"Comfortable and relaxing in an area full of great restaurants, bars and shops. Good rooms, good staff and a great roof spa. Its actually our 3rd stay ... " More

By James B. on Wed 09 Dec 2015

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Hotel Description

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only places you in the center of Barcelona, within just a 15-minute stroll of popular places like Casa Batllo and Placa de Catalunya. Highlights at this boutique hotel include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Plasma TVs with cable channels are featured in all 105 soundproofed rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, safes, and hairdryers. Minibars provide refreshments, and room service is also available. Nice touches to enhance your stay include bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. Additionally, phones and desks are available.

Nikkei 103 serves Peruvian cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. The hotel's own poolside bar and bar/lounge are nice places to enjoy a drink. Enjoy the indoor swimming pool, health club, and sauna. Meeting rooms and a business centre are among the business amenities offered. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, spa services, and laundry facilities. There's also self parking, along with the convenience of car rentals on site.

Within a 20-minute walk of this 4-star Eixample hotel, attractions include Palau de la Musica Catalana and Casa Mila.

City Double Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
£58 per night

Premium Double Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Single Room

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Premium Double Room Single Use

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Axel Single

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only ratings based on 90 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.6 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0
2 out of 5

Hotel for gay men only

Pros: Location
Check in fine, room very small but clean comfortable and good a/c. Location pretty good. My wife was a little uncomfortable being the only lady in what is a gay scene hotel. But chacon a son gout I guess. No where near worth the price. Checked into a better hotel nearby at half the price after one night

Posted by on 14 Aug 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

18 Nov 2016 by Marc - General Manager

Dear Customer, Thank you for your comments. We are sorry to know that you decided to cancel your booking at the Axel Hotel because of its nature and philosophy. I can assure you that our main goal is to make feel all customers comfortable no matter their conditions and preferences. All the best. Marc - General Manager Axel hotel Barcelona

2 out of 5

Ok good location, very gay friendy hotel

We stayed in this hotel me and my partner, when we arrived it took a while to check in..bit annoying. Loacation was good not far to walk to get into town/ ramblers. Only thing we noticed is that the hotel is mainly gay couples and there is photos of gay couple everywhere you look!! Which didn't bother me however may others if you wasn't to know before you booked !

Posted by on 20 Mar 2016

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5 out of 5

Fabulous 5 days!

Comfortable and relaxing in an area full of great restaurants, bars and shops. Good rooms, good staff and a great roof spa. Its actually our 3rd stay and will be returning again early 2016. Recommended highly.

Posted by on 9 Dec 2015

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2 out of 5

quick break

would have been good if this hotel was highlighted as a gay hot spot. not a problem but nice to realise this prior to check in!

Posted by on 25 Oct 2015

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5 out of 5

Weekend Break

Second time staying in Axel Barcelona. Brilliant Hotel for location, 10 mins walks if even that from Placa De Catalyluna. Shops and access to Metro. Hotel located right beside nightlife. We upgraded last time too...but this time we got a room on second floor with balcony and Jacuzzi bath. Definitely worth getting.....don't put too much Bath gel or its bubbles Galore!!! Didn't eat in hotel except for 1 breakfast...(guess we spent way to long in the Jacuzzi :o) ) Breakfast was ok...good enough to set you up for your day. Overall...yes I'd definitely recommend Axel hotel. Staff also friendly and helpful. Tip: when staying for more than a few days ask reception to make sure to give you the free wifi access for ALL your stay. Otherwise it runs out in three days. Enjoy !!

Posted by on 6 Apr 2015

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4 out of 5

Very good

Hotel was fine As you enter the room their were steps nearly fell should put signs before entering the room

Posted by on 28 Feb 2015

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5 out of 5

Barcelona 26122014

Had a great time. Will go again. Next time will bring my gear as there is a good gym.

Posted by on 30 Dec 2014

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2 out of 5

poor staff

we asked 2 Concierge staff members @ Hotel AXEL to check to see if Breakfast was free - we were reassured it was on check out, we were given a bill for Breakfast, we named the 2 staff who had given inaccurate information, the Manager was dismissive, abrupt unwilling to meditate -he was unwilling to accept than any training needs were required for his Concierge desk! Hotel Axel is an actively gay hotel -on line booking should highlight this.

Posted by on 10 Jun 2014

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1 out of 5

Hotel was fine, got stung with charge for breakfast

Hotel was fine, however i was angry they charged for breakfast.(14e each per day) They told us all you have to do was present your hotel card for breakfast, after that i expected it was part of the room price. It was a sly way to catch out the customer at check out, it wasnt clear and it spoiled the stay at the hotel , which was as to be expected for a central city location

Posted by on 21 May 2014

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4 out of 5

quick break for two

Nice clean hotel with welcoming staff. Didn't realise it was aimed for the gay community but this didn't pose a problem, the staff were most helpful. The room and shower was spacious and very clean with provision of lovely toiletries and slippers. Always a bonus for us ladies. Would go again and have already recommended it to friends. Excellent nights sleep with no traffic noise or noise in the corridors due to thick carpeting

Posted by on 26 Nov 2013

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About the Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only

Location Aribau 33, Barcelona, Barcelona 08011

Property Features

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only offers its guests a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include A poolside bar and A bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. A business centre and meeting rooms are available. A health club, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace are also featured at the business-friendly Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only. Parking is available for a fee. This 4-star Barcelona hotel is smoke free.

  • 105 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • 2 conference rooms
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.) (14.9 km / 9.2 mi)
  • Train station: Barcelona Placa de Catalunya Station (1.2 km / 0.7 mi)
  • Metro station: Universitat Station (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only offers 105 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with minibars and a safe. Plasma televisions come with Cable channels and pay-per-view films. Bathrooms include a shower, a complimentary bathrobe, complimentary slippers and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and telephones. Additionally, rooms include a hairdryer and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Plasma television
  • Cable channels
  • Films for purchase
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only has a restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

The Sky Bar – On-site café. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Nikkei 103 – This fine-dining restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and an outdoor pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include a health club and a sauna. The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests older than 18 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 4 rooms. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Hotel Registry Number -
  • No pets or service animals allowed
  • Minimum guest age is
  • Caters to adults only


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.21 per person, per night, up to 7 nights. This tax does not apply to children under 17 years of age.

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: EUR16.50 per person (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: EUR24.00 per day
  • Facilities fee: EUR10 per person, per day and includes use of:

  • – Spa

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Axel Hotel Barcelona Urban Spa
  • Axel Hotel Urban Spa
  • Axel Barcelona Urban Spa
  • Axel Urban Spa
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa Catalonia

You should know

  • Onsite cash transactions can't exceed EUR 2500, due to national regulations. For more details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

Awards & Affiliations

  • This property is affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) guests.