HOTEL PULITZER BARCELONA
Barcelona is buzzy, bustling, exciting and a mecca for all things art, history and gastronomic. It is for this reason that you may find it surprising that when visiting we recommend an ideal haven right by Plaza Catalunya. Hotel Pulitzer is actually tucked away down the side street Bergara, off the square. The neat 4-star hotel with its discreet façade always seems to have something happening, making it a great option as a Barcelona base. Rooms are comfortable and ooze flair thanks to the interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, who puts a firm stamp with punchy colours and sophistication.
We previously stayed at the hotel 9 years ago and it is more than fair to say that it has had quite the face-lift since then. The lobby remains a meeting point for Barcelona locals and tourists alike, then there's a beautiful small patio overflowing with plants and an impressive rooftop terrace-garden, with live concerts and DJ sessions that have become established as a benchmark in the summer months. Although the Barcelona hotel has 91 rooms, it really doesn't feel like it. There is a cosy element, which is due to the way the hotel is designed with several spaces to linger, work or relax in various parts of the building.
Breakfast is served in their leafy in-house restaurant The Greenhouse, there are good morning selections but we really recommend returning here for lunch or dinner. Plants dangle from the ceiling and beautifully adorn the space which has charming distressed wooden furniture, mirrors, planters on top of cupboards and a long wooden table upon entry. If you want to eat something other than tapas and are keen to opt for healthy food, this is the place. A menu del día (menu of the day) can be taken advantage of with three dishes and a drink for less than 18 euros. Many locals in "the know" often dine here for the good value and quality. In the late afternoon / early evenings, you can enjoy a glass of wine before tucking into some mouthwatering dishes.
Our Pulitzer View room was exactly what we needed after a long day exploring new finds and visiting newly opened cultural landmarks. We had a balcony looking out onto Carrer de Bergara, which although small was pleasant to have a drink on before heading out. A very large headboard is quite a feature in the room, as are the pieces of art mounted on the walls. Cool greys teamed with woods from the panelled floor give a sense of elegance, whilst remaining somewhat cool. The bathroom is bold with bright turquoise tiles and has a shower to keep you refreshed and invigorated. What makes this hotel great is that it is central, kid-friendly and pet-friendly, and they offer an array of services to guests.
- Complimentary drink upon arrival
- Domotic technology, flat screen cable TV
- 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Minibar, safe, hairdryer
- Bathroom amenities
- Satellite TV
- Daily newspaper
- Central heating and air conditioning
- Free high speed WiFi throughout the grounds
- A rooftop with impressive city view
- In-house restaurant
Rate - Start from 149 euros per night for a double room for single use
Location - Barcelona city centre
Suitable for - couples, groups, friends and families.
Tips - Do go upstairs and enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop, they often have live performances.