“Boutique hotel in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter - stylish and small in a brilliant location”
Neri's stylish rooms are spread over 3 floors, each with a different theme reflected in the long vividly-painted panels above the kingsize beds. On the 3rd floor, comissioned artists have created contemporary interpretations of sunrise and sunset, while abstract flowers in lustrous reds, pinks and oranges are features of the 2nd floor rooms. Frosty metallics and wood form a captivating combination on the 1st floor, which also houses the biggest suites. With original dark wood beams and doors, you really get the sense of the grandioso Catalan style this building once boasted.
Our favourite room is Junior Suite 107. Its corner location, high ceilings and huge windows make it the lightest room. Suite 106 is darker but has a private sitting room with seductive red sofas. However, all the rooms are beautifully furnished with wooden floors, funky lighting and luscious velvet and silk cushions.
Most of the Standard rooms are on the 'flower' floor and have a shower only; the Deluxe rooms and Suites have roomy tubs set in a sparkly quartz stone imported from India. All bathrooms have the latest chrome fittings, Korres toiletries and the most curious bidets we’ve come across (bidets are by law compulsory in all Spanish hotel bathrooms, but we assume there’s no law against them being shaped like microphones...).
All rooms are also generously equipped with WiFi and on-demand DVDs to watch on your large plasma screen. The self-controlled air conditioning shuts off automatically when you open a window, which you are bound to do if you are fortunate enough to have a Deluxe with terrace or one of those overlooking the square.
The Neri restaurant has a high-pedigree chef who brings serious flair to the modern Mediterranean dishes presented. Think slow roasted scallop and Iberian pork, or lobster salad, turbot with artichoke, lamb cardamom. Desserts could be pistachio and mascarpone, or chocolate coulant.
There's a good-value daily set menu (perhaps chickpea stew, duck risotto with broad beans, and tonic bean ice cream with chocolate and lime), and tasting menus for special occasions.
Breakfast is a traditional tapas-like spread, with plenty of cheeses, meats, smoked salmon and tortillas, as well as fruit and yoghurt and huevos any way you want. It's quite expensive so you might prefer to pop to a cafe.
The bar area is the perfect spot to sample a classic Rioja, or perhaps a glass of kosher wine particular to the Barcelona region. The plump bar stools are covered in a shimmery red-gold crushed velvet, as are the unusual one-armed dining chairs in the restaurant, where there’s seating for 25-30 around the impeccably set tables. Both the restaurant and bar are open to the public, although there’s an elegant enclosure for private repasts.
The Neri Hotel’s location in the centre of the Barri Gòtic means sightseeing is a hop, skip and jump away:
Although children are welcome there are no specific facilities for them, so older children (12+ years) would probably be more suited to the surroundings. Cots and extra beds are available on request, free of charge
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking