Barcelona, Spain

The Serras

Rates from (inc tax)$235.78

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 (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Picasso’s portside studio


Old Town el Born

Picasso studio turned boutique hotel The Serras has a historic façade by a famous 19th-century Spanish architect and a mod-minimalist interior that favors geometric patterns in black and white, hints of gold and natural wood, and a smattering of abstract paintings. We feel certain Pablo would have loved drinking Cachaça-based cocktails on the roof terrace, sketching the views from his room’s private balcony and watching the chefs at work in the modern Catalan restaurant.

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Need to know


28, including eight suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $235.78 (€217), 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.

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 (EUR238.50), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast.


If you fancy hiring bikes, taking a private tour of Barcelona, or hiring a boat for a romantic evening meal, just ask: the hotel can arrange all that and more.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, free WiFi throughout, nearby beach, on-site parking, valet parking, fitness room, personal training, laundry services. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine, minibar with free bottled water, smart TV, Malin & Goetz bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We’d take a light-filled Deluxe Room any day, with those floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and monochrome tiled headboards. And we’d never say no to a spacious Junior Suite, with that cushy lounge area and those private-balcony views of Ciutat Vella.


On the rooftop terrace there’s a float-worthy outdoor swimming pool with sweeping sea views; it’s surrounded by sunloungers and cocktail bar El Sueño is only steps away. Count the yachts pulling into Port Vell Marina as you sip mojitos and snack on salty olives.

Packing tips

Bring your sketchpad and pencils to channel the creativity of this former art studio.


Ask to arrange in-room wellbeing treatments, including therapeutic massage, reflexology, vitamin C facials and mani-pedis.


Little Smiths of all ages are welcome; extra beds are free for under-sevens and €40 for seven to 14-year-olds.


The hotel welcomes children, and many of the rooms can be connected to give families more space. The lift makes pushchair access to rooms and the roof terrace no trouble at all, and the neighbourhood is family-friendly too.

Best for

Children of all ages.

Recommended rooms

A cot can easily fit into the Grand Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites, and the hotel can provide extra beds too. Under-sevens stay for free, and there’s a daily charge of €40 for seven to 14-year-olds.

Swimming pool

Supervised children are welcome in the rooftop pool.


There’s a children’s menu in the restaurant, which will adapt items from the main menu for little palates. High chairs are available, and there are baby changing facilities too.


Qualified nannies and babysitters can be hired for €20 an hour, for minimum blocks of two hours. Additional charges apply from 11.30pm to 6.30am, for bookings of over six hours, and after the second child or first baby.

No need to pack

The hotel can provide high chairs, baby cots, bath toys and towels, kid-friendly DVDs, or tablets. Baby trolleys are available to rent for €15 a day, and nappies are available to purchase too.


The LEED-certificate-holding hotel recycles, and ingredients for the restaurant’s seasonal menus are locally sourced.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Opt for a table in front of the open kitchen in the evening.

Dress Code

To feel like a local, aim for your ‘oh-this-old-thing’ tried-and-true best: nothing too over-the-top, and a pair of espadrilles for Mrs Smith.

Hotel restaurant

All golden toned, with dark steel beams and light wood floors, modern Catalan and Mediterranean restaurant El Informal is helmed by Michelin-pedigreed chef Marc Gascon. You may be able to spot him hard at work through the enormous picture windows to the open kitchen; he’ll likely be cooking up seasonal crowd favourites such as the honeyed potato gnocchi with butter sauce and black winter truffles, or the charcoal grilled turbot with roasted leeks. Buffet breakfast is also served in El Informal; choose from house-made pastries and cakes, yoghurts and fruit, and cheese and charcuterie. Made-to-order hot dishes, including the likes of eggs and crepes, are also on the menu.

