Neri Hotel

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain Book from

Boutique hotel in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter - stylish and small in a brilliant location
Tucked away behind the commanding cathedral, the heart of Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, is one of the quietest corners of this bustling district. Here, what was once a medieval cemetery is now the shady plaza Sant Felip Neri. Enclosed by its namesake Baroque church, a primary boys school and a shoe museum (!) with a few gypsy guitarists snoozing under the large laburnam tree, this square could only get more eclectic if, say, a boutique hotel opened in it. And that’s exactly what Neri did.

It’s actually the hotel’s swish restaurant/bar that opens onto the square; the front entrance is off the narrow street of San Sever. Typical of the 18th-century palace Neri was in its former life, its reception area is lofty, grand and made to impress. But not overly so, because the designers have shaken off the onerous formality of its haughty past and created a vibrant, polished and light-filled space that feels truly modern. With its chic interiors, 22 stylish rooms and upscale dining, the Neri is at the forefront of the hip, small hotels in Barcelona.

Highs

  • The beautiful restaurant with its stone arches and cool halo lighting. Food is fantastic with tasting menus plus good-value daily menus
  • Rooms are classy and cool, with comforts including linen and pillow selections, robes and slippers
  • Staff are friendly and helpful
  • A great location, near the cathedral, the Ramblas and the city's nightlife
  • The setting is surprisingly quiet for the Barri Gòtic

Lows

  • This is the hub of Barcelona's pickpockets' haven, so keep an eye on your wallet
  • You can hear the noise of school children during term time in the rooms facing the square
  • Rooms are sometimes not made up until late afternoon
  • Can be hard to find (we went round in circles) and it's in a pedestrian zone, so contact the hotel if you need luggage assistance for the final 200m

Best time to go

All year, except perhaps the last couple of weeks in August when many of the shops and bars in the Barri Gòtic are shut. The heat in summer (June to September) can be intense, while spring and autumn are generally pleasantly warm and sunny. December to February is chilly and quiet, except for the Christmas and New Year period, which the Catalans embrace with gusto.

Our top tips

The Barri Gòtic is a bit of a maze - try to memorise the map so you don’t spend ages on your way home stumbling up wrong alleyways.

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 26
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Bose bluetooth speakers
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Pillow menu
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

The Neri Hotel’s location in the centre of the Barri Gòtic means sightseeing is a hop, skip and jump away:

  • The magnificent cathedral (La Seu) with its soaring stone-laced facade, gothic gargoyles and gaggle of geese guarding the leafy cloister is literally around the corner from the hotel
  • Roman Barcelona was known as Barcino and in the Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat on Plaça del Rei you can see remains of this very ancient time, including walls, public baths and mosaic floors from 12 BC
  • Also on Plaça del Rei is the Palau Reial Major (Royal Palace) where, underneath the massive arches of the Salo del Tinell room, Queen Isabella received Columbus after his triumphant return from America
  • All of Barcelona’s major political and civic institutions, including what’s been the seat of the Catalan government since 1403, the Palau de la Generalitat, are grouped on the historic Plaça de Sant Jaume
  • Explore the maze of streets in the former Jewish quarter, the Call, where you are bound to stumble into a charming courtyard of one of the many medieval mansions scattered about
  • Just beyond the borders of the Barri Gòtic is the city’s most famous avenue, the lively tree-lined boulevard of La Rambla. It's thronged with artists, musicians and stalls selling everything from flowers to caged birds
  • Also nearby is the MACBA, Barcelona's airy contemporary art museum, and the Picasso Museum, which houses paintings spanning the artist's life
  • Fifteen minutes' walk away lie the wide boulevards of the 19th century Eixample district, home to boutique shops and the colourful, curvavious modernista architecture of Gaudí, including his most famouse buildings Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and the Sagarda Familia
  • The hotel can arrange private walking tours with an English-speaking guide (please ask for details), or they have MP3 guides to hire, with various routes in different languages
  • Catch some rays on the hotel's rooftop terrace, with sun loungers and a shower to cool off

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures
  • Wine tasting

Kids

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

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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