With friendly service and an enviable location in downtown Barcelona, the Gallery Hotel provides a comfortable base for exploring the city. Its contemporary design and rooftop pool add to its appeal.
Located directly opposite Barcelona’s central cathedral in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, the Hotel Colón occupies a prime position. The family-run property opened in 1951 and offers commanding views of the cathedral’s elaborate 19th-century neo-Gothic façade, while tables from its restaurant spill out into the elegant Plaça de la Seu.
The main lobby, breakfast room and ground-floor lounge feature classical decor, however, the 135 rooms have all been renovated in a more modern style and offer a high level of comfort. All boast feature windows and the majority have small terraces or balconies overlooking the cathedral. A particular highlight of the hotel is the roof terrace and spa where you can enjoy panoramic views while relaxing in the open-air pool or recharge in the sauna or hammam.
Such a convenient location has meant that Hotel Colón has had many illustrious guests including Ernest Hemingway and Jean Paul Sartre, while Joan Miró lived at the hotel for a period in the late 60s and early 70s.
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Purpose built as a hotel, the Hotel Colón makes commanding use of its location. Big windows adorned with French balconies occupy the side of the hotel facing the cathedral and offer views of the neo-Gothic façade. Interior rooms overlook a central courtyard and are slightly quieter. All rooms are decorated in an elegant style and offer plenty of modern comforts from rain showers to air conditioning, Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines.
Situated at the entrance to Barcelona’s labyrinthine Gothic Quarter and just a 10-minute walk from La Rambla, the Hotel Colón is perfectly located for exploring the city on foot. The city’s central cathedral is directly opposite the hotel, fronted by the Plaça de la Seu, where you’ll often find a small antiques market or traditional Catalan dancing in progress. The shops and restaurants of El Born are also within easy walking distance along with the Plaça de Catalunya which can be accessed on foot in around 10 minutes.
Food and drink
A traditional buffet breakfast is served in a room under the main lounge. On the ground floor, the Restaurant Catedral overlooks Plaça de la Seu and the cathedral, its tables spilling out onto the street in a leafy terrace. The menu features a variety of traditional local dishes. Within walking distance you can also find a good selection of tapas restaurants in the nearby Gothic and El Born districts, though we recommend checking with reception for directions.
Facilities and activities
On the top floor of the hotel is a relaxing spa area complete with a sauna, hammam and rooftop relaxation pool with panoramic views.
We particularly enjoy the unrivaled views of the cathedral and the central location and find that the hotel’s modern renovations have improved the quality of the rooms substantially.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Set in a historic building in central Barcelona, the Grand Hotel Central is a sophisticated option boasting elegant decor, comfortable rooms and a rooftop terrace that offers an unmatched panorama of Barcelona.
Surrounded by Modernist architecture in the vibrant Eixample district, H10 Casa Mimosa provides a stylish base for exploring Barcelona. This chic boutique hotel has a large central courtyard and plunge pool and offers views to Gaudí’s Casa Milà.
Vintage styling, comfortable rooms and a rooftop terrace and Jacuzzi make the H10 Montcada a worthy option, but its convenient location in the heart of Barcelona is the real draw.
Set in a handsome colonial building just off La Rambla, the Hotel 1898 is a luxurious boutique property with a panoramic roof terrace and pool along with a relaxing spa.
A historic boutique hotel offering chic contemporary decor and an intimate roof terrace, the small Hotel Neri is conveniently located yet offers a sense of peace and tranquillity away from the city crowds.
An elegant hotel in the heart of Barcelona’s fashionable Eixample district, the Majestic Hotel & Spa offers historic grandeur as well as all modern comforts. Service is impeccable and the rooftop terrace and pool are among the best in the city.
Incorporated into Barcelona’s ancient Roman walls, the Mercer Hotel employs a clever blend of original architecture and modern comfort and style. Its convenient location in the heart of the Gothic Quarter means many of Barcelona's attractions are within easy walking distance.
In the heart of one of Barcelona’s most vibrant districts, Ohla Eixample offers chic, modern rooms alongside Michelin-starred dining, a glorious roof terrace and pool, and a convenient location for exploring the city.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Take off on two wheels and explore Barcelona by bicycle with the help of a local guide. You’ll discover the waterfront area of Barceloneta, ride along the winding narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and visit some of the city’s main sights.
Journeying around the Penedès wine region, you’ll discover the home of cava, Spain’s sparkling wine, on this full-day guided tour. Learn about its history and production, and tour the Codorníu estate, before continuing on to Montserrat to see the basilica, one of Spain’s major pilgrimage sites.
This full-day private tour from Barcelona takes you to Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown and the site of his surreal museum, as well as the historic city of Girona, with its Romanesque and Gothic buildings and Baroque cathedral.
The architecture and influence of legendary Modernist Antoni Gaudí are revealed on this guided half-day tour of Barcelona. You’ll visit three of his most renowned projects, rippling Casa Milà, his greenspace Park Güell and the Sagrada Família.
Learn to cook a traditional Spanish paella in Barcelona on this half-day course, which includes a visit to a local market. You’ll find out how to choose the best ingredients before putting them together in an engaging, hands-on day of activity.