Barcelona, Spain

The Wittmore

Price per night from$410.76

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 (EUR364.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Noble nook

Setting

Gothic heart

Adults-only stay The Wittmore has the air of a suave members club, bringing country-house looks and a speakeasy’s soul to the Gothic Quarter. Down a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it alleyway, the hotel achieves that through-the-looking-glass effect – you step from the bustling streets into a hidden world where long lunches and aperitifs reign supreme. The rooms borrow from country house and mid-century modernism alike, with patterned wallpaper going toe to toe with dark-wood cabinets, tartan fabrics and lamps in coral tones. Most overlook the hotel’s green-walled courtyard, home to restaurant Witty, where the small plates showcase the best of Spain and its Mediterranean neighbours. Up on the roof, there’s a plunge pool and terrace with sunset-striped loungers, calling for lazy afternoons and cocktail-tinged evenings.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

22, including three suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £340.61 (€400), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.68 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast. Go for the full Continental spread (€27 a person) or pick and choose from the à la carte menu.

Also

Catalonians eat late, so make dinner reservations for around 10pm if you want to be surrounded by locals.

At the hotel

Library, roof terrace, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Marshall speaker, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, tea and kettle, free bottled water, Dr Harris bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The decor in the rooms is a medley of modernism and country house style. Patterned wallpaper is mingled with mid-century furniture and coral-toned lamps, all of it exuding that warm and clubby feel the Wittmore excels at throughout. All of the rooms are furnished to the same standard and overlook an interior courtyard, so picking is simply a matter of how much space you need.

Poolside

The plunge pool is on the roof terrace, surrounded by sofas and loungers with sunset yellow and white stripes. Guests get the run of the rooftop until 6pm, when it opens to the public.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your swimwear – there’s a rooftop pool and the beach is within walking distance.

Also

All of the public areas are wheelchair accessible, as is one of the Small Rooms.

Children

The Wittmore is adults only.

Food and Drink

Photos The Wittmore food and drink

Top Table

On balmy evenings, request a table in the courtyard.

Dress Code

Informal, but guests often slip into something smarter for dinner.

Hotel restaurant

Restaurant Witty is split between an elegant dining room and the hotel’s charming courtyard, which has a ‘vertical garden’ of hanging greenery. Chef Alain Guiard’s menu is principally Continental in character, with plenty of Catalan influences. Start with Iberico ham croquettes and Normandy oysters, follow with the truffled gnocchi and coquelette stuffed with foie gras.

Hotel bar

The bar exudes Witty’s clubby feel, channeling a library with its velvet sofas, tartan armchairs and shelves lined with heavy tomes. Order one of the signature cocktails or a bottle from the judiciously chosen wine list.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7.30am to 11am; lunch from 12 noon to 3.30pm; dinner from 7pm to 11.30pm. Drinks flow at the cocktail bar from 6pm to 1am.

Room service

A reduced menu is available as room service, including burgers, sandwiches, tapas and salads.

Location

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Address
The Wittmore
Carrer de Riudarenes 7
Barcelona
08002
Spain

The Wittmore is hidden down an inconspicuous alleyway in the Gothic Quarter, one of the oldest districts in Barcelona.

Planes

Barcelona Airport can be reached directly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and most Continental hubs, including Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Depending on traffic, it takes around 30 minutes to drive from the airport to the hotel. The front desk can arrange one-way transfers in a luxury car for €90 for up to three people, or €100 for between four and seven passengers. The return journey is €10 cheaper; further discounts are available if you book round-trip transfers.

Trains

Barcelona Sants is a major rail hub, linking cities across Spain and its Continental neighbours. The high-speed AVE service from Madrid takes two hours; from France, the TGV from Toulouse takes three.

Automobiles

You’re unlikely to need a car in Barcelona; the central districts are best explored on foot, and the Metro system has you covered when you want to venture further afield.

Worth getting out of bed for

While the sun’s up, you’ll likely be making the most of the hotel’s enviable location – right in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The hotel is surrounded by some of the choicest tapas bars and restaurants in the city, and is within walking distance of Ciutadella Park, Barceloneta Beach and the city’s gothic cathedral. If you’re not in the mood for clocking up the miles, the roof terrace makes a fine spot for sun-soaked lounging – and is guest-only until 6pm. It gets livelier around sunset, when locals join for after-work drinks.

When you venture out, you’ll find that the Gothic Quarter and neighbouring El Born are home to some of the city’s most beautiful buildings, including the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the Plaça del Rai. They’re no slouch on the culture front, either: the Museu Picasso is home to one of the largest collections of the artist’s works and the Barcelona Museum for Contemporary Art showcased the best of current movements. For breathing space, take refuge in the verdant Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera, named after a prominent Spanish poet. Overlooking the port, these botanical gardens are home to hundreds of different species of cacti, each more fantastical than the last. For retail therapy, head to Passeig de Gràcia and bustling food market La Boqueria, where the stalls are piled high with jamón ibérico, cheeses, olives, fresh fruit and chocolates. Alternatively, post up at one of the deli counters serving traditional pintxo, tapas and Spanish wines. For after-hours kicks, head to Cabaret at The Barcelona Edition Hotel. Nights at this sultry, Seventies-inspired supper club begin with dinner – signature dishes include duck Margret, shellfish platters and dry-aged ribeye steak. Once the plates are cleared, performers, musicians and DJs take things up a gear.

Local restaurants

No trip to the city is complete without dinner at Bar Cañete, a perennially-popular tapas spot known for its bustling dining room and fresh-as-they-come ingredients. Settle on the burgundy banquette or a mahogany chair and prepare for a Catalan feast of market-bought seafood, prime meats and locally-sourced veg. Service runs non stop from 1pm to midnight; for the most Catalonian experience, aim to arrive around 10pm. Michelin-starred Dos Palillos brings a Japanese slant to Barcelona’s small-plate dining scene. It’s a pint-sized restaurant with two counters: one by the entrance, another skirting an open-kitchen, where the chefs slice and dice with creative flair. For top-tier alfresco dining, book a table at Rooftop at Serras, Marc Gascons sixth-floor restaurant overlooking the Marina Port Vell. Arrive in time for sundowners at the bar before taking up positions on the terrace, where you can dine on dishes like charcoal-grilled monkfish and organic veal fillet, served with Iberian pancetta, summer truffle and wild mushrooms.

Reviews

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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 Gothic Quarter hotel in Barcelona and unpacked their Catalan treats from La Boqueria market, a full account of their Spain city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Wittmore in Barcelona…

The Wittmore is one of those special hotels that pulls off the speakeasy effect: as you cross the threshold, you’re whisked from one world to another. One minute you’re navigating the bustling passages of Barcelona's Barri Gòtic, the next you’re in the tartan-clad interior of a private members’ club. Or so it seems, anyway. In reality, the Wittmore has simply borrowed the best aspects of its clubby cousins, including softly-lit interiors, an enticing restaurant and an adept concierge. It also exudes that sense of inner-city sanctuary, felt most in the bookshelf-lined bar and greenery-wreathed courtyard, which adds a flourish to all things prandial.

The rooms are equally inviting, drawing on the sleek sophistication of mid-century modern and the comfort of an English country house. Even the smallest have big, comfy beds, views of the courtyard and bathrooms stocked with Dr Harris products. The top-tier rooms add living areas with velvet sofas and genteel patterned wallpaper. During the day, guests who aren’t out and about tend to congregate in the courtyard or on the roof terrace, which has skyline views of central Barcelona. It’s after dark, however, that the Wittmore is most alive. Aperitifs are sunk by the fire and restaurant Witty is awash with fragrant tapas and bottles of Spanish wine.

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