I was hosted at the Intercontinental Barcelona Spain in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When we booked our anniversary trip to Spain, I was probably most excited to visit Barcelona. What I didn’t realize before though was how big Barcelona is! There are so many different parts of this city and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what part of town to stay in. So, when we booked our hotel we knew we wanted a quieter neighborhood that wouldn’t be loud and disruptive and we wanted it close to a subway stop. This is how we ended up at InterContinental Barcelona!
We took the train from Madrid into Barcelona and then the Metro to the subway stop next to the hotel. From there it was a short walk to InterContinental Barcelona. You could also take a cab or car service from the train station or airport for 25 euros.
A Stay at the InterContinental Barcelona Spain
Check-in at the InterContinental Barcelona is at 3 p.m. We were greeted outside by a friendly staff member who took our bags while we checked in. While checking in the concierge was there and told us all the great restaurants in the area and some iconic Barcelona spots we had to see.
But before I get into the room, we must take a moment to discuss the breathtaking lobby. The InterContinental Barcelona opened in the fall of 2021 and they had such an attention to detail in the design of the lobby and restaurants. This hotel has elegant interiors and a sophisticated design that makes you feel like you’re in a palace.
The floors have intricate designs like squares or triangles in black and white but they glimmer from the reflection of the modern light fixtures. Off the lobby though, there are pockets of carpeted areas with leather chairs, warm woods, and soft white textures that feel so cozy and intimate. In these areas, you can get a little work done or catch up with a friend over a glass of sangria.
Right off the lobby, you’ll also see the dark blue tiling and gold and blue barstools at the InterContinental Barcelona bar, Gebre. I wish I brought an elegant gown to wear in this space! It looks like a space out of Architectural Digest and is a place you need to go, enjoy a drink, and experience for yourself.
Now, if you’re hungry you can also grab a bite. Next to the revolving door entrance is Quirat, the exclusive restaurant you can enjoy dinner in. I highly recommend making a reservation for dinner, since the chef has a Michelin Star! they’re open from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Another dinner spot to enjoy brunch, buffet breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Arrel pays homage to the land and all the products that it gives over the course of the year through its kitchen and portions to share. Arrel is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The weather was not on our side in Barcelona so we didn’t get to experience 173 Rooftop Terrace. But if you’re there while it’s open go up and see the 360 views with a swimming pool, drinks, and Mediterranean food.
Now onto the luxurious room! I did not have a bad night’s sleep in Barcelona because the king-size bed I slept in felt like a cloud! In addition to the King size bed, our room had a couch and workspace and a modern bathroom with a bathtub AND shower. I love soaking in a big tub after a long day so this was such a treat. The staff at InterContinental Barcelona also found out we were in town for our 10-year wedding anniversary and had a bottle of Cava and some sweet treats sent to our room. The staff is so kind and helpful, they work hard to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
InterContinental Barcelona also has a spa, gym, and meeting rooms but we didn’t get to see any of those things. But they’re there if you want them.
I was a little sad to leave InterContinental Barcelona when it was time to leave Barcelona but I will be back again. Barcelona should be experienced in the summer months and I want to see the 173 Rooftop Bar in all its glory.