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Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Hotel Bagués Barcelona

Address La Rambla de Canaletes 105; 08002 Barcelona
by Carme
Neighbourhood Raval/Barrio Gótico – Las Ramblas | See on map
Metro Liceu [L3], Catalunya [L1, L3, FGC]
Telephone +34 93 343 5000
Website http://www.derbyhotels.com/en/hotel-bagues/
Price From EUR 250

Tourist-bloated and rife with pickpockets, the location of Hotel Bagués will not be for everybody. But that’s the price of being next to Barcelona’s famous La Boqueria market, smack in the middle of Las Ramblas, and there’s enough to like about this little boutique property to warrant a closer look.

Housed in El Regulador, a precious, sensitively restored 19th century palace, it’s literally a ‘hidden gem’ as you’ll find the Masriera museum nestled inside this historic building, showcasing the Art Nouveau treasures of the eponymous Catalan jeweller’s collection. And if sidling down to the first floor seems like just too much effort, you’ll also find a piece from the museum displayed in your room.

The rooms themselves exude calm – 31 of them, blissfully soundproofed – with sleek, cooling dark wood and muted colours. Upgrade to a Deluxe room for outside views or pick a Jewel suite and you can enjoy them from the jacuzzi bubbling on your private balcony. Wi-Fi is only free for the first hour, the amenities (Derby Hotels’ own) are so-so and the fitness room miniscule, but the rooftop terrace is a winner with cocktail bar, splash pool and views over the Gothic quarter.

The restaurant, the Bistrot El Regulador, is open every day of the week and serves everything from tapas favourite crab txangurro to more internationally inspired innovations like tuna tartar with fresh ginger and wasabi. A tad pricier than other bistros in the city, it’s far from extortionate for a hotel restaurant, but consider enrolling in the club programme of Small Luxury Hotels to enjoy free breakfast from your second stay (and immediate upgrades, subject to availability).