Hotel Rooftop Terrace Week has become one of the most anticipated events on the Barcelona calendar. It's now in its sixth year, and boasts 66 participating hotels that have decided to open their terraces to the public and offer a total of 234 activities. When you stop by the hotels from June 3 to 12 you'll find workshops, tastings, dance classes, DJs, kids' activities, cooking demonstrations, and even pilates classes – and don't forget the synchronised swimming show at Ohla Barcelona, which has already become a tradition, brought to you by the championship team of España Júnior CN Kallipolis.
We've selected 10 hotels to recommend as our favourites, but there are so many more with something for everyone. See the full list of participating hotels (in Catalan).
The Hotel Arts (T. 93 221 10 00) is not within the reach of all budgets, so this is a great chance to visit this luxury hotel. You can catch a concert with sea views on the terrace of the Arola restaurant on Thursday June 9 from 9pm to 11pm. Music is courtesy of the Arola house band and they'll be playing a selection of contemporary pop hits. There's limited seating, so you'll have to book in advance by sending an email to email@example.com.
It's worth the trip up to Tibidabo to enjoy the incredible views you get from the terrace at the Gran Hotel La Florida (T. 93 259 30 00). On Friday June 3 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, they're putting on a 'Sunset Session' featuring deep soul music. See the sun setting over the city, with a drink in hand and music in the background. Talk about a gorgeous Friday afternoon plan.
Terraza Alaire is the terrace at the top of the emblematic Hotel España (T. 93 550 00 00) in the Raval. The hotel was refurbished by Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the early 20th century, with a bit of help from sculptor Eusebi Arnau, who created the alabaster fireplace in Bar Arnau, and painter Ramon Casas, who gave us the sgraffito dining area now known as the Salón de las Sirenas (Mermaid Room). You can visit the hotel any day during the week, but the big is on Thursday June 9 from 9pm to 11pm, for a live jazz concert.
The H10 Cubik (T. 93 320 22 00) is located on the always-busy Via Laietana, but if you head up to their Terraza Atik, on the eighth floor, you'll forget all about the traffic and crowds below. Not only is it lovely with great views, but H10 Cubik boasts one of the busiest programmes during Hotel Rooftop Terrace Week, with events including a DJ session (Fri 3 and Fri 10, 7pm-10pm), a jazz duo in concert (Wed 8, 7.30pm-9.30pm) and Sky Covers, featuring a soloist performing acoustic versions of hit songs (Thu 9, 7.30pm-9.30pm). Every event has limited seating, so get there early.
When you step over the threshold at Cotton House (T. 93 450 50 45) for the first time, don't be surprised if you fall to your knees at the vision. It used to be the headquarters of the Fundación Textil Algodonera (Cotton Textile Foundation), a 19th-century building with an 1800s neoclassical style. It's taken a lot of work to maintain the ceilings, the spectacular staircases, and some of the furniture from the old building. They've also conserved other original elements such as two stone fountains and iron bars on the interior patio. Their magnificent terrace might not afford stunning views, but you won't even notice as the spot itself is what's worth looking at. During the week they host a cocktail-making workshop on June 7 (7pm-8.30pm) and 8 (7pm-8pm). Again, space is limited for the events, so plan accordingly.
This hotel is set in the magical Sant Felip Neri square inside two palaces, one from the 12th century and the other from the 18th, so you can imagine the splendour of the terrace that's open to you this week at the Hotel Neri (T. 93 304 06 55). It's called Roba Estesa, which is Catalan for 'hanging clothes', and a nod to the balconies surrounding the hotel where you'll often see the neighbours' washing hanging out to dry. When you get to this lovely space on the fourth floor of the hotel you'll be met with an intense aroma of jasmine. And this is where you can hear habaneras by La Petita Havana on June 3, and by Neus Mar on June 7. You can catch the shows from 8pm to 8.45pm and from 9.15pm to 10pm. That is, if you book in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Cub is the terrace with panoramic views at the Hotel Jazz (T. 93 552 96 96), smack in the centre of Barcelona, where you can take in a couple of concerts. And yes, the music of the week is jazz. On Sunday June 5 from 8pm to 9.30pm there's a Brazilian jazz concert with Yara Beilinson; and on Thursday 9, from 8pm to 10pm, Titö Cava offers up a fusion of jazz house and live sax. Space is limited for both concerts.
The Mandarin Oriental (T. 93 151 88 88) oozes luxury and is full of spectacular spaces in an ordinary week, but during the Hotel Rooftop Terrace Week, you can head into their Mimosa Garden, which is not made of the champagne cocktail some of you know as a mimosa, but instead is full of greenery, giving it a tropical feel. The interior patio typical of the Eixample area takes you away from the bustle of Passeig de Gràcia below, and the chairs and tables are arranged to create the illusion of practically private spaces. Get there on June 9 and 10 (6.30pm-7.30pm) if you're a fan of close-up magic to behold the work of Jordi Caps. It's a great evening for families as well, but be sure to get there early.
The Hotel Miramar (T. 93 281 16 00) is quite near the Montjuïc Castle and the Costa and Llobera gardens, so you know the surrounding views are tops. The impressive terrace is called Façana Històrica, and is the setting for a session of deep house on Friday June 10, from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Round out the experience with one of their molecular cocktails.
The Hotel Omm (T. 93 445 40 00) offers up live music with views of La Pedrera. Sound good? Head up to their pretty terrace for the performances by Gipsy Swing Jazz, with their sound that brings to mind the hopping dance floors of the 1930s. You have plenty of chances, with the band playing on June 3, 8, 9 and 10, from 8pm to 10pm.