful the weather wasn't great for our stay so it was nice to have somewhere to sit and read with a glass of excellent cava.

Don’t expect

The room was definitely not 5-star - chipped basins and paintwork but was clean.

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The interior design, the quality of the rooms and the spa.

Don’t expect

It to be too busy, it's a large hotel but sometimes it had quite an empty feeling.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Roof top pool. 10/10.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room, the staff, the breakfast, the pool

Don’t expect

Had to chase the waiting staff a few times at breakfast to get coffees.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The water views, the architecture, the ground floor cafe/restaurant, the friendly staff, and the spacious rooms.

Don’t expect

The gym and spa areas to be opened.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Staff. Breakfast.

Don’t expect

I would've liked the pool open in October.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel had a great relaxed atmosphere. We were on a lads weekend but whilst we were there, there were groups of women, younger families, older families, couples and everyone seemed to have a great time. So i'd say the hotel caters for everything. Nothing I can think of would have made my stay better, it was perfect for what we wanted. The hotel pool is a perfect meeting point and it's a short walk to the beach which is stunning. Further along the beach there's a bar/club/restaurant called opium which was great for food and perfect for the night.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Level Lounge staff were always helpful and attentive, with nothing too much trouble to them. Dos Cielos is a definite must for any food lover: one Michelin star could quite easily be two, for both food and highly professional staff.

Don’t expect

I thought the rooms could do with a little TLC, as some of the walls had scrape marks where suitcases had caught them.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

For a little extra each day you can purchase entry to the Lounge Bar on one of the upper levels. It's a very relaxing space where you can have complimentary drinks and snacks: great for relaxing after a busy day.

Rating: 8/10 stars