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.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Situated among the winding alleyways of Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter, the Mercer Hotel is an elegant property that expertly blends its ancient surroundings with modern-day comforts. Built into the city’s original Roman walls, the majority of the property is located within a medieval palace, however, some sections of the original Roman structure, including the base of a defensive tower, are still visible.
White-washed stone arches lead through from the entrance to an open seating area with soft gray sofas, while panoramic windows open out onto a citrus tree-filled courtyard where breakfast is served in the summer months. Up on the roof, a large terrace is home to plenty of comfortable loungers and a small plunge pool where you can relax and enjoy views of the city.
The 28 rooms are decorated in a minimalist style with exposed brick, soft rugs and pale wood floors. The hotel has two restaurants – one fine dining option, The Mercer, serving carefully-crafted Mediterranean dishes, and the more casual Le Bouchon, which serves traditional tapas.
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Broad windows offer views out onto the Gothic Quarter, the vertical garden or the inner courtyard, lined with orange trees. Large, comfy beds are made up with Egyptian-cotton sheets, while other modern comforts such as flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary minibar and air conditioning also come as standard. Many rooms incorporate historic aspects of the hotel building such as the original medieval stone walls but contrast them with modern, minimalist design, smart, contemporary furniture, solid oak floors and rainfall showers in bathrooms. Suites offer additional amenities including espresso machines and a tapas tasting.
Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a labyrinth of cobbled medieval streets filled with restaurants and cafes as well as architecture from the 15th century, much of which is impressively intact. In just over ten minutes you can walk to the waterfront Barceloneta district, and in less than ten minutes you can reach the main pedestrian thoroughfare, La Rambla. There is also a metro station just around the corner for exploring further afield.
Food and drink
The hotel offers two main dining options: Mercer Restaurant, a refined dining venue serving a rotating seasonal menu of local Mediterranean fare, and, on the main floor, the more casual Le Bouchon, which opens out onto the street and serves classic tapas. The cocktail lounge merges modern style with exposed stone walls, while the rooftop terrace is a popular spot for a drink in more pleasant weather.
Facilities and activities
There is a small pool on the roof terrace overlooking the rooftops of the Gothic Quarter.
One of Barcelona’s most elegant boutique hotels, the Mercer offers a sense of refined understatement. We love the historic setting and the location in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.
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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.
Ideally located in the heart of Barcelona, the Hotel Colón offers comfortably modern rooms, a relaxing rooftop spa terrace, unrivaled views of the city’s central cathedral and easy access to all the main sights.
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.
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
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.