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Sofitel Barcelona Skipper (previously Pullman Barcelona Skipper) is a 5-star hotel for those who want to take full advantage of Barcelona as a beach city. The gay-friendly hotel directly overlooks Platja Somorrostro, a small beach north of La Barceloneta that is slightly quieter than its famous neighbor. Gay visitors can take a beautiful 15-minute seaside walk to Mar Bella, the gay nudist beach, or take a super-quick 5-minute taxi.
The Barceloneta region of Barcelona has much more to offer than just the beach: the cathedral, old town, zoo, and the Ramblas are all walking distance, as are many great dining, drinking, and shopping options. You can easily reach the gay nightlife of Eixample with the metro.
The hotel itself is a classic beachside luxury. The rooftop includes a bar, restaurant, solarium, and pool, all offering stunning views of the Mediterranean as well as the city. Breakfast at the downstairs Mediterranean restaurant is an experience in itself, with over 100 items to choose from the buffet. Meanwhile, The Spa Lounge offers indulgent pampering treatments, while the Fit Lounge features state-of-the-art gym equipment – there are even rooftop exercise bikes in the summer, so you can enjoy your workout with a view.
The rooms are decorated in a decadent yet calming style – think neutral tones contrasted with dark paneled walls and touches of rich warm colors. Go for the Superior Sea View or Deluxe for your own private sea-facing balcony.
♥ Walking distance to Mar Bella gay beach
♥ Beautiful rooftop pool with sea views
♥ Particularly excellent breakfast buffet