The facade of this hotel is the epitome of drama, thanks to its 1,000 ceramic “eyes” on stalks, created by surrealist Catalan designer Frederic Amat. Step inside and the tone is more subdued, with 74 minimalist bedrooms, featuring oak floors and plush bed throws. You can even choose the aroma of your bed linen (among the options are green tea and lavender). The glass-sided pool on the rooftop terrace (right) is just the place to unwind after a long day in the city, while the Michelin-star Sauc Restaurant is the place to dine and be seen.
Insider Tip: Room 603 has large floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the Palau de la Musica concert hall from the shower.
Of all Spain’s cities, Barcelona has one of the richest histories, dating back over 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino. But this is very much a 21st century city. While in the mediaeval quarter you have age-old squares, cathedrals and Roman remains, the city is also home to striking modern architecture, state-of-the-art museums and designer shops. This contrast can be seen with the city's hotels, too. You can choose from a converted 18th-century palace in the Gothic Quarter, or an exciting new hotel in an up-and-coming neighbourhood. Whichever one you go for, make sure you explore beyond the hotel's restaurant (if it has one). Barcelona is home to one of the world’s most exciting culinary scenes, serving up a wealth of fantastic restaurants and eateries, whether you're after classic tapas or cutting-edge Catalan cooking. Come with a big appetite and thirst to explore.