Hotel Highlights

  • A superb city-centre location, just steps from Plaça Catalunya
  • The rooftop bar has a serious party vibe
  • Some of the city’s best cocktails are available in the lobby

Overview

Artistically inclined, Hotel Pulitzer near Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona, is an easy stroll from the city’s El Born and Gothic quarters. A relaxed, imaginative approach to décor starts at the intricate front desk – sourced from gilded panels from a Sicilian church – and continues in the communal rooms with Asian-influenced themes and finds from around the globe. .

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A glass of red wine, white wine or cava in the cocktail bar and a surprise treat (such as luxury chocolates) in your room

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

92, including one suite.

Check–out

Midday, though, for an additional €60, this is flexible; earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $145.02 (€105), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.21 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Breakfast is an additional €15 a person.

Also

Smokers rejoice – sparking up isn’t as frowned upon in Spain as it is in the UK or US, and Hotel Pulitzer offers several rooms in which you can indulge your habit.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, library, in-room spa/beauty treatments, laundry service, free access to a nearby fitness centre with a spa and swimming pool. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, minibar, air-conditioning, bathrobe and slippers.

Our favourite rooms

We love the very masculine Superior Doubles, which have the feel of an architect’s studio. The starkness of their design means that touches such as the high-gloss black doors, which come with English-style brass knockers, and hinged headboards upholstered in vertical black pinstripe really stand out. They also come with their own seating areas.

Poolside

There is no swimming pool at Hotel Pulitzer – all guests, however, can use the facilities at the nearby Holmes Place Fitness Centre free of charge.

Packing tips

Balenciaga finery for swanning around the rooftop terrace bar on warm, sultry nights.

Also

The hotel offers a programme of live music during the summer months.

Children

Kids are welcome, though Pulitzer doesn’t consider itself to be a family hotel. Children’s facilities are at a minimum, though babysitting with a local nanny is available from €10 an hour.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

VISIT Restaurant is where chef Fernando Oeschle serves up wonderful Mediterranean cuisine – lobster risotto, soy-marinated tuna tataki with a ginger foam, rack of lamb in a raspberry sauce – to a hip foodie crowd. The Tetris-like tessellated patterns hanging from the walls are an extension of the hotel’s arty vibe, while touches such as teardrop-shaped silk Chinese lanterns and a dramatic Bird of Paradise flower arrangement at the entrance provide touches of Eastern glamour.

Hotel Bar

Nicely buzzing at weekends, the laid-back VISIT cocktail bar is where stylish locals and upscale visitors mingle to sip Pulitzer cocktails in front of a bar that’s backdropped by antique red Chinese trunks. VISIT UP, Pulitzer’s Parisian-style rooftop bar, is equally well-loved, and is the perfect place for a spot of al fresco imbibing while gazing over Barcelona’s rooftops.

Last orders

VISIT Restaurant closes at midnight; the bars close at the same time Sunday to Wednesday; at 1am on Thursdays; and at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Room service

Guests can order from a comprehensive menu of snacks and light meals between 7am and midnight.

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Dress code

Loose, open-necked shirts for him; smart shoulder-revealing dresses for her. With a stylish rooftop bar just a lift ride away, you’ll want your evening attire to take you effortlessly into the night.

Top table

Ask for a space on one of the white banquettes against the wall – perfect for observing all the comings and goings in the restaurant.

Local Guide

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Close to Plaça Catalunya

Hotel Pulitzer

Calle Bergara, 8, Barcelona, Catalunya, 08002

Planes

The nearest airport is Barcelona’s El Prat, roughly 20 minutes away by car. A taxi will cost €30. Trains run from Terminal A to the city centre every 30 minutes, and there’s also a shuttle service, which leaves the airport every 15 minutes. Hop out at the Plaça Catalunya station, which is conveniently close to the hotel.

Trains

The closest station, Plaça Catalunya, is a leisurely five minutes’ stroll from the hotel. The majority of metro and bus routes pass through the station, linking it with all of the districts of Barcelona. Take Line 1 or Line 3 on the metro to get to the hotel. If you’re thinking of venturing outside the city, you can get to Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza or Bilbao by train from Barcelona’s main railway station, Estació de Sants.

Automobiles

The hotel is central, so stick to metro and bus routes for travel around the city. If you do decide to drive, the hotel offers parking for around €25 a day. If you’re coming from France, take the AP-7 from the French border down to Barcelona. Driving from Madrid will take a bit longer: six hours on the A2, via Zaragoza.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We have quite the trip planned. Not the usual Mr & Mrs Smith weekend away: but a whopping 600km holiday spanning Spain and France. Jealous? Wait until you get a real flavour of our Spanish sojourn. The amuse bouche to this travel banquet? A spell in Barcelona at the Hotel Pulitzer. After landing from New York, my wife and I head straight to the Pulitzer in our rented Mini Cooper Cabriolet &...

