The heart of Barcelona beats long and loud. Fortunately, for those in need of respite but unwilling to head to the city’s hinterlands, there’s the Grand Hotel Central. Standing tall, slap-bang in the middle of town (practically shacking up with the Old Cathedral and Barri Gòtic), it’s 10-stories of calm in the eye of the Catalan capital’s storm.
All kinds of impressive from the outside, the imposing (and original) 1920s facade gives way to an unfussed and elegant modern interior. The rooms continue in the same vein, with mute colors, warm lamp-lighting and sleek, voguish furniture. Stylish understatement ends at the wood-bedecked roof terrace, however, where bolder signs of luxury—namely, an off-the-chain infinity pool and epic panoramic views of the old town—have space to flourish.
Back downstairs, the Ávalon restaurant serves up a bevy of excellent Mediterranean-inspired dishes, under the watchful eye of double Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa. If you’re looking to sample a little Catalan nightlife too, GHC’s City Bar is a decent place to start, sipping a flawlessly mixed Mojito or an experimental Gin & Tonic. And should you have one too many? No problem. Their righteous morning coffees set even the staunchest hangover straight.