Located next to the picturesque Sant Felip Neri Square in the atmospheric Gothic Quarter, the Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux comprises two historic mansions, one dating to the 12th century. The modernist aspirations of the hotel are immediately clear, though, from the front entrance’s elegant combination of glass and metalwork to the way the stone walls of the lobby have been enlivened with colorful art. Rooms are crisp and subtly decorated in grays and greens offset by the wooden floors, and they're filled with high-tech features such as plasma TVs and CD players as well as built-in desks. Bathrooms feature natural stone and rain showers, and most rooms look out onto the Gothic Quarter’s cobbled streets. Elsewhere in the hotel is a wood-filled library with a surfeit of novels and magazines, a romantic restaurant right on the square, and a roof terrace complete with hammocks and a fully stocked bar.
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The surrounding Gothic Quarter is full of atmosphere and more things to see and do than visitors could manage in a week. Guests can go shopping on Passeig de Gràcia, explore the upscale delis and boutiques of the El Born area, or visit one of the city’s best food markets, La Boqueria, which is just off Las Ramblas. Guests who wander around the nearby La Ribera district, with its half-hidden cafés, bars, and restaurants, should be sure to visit Gravin, a popular restaurant with a premium wine list.
Need to Know
Rooms: 22 rooms; from $300. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Neri restaurant is set in the original stone arches of the Old Palace and serves excellent Mediterranean cuisine with seasonal touches (à la carte and tasting menus are available); bag a seat at the terrace to dine right on the square. The adjacent Lounge Bar also offers coffee and snacks during the day and cocktails at night, but on warm evenings the Roba Estesa rooftop bar and lounge, with its small urban garden, is the place to be. Spa and gym details: No spa or gym, but there is an in-room massage menu.
Who’s it for: Hopeless romantics, those seeking indulgence and convenience, and lovers of all things medieval and Gothic. Our favorite rooms: The Junior Suites come with views of Plaça Sant Felip Neri as well as relaxation areas and rain-effect bathtubs, with eco-friendly Korres toiletries in the natural-stone bathrooms. Rise and shine: Guests seeking peace and quiet should be aware that rooms overlooking the square can be noisy in the mornings.