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Haute Hospitality

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Hotel Arts Barcelona 19-21 Marina; 34/93-221-1000; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $625

Overview

Housed in a glittering skyscraper—with views of the city, water, and Frank Gehry’s Fish sculpture—Hotel Arts has impeccable Ritz-Carlton service and an impressive art collection.

Pros

Think Hollywood on the Mediterranean: anyone from Woody Allen to Penélope Cruz might put in an appearance here.

Cons

A sometimes excessively cosmopolitan atmosphere that can feel detached from the rest of Barcelona.

Room to Book

Corner rooms ending in 01 and 16 on floors below the 18th are larger and have panoramic views of the beach, the sea, and the Olympic arena.

Nouveau Niche

Hotel

Hotel Casa Fuster 132 Passeig de Gràcia; 34/93-255-3000; hotelcasafuster.com; doubles from $665

Overview

One of the last structures built by famed architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner—and Barcelona’s only Art Nouveau hotel still in operation.

Pros

This centrally located property’s Gothic and classically themed interiors mix surprisingly well with its otherwise Modernist décor.

Cons

In-room amenities—though handsome—are impractical at times, like shower taps that can’t be turned on without a thorough soaking.

Room to Book

East-facing rooms look down Passeig de Gràcia and let in ample morning sun.

Classic Catalonia

Hotel

Hotel Claris 150 Pau Claris; 34/90-233-7294; derbyhotels.es; doubles from $665

Overview

A timeless hotel housed in the 19th-century Palacio Vedruna, with welcome modern additions, such as a rooftop pool and futuristic glass elevators.

Pros

With ancient Egyptian artifacts in the lobby and Andy Warhol portraits in the East 47 restaurant, the hotel is full of novel touches.

Cons

The hotel is a block from bustling Passeig de Gràcia, so late-night traffic noise can be a problem.

Room to Book

For more natural light and less street noise, choose one on the fifth or sixth floor.

Glamorous Living

Hotel

Hotel Omm 265 Rosselló; 34/93-445-4000; hotelomm.es; doubles from $225

Overview

Barcelona’s hippest property has some of the city’s most stylish public spaces (from the oak-floor lobby to the orange-hued hallways) and modern, light-filled rooms.

Pros

No need to go anywhere else on weekend evenings, as Barcelona’s A-listers pile into the hotel bar for the city’s best cocktail party.

Cons

Slightly self-conscious high design, with a clientele to match.

Room to Book

Those on the fifth and sixth floors overlook Gaudí’s Casa Pedrera; sixth-floor southeast corner rooms have views of Passeig de Gràcia.

Old World Hideaway

Hotel

Hotel Neri 5 Sant Sever; 34/93-304-0655; hotelneri.com; doubles from $225

Overview

This converted 18th-century palacete has a storybook setting on a sleepy square in the heart of the Barri Gòtic, surrounded by bell towers and churches.

Pros

A romantic location amid the hush of the largely pedestrian neighborhood; the leafy rooftop terrace is particularly peaceful at breakfast.

Cons

Some amenities leave you in the dark, such as the bedside lights that are a design success but an operational failure.

Room to Book

Rooms 301 and 302 look onto Plaça Sant Felip Neri, while No. 305 has a private terrace.

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