Gran Hotel La Florida

Barcelona’s historic hilltop hotel
Gran Hotel La Florida overlooks Barcelona from its gorgeous perch atop Mount Tibidabo.

About 20 minutes from the city center, the hotel’s 70 spacious art-nouveau-inspired rooms and suites offer awe-inspiring views of the city and the Mediterranean beyond.

Built in 1925, Gran Hotel has hosted celebrities from Ernest Hemingway to Rock Hudson over the years, and celebrities still choose this hotel while in Spain. It also serves as an ideal staycation for the locals, no doubt due to those breathtaking vistas as well as a meticulous renovation that managed to modernize the building but keep much of its Catalan charm.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The splendid views can be had from nearly any point in the hotel, and especially from the huge terraces designed for guests to take in the dramatic skyline of the city. In the summer, it is full of locals taking in the fabulous sunset.
  • The crown jewel of Gran Hotel is the 121-foot indoor/outdoor stainless-steel swimming pool (heated in the winter), with its outdoor poolside bar, sun decks and sunbeds on the garden terraces.
  • This Barcelona hotel is full of art, including a large modern sculpture by Ben Jakob and works from many other contemporary artists and designers.
  • Spa by L’Occitane is a great place to relax: it has an indoor/outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, pressure showers and a gym. All of L’Occitane’s signature treatments begin with a welcome ritual consisting of a salt foot bath and foot massage.
  • While the luxury hotel feels secluded, it offers a shuttle to the city center, about 20 minutes away, several times per day.
The Rooms
  • There are seven spectacular suites designed by well-known artists, and some of them even offer outdoor Jacuzzis on private terraces. These suites each have their own design scheme and are the top-of-the-line offerings at the luxury hotel.
  • Bedrooms are among the biggest in the city, all with huge windows and some with terraces, and start at 375 square feet.
  • The art nouveau style of the hotel is carried through to the rooms with dark woods, pops of color and loads of creamy neutrals — it looks very Catalan luxe.
The Restaurants

  • The Bistro 1925 Restaurant crafts elevated Catalan dishes using local ingredients found fresh at the market.
  • Les Terrasses Bar & Lounge serves not only on the main terrace, but also in the romantic corners hidden in the gardens of the hotel. A selection of finger food and tapas is available until late at night.
  • The TB Bar offers all-day dining while overlooking the Barcelona skyline from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Getting There
Ctra. de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 83-93, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
BCN ((25 min))  
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