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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Michelin-starred dining

    Central location

    Super spa

  • Kids will love

    Bicycles to borrow

    Small rooftop pool

    Kids’ welcome treats

  • Don’t expect

    The bar to yourself

    Beach on your doorstep

    A crèche


With Michelin-starred dining and a spectacular spa, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona hotel is a fabulous hideaway in the family-friendly Catalan capital. For a holiday with children, the hotel’s location on one of Barcelona’s most prestigious streets can’t be beaten: its neighbours are chic boutiques and Gaudí buildings, and the beaches and parks are all a short cab or metro ride away.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Mandarin Oriental Barcelona with us:

A glass of cava for each adult in Banker’s bar; and extra beds for under-12s are free


‘'As Barcelona locations go, you can’t get much better than this: you’re a short trip from Barceloneta beach, the sensorial overload of las Ramblas, the hilltop green spaces of Parc Güell and Montjuïc and a host of other Catalan capital delights'’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


120, including 28 suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible. (If you arrive before your room’s ready and fancy freshening up, you’re welcome to visit the spa.)


Double rooms from £406.33 (€457), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€39). Children Under-12s stay in baby cots or extra beds in parents’ rooms for free.


Two rooms are adapted for wheelchair users, and the hotel’s public areas are wheelchair (or pushchair) accessible.

At the hotel

Restaurant, pool, spa, free WiFi in public areas, concierge, gym, personal trainers, fitness classes.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, CD player, minibar, black-out curtains, Red Flower and Acqua di Parma toiletries. In-room WiFi costs €18 a day.

Our favourite rooms

Mandarin Rooms have fresh, stylish decor inside – all the hotel’s rooms get plenty of natural light – and also boast a terrace or balcony overlooking the gardens, ideal for private alfresco dining… or burning off toddler energy. Every room is big enough for an extra bed or at least two baby cots, but suites that have a separate living room will give family members more privacy.


The larger pool is in the spa, where no children are allowed. But, there’s also a small pool on the rooftop terrace that’s ideal for paddling.


The so-sleek-it’s-almost-space-age spa has a full menu of treats, including couples’ massages. Lounge in the herbal steam room until it’s time for your treatment, and then saunter back to your room in your robe – there’s a dedicated lift for spa-going guests.


Bring your Catalan phrasebook: everyone speaks Spanish (and many people speak excellent English) but a few phrases in the native tongue will delight locals. Benvinguts a Catalunya!

Book ahead

If you're planning a date night, give at least a day’s notice to book a babysitter.


Small pets (weighing less than 40kg) are welcome – there are even special treats for dogs.

Food and drink

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The informal formal Blanc serves up brasserie-style dishes all day, beneath its ornate white origami-style ceiling sculpture and hanging plants. The two-Michelin-starred Moments restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and chef Carme Ruscalleda is focused on traditional Catalan flavours. In summer, snacks are served in the beautiful outdoor Mimosa Garden and on the rooftop Terrat, where you can grab a bite as you lounge by the plunge pool.

Family fare

Kids can tuck into dishes from their own menu (such as hot dogs, pastas and a range of bite-size croquettes) in Blanc and restaurant staff can provide highchairs on request.

Hotel Bar

The sleek Banker’s Bar – guess what this part of the building used to be – serves classic cocktails and some of their own creations amid moody dark decor with black leather seats. Try the delicious Bankers’ Martini or Purple Emperor.

Last orders

Drink at the Banker’s Bar until 1am (Sunday–Wednesday) or 3am (Thursday–Saturday). Dine at Moments 1:30pm–3.30pm and 8.30pm–10.30pm, Tuesday–Saturday. Blanc serves food and drinks from 7am to 11pm every day.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The laid-back Blanc brasserie is the best spot for relaxed family meals: save the more grown-up Moments for adults-only dining.

  • Room service

    Have anything from the restaurants’ menus sent to your room whenever you like, 24 hours a day.


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Parent approved

‘'As Barcelona locations go, you can’t get much better than this: you’re a short trip from Barceloneta beach, the sensorial overload of las Ramblas, the hilltop green spaces of Parc Güell and Montjuïc and a host of other Catalan capital delights'’

Smith & Family


Book a babysitter for €25 an hour (with a €15 supplement after 11pm); give at least a day’s notice.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Pushchairs • Socket covers

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Socket covers • Pushchairs • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Comic books • Colouring books • Games consoles • Computers • iPads • Puzzles • DVDs


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Things to do

All the delights of Barcelona are on your doorstep, so your top priority will be to get out and explore on one of the borrowable bicycles. At the hotel, the small rooftop pool provides a brief distraction; otherwise there are games and DVDs to stave off indoor boredom.

Hotel activities

When you’re not busy exploring Barcelona, keep kids occupied with the hotel’s stock of children’s books, U- and PG-rated DVDs, games consoles, computers, iPads, art and craft materials, board games and puzzles. Or, borrow a bike: this is a very cyclist-friendly city.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Take the funicular up Monjuïc (catch it at Paral•lel station) and spend the day strolling the parks overlooking the city. The funicular itself will be fun for kids, and if you’re after more thrills you can take the cable car up to Montjuïc Castle.

