“Uber-deluxe hotel overlooking Barcelona, with a spectacular pool, design suites and panoramic views of the city and sea”
Since La Florida attracts the kind of guests who wear designer clothes, perhaps it’s no surprise the hotel has designer suites, all created by reputed artists. Cristina Macaya in collaboration with the Parisian painter Stefan Guillemet created the opulent purple Presidential Suite, where it’s not hard to imagine rich meals and deals going down. Then there's the more romantic Duplex Suites, with stairs up to hotel-top chill-out rooms, and the Terrace Suites, whose vast terraces have Jacuzzis and breathtaking views. Even if your pocket doesn’t extend to the uber-posh, you can settle for the simply swanky, as the remaining 62 rooms are all very luxurious: grand double beds, spacious wardrobes, high-tech Bang & Olufsen TVs with movie and music menus, large marble bathrooms with walk-in showers, bathtubs, generous L’Occitane toiletries, bathrobes and custom-made basins carved out of stone... the only thing that’s mini is the bar. Even the smallest Deluxe Rooms, done out in soothing creamy shades, are larger than many hotels’ suites, with arched windows offering city, sea or mountain views. Terrace Rooms have private outdoor space, while Junior Suites come with separate bedrooms and lounges; some have gardens or terraces with Jacuzzis, others balconies looking out to sea. See Rates for full details of individual room types and suites.
In keeping with the beautiful people vibe, there’s a touch of Los Angeles in the food offered at La Florida. That city’s award-winning L’Orangerie restaurant has a same-name sister in the hotel, meaning there’s great Catalan-Californian cuisine to be enjoyed. That means lots of fresh fish and some cool combos - we loved our black rice with sautéed cuttlefish and clams, and the lobster salad with baby artichokes and toasted hazelnuts. Our dessert of cold white chocolate “coulant” with green tea and mint was utterly exquisite. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, served in the opulent red and gold dining room or under the sun or stars on the terrace (complete with a retractable roof so it's usable year-round). As for breakfast, it’s a standard but extensive buffet, which on Sundays expands to form a brunch featuring a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. Wine-lovers will appreciate the 300 or so international wines tucked away in the cellar, which are all available to sample by the glass - just ask the sommelier on hand in the Lobby Lounge, where there’s also a selection of coffee, tea and herbal infusions. And if you fancy a cocktail or sandwich by the sparkling aqua pool, the Miramar Bar is well-stocked with drinks and snacks. Nothing like a light lunch with your shades and swimsuit on to make you feel you’re really grazing LA-style...
La Florida is surprisingly family-friendly for a glamorous hotel, and children are made to feel very welcome with colouring books, kids' meals and even a list of dedicated spa treatments. The pool is open to guests of all ages, and baby cots or extra beds can be added to most rooms. Kids will love exploring the nearby amusement park, which is perched on top of a hill and is one of the oldest in Spain. There are also plenty of fun family attractions a 25-minute taxi ride away in central Barcelona, including parks, a zoo and an aquarium.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Baby cots can be added to all rooms, and some rooms and suites can accommodate an extra bed. The Presidential Suite can be booked with 1 or 2 bedrooms, and all rooms and suites have both bathtubs and showers.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The restaurant has a children's menu, and sandwiches and snacks are available from the poolside bar throughout the day.