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Grand Hotel Central Talk of the (old) town featured

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.

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.

Melon District Premiering privacy

Melon District offers a new take on hostel living. With private rooms and a shared cooking area, Melon District provides the essentials for its guests’ standard needs. With a pool and solarium on the roof, you’ll feel as if you’ve booked yourself at a four star hotel.

That being said, its pluses are matched by minuses: cleaning services are only provided to those whose stays are at least one week in length. With the introductory question of, “Will you be staying for more than 30 days or less,” coming here may feel like you are entering a giant student apartment. But remember, this is a hostel, so focus on the advantages seldom offered by such accommodation. The simple design and concierge’s efforts to make you feel at home make Melon District a great choice for the discerning traveler strapped for cash. And you can always add your own mint to your pillow.

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