We spent a lot of time planning for our honeymoon, and we wanted to do it right. After a lot of discussion, we landed on the Mercer Hotel for our stay in Barcelona. I am thrilled to say, it lived up to our expectations, and then some. It was five-star brilliance!
The Mercer is a beautiful hotel. The location can’t be beat, right in the heart of the gothic quarter. We loved the winding old paths and you can walk almost anywhere in central Barcelona from here. The hotel is about three years old and is built right into an old Roman wall. The wall is a central feature of the hotel, which also highlights high ceilings and a modern clean aesthetic. I absolutely loved the feel of this 28-room hotel – small and boutique, private and quiet.
Our room took our breath away when we first entered. The bed is large and incredibly comfy, with a small terrace outside overlooking a central orange tree-filled patio in the middle of the hotel. I was a bit worried about noise carrying up to our second floor, but the terrace doors and blackout shutters were wonderfully sound proofed. I have never had a better sleep in a hotel in all of my travels!
The bathroom was separated from the bedroom by a “floating wall” so the room felt very open and there was lots of room for us to share the space. David and I marvelled at how the temperature was always just right the moment we turned on the large rain shower (no waiting for it to heat up). The Molton Brown toiletries and other bathroom amenities (soft bathrobes, slippers, and a fantastic hairdryer) were top notch.
But the real shining star of this hotel is the amazing staff. We received exceptional and personalized service from each and every staff member we spoke with during our five-night stay. One of the reasons we booked the Mercer was the Concierge service. The recommendations, tips and warmth we received made our trip go more smoothly than we could have ever managed on our own. We would have never found Montiel restaurant, or had a perfect Gaudi day (perfectly booked, timed and mapped for us) without their help. One Concierge in particular deserves extra recognition. Joan Manel Salamanca was always there with a smile and made our foodie dream come true – getting us reservations at Tickets on our last night in Barcelona. We don’t know how he did it, but we are forever grateful!
Another staff member also made an impression on us. Daniel is the bartender, an outstanding one! You just have to let him know the flavours you like, and he will make you something incredible. I had an hibiscus champagne drink I won’t forget, and David raved about Daniel’s whisky cocktails. We also can’t believe the amount of work Daniel does.. he’s all alone as bartender serving the terrace, the bar lounge and any other drinks throughout the hotel! Get this guy some help!
The hotel tapas bar – Le Bouchon – was really tasty and we loved the look and feel. Check out our review in another post. We didn’t try the restaurant for breakfast or dinner, mostly because there are so many options right outside the hotel that we wanted to explore.
David and I also enjoyed the rooftop terrace of this hotel – to lounge before we could check in and after we checked out, and likely could have spent more time there if we weren’t so busy and on the go during our stay! It’s lovely to see the old buildings nearby, and there is a pool if you want to take a dip (we didn’t get any photos of this, but it is there).
The Mercer Barcelona, and its incredible staff, made our honeymoon a wonderful and perfect memory that we won’t ever forget. We spent many days there thinking… how lucky and blessed are we to be able to stay at a hotel like this?? Perfection.