Hotels in Spain

Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola oversaw the conversion of this midcentury bank building (at the main intersection of Barcelona’s elegant Eixample district) to a luxurious Mandarin outpost in late 2009.

Within the walls of the glorious Alhambra palace, not far from the pricey15th-century Parador de Granada, is another, more affordable hotel that also benefits from the dreamy location.

This 2004 arrival has an impressive ancient and tribal art collection.

One of the most exclusive high-end eateries on Barcelona's restaurant scene, ABac, with its brilliant revisionist Catalan cooking by chef Jordi Cruz, remains a firm favorite wit

All 37 rooms of this 19th-century boutique hotel have large French doors opening to the street (they’re soundproof when closed). Near the Plaza Isabel I and the Teatro Real (Madrid’s opera house), the hotel is an easy walk to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol.