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Nobu Hotel Barcelona couldn’t be better located for Sants station and its high-speed rail link to Madrid, but the neighbourhood isn’t one of Barcelona’s visitor hotspots yet. Stay for the Japanese minimalism, signature Nobu dishes and glamorous crowd
By Sonya Barber
First impression: Toto, we’re not on Las Ramblas any more.
Staff: Helpful but never in-your-face.
Food and drink: Nobu’s signature dishes are worth the hype.
Bed and bath: Japanese minimalism with extra comfort.
The crowd: Catalan high-rollers and holidaymakers on Premier League wages.
In a nutshell: Well worth cheating on the Gothic Quarter for.
Set the scene
The unprepossessing concrete roundabout of the Plaça dels Països Catalans is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find one of the best hotels in Barcelona. Yet it’s next to this square in the Sants-Montjuïc district of the city, a few yards from Sants station, that the Japanese celebrity chef has opened his latest European hotel and restaurant. Since its soft opening in September 2019, Nobu Barcelona has already started to draw a glamorous crowd for its top-floor restaurant serving Nobu classics and its minimal, Japanese-influenced aesthetic.
What’s the backstory?
Since making his name with the original Nobu restaurant in Tribeca, New York, Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa has opened restaurants and hotels across the world, all aiming to combine Japanese hospitality with local culture. This is the third Spanish Nobu Hotel (after openings in Ibiza and Marbella), a joint venture with Barcelona’s Selenta Group. It’s replaced the former Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya hotel, a less upmarket affair that was nevertheless known for its spacious rooms and great views.
What can we expect in our room?
From the entry-level rooms up to the suites, all bedrooms are well sized with a clean, less-is-more aesthetic, and most come with incredible views. Sea-view rooms get the morning sun; city-view rooms are beautiful after dark once Barcelona’s lights come on. Sliding wooden doors, simple tapestries, minibars stocked with premium sake and green-tea KitKats, kimono dressing gowns and (at the top end of the price scale) wooden onsen-style baths add extra Japanese flavour.
How about the food and drink?
For well-heeled locals, the top-floor restaurant is a major new arrival on Barcelona’s restaurant scene: on our visit most of it was given over to large groups celebrating in style. The menu is split between Nobu classics (including the chef’s signature black cod miso) and new dishes, with a strong seafood focus. Separate menus deal with sushi and sake, both of which are top notch. Nab a window seat for views of the city at night, or sit at the sushi counter to watch the chefs at work. If you’re feeling adventurous (and hungry), the omakase tasting menu is well worth putting your trust in. For breakfast, order the salmon donburi bowl: chef Nobu eats it every morning, they say.
What’s the crowd like?
Locals come here to mark special occasions or take breakfast meetings in the restaurant, while hotel guests include business types, stylish couples and the odd international footballer: FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium is nearby.
Anything to say about the service?
Warm professionalism at all times: staff were unobtrusively helpful and full of tips to make the most of the somewhat under-the-radar local area.
What’s the neighbourhood scene like?
The hotel couldn’t be better located for Sants station and its high-speed rail link to Madrid, but the neighbourhood isn’t one of Barcelona’s visitor hotspots (yet). Take advantage of that by exploring the largely tourist-free nearby areas of Sants and Hostafrancs, with their fresh produce markets and laidback squares (head to Vermut i a la Gàbia on Plaça d’Osca for a vermouth aperitif), or stroll down to Plaça d’Espanya and on to Montjuic hill, home to the Miró foundation and National Museum of Catalan Art.
The hotel’s underground spa and gym is set to open in summer 2020, along with a ground-floor bar and café that will stay open late and should add plenty of atmosphere to the lobby.
And anything you’d change?
The excessively large television in our room blocked out a big chunk of the view – not ideal if you prefer to gaze at the skyline rather than watch telenovelas.
Is it worth staying here?
Definitely: it’s worth checking in for that donburi breakfast bowl alone.
Address: Nobu Hotel Barcelona, Avenue de Roma, 2-4, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 934 936 026
Price: Doubles from £150
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Set the scene
Nobu caused a stir when it opened next to Barcelona’s unfashionable Sants railway station in 2019. Since then both the hotel and the area have had a glow-up. Nobody will ever know which caused what but, frankly, who cares since Nobu Barcelona is now the only luxury hotel in one of Barcelona’s most fun neighborhoods.
Standing in the—let’s call a spade a spade—ugly square outside, it’s hard to imagine stepping over the threshold only to be surrounded by trendy young couples in one of Barcelona’s chicest spaces. The entrance to the hotel is inspired by a traditional Japanese Shinto Temple gate and the passage from the mortal world to the spiritual world. At Nobu Hotel Barcelona, it means switching the outdoor chaos for the peace and quiet of the hotel.
Inside it’s a zen fantasy: a beautiful abstract tapestry highlights the impressive double height of the lobby. The painting behind the reception desk–inspired by the Japanese ink art of sumi-e–is a motif that is carried across the hotel, as is the warm wood paneling, a running theme throughout the common areas and guest rooms.
Built as an office block in the 1970s, the building later operated as the not-so-fancy Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya. Nobu Hospitality see themselves as ‘place-makers,’ meaning that they actively choose locations where they see potential for regeneration, and they’ve certainly succeeded here. In this age of sustainability, Nobu’s chosen location in an authentic neighborhood like Sants, right next to the station that links Barcelona to Paris and Madrid by high-speed train, is looking shrewdly inspired.
In typical Nobu fashion, the 259 sleek, sexy guest rooms all use warm natural materials with soft lines and finishes to create a chilled-out vibe. Suites are airy and the traditional Japanese cedar-wood ‘Onsen’ bathtubs make you want to soak in style while gawking at the Sagrada Familia and the Barcelona skyline. Premium Skyline rooms are another spacious option with jaw-dropping views over the city. Request a corner room on the Montjuïc side of the hotel if the idea of waking up to watch the sun rising over the Mediterranean appeals.
Food and drink
Nobu is probably best known for its Japanese restaurants by legendary Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. At Nobu Barcelona you can enjoy his signature creations – like the yellowtail sashimi or the wagyu gyoza with spicy ponzu – with Sagrada Familia views on the side from the 23rd floor of the hotel.
Nowhere embodies the “zen” feel of Nobu Barcelona more than the subterranean spa—a wellbeing space that blends the ultra-modern with the age-old. Three treatment rooms are home to signature Nobu Spa Rituals, facial treatments by Natura Bissé and a massage menu using aromatherapy oils by Dr. Joseph.
It’s no secret that the area around Barcelona’s main train station is rather scruffy and not the best place to be wandering around late at night. That said, the Sants neighborhood is just a couple of blocks away and brimming with local restaurants and wine bars, and you can reach central Barcelona in a matter of minutes by cab, train or metro.
Like the Nobu brand, the service here is sleek and professional – although perhaps not the fastest in town.
Connecting rooms are available across all categories.
Nobu Barcelona is in the process of switching over from single-use plastic amenities to larger refillables and is launching a project that will last into 2024 and beyond to make the building carbon neutral. It is working with Reforest (https://reforestproject.com/) to plant 2,300 trees just outside Barcelona over the next two years.
Nobu has ADA compliant rooms, including adapted beds, bathroom, mirrors, lights, and grab rails, ramp access to the lobby, wide doors, accessible elevators, and accessible toilets in public areas.
Anything left to mention?
The one thing that has really been missing from Nobu Barcelona since the launch is outdoor space but, not any more, with a brand-new rooftop terrace opening this summer.
Hotel Nobu review from Barcelona Tourist Guide
Nobu Barcelona is a 21-story skyscraper located near Sants Station in Barcelona. This is a classic four-star hotel with views of the entire city from the top floors.
The lobby is decorated in a classic style with white marble floors. The reception desk is located on the left side of the lobby. To the right is the ‘Lounge Bar’, a large lounge area with seating, in the corner of which is a bar with a business and hectic atmosphere. Brown, cream and gray leather armchairs are arranged around the coffee tables. White leather banquettes line the walls. There are televisions in the main lobby showing commercials describing all the amenities of the hotel.
This hotel will appeal to those who prefer grandeur, if you like a more personal touch then this is not the place for you. The location of the hotel is more suitable for business travelers who need proximity to transport links and to the Fira Barcelona convention center on Plaça España.
The hotel has a swimming pool, gym and spa.
There is a restaurant on the last floor. You can also have a snack in the lobby, in the bar “Lounge Bar”.
Pets are not allowed.
There is no daily room service.
For business people:
There are seven conference rooms and a conference center for 100 people.
For people with disabilities:
There are four rooms adapted for wheelchair users. In these rooms, the width of the doorways has been increased and the design of the bathrooms has been changed. All floors are accessed by an elevator.
There are 272 rooms on the 21st floor. There are double rooms with twin and double beds, junior suites and suites. There are 4 Junior Suites and 13 Suites.
All rooms have double glazed windows. All rooms are located at the front of the building with city views. There are no balconies.
All rooms have air conditioning, safe, satellite TV, telephone and minibar.
Hotel Nobu, Barcelona is conveniently located for those who need proximity to the main railway. Barcelona train station – Estació Sants. This station has direct trains to Barcelona Airport. And those who are going to travel around Spain will be able to freely travel from there to many cities in this country. There is also a bus station from which buses run to cities such as San Sebastian, Valencia and Madrid.