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Hotel Pulitzer

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We have quite the trip planned. Not the usual Mr & Mrs Smith weekend away: but a whopping 600km holiday spanning Spain and France. Jealous? Wait until you get a real flavour of our Spanish sojourn. The amuse bouche to this travel banquet? A spell in Barcelona at the Hotel Pulitzer. After landing from New York, my wife and I head straight to the Pulitzer in our rented Mini Cooper Cabriolet – our spin down Carrer de Bergara certainly whets our appetite for adventure.

Parisian-style Hotel Pulitzer is located on a quiet side street juxtaposed with the busy Cataluña Square off La Rambla. Any post-transit hunch in my shoulders relaxes the moment we enter Pulitzer's calming, open and airy reception: perhaps it’s the clean lines and peaceful ambience, or maybe it’s the artiness. Floors of rich mahogany support leather couches, mid-century chairs, ottomans and natural plants – it’s all utterly modern but not intimidatingly contemporary.

Welcomed by the friendly Amanda at the front desk, and hearing that our room is not ready so early in the morning, we collapse in the comfortable lounge. Striking splashes of red and white and Rothko-esque pieces adorning every wall make this bar area buzz with creativity. I order water (sin gas, if you’d like the details) and for Mrs Smith: a combination of homemade chocolate and coconut gelato (a dose of food porn to keep your interest piqued). Sinking into oversized white leather sofas, we feel immediately at home. What a great way to begin these American Smiths' 10 days in Europe...

Our serotonin levels soon get another boost. Having booked a superior double, the treat of a suite – room 516 – is excellent news. Another hit of happy hormones comes with a step past our large wooden door and thanks to the sight of a four-poster bed dressed with fresh white linens. In front is a large modern desk with connections and outlets that make sense, even to Americans. To the left of the bed is an Arne Jacobson-style egg chair. But most beguiling are the huge sliding glass doors that  lead to a big potted-plant-studded terrace. Two large awnings shade us from that midday Spanish sun at the touch of a button. An outdoor shower is there, meanwhile, to promise exhibitionists an extra thrill. A couple of inviting chaise longues and a big square teak table with four chairs indicate that more reclining is likely to be on the cards – and this suits us just fine.

One of the other true pleasures of this particular suite is the indulgent closet space. There are four large hanging wardrobes; the fact that my wife did not have to request additional hangers was certainly a first. The next wow for this pair? The bathroom – care of a super-sized shower and Madagascar flooring and wood panelling. A separate bath, uncharacteristically roomy for Spain, and dedicated speakers piping soothing music makes it like having our own spa. But enough about how the hotel looks – our next encounter proves that it’s more than just a pretty place.

Ever professional, patient and helpful, the front staff and their recommendations are outstanding. While I studied Spanish for a decade, my lack of practice in recent years, and the specificity of Catalan Spanish, has me a little challenged. However, the staff of the Pulitzer make me feel comfortable with my less-than-perfect speak and dialect, and I even get the occasional congratulation on decent conjugation and my attempts at the lazy ‘ch’ that those Castellans utter so sexily.

In summer, this hotel buzzes more than ever – and we’re not just talking about those giant insects that hum their way through the city in hot weather. We'e referring to the rooftop bar, with its oversized rustic wicker furniture, iron daybeds and hundreds of verdant potted plant. Pulitzer's terrace plays host to the city’s cocktail-quaffing beautiful people. But it’s not just a spot for night owls – for us, breakfast at the Pulitzer is a highlight. There's a feeling of dining with nature, while at the same time experiencing something fully contemporary. The restaurant, Visit, is located in a spacious room that opens onto a courtyard where the clear-panelled ceiling has retractable shades. As for the spread it includes that famous ibérico ham, eggs, yoghurts, cheeses, freshly squeezed pear, peach and orange juices. My top tip? The wholewheat mini baguette – one of seven different types of bread.

Now that I’ve done my job describing the look and the feel of the place, let me mention Pulitzer’s location also hits just the right spot. It’s ideally situated for a walk to Passeig de Gràcia, the Madison Avenue of Barcelona, as well as all the must-see sites – Gaudì’s magnificent Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Parque Güell and Casa Batlló. Between the hotel and Castle Montjuïc to the south, is also one of the most delicious and stimulating markets that we have visited. It is here at La Boqueria that we discover another best-kept secret: Pinocchio. At lunchtime this unassuming tapas bar at the head of La Boqueria is in fact given some love by the world-renowned chef of El Bulli. An extraordinary meal of gambas (prawns), mejillón (mussels), navajas (razor clams) and lobster are of course accompanied by small mountains of bread with Spanish olive oil. If you’re not salivating reading this then I haven’t done my job.

