A garden furnished with glass pyramids isn’t the first thing you’d expect to find at a lakeside Art Nouveau villa in the Spanish Pyrenees, 92 miles north of Barcelona. But then, Hospes Villa Paulita (17 Travessia Volart, Puigcerda; 800/337-4685; designhotels.com; doubles from $198), the latest property from the über-stylish Hospes hotel chain, is full of surprises. Behind the crisp, red-stone façade, 38 unfussy guest rooms are furnished in shades of cream, silver, and gray, so that the sweeping water views pop. (About those pyramids: they double as skylights in the underground spa.)
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