Barcelona, Spain

Ohla Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$209.56

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR215.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Classic Catalan cool

Setting

Beside Barrio Gotico

A ravishing rooftop pool steals the show at Ohla Barcelona, a historic-goes-modern Barcelona stay whose neoclassical façade once housed a department store. Soft, minimalist interiors and a Michelin-rated restaurant draw discerning locals and travellers to the site of the first Count of Barcelona's palace, decked out in contemporary luxuries with the help of sculptor Frederic Amat.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

74, including 24 junior suites and one suite duplex.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $209.56 (€195), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €2.48 per person per night on check-out.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR215.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Some rates include buffet breakfast (€32 a person).

Also

An à la carte room-personalisation service is available on request; choose your pillows, amenities and even the aroma of your sheets.

At the hotel

Gym and wellness centre, sauna, hair salon, library, DVD library, terrace and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock and minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Standard rooms overlook the inner garden or Comtal pedestrian street; bag room 602 for its large walk-in shower. Design rooms are airy and open-plan, so be prepared to abandon inhibitions. Room 603 has large floor-to-ceiling windows and a view over the Palau de la Musica from the shower. The light and spacious junior suites have a living room and huge arched windows. We love room 508 for its dark, sexy bathroom with rain shower and separate bath overlooking Via Laietana.

Poolside

The glass-sided unheated rooftop pool is surrounded by white leather loungers and cabanas, offering unparalleled views of the city.

Packing tips

A notebook for jotting down the bartender's cocktail recipes, and a favourite frock/shirt for sampling them on the rooftop terrace. If the nights are chilly the hotel provides pashminas. Leave techy bits behind: the hotel has a variety of DVDs, Playstation games, and a laptop or iPad.

Also

In-room massages are available on request. Two standard rooms are adapted for wheelchair users.

Children

Kids are welcome. Extra beds (€56 a night in a junior suite) and cots (free on request, subject to availability) can be added to rooms. Babysitting is available with a local nanny, subject to availability.

Eco‐friendly

Solar panels are fitted in the hot water system; all food is locally sourced and seasonal.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For a view of La Plassohla’s bustling open kitchen, ask for a bar-side stool at the counter.

Dress Code

Understated Spanish chic.

Hotel restaurant

Ohla Barcelona has two restaurants, each with a singular style and menu. On the ground floor, the relaxed La Plassohla serves creative tapas dishes and has an industrial, slightly masculine feel, with high ceilings, concrete pillars and huge slate tiles lining the bar and open kitchen. Guests and locals alike have enthusiastically taken to the innovative tapas plates – whittling down your selections from the lengthy menu is hard, but we recommend the razor clams on toast with olives and lemon, the Iberian ham croquettes, and the confit chicken thigh with curry-flavoured 'crisps'. 

Hotel bar

Sink into one of the quirky lipstick-red tulip chairs with a dry martini or signature G&T lovingly crafted by Ohla Boutique Bar’s award-winning barmen. Open every day until 2am (3am on Fridays and Saturdays). During the summer months, the rooftop terrace is perfect for an al fresco twilight sundowner – try a Mulata Mojito, made with Havana 3, mint, lime, vanilla sugar, yellow Chartreuse, pure chocolate liquor and soda. Oh, and gold dust.

Last orders

La Plassohla is open from 7am–4pm and 7.30pm–midnight daily.

Room service

Room service is available 24 hours a day and includes appetisers, sandwiches, fish and meat plates, desserts and cheeses.

Location

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Address
Ohla Hotel
Via Laietana, 49
08003
Barcelona
Spain

Planes

The nearest airport is Barcelona Airport, known locally as El Prat, about 17km from the hotel.

Trains

Estació de França is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Barcelona’s main railway station, Estació de Sants, is about 6km away. It’s a 17-minute subway ride on the L1 line. The nearest metro station (Urquinaono, L1, L4) is only 20m from the hotel, and Catalunya (L1, L3) is 200m away.

Automobiles

The hotel is within walking distance of the Ramblas, so you won’t need a car to explore. There’s an extensive metro and bus service if you’re venturing further afield, or hail a taxi. If you do have a car, parking is available at the hotel for €30 a day, subject to availability. It takes about two hours to drive from France to Barcelona on the AP-7, and six from Madrid on the A2, via Zaragoza.