The hotel is less than five minutes’ walk from the Parc Joan Miró. In this park is the famous statue of the artist Miro – “Woman with a bird”. The park also provides an excellent opportunity to hide in peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the business and transport center of the city. Among the many palm trees of the park, there are sandy paths. This is a great place to spend a sunny day.
|“Woman with a bird” by Miro||Hipermercado|
Directly behind the hotel is a large supermarket – “Hipermercado”. Everything is there, from cosmetics to food and medicine. A good store where you can buy everything you need for a trip.
The hotel is also a 10-15 minute walk from Plaça España, where Fira Barcelona is located. It is one of the largest convention centers in Barcelona and hosts major events throughout the year.
How to get from the airport to the hotel
Advance booking of transport from the airport via the Internet
For a private transfer, the driver will be waiting for you at the meeting point indicated on the booking voucher. The driver will help you carry your luggage to the car and then take you to your hotel. Private transfers are independent of the public transport system. This means that in the event of a public transport strike, these services will continue to operate.
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Price for private car with driver: €44.00
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Taxi: A taxi ride from the airport takes about 25 minutes and costs approximately €30.00 – €40.00.
By train: The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour. It will take you to the Estacio Sants station in 25 minutes. You can use the T-Casual to travel from the airport (T-Casual costs €11.35 for 10 trips on Barcelona public transport), or you can just buy a single ticket for €4.60. The hotel is about 1 minute walk from the station.
Bus: Take the Aerobus directly from the airport to Plaça España. Aerobus runs every 10 – 15 minutes and the journey takes 30 minutes. A one-way trip costs €6.75. From Plaza Espanya, take the green metro line to Estacio Sants, right next to the hotel.
Car parks near the Nobu Hotel Barcelona
|Parking lot name||Address||Approximate distance to the parking in meters|
|SABA Estación Barcelona – Sants||Plaça dels Països Catalans||170 m|
|COPARK Sants-Numancia||Numancia, 7||180 m|
|NN Tarragona||Tarragona, 141||350 m|
|SABA BAMSA Tarradellas – Nicaragua||Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas, 46||450 m|
Nobu Barcelona is a large skyscraper in the middle of one of the busiest squares in Barcelona. It may not appeal to tourists looking for a quiet getaway or those looking to stay in the heart of Barcelona, sometimes referred to as the “old town”. Business people will like the close location of the hotel to transport interchange and business infrastructure. Pros include the pool and gym.
Avinguda Roma, 2 – 4
08014 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Estació Sants (Green Line, L3), (Red Line, L1) or (Blue Line, L5)
°NOBU HOTEL BARCELONA BARCELONA 5* (Spain) – from 16491 RUB
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Nobu Hotel Barcelona is a comfortable 5-star hotel located 2. 6 km from Plaza Catalunya and within a radius of 2.7 km from Casa Mila.
Thanks to its convenient location, you can walk to Barcelona in 30 minutes. Casa Batlló is 2.3 km away.
The comfortable Nobu Hotel Barcelona is located just 250 meters from Barcelona Sants Metro Station. This hotel is 15 km from Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
Guests can enjoy their breakfast in the restaurant. Guests can also have fun at the snack bar. Restaurant “Zarautz Taberna Vasca” is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
A full breakfast is served each morning in the hotel’s dining room for EUR 35 per person per night.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Private parking is available on site for EUR 26 per day.
The hotel staff speaks English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Catalan, Portuguese, Czech, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Arabic.
Number of floors: 23.
Number of rooms: 259.
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Frequently asked questions about Nobu Hotel Barcelona
What airport is Nobu Hotel Barcelona near?
Nobu Hotel Barcelona is located 15 km from Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
Does Nobu Hotel Barcelona provide meeting facilities for guests?
Yes, Nobu Hotel Barcelona has a photocopier and a business centre.
Does Nobu Hotel Barcelona have facilities for children?
For the youngest guests, Nobu Hotel Barcelona offers baby food and a children’s menu.
How far is Nobu Hotel Barcelona from the city center?
You can reach the city center from the Nobu Hotel Barcelona in 30 minutes on foot.
Are the rooms cleaned at Nobu Hotel Barcelona?
Yes, Nobu Hotel Barcelona provides housekeeping.
Is it possible to dine at Nobu Hotel Barcelona?
Nobu Hotel Barcelona has a la carte restaurant Nobu.
Where to go near Nobu Hotel Barcelona?
You can visit the Spanish Village and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, which are 1.9 and 1.4 km from the Nobu Hotel Barcelona.
Are there restaurants near Nobu Hotel Barcelona?
Guests can visit Zarautz Taberna Vasca, which is a 5-minute walk from Nobu Hotel Barcelona.
Can I park my car at Nobu Hotel Barcelona?
Yes, Nobu Hotel Barcelona has parking.
How much is a room at Nobu Hotel Barcelona?
A room at Nobu Hotel Barcelona starts from 378€.
What rooms does the Nobu Hotel Barcelona consist of?
Nobu Hotel Barcelona offers you to choose from the following options: Queen Room, Deluxe Room and Junior Suite.