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What it is
A sumptuous 100-room pride of El Born District, with a rooftop bar.
What it isn't
Lacking in amenities. It might be city center and just 100 rooms, but there’s both an on-site gym and al fresco pool.
What we think
Aesthetes flock here in well-heeled droves for one major reason: in terms of comfort and design, the rooms can’t be beat. Each one is lined in warm walnut wood panelling, with herringbone white oak parquet flooring, Spanish leather headboards, and bathrooms lined with dove white Sivec marble. Rumors persist that the beds—swathed in Italian Anichini linens—are impossible to get out of, but you’ll want to try, given the other extracurriculars in the building. Por Ejemplo: a subterranean speakeasy in the basement with a monochromatic tasting menu that takes you from black (squid and caviar) to purple (yuzu and olive), or that thronged 10th floor rooftop bar, where guests rub elbows with neighborhood locals whilst sipping cocktails like the Rooftop Tippler (lemongrass Belvedere, spiced pineapple and lime).
You're here because
You’re obsessed with the minimalist style of the place—in a city where humans have lived since 5000 BC, it’s as au courant as it comes while maintaining a studied timelessness. What more could you expect from hotelier Ian Schrager?
Bar Veraz is now your favorite lobby bar on the planet—thanks to gleaming rows of stemware and boundless bottles set before a glowing wall of tawny light. But even more than the drinks, the food is on point. When you take a bite of your dessert, called Catalan Autumn—made with sweet potato puree, chestnut, licorice ice cream, and caramelized pumpkin seeds—you audibly sigh.
Edging Barcelona’s stylish El Born District, where medieval streets are ripe for wandering and where the Picasso Museum is a mere five minute stroll away.