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Neri Hotel • Barcelona, Spain

A gem in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

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Entering the Neri from the historic alleyways of the Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, you will be struck by the contrast between the sleek modern style which blends stylishly the echoes of the 18th-century palace that it once was.  This superb intimate boutique-style hotel provides an oasis of calm in a charming secluded district a mere 200 meters from the hustle and bustle of the Ramblas and just across from Barcelona’s Gothic cathedral.

The guest rooms are restrained and designed with a beautifully muted palette of greys and greens and features elegant modern furnishings and effective lighting.

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The Restaurant Neri, a top-rated restaurant, occupies the vaulted basement and serves Spanish specialities with a hint of Africa and international dishes, as well as a daily breakfast.  The hotel’s shaded roof terrace offers views over the rooftops and is scented by jasmine and orange blossom.

The Neri is one of Barcelona’s new wave of small chic boutique hotels, and is a top choice with its stylish interiors, sleek and comfortable guest rooms and topnotch dining.

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Neri Hotel Barcelona
Location: Sant Sever 5, Barcelona, Spain 08002; 22 rooms; distance from airport

Luxury style: Modern, contemporary feel amidst behind historic facade.

What we’ve heard: Rooms are spacious and relaxing and the hotel is a marvelous choice for travelers who seek a hideaway with the urban bustle.  The Barri Gotic, with its small streets and winding alleyways is a fascinating headquarters that is well located and central to all attractions.

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Casa Fuster Hotel • Barcelona, Spain

A modernist landmark in beautiful Barcelona

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Located on the stylish Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s Casa Fuster Hotel is a modernist landmark, built in 1908 by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner. The fascinating facade is laced with ironwork balconies, turrets, elaborate pillars while inside marble column and arches support a beautiful interior space. Around the corner is the Casa Mila, a Gaudi masterpiece.

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The Casa Fuster Hotel’s 95 guest rooms are feature elegant modern design in plum and brown tones and fine wood furniture. Rooms offer high-speed Internet connections, satellite television, complimentary newspapers, minibars and safes. Bathrooms are large and spacious  and are a symphony of marble.

Guests at the Casa Fuster can relax on the incredible sun terrace surrounding the wood-decked pool while admiring the panoramic views. Also available is a steam room, sauna, gym equipment and Jacuzzi. Guest can pamper themselves with a massage or beauty treatment.

Casa Fuster Hotel
Location: Passeig de Gracia, 132, Barcelona, Spain; 15 kilometres from the airport.

Luxury style: Architecture aficionados will appreciate the Casa Fuster as well as the architectural masterpieces close by. The modernist theme will also please boutique hotel lovers with a penchant for design. And every type of visitors will appreciate the low-key warm service and intimate atmosphere of a small hotel. In someways, a stay at the Casa Fuster while in Barcelona is most apt since the hotel itself embodies many of the city’s most delightful characteristics.

What we’ve heard: Not to be missed is the Casa Fuster Bellini, an exquisite cocktail well on its way to worldwide fame.

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Hotel Arts • Barcelona, Spain

It’s all about the view at this extraordinary Barcelona hotel…

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Towering like a mystical monument to luxury, the 44-story Hotel Arts Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton property, was built in 1992 for the Olympics. The views of city, sea, sky are the most stunning attributes of this modern landmark. Stylish decor and plenty of contemporary art provide a rich background, accented by the undulating form of giant fish, a commissioned sculpture by Frank Gehry.  In addition, this expo hotel are close to meeting venues and the Mediterranean.

 

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The nearly 500 rooms and suites have been recently renovated and feature oversize windows for the spectacular Mediterranean vistas. Here it’s all about the view and the glass and steel construction is a footnote to what engages the gaze outward. But the Ritz-Carlton heritage of the hotel means a plentiful supply of service-providers, valets, maids, concierges. If a guest feels like a day of relaxation, the hotel has a beachfront area, pool, 3 restaurants, room service and bar.

 

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Hotel Arts Barcelona
Location: Carrer de la Marina 19 – 21, Barcelona 08005, Spain; Barajas International Airport is 7 kilometres away.

Luxury style: Expansive contemporary, yet comfortable.

What we’ve heard: Executive floor with the Club Lounge is a perk worth adding. Always strive for a high-floor room for stunning views of the city and harbor. One factor not appealing to all is that the Olympic Park is a trifle off the beaten path, making taxis the preferred mode of getting around. But many find that the truly unique quality of the hotel make it worth the extra travel time.

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