The best accommodation for your Barcelona golf break
When you travel to Barcelona for a golf break, albeit with the excuse of a business trip, a congress or a holiday trip with family or friends, your first thought is probably to stay in the center of the big city. It’s all there: culture, gastronomy, entertainment, the buzz of life… the moment you set foot on the street.
However, for a full golf experience in Barcelona, it pays to opt for recommended accommodation local to the golf courses you want to play, which offer good facilities and services, starting with booking your greenfee. A nearby hotel makes it easier to get to the 1st tee first thing in the morning, and the hotel will resonate with the quality of the golf clubs, perhaps for its charm, its design, or even for the innovation in its welcome and personal attention.
The clubs know the best places to stay where the services are coordinated for the golf visitors. Golfers can also benefit from pack agreements, price adjustments, and access to other interesting Barcelona courses that shouldn’t be missed.
Integrated in the famous Real Club de Golf El Prat is the Hotel La Mola Resort & Spa, placed within the Plans de Bonvilar, in Terrassa. This is the perfect base from which to play one of the most respected courses in Europe, which has hosted the Open de España ten times. It’s a modern hotel, well equipped for conferences, which is ideal for sports and for relaxation, with select cuisine, a fine spa, a gym and swimming pool.
Further recommended accommodation includes the Aparthotel Attica 21 Vallés, in the residential area of Castellarnau, in Sabadell, with fully equipped apartments, suitable for combining work, leisure and rest; the Hotel Sant Cugat, a modern, comfortable place in the center of Sant Cugat, with comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens and terraces which ideal for business trips, family or friends; and the Gran Hotel La Florida (5*GL), a luxurious resort in a unique setting of tranquility, at the top by Tibidabo, looking over Barcelona 500 metres above sea level, with amazing views of the city and the Mediterranean.
The privilege of a getaway to Sitges is to enjoy its welcoming combination of history, culture, beaches and golf, in its sunny microclimate by the sea. The Club de Golf Terramar is an authentic Mediterranean jewel, just five minutes from the city centre and with two key hotels, which you can reach as you enjoy strolling along the seafront. From the clubhouse you can see the Sunway Playa Golf & Spa (4*), on the other side of the emblematic 3rd hole of the links. This hotel has functional rooms with lovely views and some special apartments. A little further on is the ME Sitges Terramar, run by Meliá Hotels & Resorts, a design hotel with a cosmopolitan and sophisticated vision of the coast, offering exclusive services and facilities wrapped in contemporary luxury in a chic setting.
An alternative is the Hotel Dolce by Wyndham Sitges, on the hill that crowns the golf course, inspired by the sea that bathes the town. It’s Oasis Club of outdoor pools, and its many rooms and suites, create a luxury experience to be enjoyed as a couple or with the family.
As the best balcony overlooking the Mediterranean in El Maresme, the Club de Golf Llavaneras recommends several hotels from the Aqua Hotel program, with reservation advantages at Onabrava & Spa (4*S), Promenade (4*) and Silhouette & Spa (4*). Other top quality hotels are the Hotel Kaktus Playa (4*S) in Calella, 15 kilometres from the club, for a sensational experience by the sea; and the Ohla Barcelona (5*), a boutique hotel with a neoclassical façade in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, with the gastronomic offer of Caelis, a Michelin Star restaurant.
For accommodation closer to the golf course, you can enjoy Santa Romana Apartments & Suites (4*), 3 kilometres away in Caldes d’Estrac, a magical oasis with exclusive but practical areas, fantastic views of the sea and English-style gardens; or the Hotel Atenea Port (4*) 4 kilometres away, located in the port of the maritime town of Mataró, with good rooms and apartments, a garden, a private pool, and a wellness Spa from which to breathe the coastal atmosphere.
The Club de Golf Vallromanes breathes history, tradition and authenticity, with its stately mansion converted into a clubhouse built on the foundations of an old palace dating from 1718. You can peacefully enjoy its charming 18 holes just 24.8 kilometres away from the city of Barcelona. Of the three recommended hotels, the Ecoresort Mas Salagros (5*) stands out for being the first 100% ecological EcoResort on the Iberian Peninsula. It is located in a natural reserve overlooking the protected park of the Serralada Litoral, and foments responsible and sustainable tourism throughout, from its gastronomy to its fantastic thermal circuit, lived as a complete experience to be embraced without haste.
The Hotel Augusta Barcelona Vallés (4*), in Vilanova del Vallés, provides a more dynamic perspective with its comfortable rooms, the Transit restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine, fresh and local products, and its magnificent outdoor terrace. Closest to the club is the Hotel Can Galvany (4*), located just 1.3 kilometres from the club, in the quiet town of Vallromanes, divided into two complexes with their own style, one more rustic and romantic, the other more modern, from where you can enjoy golf, go shopping at the malls and relax in the spa.
You will discover the pleasure of playing golf integrated in nature at the Club de Golf Montanyà, just a step away from the biosphere reserve of the Montseny Natural Park. This course is further away from Barcelona, some 60 kilometres (less than an hour by car), and it is a good idea to stay in one of its two preferred establishments. The closest is the Montanyà Hotel & Lodge, in Seva, refurbished with a variety of different rooms and apartments, and with attractive gastronomy, spa and sports facilities, ideal for a good family vacation.
For a more exclusive experience, Les Clarisses Hotel Boutique is located in the heart of Vic, very close to the historic center. This is a comfortable and charming hotel, ideal for a pleasant stay where you can relax after golf, with renowned views of the hanging garden from the rooms, the exquisite Santa Clara restaurant and the original La Biblioteca pub.
If your luck leads you to the Club de Golf Barcelona, you will be captivated by the landscape of the Montserrat mountain and the views of the surrounding vineyards. Here the best option is to stay at the Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Barcelona Golf & Spa (4*), which is located just 200 metres from the clubhouse. Its natural sophistication has transformed the headquarters into an international brand resort, but with its own character. The result is a cozy and modern place that reflects quality and serenity, with health experiences in the spa or treatment rooms, combinable with golf, classes at the academy, swimming in the pool, padel and perhaps an excursion along the Wine Route.
The closest hotel to Golf La Roca is the Hotel Ciutat de Granollers (4*), just 5 kilometres from this entertaining and open 18-hole course. Located on a small hill on the outskirts of Granollers, and just 10 minutes walk from the historic centre of the town, it is perfect for holidays, business stays and shopping trips. At the same distance from the golf club is the Circuit de Catalunya of Formula 1 and the outlet of La Roca Village.
If you are looking for relaxation and charm, 7 kilometres from the club is the Hotel Blancafort Spa Termal (4*), in La Garriga, whose 1900 architecture is inspired by Gaudí’s modernism, surrounded by the Montseny Natural Park. This is an ideal setting to disconnect and allow yourself to be carried away by the sites of the ancient Roman baths and the medicinal properties of the excellent waters.
Miguel Ángel Buil
Editor of MyGolfWay.com