Probably the most unique hotel in Barcelona, the Cotton House Hotel in the Catalan metropolis takes its visitors 150 years back in time. In this hotel review of the Cotton House Hotel Autograph Collection in Barcelona, you will find out what makes the hotel so unique and whether it is the right choice for you!

My review of the Cotton House Hotel Barcelona


The Cotton House Barcelona is located in the city center on the famous Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes street, within walking distance of many attractions such as La Rambla, the Cathedral or the Sagrada Familia. There are also numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities in the area. Thus, it is the ideal starting point for a sightseeing tour on foot.

The Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes is a busy and therefore quite loud street, but despite this fact, it was pleasantly quiet in the hotel. This is especially due to the fact that many rooms, as well as the bar and terrace, face the quiet courtyard.

From the airport only took us about 20-25 minutes to get to the hotel by taxi, despite the central location.

The outside facade of the building of the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, standing on balcony
standing on a balcony over the streets of Barcelona with a cup of coffee

The Rooms at the Cotton House Hotel

Bright, cozy and to feel comfortable. This describes our room at the Cotton House Hotel ideally! Our Cotton Room with courtyard view and balcony surprised me, because despite the cozy 28m² it seemed spacious and open.

The sink is located in the entrance area, while the toilet is in a separate room. The shower as well as a bathtub are also in a separate area – so the entire room can be used as a shower!

The attached bedroom is cozy, with a large bed and cozy cotton bedding. Thanks to the balcony, the room is also very bright and inviting. The location to the courtyard I personally found  great, because it was very quiet at night.

a Cotton Room category at the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona
the bathroom of a so called Cotton Room Category at the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona
sitting on a balcony at the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona

The concept of the Cotton House Barcelona

As is typical of Marriott’s Autograph Collection properties, The Cotton House Barcelona also has its own unique style and history:

You may have wondered where the name Cotton House comes from. In the 19th century, the building was home to the ‘Cotton Textile Foundation’ – the best tailors and textile processors from the entire region gathered here. For this purpose, the house was restored and designed with attention to detail. In 2015, the complex was restored again and opened as the Cotton House Hotel, of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. But the charm of the late 19th century was retained. Especially the first floor and the second floor of the hotel with the old library and the restaurant with fireplace remind of a museum. It’s a very special ambience in the heart of Barcelona.

the iconic and historic library at the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona
The entrance hall of the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, in a 19th century style with a historical and elegant interior


The hotel’s sixth-floor rooftop terrace overlooks the iconic Sagrada Familia above the city’s skyline. There is also a suite on this floor with a private terrace and this magnificent view.

The rooftop terrace includes a small pool as well as some sun loungers and chill out corner. Actually, there is also a small bar up here, however, the service during our visit, despite fantastic weather, was unfortunately not available, which was a bit sad.

The rooftop pool a the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona during sunrise, overlooking the Sagrada Familia
overlooking the Sagrada Familia over the roofs of Barcelona


On the upper floor of the building there is also a small treatment room for massages and treatments, as well as a small gym. Due to the small size, no couple massages can be offered here, only individual treatments, but guests of the hotel can also use the larger spa area of the neighboring partner hotel free of charge. I opted for a treatment at the Cotton House. The “Heavenly Cotton” massage more than lives up to its name and was a welcome relaxation after all the walking around Barcelona.

Breakfast and Restaurant

The Batuar restaurant is the heart of the hotel, along with the beautiful library. The large terrace of the restaurant faces the quiet courtyard and is very cozy designed with numerous plants and lounge furniture. During sunny weather, it radiates almost a tropical charm and invites you to relax and enjoy the whole day. Breakfast is also served here in the morning.

A small breakfast buffet with cold dishes and sparkling wine is set up indoors. In addition, various hot dishes such as waffles, Eggs Benedict and Co. can be ordered fresh.

the courtyard of the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona during breakfast, the restaurant is designed with tropical lounge furniture and tropical plants
breakfast at the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona served on the terrace with umbrellas and tropical plants

In the evening, the Batuar restaurant is an elegant dinner location – both indoors and on the terrace – which is also popular with guests not staying at the hotel. The menu varies each season, as it is largely inspired by the season’s regional produce. My personal highlight was a polenta dish with mushrooms and truffles – a true flavor explosion. Only the desserts with cheesecake served with Parmesan foam or smoked pudding with basil sorbet were a bit too extravagant for me. I prefer the Spanish classics! But the rest of the menu was fantastic!

Résumé of my Review of the Cotton House Hotel Barcelona

A gorgeous location in the heart of Barcelona coupled with an elegant and historic ambiance. The Cotton House Barcelona is the most beautiful hotel in Barcelona I have ever stayed in – and there have been a few! It’s both a great hotel for a special occasion and an elegant alternative to basic city hotels during a city getaway! A place to feel completely at ease and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

sitting on a sofa in a historic library of the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, looking out of the window
the library at the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, with an historic interior and fire place

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We had a sponsored stay at the Cotton House Hotel Barcelona, which isn’t changing my opinion and honest review of the hotel in any way.

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