Barcelona’s hotel scene is booming. The Hoxton is the city’s latest launch, having opened its newest location in Poblenou, a neighbourhood that’s been coined as Barcelona’s most creative district, full of cool coffee spots, art studios and concept stores, all while being in easy walking distance of the beach. Rooms feel Mediterranean with terracotta floors and pastel palettes and a large open lobby serves as a hip hangout for locals and guests where you can grab coffees and cocktails. Up on the roof, a checkerboard-tiled pool flanked by breezy cabanas is the ultimate sun-trap – somewhere you’ll happily while away a few hours with a fruity pitcher to share. A good base for trips with friends, the Homey Up rooms sleep four, which make for a more affordable option.
Casa Bonay is another cool base – often a hit with creative types – with a great central location between the beach and Sagrada Familia. Rooms are somewhat pared back, but with tall ceilings, statement mosaic-tiled floors and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Splurge on a terrace room to enjoy your own private suntrap. Downstairs, enjoy a light tapas lunch in the restaurant, Bodega, or a nightcap in moody lounge, Libertine.
For something a little more under the radar, base yourself at Hotel Brummell, a more intimate spot with just 20 rooms, set in a striking 1870 building in Poble Sec – well located for exploring Montjuïc. For beachfront cool, members will want to check into Soho House Barcelona. Other international imports include The EDITION and W Hotel.