Hotel bar

Le Nine cocktail and lounge bar is open 24 hours a day for all your beverage whims. Cachaça fans will love house specialty the Serras Barcelona, a mix of Capucina Cachaça, Cedilla Liqueur de açai, Pechaud’s bitters, sugar cane, lime and strawberries. The luxury sangría is problematically thirst-quenching; if you’re lounging for a while, order cheese, charcuterie and sandwiches to nibble on, too. El Sueño rooftop terrace bar looks out over the Mediterranean and Port Vell Marina and is mere steps from the pool. Favourite poolside drinks include mojitos, beer, cava and cocktails, and toasties, nachos and an assortment of tapas are available to order from noon to 10pm. (During the summer, there’s often live music on the terrace, too.)

Last orders

Quench your thirst any hour of the day at Le Nine cocktail bar, and from 8am to 1am on the rooftop terrace. Breakfasts at El Informal run from 8am to 11:30am, lunches from 1pm to 4pm, and dinners from 7.30pm to 10.30pm (11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

Room service

When the desire to dine on your private balcony (or in bed) strikes, order sandwiches, charcuterie, cheese and fruit, desserts and drinks 24 hours a day. In-room minibars have Nespresso capsules, all manner of drinks and both sweet and savoury snacks.


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The Serras
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Barcelona Airport is 14 kilometres away; the hotel can arrange transfers in a Mercedes E Class for €95 each way, or van transfers for up to seven people for €125 each way.


Services from major cities – including Madrid, París, Valencia, Bilbao, Seville and Malaga – pull into Sants Estació, just five kilometres from the hotel; arrange one way transfers for €95 in a Mercedes E Class, or for €125 in a shuttle van.


If you’re spinning around Spain in your own set of wheels, the hotel has valet parking for €40 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Serras is part of the Born neighbourhood, in the  Old Town. The area has a village vibe and is full of shops; photogenic Santa Maria del Mar church, with its adjacent market, is three minutes from the hotel. You’ll be staying in Pablo’s former studios, so a visit to the nearby Picasso Museum is only fitting. Natural sandy beach Barceloneta is a short stroll away in the traditional fishing district; this Barcelona favourite is open to the public, suitable for swimming and supervised by lifeguards. You’ll also find a games area for children, sun loungers, changing rooms, beach umbrellas, drinks and ice cream kiosks, and restaurants all at the beach.

Local restaurants

The second oldest restaurant in the city, Can Culleretes (+34 93 317 3022) is all about unfussy tasty tapas dishes. Stone-walled El Atril (+34 93 310 1220) is a reliable favourite, too; ask to sit under the umbrellas on the Plaça de Sant Cugat. For modernised Mediterranean classics, head to chef Giuseppe Iannotti’s Dine KresiosIn industrial-design dream tapas restaurant Llamber, you'll find intricate gastronomical feats almost too pretty to eat (but do: everything's delicious).

Local cafés

Dainty deli with flair Les Tres a la Cuina (+34 93 105 4947) only has a few tables, but can otherwise do no wrong for laid-back lunches.

Local bars

Cocktail bar Marmalade (4-6 Carrer de la Riera Alta, +34 934 42 3966) has a swinging Fifties Havana feel, with just a dash of New York City. Behind Paradiso's (4 Rera Palau, +34 933 607 222 sandwich shop front, you'll find a speakeasy style bar; expect theatrical gourmet cocktails and a sense of intrigue.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Catalan capital’s Port Vell and unpacked their filled sketchbook and bottles of cava, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Serras in Barcelona…

As we step through the mid-19th-century facade of this Port Vell-side stay into its modern lofted lobby, we’re greeted with a glass of cava and a welcome hit of cool air. Taking note of the Picasso-inspired art, we start to feel a bit like we should have a dappled Daschund in tow, in order to better pay homage to one of Spain’s most famous artists during our stay in his former studio. We’re led up to our Barcelona abode, which has an enormous geometric-patterned headboard behind the cloud-like bed and a stand alone soaking tub with sea views, but don’t stay long because growling stomachs after a long journey lead us back down to the restaurant. 

The black and gold hued eatery is sultry date night at its best, which intimate two-top tables, and a huge picture window into the frenetic activity in the kitchen. We order a bottle of Spanish red and all the tapas plates our waiter recommends. We’re convinced that Pablo would approve.

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