Barcelona is one of a kind. The contrasting neighbourhoods, the delicious food and the lively buzz of city traffic is unmistakable. Inside the grand old Gothic Quarter (El Gotic), you will find one of Barcelona´s most unique, hidden gems: The Mercer. Located between the cobbled Roman streets of the once medieval city, The Mercer is one of the most romantic hotels in Spain.
The Low Down
The narrow and winding streets of the Gothic Quarter hold some of Barcelona’s best tapas, wine and cocktail bars. Working your way from the ‘Catedral Barcelona’, one of the cities historical landmarks, you will find yourself immersed in the Spanish culture. The Mercer sits right among this, as it is located on Calle dels Lledo, one of the side streets in the main area. You are in walking distance to the best of the best, including my personal favourite, the Le Bouchon Restaurant, right next door.
The Mercer is one of the newer boutique hotels in the city, with it´s doors opening in 2012, the 28-bedroom hotel is perfect for a secluded hideaway in the crazy city. It is evident from the moment you are greeted at the entrance that this is a true luxury hotel, with all the attention you could ever desire.
Firstly, I should mention that having a charming discreet hotel does mean that taxi drivers can get a little lost, so be aware that it is best to book pick up and returns with the hotel itself, or expect to walk one or two streets with your bags. However as you arrive, you will be instantly satisfied with the warm greeting and kindness of the Mercer door staff. Bright smiles and the uttmost respect, I never once opened my own door or carried my own bags, which (although I would never expect) is one of the highlights for an exhausted traveller. It is small touches of great hospitality that let you know you have made the right choice.
Once checked into room 101, I couldn’t wait to see the rooftop terrace, complete with plunge pool. The beaming 30 degree sun had already taken its toll on me, so I was utterly delighted to find comfortable lounges, a small terrace bar and the elegant pool awaiting me. Heaven.
For all those who have experienced the heat of Spain, I am sure you can understand how amazing it is to have a 24 hour pool, lounge area and views of the Gothic Quarter for you to indulge in after a long day of sightseeing.
The biggest highlight of all was the breakfast. Unlike many of the larger hotel chains, breakfast was completely personalised. The polite and attentive wait staff are ready to serve you with big smiles every morning (and for those like me who are grumps in the early hours, it is the best way to wake up!). Room charges include a choice of the à la carte menu and continental breakfast, all served to your table, a nice move away from the typical soggy buffet. A stunning array of pastries and desserts is also available for those with a sweet tooth, along with gluten free and vegan options on request!
Comfort. Romance. Elegance. That is exactly what you get at the Mercer. Walking into my Superior room, I knew I was going to be very, very well rested. The giant king size bed, with crisp white linen and plush pillows is good enough for a queen. I have to admit, it took a lot of restraint not to jump up and down like I was 10 again!
A complimentary mini bar awaits you, which for the hotter months, is a perfect way to refresh. Take a drink and pear out the balcony to the Gothic streets below, people watch or sit back and relax inside.
The bathroom was a modern yet fitting twist. Open to the room, the sexy slick design is lighted perfectly and roomy enough for two. Oh and another massive positive in my books- a separate toilet! Complete with my all time favourite toiletries- Molten Brown, it was like ticking off a checklist to perfection.
Stay Here If:
You want to swoon over your hotel experience. the perfect way to feel as though you are escaping the big city, without actually doing so!
IDEAL for newlyweds, couples or 30-somethings. It is old-school elegance mixed with new-school charm.
Superier rooms start from just 400 euro per night, for more information check out : http://www.mercerbarcelona.com/en
Global Roaming was a guest of the Mercer, however all opinions and photography are my own.