Barcelona, Spain

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Rates per night from$288.20

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 (EUR253.64), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Reinvented Roman


Gothic Quarter grandeur

Ancient Roman brick walls and frescoes combined with hip style, hot staff and first-class service? Sí, sí and sí: Mercer Hotel Barcelona perfectly epitomises ‘stylish boutique city stay’. Hidden among the historic Gothic Quater’s winding alleysways, the hotel has two excellent restaurants, a chilled-out bar staffed by expert mixologists, and a plunge pool from which to admire the Catalan capital’s pleasing jumble of rooftops…

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A glass of wine and a tapas selection; SilverSmiths instead get a bottle of cava; GoldSmiths get both a bottle of cava and tapas


Photos Mercer Hotel Barcelona facilities

Need to know


Twenty-eight, including a suite.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability (late check-out 2pm–5pm is €150, if available). Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $288.20 (€254), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.48 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude buffet breakfast (€36 a person).


The library, a few steps up from the bar, used to be on the sentry path between the 28th and 29th Roman watchtowers; the frescoes were uncovered during hotel’s renovations.

At the hotel

Library, terrace, courtyard, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free minibar with mineral water and soft drinks, black-out curtains, desk, air conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Sink into the indulgent four-poster in Room 108 (a Junior Suite) with an original stone wall dating back to the 2nd century. Or, lounge on your large terrace; 108 is at the very back of the hotel, so it’s perfectly private. Room 106, a Gran Deluxe, has a small balcony that overlooks the inner courtyard.


The plunge pool, surrounded by loungers, on the fourth-floor terrace is a top place to lounge with exceptional city views.

Packing tips

Bring your Catalan phrasebook, not Spanish – a few words in the right language will endear you to locals.


All common areas but the library are wheelchair accessible, and one Superior Room has been specially adapted for wheelchair users.


This stylish stay is more of an adult hideaway, but little ‘uns won’t be turned away.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Book the private dining area on the terrace for extra-special celebrations.

Dress Code

To match Mercer Restaurant’s understated style, go for something simple but classic.

Hotel restaurant

Dine Kresios, where the ancient architecture and top-class cuisine are the focus; Chef Guiseppe Iannotti serves modernised takes on Mediterranean classics. Or, enjoy excellent tapas or fresh oysters in Le Bouchon.

Hotel bar

Mrs Smith's first choice in the chilled-out, dark Mercer Bar is a negroni, but there’s a range of Spanish beers and choice cavas and champagnes on offer, in addition to the handcrafted-cocktail menu and extensive gin array.

Last orders

Tapas is served in La Bouchon from noon to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm. Breakfast is served in the Mercer Restaurant and Patio de los Naranjos courtyard 7.30am–11am Monday to Friday, and 8am–11.30am at weekends.

Room service

Order anything you like from the restaurant menus during restaurant hours, and snacks, sandwiches, desserts and drinks can be ordered to your room anytime, day or night.


Photos Mercer Hotel Barcelona location
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Carrer dels Lledó 7


It’s a 25-minute drive from Barcelona-El Prat Airport; touch down from almost anywhere in the world, including domestic transfers. Some low-cost airlines land at the further-out Girona Airport, which is an 80-minute drive from the hotel.


Barcelona’s main Sants station is a 15-minute drive away, and has Renfe services from around Spain as well as other European cities (including Paris, Zurich and Milan).


There’s really no need to drive in Barcelona – the metro, plentiful cabs and your own two feet will get you everywhere you need to go. But if you do need a car, there’s valet parking on-site for €45 a night (the actual car park is a five-minute walk away).


The nearest metro station is Jaume I, and the air-conditioned trains will whisk you efficiently (and cheaply) almost everywhere you want to go in town. If you’re coming from the airport, the Aerobus runs frequently from every terminal and takes you quickly and cheaply to the central Plaça Catalunya, from where you can grab a taxi or the metro to Mercer.

Worth getting out of bed for

Almost all of central Barcelona is atmospheric and picturesque, but the ornate-architecture-packed Gothic Quarter and neighbouring hip hub El Born, just over Via Laietana, are probably the best for foot-aching hours of random street wandering: bring your camera and your comfiest but coolest shoes. Surrounding Mercer Hotel Barcelona you’ll find no shortage of engaging street art to Instagram, fanciful historic spires to admire and no-name tapas bars to discover and brag to your friends about.

