Hotel Balmes was a saving grace on our recent trip to Barcelona. It was a very last minute decision for a city break (the day before) and as the recent city festival, Sonar had been unraveling throughout the city, accommodation was thoroughly booked.

After quite a bit of panicked searching, Hotel Balmes gave us their last room and thankfully, this was a little blessing. After a very delayed flight, we arrived at the inconvenient hour of 3am in the morning. The hotel’s website had informed us that the latest check-in was at midnight and this was adding to our already furrowed brows.

Delightedly, the hotel’s staff were above and beyond when it came to the hospitality of their guests. They sent us a relieving and cheerful message to say that they would wait up for us, and keep the room waiting and ready. Phew! This was the overwhelming charm to the Balmes; the staff were flawless. Nothing was too greater an ask, and they would accommodate your needs with a smile.


The hotel itself was comfortably modern, and a little bit of calm in an otherwise energetic city. The fresh white and black marbled floors were fitting for the Spanish heat, and an outside courtyard provided the escape one needed from the throngs outside.

Within this courtyard, cleverly adorned with vegetation to compliment its tranquil quest, there stands a pool and poolside bar for the happy guests. Tucked away amongst the surrounding tall buildings, they achieved a sense of serenity that was unexpected for its location.


Beautiful cocktails were provided, and coffee if you managed to miss breakfast. The rooms were light and well serviced in a city somewhat pressed for space. Cleaners were attentive, smoothing the room out with fresh bedding and toiletries whilst guests were out experiencing the city for the day.


If you are looking for a refreshing stay, in a sun-filled city, Hotel Balmes is your answer. You couldn’t go wrong with this choice as it provides a peaceful pause to an otherwise spirited city. I couldn’t recommend the hotel or Barcelona enough for the perfect city break.