From barefoot weddings on the beach to romantic boutique hotels and relaxing spa breaks, Barcelona is the hottest European city for your destination wedding right now. There is something for lovers to do both night and day with Dali, Picasso and Gaudi art tours before hitting the trendy bars and restaurants of the Gothic Quarter or the Raval district. The annual Sant Jordi Festival on April 23 is the Catalan equivalent of Valentine’s Day where loving couples exchange gifts of roses and books. Here are our top three choices for where to stay.Arty types
If you’re looking for a room with a view on your wedding day, Barcelona’s Hotel Arts
offers majestic panoramic views from its balconies, suites and terraces and features a series of light-filled rooms in which to dine, sleep and receive your reception guests.
True to its name, Hotel Arts holds an impressive 20th Century collection of exclusively commissioned works by contemporary Catalan and Spanish artists.
Each of the 455 guest rooms has a marble bathroom and affords stunning skyline and sea views. Dining choices include informal dining at Bites, overlooking the gardens and open-air breakfasts in the summer months at Lokal featuring local, fresh and organic products sourced from the market.
Dine in fine style at 2 Michelin-starred Enoteca where Michelin-starred Chef Paco Pérez presents his imaginative cuisine from the length and breadth of Barcelona’s shores.
For wedding parties, The Gran Saló Gaudí boasts a grand ballroom and pre-function area while The Club, located on the upper floors of the hotel, offers a private lounge, and an exclusive reception room and concierge staff. Complimentary food is available throughout the day, including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
For unwinding before or after your nuptials, 43 The Spa provides a relaxing escape for guests with eight treatment rooms, saunas and Klafs color therapy steam rooms, vitality pools and ice fountains overlooking stunning views of Barcelona. The outdoor swimming pool is set in private garden terraces while the Infinity Pool & Lounge is a new distinctive space located in the upper garden of the hotel overlooking the sea and the iconic sculpture of Frank Ghery.
Overlooking the buzzy harbour, The Serras Luxury Boutique Hotel
is located in the heart of the Gothic quarter. The sunkissed Barcelona beaches are less than five minutes walk away. Renowned Spanish designer Eva Martinez Torres brings her eclectic energy and sense of harmony to The Serras, which offers 28 rooms and suites, a renowned restaurant and a fashionable chill out rooftop terrace with a cocktail pool. The hotel has a great history. During the restoration process, archaeologists unearthed part of the dock of the city of Barcino, which dates from the 1st to 5th Century. Most notably, Pablo Picasso started his career with his first studio in 1896 in the building. Here he painted one of the most renowned works of his early career, Science and Charity.
Guestrooms and suites feature luxury comforts such as in-room bathtubs and spa massage menus, and a scented oil shower experience that is unique to this hotel.
Inspired by well known Michelin-starred Catalan chef Marc Gascons, The Restaurant Informal is a convivial, open-plan kitchen showcasing live cooking and offering a menu of small tapas plates incorporates the classic flavours and colours of the Catalan region with a focus on daily fresh ingredients bought from the nearby market.
A traditional art nouveau gem in the heart of the city, historic Hotel Casa Fuster
was designed by UNESCO renowned architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner. Built between 1908 and 1911 as a family home for the architect and his wife, Casa Fuster was considered the most expensive residence of its time with an exquisite white marble facade, decorative stone and wrought iron ornamentation. Situated on the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, the restored Casa Fuster opened its doors as a hotel in 2004.
The iconic Café Vienés has been a meeting place for creatives and intellectuals since the 1930s. Returned to its former glory during the hotel’s restoration, the cafe featured in Woody Allen’s 2008 film Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona and in 2011, Woody recorded his movie hits soundtrack live from the cafe with jazz band members Eddy Davis and Conal Fowkes. Its thriving Thursday night jazz club has also played host to the Yoshida Brothers, the Doc Scalon Trio, New Orleans Rag Trio and the Barcelona Swing Serenaders.
The hotel has a number of unique dining and entertaining spaces for wedding banquets and receptions. Wedding guests can enjoy cocktails on the rooftop terrace and couples can choose from a variety of luxurious guest suites with features such as private saunas, prestigious lounges and stunning balconies.
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Find inspiration for your destination wedding, chat with honeymoon experts and explore spectacular wedding venues at the Bridelux Venues & Destinations Show at the May Fair Hotel, London from the 21st to the 22nd of February.