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Review: The Barcelona EDITION hotel – sleek and sophisticated

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This is our review of the EDITION hotel in Barcelona.

After a couple of nights admiring the view and enjoying the beach from the W Barcelona hotel which I reviewed here it was time to move on to the EDITION, another five star hotel but with an entirely different character. Marriott provided the hotel stay but we paid all other expenses, including flights and testing.

For the uninitiated, EDITION is a chain of very high-end boutique hotels created by hotelier Ian Shrager in conjunction with Marriott. There are just a handful worldwide, including the EDITION in London which we reviewed here.

Take a look at a gallery of EDITIONs and you’ll quickly see a pattern emerging. They are often darker, luxuriously decorated hotels that ooze sexiness and sophistication.

EDITION Barcelona exterior

They are very different to the loud and bright aesthetic of W Hotels. The other key difference between the W and EDITION hotels in Barcelona is the size; the EDITION Barcelona has just 100 rooms, making it less than a quarter of the size of the W. That’s noticeable throughout the hotel – it is intimate and cosy.

The hotel website is here.


In contrast to the W, the EDITION Barcelona is located right in the city centre, just around the corner from Barcelona’s gothic cathedral and straddling the Gothic quarter and El Born neighbourhood:

EDITION Barcelona location

Right next door is the Santa Caterina Market where you can grab any number of different kinds of jamon, and you’re within a very short walk of the Picasso Museum. The nearest Metro station is Jaume I with access to the yellow L4 line.

Check in

The first thing you notice when you walk into an EDITION is the signature scent which repeats later in some of the toiletries. It is described thus: “Embrace the exoticism of robust black tea as our signature scent slowly unfolds with a luminous blend of citrus, smoke, chocolate, pepper and floral notes.” If you really like the fragrance you can actually buy it in the EDITION shop.

EDITION Barcelona lobby reception

I was the only guest when I arrived and was immediately checked in by a very friendly member of staff who took all the necessary paperwork.

EDITION Barcelona reception

Rooms at the EDITION Barcelona

I was given a double-category upgrade to a Deluxe room. There are also studios and suites which feature a private rooftop terraces.

The majority of room categories are identical, bar the slight difference in size. A Deluxe room is 28 square metres whilst a Superior room is 26; not exactly life changing. Compared to the W the rooms are small, but that’s the trade-off with a city centre hotel.

This is what you see as you walk in:

EDITION Barcelona bedroom

Lots of walnut wood panelling conceal the wardrobes and mini bar with Nespresso machine:

EDITION Barcelona wardrobe mini bar


EDITION Barcelona Nespresso

If you find yourself in a hot spot there’s also an intimacy kit 😉

EDITION Barcelona intimacy kit

You also get a small desk:

EDITION Barcelona desk

Here is the king-size bed, which has lots of USB and plug sockets as well as electronic controls for the room including the curtains:

EDITION Barcelona bed

And, in the window, you have a little sofa nook:

EDITION Barcelona sofa nook 2

The Bathroom at the EDITION Barcelona

To the right is the marble bathroom, complete with ornate gold-framed mirror:

EDITION Barcelona bathroom

Fittings are in brass. There is a large walk-in shower, with shuttered glass window into the bedroom. This can be closed if desired:

EDITION Barcelona shower

The toilet is off to one side. There is no separate door so you have to close the bathroom door:

EDITION Barcelona toilet

Toiletries are custom made for EDITION toiletries by Le Labo, and smell great:

EDITION Barcelona soap

‘The Roof’ rooftop terrace

There is a rooftop bar and terrace for anyone who hasn’t been upgraded to one of the rooms with their own private roof terrace:

EDITION Barcelona The Roof

It is not particularly large but they have managed to pack a lot in, including a plunge pool. Here is my mum thrilled to be cooling off!

EDITION Barcelona rooftop pool

There are just three day beds, so you may have to get in early to get one during the peak hours of the day. There are plenty of other seating options:

EDITION Barcelona rooftop

…. and of course fantastic views all around:

EDITION Barcelona roof view

Dining at EDITION Barcelona

Whilst The Roof only serves bar snacks you can get a full meal in Bar Veraz on the ground floor. This is also where breakfast is served. The large double-height space makes an impressive statement:

EDITION Barcelona Bar Veraz

More tables feature around the corner:

EDITION Barcelona Bar Veraz seating

…. as well as outside on the pavement.