Worth getting out of bed for

After you’ve soaked up the Catalan rooftop rays and let yourself loose at Ohla's award-winning cocktail bar, you’ll want to see what the rest of Barcelona has to offer. Take a wander through the narrow streets of the Barrio Gotico, pausing to peer into the tiny boutiques along Calle Avinyo and the tapas bars of Calle Ferran. If your cards need a workout, then head to nearby El Corte Inglés (+34 934 934 800) for a dose of Spain’s favourite department store. For designer labels, head over to Paseo de Grácia. You’ll find more independent and unusual shops in the El Born area. The city is an exhilarating mix of Gothic and Spanish modernist architecture; Gaudi’s Casa Battló (+34 932 160 306) and La Pedrera are two of the most visually exciting examples. Have drinks on the strikingly surreal roof of the latter, with views over the city. The hotel is also just a five-minute walk from Palau de la Música Catalana (+34 932 957 200), where the elaborate stained-glass windows and extraordinarily grand interiors will make you gasp, before a classical-music concert stirs your soul. The Gothic architecture of Barcelona Cathedral (+34 933 151 554) may well have a similar effect. Passing theough Plaça de Catalunya on your wanderings is a must, too.

Local restaurants

Borrow one of the hotel’s foldaway bikes and cycle down to Agua (+34 932 251 272) on the beachfront; it’s fab for seafood. Grab a shady spot on the outside terrace if the sun’s beating down. 7 Portes on Passeig d’Isabel II (+34 933 193 033) is the oldest restaurant in Barcelona and serves authentic Catalan fare in a formal setting with a pianist from 10.30pm. For an avant-garde take on tapas, head to Comerç 24 on Carrer Comerç (+34 933 192 102), a modern restaurant decked out in bold shades of aubergine and mustard yellow. Models, footballers and discerning tourists head to Monk Bar (+34 933 184 252) on Pau Claris for its elegant Japanese, Mediterranean and French cuisine.

Local cafés

A few doors down from the hotel, the small, cute Creps a Barcelona café (+34 933 015 401) serves – unsurprisingly – crepes and gallettes in sweet and savoury combos, with a range of teas and infusions. Look out for heavenly Caelum in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, a 15 minute stroll from the hotel. Stylish café and shop combined, it’s the perfect place to stock up on yummy Spanish goodies (marzipan, nougat, brownies…)

Local bars

Charm your way into Mutis, a candlelit, velvet-clad speakeasy in a residential apartment building next to Bar Mut, between Diagonal and Pau Claris avenues. Bookings are essential so ask the concierge desk to organise (+34 934 158 515). Bar Mut itself is worth trying – people eat late here and it’s on the expensive side but the fish-focused tapas are delicious. Try the scallops or the carpacio huevos fritos. A ten minute walk from the hotel, dimly-lit, atmospheric Andu on Correu Vell is a real local’s haunt and well off the tourist trail.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

I can’t take my eyes off Xavi Hernández. I’m at Barcelona’s Camp Nou, a mecca for football fans. It’s a blustery spring night in the Catalan capital, and I’m finally watching an FC Barcelona home match. Everyone else, of course, is watching Lionel Messi – considered by many The Best Player In The World. Xavi is quietly efficient, graceful, making the hard things look easy… streamlined. (Bear with me, I am getting to the part where I talk about our hip hotel.) In many ways, the footballer’s movements are akin to our hotel: Ohla Hotel puts the ugly things out of sight, does the whole five-star thing without a song or dance, and retains effortless calm throughout.

Riffing on the footie analogy, Ohla has relegated the reception to the first floor. There are no luggage-laden, airport-weary tourists cluttering up this lobby. Sidle into the softly lit entrance through the discreet glass doors of this boutique Barcelona hotel, and you instantly sense the low-key buzz from the ground-floor restaurant and bar, where even the locals want a piece of the action. Built on the site of the first Count of Barcelona’s palace, this refurbished former department store and police office has dispensed with its civic duties to concern itself solely with the pursuit of pleasure.

Inside the bedrooms, cupboards and WC unsightliness has been done away with, eliminating the more scruffy elements of the room (they’ve, confusingly at first, been hidden behind the bathroom’s sleek black walls). The lighting is behind architectural cut-outs in the ceiling, and there are absolutely no furnishings that needn’t be there. It’s minimalist, but with a distinctly braver space-age feel rather than your typical Scandi style.

Fans of the flamboyant, fear not, it’s not all slick understated refinement. Our room’s centerpiece is the shower: more than a nod to the showy artistry of Messi. Standing on the edge of where our open-plan bathroom meets the bedroom – an enclosed ensuite with three clear-glass sides – it shouts proudly that not everything should be hidden. This isn’t form over function either, the soaking from the ginormous rainfall head is a near-religious experience, and while it might not be wholly appropriate for friends travelling together, who cares? This is a romantic trip. And you can easily fit two in here.

Surprisingly it’s outside where the splendour is at its strongest. The hotel’s entire façade is dominated by Mur d’ulls, 2011 a work by artist Frederic Amat, in which hundreds of ceramic eyeballs dramatically peer out at us. They’re curiously dotted around the neoclassical front exterior, and litter the modern façade at the rear. You can get up close and personal with these peculiar little pupils from the chill-out terrace, which is a perfect mixture of the hotel’s extravagance and refinement. It’s very New York, but with views of the mesmeric architectural chaos of Gothic Barcelona instead of skyscrapers. You can spend an age here – and we do – ogling the near-perfect vistas. By summer, this must be one of Barcelona’s most splendid spots.

