The hotel is about 18 months old, but incorporates a part of the Roman wall dating to 15 B.C. Modern and tasteful, it has done a great job of incorporating old stone and in capturing the available light from above and giving a very open feeling (being in the Barri Gotic, it is surrounded on all sides by buildings and narrow alleys.)
Our huge room was on the third floor on the front of the hotel, along the ten- foot wide alley. It had original artwork from Catalonian artists, designer furniture and a big, open feel. The bedding was among the most comfortable I have ever had. My wife commented, as she drifted off to sleep, “You can go on back to Munich. I might just stay here!”
The walls were partly stone; the wide floorboards were of pickled oak; the vaulted ceiling had wooden beams. There were through- tenon oiled walnut tables and leather easy chairs with footstools. There is one TV in the living room and another in the bedroom.
There was a large wardrobe with guest safe and enough hangers to hold a month’s worth of clothes. Molton Brown soaps and amenities were in the bathroom, which had separate rooms for toilet, shower and bath + sink.
Service was outstanding. We were served fresh- squeezed orange juice while we were checked- in by the gracious and attentive staff. We were there around 11:30am and no surprise that our room was not ready -- but we were offered coffees and pastries and treated as though they were late, not that we were early! There was none of the “You can check in early for 50% extra payment” nonsense that you get from so many hotels today. The Mercer treats its guests very well indeed. It must be said that the Mercer is expensive, but well- worth it, and I have stayed in many expensive hotels which have come nowhere near the Mercer’s caring service. So in that light, the Mercer is a bargain.
We did not try their Michelin- starred restaurant, but when we returned from our evening meal it appeared to be full and they were turning away walk-ups – a good sign.
The location is fantastic. In the middle of the old city, it is a short walk to the Jaume I metro stop, a ten minute stroll to Seven Doors (a great seafood place), a six minute walk to Irati (great Basque tapas place with an amazing pil-pil (cod) and Txistorra (small and juicy chorizo sausages), a six minute walk to Placa Catalunya, numerous good restaurants all around, and only 20 min by cab from the airport (this was on a Sunday a.m., NO traffic, could be double at normal traffic conditions.)
My wife joined me at the end of a conference and we tacked- on the Mercer to extend the stay. Next year I am going to take the Mercer for the whole time and pay the difference! Highest recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This architectural marvel is located in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic quarter on mythic Calle Lledó, just a short distance from the Plaza de Sant Jaume. It not only represents the splendour of the old Julia Augusta Flaventina Paterna Colony, in what was then the Roman city of Barcino, but is also an archaeological gem that combines past and present, the monumental and the latest design. Now travellers can enjoy the greatest hotel comforts in the heart of old Barcelona, with exclusive views of the dome of the church of Santa María del Mar, the basilica of San Just i Pastor, and the Cathedral. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercer Hotel Barcelona Catalonia