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El Palauet Ice queen

White. It’s not just a colour, it’s a lifestyle darling. That is what El Palauet would have you believe anyway. It’s truly difficult not to be taken in by the icy splendor of these enormous apartments.

If you want to indulge your inner diva this is the perfect stage. Fancy waking up to the smell of homemade breakfast caressing your nostrils? No problem! Each suite comes with its very own PA who is at your every beck and call. Make sure you ask them for a tailor made tour of Passeig de Gracia, the only shopping avenue where you can get a side of Gaudi with your Givenchy.

The Urban Suites Urban minimalism

Thankfully devoid of frantic lobby areas and long check-in queues, Urban Suites offers affordable, self-contained and, above all, private accommodation perfect for anyone in town on business or small families.

Though not smack bang in the city center, the complex is short metro ride away from the buzz of Las Ramblas. Urban Suites features 20 rooms suitable for 2 to 4 people. The spartan white of the interior may lend a slightly uniform bent to the overall sense of minimalist decor here, but the list of features will quickly have you feeling at home. Each apartment boasts a fully equipped kitchen bath and shower, satellite, flatscreen TVs and free wi-fi and there is also a selection of rooms apt for disabled people.

The shared terrace is the ideal spot to unwind or meet fellow guests or you can guarantee complete privacy by requesting a rooms with a private terrace.

The exceptionally friendly staff will also cheerfully regale guests with their extensive knowledge of the city as well as provide helpful tips and free maps.

Inside BCN Holiday apartments

Unlike single location hotels, Inside BCN boasts three separate buildings throughout the city, each hosting numerous apartments in modern youthful stylings.

Two of the vacation rentals are located in centric Born, offering studios, apartments and lofts with both one and two bedrooms. While you won’t hear someone rapping at your door at eight in the morning yelling out, “house cleaning!” (for better or for worse), you will feel comfortably pampered nonetheless. Each apartment is fully equipped, whether you want a kitchen for cooking, satellite TV and DVD player for relaxing after a day of city exploration or Wi-Fi for plugging into the world you swore you were unplugging from (or just checking Unlike for a dinner recommendation), you won’t be disappointed.

In the heart of Barcelona, just a few minutes walk from the beach and Las Ramblas, Born is where the historic and the modern intertwine, catering to food lovers, followers of fashion and culture vultures.

The third apartment complex is located in Sants—next to the Carrer de Sants, the city’s longest shopping street—and houses the most thoughfully decorated dwellings. Not directly near the beach, staying in this area has other pluses like its proximity to the trade center or the relatively easy stroll to Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya.

Hotel Cram Anything but crammed featured

This four star hotel features 67 rooms, each decorated with designer fabrics, mattresses, pillows, showerheads, flat screen televisions and partitioned lighting arrangements. Beatriz Cosials’ interior design compliments architect Joseph Rui’s vision for the hotel on the whole, orienting functionality foremost, while incorporating historic elements such as the building’s original 1892 facade with creative modern installments of light, water and color moving through the common areas.

The hotel’s restaurant, GAIG (honored with one Michelin star), offers guests excellent Mediterranean fusion cuisine from renowned chef Carles Gaig. The Mareva Lobby Cocktail Bar is a serene setting to relax with a drink, or consider the humidor for a fine selection of cigars. If it’s fresh air you prefer instead, lounge by the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool.

Next To Hotel Up and coming

Opened in July 2008, Next To is one of Barcelona’s youngest hotels. What it lacks in age, however, it makes up for in its playful aesthetic and ideal location. Situated in the heart of Barcelona in the modernist Eixample district, To Next is just a few meters from the Paseo de Gracia and some of the most prestigious shops and restaurants in town.

For those in need of a breather from the bustling city, there is the hotel’s unique garden terrazza with hanging wicker chairs, wooden garden furniture and a view of “La Pedrera” on the first floor. Alternatively the top floor of the building provides a fully equipped solarium. All rooms are decked out in a trendy, minimalist appeal, mirrored by the tasteful decor of the lobby.

Hotel Claris Do you believe in style? featured

This five star hotel’s distinctive facade is all that today remains of the original house, built in 1892 as a Verduna Palace, in which guests are now welcomed. The elegant lobby, recreated with steel, copper, glass and concrete, looks out onto the street through ground floor glass window walls.

The rooftop terrace is replete with a stylish swimming pool—a perfect place to take your siesta. Along with its stunning architecture and amenities, Hotel Claris also contains its own ancient art museum with one of the largest private collections of Egyptian art in Spain. Over 400 sculptures and paintings are distributed throughout the entire hotel and its 124 rooms and suites—some of which look more like luxury condos than typical hotel rooms—giving guests exclusive encounters with art, design and above all, comfort.

Claris offers its own luxury dining experiences as well with several options. East 47 serves creative tapas; but perhaps the majority of the guests’ attention goes to the original Warhol prints lining the walls. The East Garden sits at the height of the hotel in a glass-enclosed area—a cool place to enjoy refreshing drinks. La Terraza del Claris offers extraordinary views over Barcelona, a long list of cocktails and live music—a nightlife destination in its own right. Lastly, Restaurante Claris serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and even accommodates banquets and celebrations.

With conference/party rooms as well, Claris offers everything one could possibly need when it comes to accommodating, entertaining and facilitating a memorable stay. The hotel is dog friendly as well.

Hotel Actual Room with a Gaudi view

Hotel Actual is conveniently located in the central Eixample district, within easy walking distance to almost all the city’s major attractions, but far enough from the main tourist drag to provide some welcome respite.

The Hotel overlooks Gaudi’s beautiful ‘Pedrera’ building, and is itself an impressively designed space, with a striking facade and a lavishly furnished, spacious interior. The layout for each of the 29 rooms is luxurious and light. A simple aesthetic embraces white walls and furnishings that contrast pleasingly with dark wooden fixtures. Rooms are priced around €139 for a standard double.

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