You could hardly get a more enviable location than the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s spot on the eminently strollable Passeig de Gràcia: if you’re a shopping addict Manolo Blahnik heels, they’re on your doorstep. But, there’s plenty of family fun nearby, too: the beach at Barceloneta is a 20-minute metro ride away, and the gardens of Parc Güell and Parc de Montjuïc (with its funfair) are to the north and south, respectively. There’s also fabulous Gaudí architecture at which to gawk all over the city.

The most famous of Barcelona’s many markets, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria ( is an institution: it’s the place to go to pick up ingredients, soak up the sights and sounds and mingle with the locals. The market’s one of the liveliest and most colourful spots in the city, and also the ideal place to pick up provisions for a family picnic.

The Basílica de la Sagrada Familia – Gaudí’s iconic (and unfinished) masterpiece – is probably the most obvious attraction in the Catalan capital, but it’s worth a visit to wonder at the level of detail: every part of the building is intensely ornate. There’s an entertaining and informative audioguide for under-12s (who also get free admission).

Crustó bakery ( is the ideal place to pick up some treats on your way to the beach or Park Güell. Introduce your young ‘uns to some traditional Catalan treats, such as dulces de Sant Jordi. For a no-frills crepe shop, head to Creps Barcelona ( ) on Via Laietana – the chocolate chips and strawberries are favourites with younger visitors.

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Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
38 Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, 08007
Hotel setting

Prestigious Passeig de Gràcia

Getting There

Located right in the centre of the city on the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel is easy to get to and makes a great hub for exploring.


Touch down at Barcelona-El Prat Airport, 20 minutes away by car; there are regular flights from global destinations, including London, Paris and Rome.


The nearest station is Sants Estació, the main rail hub for Catalonia, which serves Paris, Madrid and other major European cities.


Barcelona is a fantastic city to see on foot, and the public transport network is extensive, convenient and fast – the Passeig de Gràcia metro station is across the street. There are also plentiful (and quite cheap) taxis, so if you’re staying in the city having a car of your own really isn’t necessary. If you do decide to drive, the nearest parking is €36 a day.

Parent travel tip

If you’re travelling in Barcelona with children, under-4s go free on public transport.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Mandarin Oriental Barcelona – has been selected and approved by parents.

As Barcelona locations go, you can’t get much better than this: you’re a short cab or metro ride from Barceloneta beach, the sensorial overload of las Ramblas, the hilltop green spaces of Parc Güell and Montjuïc and a host of other Catalan capital delights. But, there’s more to the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona than just its impressive address. Once you’ve left your luggage with the smartly dressed doormen and stepped inside the high-ceilinged lobby (full of with natural light, welcoming staff and elegant fellow guests), you’re fully ensconced in luxury. From the Michelin-starred restaurant to the glittering spa, everything here is first class. If you’re looking for a fabulous but family-friendly Barcelona base, this is just the place.

Smith & Family

Honestly? We were a little apprehensive. The Mandarin Oriental is a haute-couture spaceship of a hotel parked on Barcelona’s swankiest shopping street, slap between Tiffany and Brioni; you’re invited on board via an elevated ramp that feels rather like a catwalk as you stroll up into an exotic world of unruffled serenity where everyone seems exceedingly well behaved and no one raises their voice. I’m not saying my four-year-old son is troublesome, but his tastes are more Gap than Gucci and his tracksuit bottoms have been known to crumple to his feet in public. I needn’t have worried: on our first exploration of the hotel, a kindly, top-hatted concierge trundled into view pulling a trolley full of Playmobil skeleton pirates and footballers. Alfie stared in speechless wonder.

During our stay, we munched on manchego and jamon at La Boqueria, hopped on the metro to watch beach volleyball Med-side at Barceloneta, and copied dots and squiggles at the Joan Miró Foundation; but his favourite occupation was being bell boy at the MO. Up in the lift to the rooftop terrace, glorious spring sunshine and Gaudí in all directions (‘Shall we try making that in Lego?’); down in the express spa lift, clad in child-sized towelling and slippers (‘Hello little lady!’ said a passing therapist, as Alfie had decided to wear pink rather than blue), to practise his swimming. As he splashed his way up the elegant pool, a vision in the spa’s Minnie Mouse water wings, a glamorous Russian blonde passed the other way, her husband walking alongside as he helped her learn to swim, too. Our favourite occupation? Spending half the morning over breakfast in the space-age Blanc Brasserie & Gastrobar, with blinis and salmon and hams and cakes. Oh, and cava. After cava for breakfast, the day ahead feels very serene indeed. Even for a parent.

Anonymously reviewed by Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveller

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Mandarin Oriental Barcelona in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The service, especially the attentiveness of the concierge. The rooms were spacious, quiet, and modern. Restaurant was great as was the spa. The view from the rooftop was gorgeous! Perfect location for shopping and seeing the city. I did a running tour of the city with Go! Running Tours. They met me at the hotel and we ran all over Barcelona. It was an amazing way to see all of the city in one day. There is also a great little cafe called Garriga right around the corner from the hotel - an excellent spot for a light breakfast, especially if you want a proper coffee.

Don’t expect

Nightlife or family-friendly dining options at this hotel.

Rating: 10/10 stars