At the Museu Picasso de Barcelona, admire more than 3,800 of Picasso’s works and see the chronicle of the artist’s long relationship with Barcelona. Get there early: the queue soon snakes around the historic Born district’s alleys (Carrer Montcada 15-23; +34 (0)932 56 30 00; Don't miss La Boqueria: the most famous of Barcelona’s many markets, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is a local institution. It’s the place to go to pick up ingredients, soak up the sights and sounds and mingle with the locals (Ramblas 100; +34 (0)933 02 72 60; Everyone who visits Barcelona goes to the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia, but there's a reason: Gaudí’s iconic (and unfinished) masterpiece might  probably the most obvious attraction in the Catalan capital, but it’s worth a visit to wonder at the level of detail. Every part of the giant building is intensely ornate (Carrer de Mallorca 401; +34 (0)934 55 02 47;

Local restaurants

Top tapas bar Botafumeiro is great for lunch or dinner – the seafood’s particularly recommended (Carrer Gran de Gràcia 81; +34 (0)932 18 42 30; An upscale but laid-back restaurant just steps from the hotel, Tapas 24 serves high-quality food at reasonable prices (Carrer de la Diputació 269; +34 (0)034 88 09 77; Enjoy oysters, tapas, wine and cocktails in the romantic Boca Grande Savoir Vivre in the cool Eixample part of town (Passaige de la Concepció 12; +34 (0)934 67 51 49; 


Local cafés

If you're hunting for sweet delights, star Catalan pastry chef Carles Mampel has created a string of tiny cake shops and tapas bars named Bubo across the city… our favourite is in the very hip El Born district, on the corner of a bustling square opposite historic Santa Maria del Mar church. Enjoy delicious small plates and tasty mojitos or sangria followed by cake creations so exquisite you almost won’t want to eat them – grab some delicately flavoured marshmallows or macarons to take home, too (Caputxes 10; +34 (0)932 68 72 24; No-frills crepe shop Creps Barcelona – also serving a range of teas and infusions – is conveniently located on a bustling central shopping street. Pop in for a sweet snack between boutiques (Via Laietana 45; +34 (0)933 01 54 01; And, the Crustó bakery is the ideal place to pick up some treats on your way to the beach or Park Güell (Valencia 246; +34 (0)933 01 54 01;


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Lisa Goldapple

Anonymous review

By Lisa Goldapple, Latina bon viveur

The blue dotted line informs us that the Mercer is a six-minute walk from my apartment – but Google Maps doesn’t account for culinary deviations. It’s really just over 10 minutes if you stop to gorge on a Michelin-starred mascarpone croissant at the nearby Hofmann Bakery.

I live in Barcelona. It might seem loco to go on holiday just three bakeries, two Chinese supermarkets and seven tapas places away from where I bed down every night, but Mr Smith is visiting from London and flatmates aren’t sexy. From experience I can tell you that Mr & Mrs Smith hotel suites are. As is Barcelona.

It doesn’t matter how many times I wander through the familiar narrow pavements of the Gothic quarter, passing original boutiques, restaurants, dive bars and ruins, I never get desensitised to its whopping great basílica. If you look at Barcelona from a vantage point such as Montjuïc or the secret bunkers of Guinardó, its cathedrals appear as if in quicksand punctuating the landscape. They’re not shy.

Neither is the Mercer. Its cavernous stone arch entrance appears down a cobbled side street. ‘Welcome to Barcelona!’ We’re handed a cold, crisp glass of cava in a chic lobby, which reveals Roman ruins dating back to the 1st Century AD. The manager informs us, ‘These Roman ruins date back to the 1st Century AD!’

His enthusiastic tour reveals a considered interior of Gothic and modern architecture offsetting the historic walls, a busy tapas joint behind Lynch-y velvet curtains, a Mad Men-style bar, a sophisticated restaurant with a glass courtyard of orange trees, and a rooftop pool. To top this off, we’ve been upgraded to the best suite, all because I’m craving the one thing Barcelona apartments are seriously short of – a bath tub – and had requested a room in which I could soak the night away.

