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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. .

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hotel Pulitzer with us:

A welcome glass of wine or cava and homemade cookies

Facilities

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Hotel Pulitzer – Barcelona – Spain

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 $199.05 (€173), 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

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

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 for a small fee.

Packing tips

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

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.

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 and drink

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Hotel Pulitzer – Barcelona – Spain

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.

Smith Insider

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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Hotel Pulitzer – Barcelona – Spain
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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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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Hotel Pulitzer – Barcelona – Spain
Hotel Pulitzer
Hotel Pulitzer Calle Bergara, 8 Barcelona 08002 Barcelona Spain

Anonymous review

Rating: 10/10 stars
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 &nda…
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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

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members have to say about Hotel Pulitzer in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location, staff, room. 10/10

Don’t expect

No complaints

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The friendly and attentive staff, the really nice lounge and bar and the rooftop bar. Perfect for a City Centre break. 

Don’t expect

You won't be disappointed with this hotel

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Cool lounge and bar area with fabulous cocktails. Great self service breakfast. Beautiful scent in hotel (which you can buy to take home).

Don’t expect

Large rooms as standard, they are small but perfectly formed with plenty of storage and nice toiletries.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on No children.

We loved

the personal service, the breakfasts and the distinctive design of the entire hotel.

Don’t expect

the terrace to be open in colder months.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Breakfasts. The Staff. The rooms and bathrooms were great quality. The Smith extra welcome drink and biscuits. The bar terrace are supposed to be great but we didn't have time to visit.

Don’t expect

Rowdy crowds :)

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The the staff couldn't do enough for you, always smiling. Made our break super special!

Don’t expect

To want to leave!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We were a large family group aged 16 to 80. The hotel fit the occasion for all, had a fabulous roof terrace, and a relaxed yet chic bar area where some worked away on laptops while others drank cocktails. Friendly service and a sumptuous breakfast served until midday at weekends.

Don’t expect

Large rooms.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff was exceptional. Loved every person in the restaurant and front desk. Rooms are spacious (I had a Superior) and bathroom amenities were amazing.

Don’t expect

Your run-of-the-mill tourist hotel.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It was central to everywhere. A little oasis in a bustling city. Friendly staff. We stayed in a standard room, very clean and everything you could need. The food market half way down La Rambla is a must. You can sit at a bar stool and watch your food being cooked. Some of the best fish we have ever had.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location, the style of the hotel, the roof terrace, the breakfast.

Don’t expect

A large bedroom!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The atmosphere, friendly staff, nice decorated, rooftopbar

Don’t expect

spacious rooms (but they are nice and clean)

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service was very accomodating. The room was prestine, with stylish furnishings that suited the funky style of Barcelona. The bed was absolutely perfect- one of the best I've slept in. The pillows were great and quality of the material of the linen was fantastic- very soft.

Don’t expect

A pool or a bath. No one should be disappointed because the rooftop is where the action is.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Friendly staff, clean rooms, modern hotel, great customer service, good food, really nice terrace.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything from the attentive staff, classy decor, tapas on the swank roof top terrace, and a night cap in the wee hours! Lots to love about this place.

Don’t expect

A cheap breakfast. Although served late, there were many places outside the hotel that was better value for money.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was fantastic! Everything was spot on: the decor, the food, the ambiance, the service, the room and the location. The staff even left cake in our room on the first evening, because it was my birthday weekend. It is just the perfect hotel for a weekend away, discovering all the wonderful things Barcelona has to offer, with a really special setting to come back to at the end of the day. The staff are helpful, and they know the right places to go to in town, so don't worry if you're going without too much of a set plan. I can't say enough good things about the entire experience; unsurprisingly, we will definitely be going back!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the location of the hotel and there was always staff around to assist.

Don’t expect

The cleanliness of the bathrooms could've been better, I thought.

Rating: 7/10 stars