Checking In: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

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It’s all about location, location, location. The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is sitting in the centre of it all, with high-end and high-street boutiques all within a short stroll of the hotel. Barcelona is a bustling city and with a room at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, it’s possible to soak up the Catalonian spirit whilst having the option to retreat to the modern and sleek MO property here in Barcelona.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona - Terrat Rooftop Dipping Pool  

Upon arriving at the Barcelona airport I collected my bags and headed straight to the taxi rank. For a trip into the hotel, you can expect to pay around 25 euros for the 15-25 minute journey.

When my taxi stopped out the front of the Mandarin Oriental, I could see immediately that I was right in the centre of the shopping district – perfect for a prompt two-night stay. Checking in early was overlooked by the reception staff, as they promptly took care of my arrival and had my bags waiting for me in my room before I had been escorted up to the room by the reception staff.

The property features all that is to be expected of Mandarin Oriental Hotels – a magnificent spa, indoor swimming pool, and comprehensive fitness studio.

MO properties are renowned for their commitment to guests’ experiences, with complimentary chocolates on arrival and a daily newspaper delivered to your room. While the best MO buffet breakfast I have encountered was at the Paris property, the breakfast in Barcelona is still reasonably good. Similarly the service by the team of staff at MO properties has been better elsewhere, but the team of staff in Barcelona will certainly do their best to ensure you have a fantastic stay in the city.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona - Delux Boulevard Twin Room


Once inside my room, I was delighted to see the usual MO amenities and high quality technology in the room. The bathroom was a generous size with an oversized bathtub, undoubtedly the highlight of the room. Be sure to take note of your view when booking a room, as the views over the garden weren’t particularly attractive and limited the sunlight in the room. It would be a sound investment to splurge a little and upgrade yourself if possible as the MO suites are substantially larger and better appointed.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona - Views from Terrat rooftop


World of Wanderlust was a guest of the MO Barcelona, however my opinion is as always, my own.

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    October 25, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I love that you write about not only your desire to see the world but traveling with style and not being so cheap that you only stay in hostels and bring granolas bar to save money! I’ve been trying to find a travel blog that isn’t for the backpacker but also not for the multi-millionaire, this is a very happy medium between the two ends of the spectrum. Love your work, Love this post!

    J.R. Duren
    June 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Love the post. We’ve heard many good things about the Mandarin Oriental but have yet to stay there. Two questions: Did you get a chance to eat at Moments? We want to dine there, but in the meantime we’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, in which part of the hotel was the photo at the top of the post taken? It seems so whimsical and modern!

    October 29, 2014 at 2:34 am

    oh wow – what a gorgeous hotel! I’ve only stayed at the mandarin oriental in SF but it was all sorts of wonderful 🙂


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