After gorging on the many tantalising sights and tastes of this exciting Spanish city, we finally brace ourselves to continue our journey north. As we begin prising ourselves from our terrace, a frond sways with the wind, and reflects the sun in a way that I’m sure is nature’s way of beckoning us to come back again soon. To be honest, if I hadn’t the lure of driving our Mini up the Costa Brava towards sun-drenched S'Agaró, I might not be able to leave this very special find in the midst of bustling Barcelona. That’s the pull of Pulitzer.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Hotel Pulitzer from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 31 Mar 2014

We loved

The rooms were comfortable and contemporary. The bathroom was very spacious and the beds extremely comfortable after a long day of exploring the city. The bar was a great place to wind down at the end of the day. And to top it off the staff were fantastic, very welcoming and helpful. We requested a room with a balcony as it was a special occasion for us and the staff sorted this for us. The location was great with easy access from the airport shuttle and well situated in the city to explore on foot.

Don’t expect

The hotel was a bit worn around the edges but I can't really complain about that.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 20 Mar 2014

We loved

The hotel is immaculately presented throughout and located on a quiet, one-way street but right in the epicentre of Barcelona's attractions. The roof terrace was lovely but sadly not open during our stay (March). Every member of staff was attentive and courteous. The level of service was some of the best I've experienced in any hotel.

Don’t expect

Our standard room size was slightly on the small size but for a two-day stay it was perfectly adequate.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 22 Nov 2013

We loved

I met exceptional staff at every encounter.

Don’t expect

The rooms are a little tired and bathroom is an unfriendly shape.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 23 Jun 2013

We loved

I liked the great position in Barcelona and it was easy to extend late check out; it was a pleasant surprise when a small gift of cake was delivered to room in celebration of my daughter's birthday. The outdoor rooftop lounge was great, though there was no shelter from any rain which was an inconvenience.

Don’t expect

Bit of a disapppointment with the standard of food quality the hotel provided, but it was close to so many food options nearby that made up for this.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 26 Apr 2013

We loved

The location couldn't be better: it's a two-minute walk to Plaça de Catalunya. You can walk or get a bus or metro to all the major locations, but the rooms were still quiet, very well soundproofed from the noise on the streets below. We didn't need to have the window open but in the summer you would need to open them and it could be noisy. The hotel looks great, service is lovely and friendly, and the breakfast buffet was very fresh and varied. The rooms are small but very well laid out and the bathroom and shower were spacious.

Don’t expect

Didn't see any air conditioning, so you'd want to check before coming in the summer. No little treat like free bottle of water, choccies, etc… I know, I know; it's never  really free, but I do like a welcome gift.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 10 Feb 2013

We loved

The location is ideal for walking to multiple sights in Barcelona. It is less than a 10-minute walk to La Boqueria, a foodie paradise. Hotel Pulitzer is also close to Las Ramblas and a multitude of fabulous restaurants; in addition, La Sagrada Familia and a number of other major sites are within a comfortable walk from the hotel. More important, however, is the fantastic hospitality service provided by the staff. Our travel plans went awry and our flight to Barcelona turned into an exhausting 60-hour ordeal; as a result we had to cancel our reservations for the night before and arrived 6 hours before check in the next morning, fully expecting to check our bags and wander around Barcelona in a daze until we could check into our room. With one look at our exhausted faces, the staff had a room ready for us in moments, six hours before check in!! We were able to rest and revive ourselves, then headed down to the bar for our free drink. After the first sip of cava, all the stress of our flight had washed away and the rest of our vacation was absolute paradise. I would highly recommend this hotel: my husband and I plan to return on our next visit to Barcelona. In addition, the support provided by the staff of Mr & Mrs Smith during the stress of our flight cancellations, blizzard, layovers, etc, was incomparable. They took an enormously overwhelming situation and made it managable for us. I will never book another hotel unless it is through Mr & Mrs Smith.

Don’t expect

Nothing!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 23 Aug 2012

We loved

I loved that the staff would help you just enough to feel like it was a home. The prices of the menu were perfect, the location was spot on – up the road from the hustle and bustle, yet quiet enough to sleep soundly. I will be staying here again next time I am in Barcelona.

Rating: 10/10 stars