Hotel Pullman Barcelona Skipper is an appealing all-rounder. The sweeping views of the Mediterranean will certainly please romantics, the outdoor pools and comprehensive spa are perfect for fitness and pampering, and the function and meeting rooms in the basement are convenient for working travelers. The hotel itself, a glass-heavy construction that makes for light, bright interiors, has 241 rooms divided into six categories; some come with balconies facing the sea and others look out onto the city skyline, though all offer modern decor and an array of conveniences, from wide-screen TVs and DVD players to work desks. The rooftop pool has an outdoor bar (June to September), an adjacent Jacuzzi, and tables and chairs to better enjoy the views, but guests can also enjoy the larger (unheated) pool on the ground floor, where another in-house bar and restaurant await.
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Hotel Pullman Barcelona Skipper sits on the beach in the heart of the Port Olimpic—home to some of Barcelona's glitziest casinos and nightclubs. Nearby clubs such as Shoko and Catwalk attract a glamorous clientele and big-name DJs, though for low-key kicks it doesn’t get much better than beachside chiringuitos (shacks) such as Bestial and Escriba. For shopping and restaurants, head to the El Born area, also home to the perennially popular Picasso Museum.
Need to Know
Rooms: 241 rooms; from $200. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There are two ground-floor restaurants and two bars in the hotel. The intimate and elegant Syrah Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast in the mornings, and locally-slanted Mediterranean cuisine at lunch and dinner; it’s helmed by Jose Sanchez, who has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants such as El Bulli. The tasting menu is recommended. The Blend Lounge & Bar serves a continental breakfast, and Spanish tapas at other times, while the Atic Bar, part of the pool and solarium complex on the roof, serves sandwiches, salads, and light snacks during summer. Spa and gym details: A small but relatively comprehensive spa and fitness area has treatment rooms, a steam bath and sauna, and offers chromotherapy and aromatherapy.
Who’s it for: Everyone from families wanting some beach time to business travelers needing to network. Our favorite rooms: Junior Suites and Deluxe Rooms have whirlpools, dressing rooms, and superb views. Breakfast bubbles: Breakfast in the Syrah Restaurant includes champagne.