Charming spots near the hotel
Discover the city's numerous attractions...
Gran Teatre del Liceu
The Liceu is Barcelona’s oldest and most prestigious theatre still in operation. It is most famous for its opera repertoire and has been the site of some of the world’s most prominent performances for over 150 years. Its stage has hosted the most renowned of singers and actors, and it has served as a symbol and prime destination for Barcelona’s elite for decades.
- Direction: Les Rambles, 51-59
This square-shaped public plaza is located just off the Rambla, in the very heart of the Gothic neighborhood. It is enclosed on all four sides by a grand structure built in the Neoclassical style in the mid-19th century, designed by Daniel Molina. Today it is lit by two original lampposts, which are some of Gaudí’s first works.
Plaça Reial is a popular meeting spot, particularly at night, as it is surrounded by lots of bars and restaurants.
- Direction: Plaça Reial, 9
Designed by Antoni Gaudí, this palace was a commission from Eusebi Güell, who was perhaps Gaudí’s most generous and enthusiastic patron. It was built between 1886 and 1890.
Today is stands out for its architectural richness and highly decorative back façade, as well as its lower level and rooftop, where 20 chimneys gorgeously accompany the light that illuminates the main vestibule.
- Direction: carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia
This is Barcelona’s Gothic Cathedral, and home to the city’s Archbishop. It was built between the 13th and 15th centuries over the remains of the Roman cathedral, which itself was built atop the visigothic cathedral and preceded by a paleochristian basilica, whose remains may now be viewed underground at the Museum of Barcelona History.
- Direction: Pla de la Seu, s/n
Plaça del Rei
Located in the heart of the Gothic neighborhood, this plaza marks the site of the old residence of the Count of Barcelona, and later, the leaders of the Kingdom of Aragon. It is composed of basically three structures: the Salón del Tinell, the Saint Agatha Chapel and the Lloctinent Palace.
- Direction: Plaça del Rei
Casa Lleó i Morera
Experts say that Casa Lleó i Morera is a family-size version of Palau de la Música. And if Palau is considered the epitome of modernista architecture due to its elaborate decorative elements, the artistic splendour of this house is also beyond dispute. Both landmarks were designed by the brilliant architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Built between 1902 and 1906, Casa Lleó i Morera is the perfect example of modernist housing in Barcelona.
- Direction: Passeig de Gràcia, 35
This work by Antoni Gaudí is essentially a full-blown remodeling of an older construction by Emili Sala Cortés. It was restored in 1970 and 1999, and in 1984, it was re-wired to feature electric exterior lighting. It was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005.
- Direction: Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Probably the second-most important building on the Paseo de Gracia, and sitting adjacent to the Batlló and the Casa Lleó Morera, the Amatller was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and built between the years 1898 and 1900. Together, the three buildings form what is known today as the “Block of Discord.”
The building was a commission by the chocolate-maker Antoni Amatller, and was rendered to represent a sort of urban gothic palace, with a flat façade, a central patio, and a staircase leading to the main rooms.
- Direction: Passeig de Gràcia, 41
La Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (which means ‘quarry’ in Catalan), is the work of Antoni Gaudí. It was built between 1906 and 1910 upon the commission of Pere Milà i Camps and Roser Segimon i Artells. Gaudí counted on the close collaboration of his two assistants, Domènec Sugrañes and Josep Canaleta, as well as the builder Josep Bayó i Font, for the construction of this remarkable structure.
Casa Milà was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument of National Character in 1969, and a Unesco World Heritage site in 1984.
- Direction: Provença, 261-265