Aug 18 2009

Five fabulous Barcelona roof terrace bars

Terrace showing Sagrada Familia

The Terrace at the Condes de Barcelona Hotel

It’s how many of us see our ideal city holiday – kicking back with cocktail in hand, enjoying fabulous views as the sun sets over the classic city skyline.

Until recently in Barcelona this may have been the reserve of the few who were happy to shell out on a room at one of the city’s top five star hotels.  No longer.  Increasing numbers of hotels are giving their roof terraces luxury make-overs and opening them to non-guests – so now you can chill out and take in Barcelona from on high, without having to break the bank.

Here’s our guide to the top five luxury roof terraces in Barcelona (check out the map here).

The Condes de Barcelona
Passeig de Gracia with C/ Mallorca

A newly opened bar, the ultra cool Condes roof terrace makes a mockery of the mere four star status of the hotel it sits atop.  Amazing views over Gaudi’s Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia, low, moody lighting and occasional live music performances combine to make the Condes our favourite of the top five.

The Duquesa de Cardona
Passeig de Colom, 12

Rooftop views in the Barri Gotic (Old Town) are generally hard to come by, but the Duquesa de Cardona sits right on the edge of the area, with the Port Vell marina stretching out in front of it, giving it a wonderful vantage point.  The bar area boasts laid back sofa seating and occasional live music perfomances to add to the ambience.

The attached restaurant is a little on the pricey side, but it may just be worth it for the location and views.

The Majestic Hotel
Passeig de Gracia with C/ Valencia

The original luxury terrace bar, the Majestic hotel is the go-to city centre hotel for the rich and famous.  Chill out sofas, cool cocktails and even a plunge pool (strictly speaking for guests only, but who’s to know?) added to the wonderful views over the city, Monjuic and the Sagrada Familia make this one of the coolest bars in town.

As you might expect, drinks prices match the luxury settings – making this the most expensive of the top five.

Hotel Claris
Pau Claris with C/ Valencia

Just around the corner from the Majestic, the Claris is another five star hotel, with an equally stunning terrace.  Incorporating a top restaurant as well, the Claris terrace has a little more style than the laid back Majestic with friendly and knowledgable waiting staff on hand to advise on the wine list or nibbles on offer.

The views aren’t quite as insipiring as the others on the list, but the high class feel and service more than make up for this.

H10 Montcada
Via Laietana, 24

Sumptuously laid back sofas and seating along the length of bar area that wraps around 3 sides of the roof of the H10 make this a fabulous way to get away from the hubbub of central Barcelona.  The views are admittedly a little grey, focusing on the rooftops of the old town, but get better at night when the lights come on at night and the view stretches from the sea front towers to the Sagrada Familia.

There is a tapas tasting menu that is desperately over-priced, but then that’s not why you come here!

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