This Former Textile Headquarters Is Now Barcelona’s Most Charming Stay

Known for its incredible architecture, delicious bites, and beautiful surroundings, Barcelona is a top European travel destination. With history around every corner, it’s no surprise that landmark sites have turned into beloved hotels, and the Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection is one of our favorites. 

Originally built as a private palace, the Cotton House was the former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation. The building dates back to the 19th century and was once a meeting point for leaders of the cities’ textile industry. Before opening as a charming city hotel, it was restored by Lázara Rosa-Violán, one of Barcelona’s most famous interior designers. 

With 83 rooms, the hotel stays true to its roots while showcasing modern features and details. Some original elements of the building have been fully restored, including the large marble staircase and embellished ceilings in the entry. However, all the rooms feel completely modern with crisp white coloring and bright, neutral decor with minimal design details. 

Many of the rooms have adorable terraces, ideal for drinking a morning coffee. There are also amenities from the Sicilian brand Ortigia, along with comfortable bathrooms, and slippers from local brand Bassols. 

Together, all these details create a serene haven amidst the busy Spanish city that combines the history of the building with the future. Located on one of the best shopping streets in the city, it’s just a quick walk away from many of the main attractions, including some of Gaudí’s most famous architectural gems. 

Onsite, Batuar Bar & Restaurant serves up traditional tapas and Spanish fare, ranging from Iberian ham croquettes to dry rice with cod tripe and smoked foie gras. The space also boasts a menu of exclusive cocktails, including the ‘Gossypium Cocktail which was created especially for the hotel. It has an indoor space, along with a lovely interior patio that’s used during the warmer months. 

Up above, the hotel has one of the only rooftop pools in the city with breathtaking views of Gran Via below. There is also a fitness center, spa, and meeting space called the library—where afternoon tea (or cocktails) is served. Arguably the most unique aspect of the property is the onsite tailoring services, which are offered by professionals from the most prestigious tailors in Barcelona. It’s meant to play an ode to the history of the building while keeping to current times. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Barcelona, Spain 

Rating: Five-Star

The vibe: A bright haven in the center of Barcelona. 

Food + Drink: Batuar Bar & Restaurant, the hotel’s onsite restaurant offers tapas and drinks on its indoor or outdoor patio, whereas The Library serves up traditional afternoon tea. 

Amenities: Pool, fitness center, an in-house atelier for tailoring, 24/7 room service. 

Any personal neighborhood recs? With its central location, the Cotton House is a great place to stay on your first trip to Barcelona. Gaudí’s most popular works, including Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, and Casa Battlo are just a short walk (or drive) away. For yummy bites, walk 15 minutes to El Nacional. It houses a variety of different restaurants in its food haul, but the tapas one is a hidden gem with incredible bites. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit Mercado De La Boqueria and all the adorable shops around Las Ramblas. 

Our favorite thing about the hotel: The original detailing, such as the large marble staircase, makes you feel like you stepped back in time. 

What’s nearby? Most of the main tourist attractions are no more than 20 minutes away. 

Rooms: 85, including five suites. 

Pricing: Rates start at 350 euros/night

Closest Airport: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) 

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