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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.

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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.

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.

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