Axel Hotel

Barcelona - Spain


In the heart of Barcelona’s Gayxample district lies this sleek and sexy hotel, designed with the gay traveller in mind but with a ‘heterofriendly’ ethos that welcomes guests of all orientations.

There’s a fun and friendly vibe throughout, with a buzzing rooftop pool bar that hosts regular events and parties. Other highlights include the innovative Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant and an indulgent spa.

Axel Hotel is in a great location for nightlife and restaurants, and you’re within easy reach of Barcelona’s most ravishing modernist architecture, as well as the Ramblas and the atmospheric streets of the Gothic Quarter.

Inclusive Retreats Rating

4 stars

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£209 from

Per Person

Includes return economy flights. Two people sharing a room for 3 nights, departing in September 2018. Contact us for your specific requirements. From price for guidance only, all subject to availability.


  • Urban chic hotel in the heart of Barcelona's Gayxample district
  • Designed for LGBT guests but promote a 'heterofriendly' ethos
  • 109 rooms & suites many with beautiful stained-glass windows
  • Rooftop pool and Jacuzzi
  • Hugely popular Sky Bar Lounge

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Nearby Attractions

Axel Hotel is in the heart of the Eixample, a district known for its elegant 19th century streets built on a strict grid pattern. It’s a great area for restaurants and bars, including some of Barcelona’s best LGBT-friendly nightlife.

The central Plaça de Catalunya is just a 10-minute walk away, and from here the famous Ramblas lead down to the waterfront. On the west of the Ramblas lies the gritty neighbourhood of El Raval, home to the fantastic MACBA contemporary art museum, and to the east are the Gothic Quarter and the trendy district of El Born.

Other attractions near the hotel include the Passeig de Gràcia, a handsome street lined by some of the city’s most famous modernist buildings, and La Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s spectacular and famously unfinished cathedral.


Axel Hotel has 109 rooms and suites, decorated in a warm and contemporary style. All rooms include satellite TV, WiFi, video on demand and a mini bar, and the suites have added extras including a private terrace, coffee machine, iPod dock and Bluetooth wireless speakers.

The well-equipped wellness club includes a gym, steam room, sauna and spa with a thermal circuit, and personal training is also available. The fabulous Sky Bar is the hotel’s social hub, with a rooftop pool, Jacuzzi and regular live music and parties.

If you tire of tapas then don’t miss the opportunity to try something different at the hotel’s fantastic Nikkei 103 restaurant, serving unique Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner daily.

Amenities & Activities

  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Rooftop Lounge
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Hammam

The Gayxample

Axel Hotel is situated in a corner of the Eixample known as the Gayxample (also spelled Gaixample) on account of the many LGBT-friendly bars, restaurants and clubs. The distinctive grid pattern of the streets in this part of town dates back to the 19th century, when Barcelona expanded out rapidly from its medieval core. As well as great nightlife you’ll also see some magnificent modernist architecture around this neighbourhood, including Antoni Gaudí’s undulating Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera) and the fairytale turrets of the Casa de les Punxes, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Relax in the Jacuzzi at Barcelona's Axel Hotel

How to get here...


You can fly direct from various UK airports to Barcelona, with carriers including British Airways, Monarch and easyJet. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

airport transfer

Axel Hotel is located in the Eixample, around 30 minutes’ drive from Barcelona airport.

car hire

A hire car isn’t necessary in Barcelona itself, but can be useful for exploring the surrounding area and the beaches of the Costa Brava.

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Travel Information

Flight time

2 hours

Transfer time

30 minutes

Time difference

+1 hour (GMT)

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