It may be small and 'boutiquey', but The Mercer Barcelona is big on service, character and style.
Opened in 2012 with 28 suites, The Mercer is perfectly situated in the fashionable La Ribera district of Central Barcelona and blends ultra modern chic with 18th century charm.
Nestling in the narrow atmospheric streets (where my taxi wouldn't venture), the 18th century facade has been well preserved and the combination of contemporary and traditional works beautifully together.
Checking in for my one night stay at 6pm (the church bells chiming) I am greeted with Catalonian warmth and shown to my room, where I collapse gratefully after 36 hours of travelling.
The room is a great mix of funky chic and old world charm with an ultra comfy bed, huge shower and fabulous views out of my little window.
With loads of great bars and tapas restaurants to choose, I'm distracted from much needed slumber.
I only have one night here so I am determined to get out and wander around the quaint streets as the sun goes down.
Barcelona buzzes and for 20 euros I eat 10 delicious tapas delights washed down with a Rioja.
After a good night's sleep I take breakfast in the most picturesque courtyard and am even tempted to have my first cava of the day.
SPeaking of which, make sure you visit the rooftop cava bar with its amazing views of the gothic cathedral, the nearby church of Santa Maria del Mar and the old port beyond.
The Mercer Barcelona
Calle des lledo 7
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