The hotel is about 15 minutes’ walk from the Passeig de Gràcia, in an area once devoted to all things clothing. Hidden walkways between the hotel and other buildings are brimming with coffee shops and tapas bars.
Barcelona Airport is 25 minutes away by car; arrange a private transfer with the hotel for around €80 each way, or taxis generally cost around €35 each way. You can also take the Aerobus to Plaça de Catalunya, which is 600 metres from the hotel; tickets cost €5.95. Girona Airport, 75 minutes away by car, is the next closest airport; private transfers cost €250 each way.
Sants Station is 20 minutes away by car; arrange a private transfer with the hotel for €70 each way.
On-site parking is available for €18 a day, but we think the hustle and bustle of Barcelona is best enjoyed when not behind a steering wheel.
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Shopping opportunites abound on nearby Passeig de Gràcia: pick up quirkily patterned shirts and dresses at Brava and squee-worthy duds for little Smiths at Picnik. If you’re more in the mood for food-based browsing, head to traditional food market La Boqueria. There’s no shortage of Gaudí-sights to see, especially if it’s your first time in the city: La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell and Casa Batlló should definitely be on your to-visit list. When you’ve exhausted your limbs walking around the city, turn to Aire de Barcelona Spa for a pampering hammam treatment.
Relax with a stroll around city-central botanical spot Jardins de Mossen Costa i Llobera at the sea-facing foot of Montjuïc and marvel at the strange greenery, including rare cacti and palm trees.
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In the Catalan capital, the diminutive king of dining is undeniably the tapas plate. To get our fill, we like brick-walled and wood-beamed Llamber Restaurant, (5 Carrer de la Fusina, +34 933 19 6250) which serves them with a modern twist. At theatrical tapas bar Tickets (164 Avinguda del Paral·lel), dishes are served with drama, flair and a touch of whimsy. For an international angle, look to the dishes at Elsa y Fred (11 Carrer del Rec Comtal, +34 93 501 6611), which include salmon sashimi, and tiny, seven-tabled Bar Casa Xica: its owners are keen travellers to London and Japan and have created an Asian-Catalan cuisine hybrid. Casa Lolea (49 Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, +34 936 24 1016) pours vermouth with their tapas, and standing-room-only Quimet y Quimet (25 Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes +34 934 42 31 42) is worth the queue.
When you’ve had your fill of tiny sharing plates, make your way to Mercer Hotel Barcelona’s Dine Kresios, where Chef Guiseppe Iannotti serves modernised Mediterranean classics. For Michelin stars, make time for the 14- or 21-course tasting menu at ABaC Restaurant & Hotel, which includes Iberian suckling pig paired with mango tatin and bamboo-steamed foie gras.
Stop by specialty roasters Nomad Coffee (12 Passatge de Sert, +34 628 56 6235) for a silky smooth pick-me-up; you can buy a bag of beans to take home with you, too. Just two minutes’ walk from La Sagrada Familia, Le Coq and the Burg (8 Avinguda De Gaudí, +34 934 33 0908) is the place to go for egg-based brunches, mouthwatering burgers and cafés con leche.
Hidden away on a narrow street near Palau de la Música, the Antic Teatre Espai de Creació is a creative space used as a watering-hole for many locals; it also hosts a range of shows, including music and dance performances and a cinema series. For natural and biodynamic wines, check out Can Cisa (Bar Brutal) (14 Carrer de la Princesa, +34 932 954 797) or Bar del Pla (+34 932 683 003).