In the heart of the Gothic Quarter: a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, a 10 minute walk from the beach, and in stumbling distance of some of the best bars and eateries of El Born. Mercer Hotel couldn’t be in a more prime position for exploring, but tucked down a sleepy side-street (you’ll need Google Maps to find it!) you’re safely off the tourist track.
The hotel is built on top of some of the city’s first walls. Remnants of the ancient roman city are visible throughout the lobby and restaurant, as are medieval arches and original XII century paintings. Plush furnishings bring it right up to date though, and once inside your room, there’s nothing old about it. This is a slick and modern city hideaway.
The serene wood-clad rooftop is a blissful sun trap and the ultimate city oasis — up here with a glass of cava and a hefty dose of Vitamin D and you’d quickly forget you’re in a city, if it wasn’t for the views.
If you’re into fancy dining, dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Mercer Restaurant, is a must-do and quite the experience for the tastebuds! Its 13-course tasting menu will set you back €63 (without drinks), which isn’t too bad at all. Expect everything from fried oysters to sea urchins, mushroom and cod macaroons and more.
28 bedrooms are split across five categories, ranging from Superior to Suite. Though the most basic of the bunch, the Superior rooms are perfectly plush; they’re elegant and cosy with views overlooking the vertical garden or Lledó Street, oak floors and mammoth king size beds. For a little more indulgence, the Deluxe rooms are slightly more spacious, with the open plan bathrooms and giant bath tubs perfect for sharing.
Couples; don’t let the sweetie jars in the lobby fool you, Mercer Hotel is definitely set up for adults with its serene ambience, sophisticated decor, and hear-a-pin-drop restaurant. It’s for those who want to slick, stylist deco, want to be well located, and want to pay that bit more for luxury service.