EDITION Barcelona Bar Veraz outdoor seating

My mum and I had dinner here one evening. We shared the traditional ensaladilla with tuna tataki and the roasted aubergine:

EDITION Barcelona tuna tataki


EDITION Barcelona Bar Veraz roast aubergine

I can highly recommend the aubergine, which was divine. For our main course we shared the octopus veraz, which was very tender:

EDITION Barcelona Bar Veraz octopus

To top it all off, the peach souffle:

EDITION Barcelona Bar Veraz peach souffle


There is no buffet at the EDITION Barcelona – you order breakfast from an a la carte menu.

EDITION Barcelona breakfast

Choices include the usual options such as a full English, eggs benedict, eggs royale etc but you can also get shakshuka, which was very tasty:

EDITION Barcelona shakshuka

…. and the eggs royale:

EDITION Barcelona eggs royale

Gym and private bar

On a mezzanine floor you can find the hotel gym, which is fairly compact:

EDITION Barcelona gym

As well as a second bar and a number of meeting rooms, all of which appear to be able to cater to private events.


It’s no surprise that the EDITION Barcelona is an uber-classy boutique hotel. Like other EDITION hotels you’ll enjoy sophisiticated service and decor in a city-centre location.

If you’re looking to spend the majority of your time on the beach then it probably isn’t for you – you may prefer the W Barcelona – but if you want to explore the city itself then the EDITION is a great base to come back to after a long day.

Service is exceptional, with a turn-down service offered by default. The small size of the EDITION means you never feel like ‘just another’ customer.

The EDITION Barcelona is a Marriott Bonvoy Category 8 hotel which means you’ll need between 70,000 and 100,000 points per night. Cash rates start at €287 for a weekday night in September. You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

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Comments (35)

  • Ian M says:

    I stayed at the Edition over new year 2018/19. It’s a very nice hotel, but I found the rooms too minimalistic for my taste. I remember the breakfast being very good though.

    Cotton House is the Marriott winner for me in the centre of Barcelona. The rooms and just about everything else there are beautiful

  • Dominic says:

    Excellent review, as always, Rhys!

  • Catalan says:

    For a moment Rhys I thought your mum must have fallen off the edge of the plunge pool, until I zoomed in and spotted her.

  • Harry T says:

    One of my favourite hotels. Stayed here twice this summer. The staff are delightful and very professional. I think I might have stayed in the same room as Rhys for a night before a bigger room became available.

    If anyone is interested, I don’t think anything below a Loft room (EDITION junior suite) is actually a proper upgrade. Guest room, superior and deluxe are just basically the same room.

  • Magic Mike says:

    So we know Rhys liked it, but what was the mum verdict though?!

  • jack charlton says:

    “oozes sexiness and sophistication.”
    The desk chair and lamps either side of it oozes homebase to me.

    And we get a whole paragraph describing the robust black tea scent.

    These things are increasingly looking just what they are, paid ads, as opposed to independent reviews.

    • Rhys says:

      You clearly didn’t read my W review yesterday where I was less than favourable 🙂

  • ankomonkey says:

    Can’t believe Rhys didn’t notice that someone left a blanket in a scrunched-up mess on the bed… Looks like housekeeping need to pay a bit more attention.

    • PH says:

      It’s an Edition brand signature…and it contributes subconsciously to the suspicion that the manky faux fur blanket isn’t washed between guests. It gives me the heebie-jeebies.

  • AJA says:

    Now this is much more me than the W yesterday although the pool size is disappointing. Understandable given the footprint of her hotel but still. I wonder if it gets crowded?

    Other than that the proof-reader in me has spotted two typos; you’ve misspelled luxuriously, and the phrase “slight different in size”, I think you mean difference?

    • Rhys says:

      It never felt crowded, although with only 3 day beds you have to get there early to get one.

      Corrected – for some reason my in-browser spellcheck has given up the ghost!

      • meta says:

        How deep is the pool? The one at Kimpton is 80cm. These rooftop pools are just a gimmick anyway in Barcelona as you can’t really swim, just sit in it at best and pretend you’re swimming for photo op. I wonder whether it has something to do with the regulations.

        • Rhys says:

          Comes to about the hips. It’s not big enough for swimming, just a plunge pool. Good for cooling off though.

          • AJA says:

            Interesting info re the pool Rhys. I think that depth works quite well as it really is a place to cool down rather than do a serious swim workout. I must say I do like this hotel. The location is much better for doing the city. You can always go to the beach if you want to as well. Great reviews both today and yesterday.

        • Ashraj says:

          Yes i have always wondered that. I thought it was due to them being city centre hotels with space being a premium.

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