Jesús wept! The bath is as big as my bed, the bed more sizeable than my bedroom, and the suite is larger than my apartment. We sack off visiting the decadent Aire Arabian-style Baths in Born for now, as we’ve got our own private bathing zone – and it’s enshrined within a suite of gold Gothic arches, exposed brickwork and deep-purple furniture… plus there’s no old man watching us in Speedos from the corner.

Things get mediaeval. That night we dine on rabbit, pork, ham and mussels in one of my favourite tapas places – Bar Angel – which you’ll find hidden down a side street behind the ornate Estació de França. I’m not ashamed to admit that Mr Smith and I are catching zeds in our oversized bed by the time most locals go to dinner. I fall asleep fantasising that this suite is my apartment, in denial that I kip just the other side of Via Laietana on a glorified camp-bed which catapults Mr Smith across the room if he ‘sits’ on it too excitedly.

The next morning cathedral chimes signal time for more gastronomic joy. Ever since I moved here I’ve been dying to try out the nearby Cal Pep, the traditional tapas place that inspired London’s Barrafina. On this magical Friday afternoon there is no queue. I can tell you now that I’ve finally tasted it, I’d happily stand in line for its tuna tartare. We wash it down with a stop-off at Can Paixano, a one-of-a-kind champañeria down a side street of electrical goods. Hams and chorizos swing above our heads as we get toasted on 4 euro bottles of pink fizz and laugh at any tourists wearing white as it flies over heads.

Apparently there is an art to eating tapas – ‘tapeo’. If it’s artistic to stuff your face at every given opportunity – little and often – then give me a ‘montadito’ and call me El Gordo, because we’re already thinking about what to eat next.

That night we dine in the stunning wine-lined Mercer Restaurant, blinded by a crisp, white tablecloth, followed by an even crisper and whiter waiter. After a decadent one-two punch of goat, then fish, served in the Catalan style (slow), we imbibe a wickedly strong ‘gintonic’ at the adjoining cocktail bar and have a slightly boozy browse through the hotel library, the choice being random and eclectic (covering roof design, birdwatching and vampires).

Spurred on by the finest in food and booze, we venture into the Gothic area to an archetypal cosy Catalan bar called Andú. As is often common in Barcelona, the drinks are large and plentiful, yet the bill is only 15 euros each. Fast forward to daylight as we emerge from a late-night dive bar somewhere in the neighbourhood. It’s confusing, but in the best possible way.

Back at the hotel, it’s time for a game of musical chairs as Mr Smith and I shift from designer chairs as comfortable as a La-Z-Boy, to plump purple couch, to sumptuous bed. Never have we been happier to have such a large mattress on which to flop. A few hours later the blue skies of Barcelona encourage us up and out. Hola, Sunday.

I love a Sunday mooch. With such a central location the Mercer’s Gothic location is ideal. On one side you have the Rambla, the gritty Raval barrio and up-and-coming Poble Sec, and on the other, the chic Born and Parc de la Cuitadella (which I call Hyde-Park-on-acid). That’s not forgetting Barceloneta beach.

We hum, hah and then hire bicycles from Ride or Die (looking likely we’ll do both as more cava is involved). Cycling like born-again tourists in my adopted home city gives me a renewed appreciation of the place as we make our wobbly way along the coast. With Mr Smith here, the port’s local musicians sound like perfect soundtrack to an exotic Latino film of our lives. The next scene opens on a sandy beach, the two of us sunning ourselves with waves shimmering in the distance.

On the journey back, we stop in on Lost & Found vintage market, an infinitely Instagrammable collection of the city’s tat-and-beard brigade. It’s a monthly must see and out-does London for ‘hipsta please’ moments. Fashionista-watching over, we weave our way back to the hotel.

Upon checking out we reflect upon the luxuries of the Mercer Hotel. I ponder again how it might seem loco to holiday in the city in which you live, when Mr Smith, in a rare moment of insightfulness (or a more regular moment of drunkenness) points out it’s not the journey but the destination that counts. When the destination is the Mercer Barcelona, any journey, no matter how short or long, is worth it.

PD. (That’s PS. In Spanish). Do I get props for not mentioning Gaudi?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Mercer Hotel Barcelona’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Friendliness of staff. Cleanliness of hotel. Speed of service. Attention to details. Location.

Don’t expect

A lively hotel, this is a wonderful haven of tranquility in off peak season.


Stayed on 2 Mar 2017

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