Though it indisputably feels like part of a chain, the Skipper is redeemed by the terraced garden and pool at its centre, which has just enough going on to distract from the looming glass walls on either side. As well as the pools (there is another pool on the roof, with a bar, table football and ping pong table), there is a gym and a sauna/steam room.
Construction laws determining distance from the shoreline mean that it’s hard to find a hotel this close to the sea in Barcelona. Ideally situated for those who want nothing more than to kick back, it’s maybe less suitable for anyone hoping to immerse themselves in culture and barhopping. The Old City is maybe a 20-minute walk away.