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Hotel 1898 Independent luxury

While luxury may come at a price, the type of luxury offered by Hotel 1898 is worth splurging on. Like being in the heart of the action? Look no further. Located on the buzzing Las Ramblas, the hotel has soundproofed all its windows, letting guests soak in the street’s energy while still maintaining a peaceful atmosphere.

Named for the year in which the final Spanish colonies—Cuba and the Philippines—gained independence, the decor incorporates a contemporary twist on colonial-chic. Heavy on striped patterns and dark woods, the building was the former headquarters of the Compañía de Tabacos de Filipinas.

If your nights out on the town are taking their toll, head to one of the hotel’s two pools (outdoor or indoor, take your pick) or one of their two libraries. Not enough? Try a spa treatment.

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.

Chic & Basic Born Look towards the light featured

This striking hotel is ideal for travelers looking to enjoy a stylish and stimulating experience in Barcelona. Its central location is the perfect starting point to discover the city.

Rooms are spacious and bright, decorated with a tasteful minimalist aesthetic. There are three room types: XL, L and M, all of which are equipped with LED light systems which transform the atmosphere according to different ‘moods’, flat screen TVs and Internet access. All the rooms have en-suite facilities with a modern crystal shower in the center, 22 foot-high ceilings, and colored curtains. A very distinctive and eccentric ensemble.

The Rooftops Holiday apartments

If you’re looking for accommodation that’s more akin to coming back to your own apartment than checking in at a hotel, The Rooftops offer the key to your homecoming. With 11 apartments situated in central Barcelona, you can have your pick between staying on Las Ramblas, in Pasaje del Reloj, Eixample, Gracia or the Born district.

All of the apartments were renovated between 2002 and 2004, so you can be sure that you’ll be receiving rooms with modern day amenities, and more importantly, your own kitchen in most cases. At prices not much different from standard hotel rooms, The Rooftops provide a great alternative for travelers who’d rather enjoy more space than room-service.

Pick up your key from The Rooftops staff at the beginning of your stay and drop it off at the end. Other than that the place is yours. A great option for those who cherish their independence.

Hotel 54 Make the harbor your home

Hotel 54 offers fantastic views of Barcelona’s coastline thanks to its stellar location along the Barceloneta harbor. This also places the hotel in close proximity to Las Ramblas and the city’s seemingly infinite stretch of beaches.

A standard room essentially includes air conditioning, as well as a wi-fi connection and satellite TV. The added touch: the capacity to control the color of the room’s lighting. Necessary? No. Fun? Yes. And therein lies the spirit of Hotel 54, a great place to bolster easy going enjoyment during your stay in a fun-loving city.

Banys Orientals Ramon Parellada's masterpiece

Banys Orientals is the result of an intelligent response to Barcelona’s hotel scene by one of its savviest restaurateurs, Ramon Parellada. He saw a gap between the cheap pensions and the expensive, impersonal edifices and decided to fill it with a small, fashionable, inexpensive hotel in the heart of the city. Parellada closed his successful restaurant in the Old Town district of El Born for a year, gutted the 18th-century building above it, and filled it with a minimalist 43-room hotel, retaining the old stone façade and internal courtyard.

Banys Orientals though simple and sparse presents an elegant, unpretentious style with soft lighting, gunmetal-greys and black tiles contrasting with the stone and deep ocher of the façade.
Since opening in May 2002, the hotel has received rave reviews including being named in Conde Nast Traveller as one of the 50 most recommended hotels in the world (2003) and the 10 most recommended hotels in the Mediterranean (2004).

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