Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Eixample
Sure, there’s something about this 67-room boutique property that reads very Ace Hotel-like—the fact that founder Inés Miró-Sans worked with Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack to nail the subtly hipster aesthetic has a lot to do with it—but with its original tile work and open-air passageways, the 19th-century mansion that houses the hotel and its sibling businesses is European through and through. The pleasantly priced rooms range in size from teeny to sprawling (some even have private terraces complete with outdoor shower). You’ll also find the Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey restaurant, Mother juice bar, and Satan’s Coffee Corner without even having to leave the property.
670 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Eixample
Back in the 1880’s this landmark neoclassical building housed the Cotton Textile Exchange, but these days it’s home to a stunning 83-room hotel with a moody interior, a sweeping rooftop deck, and a one-of-a-kind suspended spiral staircase. As elaborate as the lobby and communal spaces may be (the library is particularly dramatic), the guestrooms are comfortably plush yet soothing in neutral tones and modern furnishings. Batuar restaurant, which has an old school marble bar and a lush terrace, is just as good for a fancy dinner as it is for a swift breakfast pre-touring.
Hotel Praktik Bakery
279 Carrer de Provença, Eixample
While there are several Praktik mini-chain outposts in Barcelona, only one has a Baluard bakery right on site, meaning the scent of fresh-baked bread and pastry is included in the rates (which are some of the most reasonable in town). The whitewashed Lazaro Rosa-Violán-designed rooms are small but comfortable and come with all the basic creature comforts. And whatever the hotel lacks in glitz and glamour it more than makes up for in location…and carbs.
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