The slick-on-a-stick Hotel Pulitzer manages to be pretty cool without falling into the designed-to-death trap. It’s the kind of place where people hang out in the bar even when they aren’t staying in the hotel – which makes you feel pretty smug when you descend from your room at the beginning of a night out.
The rooms aren’t huge, but they have very comfortable beds, teak floors, bold lamps and original artworks. The five superior rooms are larger, with leather sofas. Most of the stylish dark marble bathrooms have baths as well as showers. The his ’n’ hers amenity packs contain good-quality products – and the lip gloss is a welcome extra. There are robes and slippers, too, which is pretty unusual for a Spanish 4-star hotel.
The combination of great location and trendy atmosphere makes the lobby bar, with its white leather sofas and Asian décor, a good place to meet for a night out, perhaps kicking off with the Pulitzer cocktail: vodka, cranberry, basil, strawberries and pepper.
In warmer weather – at least half the year – the scene moves upstairs to the roof terrace, which is so invitingly hip you might find the weekend has slipped by and you haven’t moved from the hotel. That would be a shame, however, as you’ve got Gaudi buildings, the Ramblas, hundreds of shops and tons of bars and restaurants within a 10-minute radius.
- Great roof terrace
- Stylish lobby bar
- Handy location
- Free gym and pool nearby
- Heels clacking along the corridors
- Scuffed paintwork and floors
Need to Know: Hotel Pulitzer
Number of rooms: 92
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 12noon
Room service: Yes
Swimming pool: No. But guests can use the nearby Holmes Place gym – which is well equipped and has a pool – at no extra charge.
Dogs welcome: No.
Eating and drinking: The Visit restaurant on the ground floor is a lovely light-filled pavilion-style space with outdoor tables in the courtyard. It is currently only used for breakfast and lunch. Food, such as crunchy spicy prawns or burgers, is served in the lobby bar, which is pretty lively most of the time, and the roof terrace is one of the best places in town to hang out from spring to autumn.
Near to? Right by Plaça Catalunya, the Pulitzer couldn’t be handier. The Ramblas, the Passeig de Gracia with its smart boutiques, and the funky Raval neighbourhood are all a few minutes’ walk away.
Getting there: Barcelona El Prat airport is about 25 minutes away by taxi. The airport bus stops in Plaça Catalunya. You could get the train from the airport to Passeig de Gracia station, but the bus is much easier. Sants train station is about 10 minutes away by taxi.