Set on one of the most coveted streets in Barcelona, the Mandarin Oriental is a true gem on Passeig de Gràcia. What feels more like a chic apartment stay (due to those oversized suites), a stay here feels a world away from the bustling city just outside.
The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is home to 120 luxurious rooms and suites. Set back off the street, the entrance is minimal yet elegant. You enter into a lobby, set with cozy chairs, sunken couches, and neutral tones. Just behind, the opening to an inner room — the bright and airy, all-day restaurant, Blanc.
Moving from one space to the next, the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona seams together an escape from the city. Surely the hotel has many reasons to stay tucked inside and for those wanting to get outside, you’re only footsteps away from it all. Here’s a look at why you’ll want to book this hotel for your next Barcelona visit.
Checking in: the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
The Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Most rooms and suites at the hotel offer views over the city or into the back garden. Some come with either a small patio or balcony, making the room bright and full of light. I’d recommend booking in their suite category which comes with butler service as well, the perfect touch to a stay.
The suites and rooms are designed by famed designer, Patricia Urquiola. The use of airy materials, pops of color, and odes to Barcelona’s culture are her signature touch. The beds, of course, pillowy and reason enough to order breakfast in. The bathrooms are spacious, with a soaking tub, a rain shower, and double vanities.
One highlight of the suites includes a proper walk-in wardrobe, where just this single aspect makes it feel like a luxurious apartment and not another hotel stay. You’ll find yourself settling in easily.
Dining at the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is no stranger to fine cuisine. Home to two-Michelin star restaurant, Moments, this restaurant is a modern take on Catalan cuisine. It’s managed by chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam, where they are taking local ingredients and regional dishes to a new level. Well worth a table booked here.
Just inside the center room is Blanc, the restaurant for all-day dining. Breakfast here is a delight and extravagant (you’ll want to book a room with breakfast included). For lunch, you’ll find it filled with locals, coming in to have the featured set lunch menu which changes frequently.
For drinks, the Banker’s Bar is home to creative cocktails set inside a former bank vault. It’s the perfect spot to wind down at night and catch their weekly music performance.
In season, Terrat and Mimosa Garden are both lovely options for dining outdoors. Mimosa Garden sits just outback of the hotel, where you can try local tapas and drinks. Terrat is located on the rooftop, with 360-degree views over the city, featuring a menu dedicated to Peruvian Cuisine.
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
One of the highlights of a stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is a day at the spa. A 40-foot lap pool, an Oriental steam room, a relaxation area, and a full gym make this spa stand out from the rest. You can easily head downstairs, and spend a few hours relaxing.
Part of their wellness program includes a full treatment list ranging from massage to manicures. One highlight is facial treatments and products from Linda Meredith in addition to the services.
*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona. As always, all opinions are own.