If you're looking for a basecamp right in the heart of Barcelona in a lovely boutique hotel, the Mercer could be your dream come true. Set in an ancient stone building in the Gothic Quarter, the motif is carried throughout the 28 rooms of the hotel with stone walls that add the perfect splash of extra charm. The three-story Mercer was built in 2012, so you've also got all the perks of modern, up-to-date facilities, combined with the beauty of the Roman ruins surrounding it. On the rooftop terrace, you can grab a drink at the bar or take a dip in the pool. And with major monuments just a stone's throw away, you've got plenty to explore when you head out.
Chain hotels can offer a certain level of comfort and consistency but let's be honest, who doesn't get tired of the business trip bedding and buffet breakfasts? If you're planning a holiday to remember, a boutique hotel could be the fresh spark you need to light up your lodging experience. These independent, artfully designed accommodations provide immaculate attention to detail as well as specialised service. What will you choose? Modern furnishings in a setting surrounded by Roman ruins? A garden patio serving organic fresh food? A private outdoor bath? Astonishing views of some of the city's top landmarks? It might prove to be a difficult undertaking, but once you decide, you'll be thrilled to stay in one of Barcelona's best boutique hotels.