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Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Hotel Axel

Address Aribau 33; 08011 Barcelona
By Consell de Cents
Neighbourhood Eixample Esquerra | See on map
Metro Universitat [L1, L2]
Telephone +34 93 323 9393
Website http://www.axelhotels.com/
Price EUR 92 (single)-500 (suite)

Like the new boy in town, Axel Hotel Barcelona wowed the gay world back in 2003 with its then trend-setting features like designer linens, roof terrace parties and – gasp! – proper guest services. It was a far shout from your typical homo hostel and B&B – this was a genuine boutique hotel and more than held its own, be it gay, straight, or the preferred “hetero-friendly”.

The hotel has since doubled in size, and not only have they introduced more rooms, suites and a new ground floor bar, they’ve also super-sized the gym (now huge by hotel standards and open from 7-24) and, more importantly, the Sky Bar by Axel. The emblematic rooftop bar has been expanded, blessed with a much larger pool and Jacuzzi, and moved one floor up so that guests can now take in the full Barcelona skyline while sipping a well-shaken cocktail and sussing out the talent present.

It’s a more adult, grown-up Axel, though it hasn’t lost any of the sexual tension and playfulness that made it such a hit with single gay travelers (and admittedly a turn-off among others). The “Disturb, please” doorknob signs are intact and, as a new feature, guests can now choose whether to let other guests sneak a peek into their shower. Pass the soap, will you?