Then there’s the location. We’d arrived the day earlier, Mrs Smith and I giving each other a knowingly smug grin as the taxi pulled up outside the hotel. We know Barcelona well and were more than a little pleased with its locale; Ohla Ciutat Vella is steps away from the best of the Gothic Quarter and just a short walk from El Born, a fashionable area with some fine eateries and nightspots (the internationally renowned tapas of El Xampanyet and Cal Pep, and the undeniably pretty new hotspot, Café Kafka are just some favourites).

Gastrobar is a light, airy space where the divine breakfast is also held. It’s a voyeurs’ dream with huge windows looking out onto the bustling streets outside. If you’re smart you’ll perch at the sleek bar and watch the chefs busily preparing tapas and platillos like Iberian pork cheek with sweet potato and charcoal-grilled mussels with fresh tomato sauce. The biggest hitters for us? The Marennes-Oléron oysters with green apple and kaffir lime: utterly sublime, we immediately ordered more; this is the sort of forward-thinking execution of Catalan cuisine that will see you back again, and again.

Finally we stray from the arms of luxury, and spend a day snooping around the streets around the hotel – boutiques interspersed with tapas and caña. (Bar Pinotxo, just inside Boqueria Market, is a must, with prodigious el Bulli icon Ferran Adrià agreeing on this.) Then, soon enough, we are on to see another of the chef’s great loves: FC Barcelona. It’s a masterclass, and they run out easy 4–0 winners. There’s a period in the second half, where the opposition don’t touch the ball for nearly 20 minutes; it was that moment where I started thinking of the Ohla analogy… It too is a well-oiled machine, and for large periods, the competition doesn’t come close.

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 had to say in Ohla Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The spacious rooms, the location, the service and helpfulness of the staff, the restaurant (great food), the roof terrace. Excellent all round for a city hotel. Go to all the Gaudi buildings - a must see!

Don’t expect

Great views - city centre roofscape!

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2016

We loved

Location of the hotel, in the heart of Barcelona. Have tapas at 2254 restaurant in Consell de Cent.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet.

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Stayed on 3 Oct 2016

We loved

The location of the hotel. The choice of food for breakfast. The rooms are lovely. The staff were great at advising where to eat in Barcelona and where to go to escape the crowds. The roof top bar for a quite drink after a day's sightseeing and shopping.

Don’t expect

To not be looked after.

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Stayed on 15 Sep 2016

We loved

The room, the location, the incredible service, the pool bar and the delicious breakfast! Ambrosia spa was a 20 minute walk away and was well worth a visit

Don’t expect

To be unhappy - the hotel will do everything possible to make your stay fantastic

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Stayed on 27 Jul 2016

We loved

Great location, helpful friendly staff, superb and spacious room. Recommend Hisop for dinner and Bar Mut, both exceptional meals

Don’t expect

The windows to open

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Stayed on 11 Jun 2016

We loved

the service, the room, the breakfast, the fabulous location.

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Stayed on 27 Nov 2015

We loved

The pool and roof, gym, food and cocktail bar. Staff were also very attentive and helpful. We really enjoyed enjoying the streets of the Gothic Quarter in the evening.

Don’t expect

The ordinary!

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Stayed on 27 Sep 2015

We loved

Very helpful and friendly staff would love to return.

Don’t expect

Difficult to get a lounger at peak times but we knew the pool would be small.

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Stayed on 29 Aug 2015

We loved

... the restaurant, the room and the service.

Don’t expect

... the lifts to arrive (they're really slow) or the pool to look quite as glamerous (the pool area is a little worn looking)

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Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

We loved

The location and the look and feel of the hotel. Not to mention the service.

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Stayed on 24 Jul 2015

We loved

The bistro, great Catalan food. Quiet rooms yet central position. Roof bar of course.

Don’t expect

Old fashioned subservience.

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Stayed on 12 Jul 2015

We loved

The food. Although that was true of all of Barcelona! The rooftop pool.

Don’t expect

Huge amounts of space. This is a city hotel and has crammed a lot into a smallish building.

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Stayed on 2 Jul 2015

We loved

The rooftop pool and bar. the view is stunning. The staff attentive, accommodating and professional.

Don’t expect

We did not encounter any problems

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Stayed on 14 Jun 2015

We loved

Fabulous hotel in a great location!

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Stayed on 21 May 2015

We loved

The decor, location, food...and especially the pool!

Don’t expect

A really quiet, secluded stay. It's walking distance to everywhere in central Barcelona.

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Stayed on 2 May 2015