Attracting visitors for the last 2,000 years, Barcelona is a major tourist draw because of its mild climate, artistic culture and Mediterranean features. With its architecture inspired by 12th-century Muslims and 15th-century Spaniards, famous hotels in Barcelona reflect the history and heritage of the native Catalans.
Founded by Jordi Clos, the president of the Museum Barcelona and the Clos Archaeology Foundation, the Hotel Claris has an art and artifact collection that is as diverse as a museum. The hotel’s public spaces feature 400 pieces, such as kilim rugs, statues from ancient Egypt and African totems. Luxury accommodations accompany the priceless pieces of art; the rooms have ancient artifacts on display, a music center, marble baths and parquet floors. The largest room at the Hotel Claris is a 480-square-foot suite that comes with Art Nouveau furniture, Hindu statues, hydro-massage tubs and a sauna.
Palace Hotel Barcelona
Completely refurbished in 2009, the Palace Hotel Barcelona in the city center has provided luxury accommodations since 1919. The renovation, however, did not lose the classic look for which it is famous. Instead, the Palace added 83 guest rooms and 42 suites, technological advancements, lofty decor, lounges and architectural elements that reflect the styles of the 1920s. Accommodations have Roman-inspired decor, with rich brown and cream colors with splashes of red and light blue in the Roman-style baths and Victorian-style furnishings. Rooms also include fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, a TV installed into mirrors, dressing room and an in-room reception hall. Amenities at the Palace Hotel Barcelona include a full-service business center, Mini Cooper car rentals and luxury transportation in a chauffeured Mercedes Benz.
Gran Hotel La Florida
Serving as a hospital during the Spanish Civil War and as a hotel only for aristocrats in the 1950s, the Gran Hotel La Florida underwent a four-year reconstruction in the early 2000s to mix its tile and stucco charm with modern technology. Popular among tourists and honeymooners, this hotel places guests 1,500 feet above Barcelona, which gives guests city and Mediterranean views. Accommodations range from 376-to-2,141 square feet, with the largest being the Presidential Suite with two bedrooms, terrace, whirlpool and sun beds. Amenities include a 350-bottle wine cellar with local vintages, three dining options, stainless steel pool, spa services and a Turkish bath.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
The Hotel Arts Barcelona has won awards from publications such as Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure for its displays of more than 1,000 pieces of Spanish art, its Mediterranean location, two-floor spa and terrace gardens. Epitomizing the grandeur of the hotel and the awards it has received is a woven metal statue of a fish that faces the ocean by artist Frank Gehry. All of the guest rooms come with such amenities as an upscale entertainment center, twice-daily housekeeping and baths with a separate tub and hydro-shower. Club rooms at the Hotel Arts Barcelona provide guests with access to a private lounge and complimentary use of a meeting room. Designer Apartments have two levels and include butler service, pillow menus, full kitchens, complimentary use of a laptop that comes with Internet access and a Mini Cabrio for use around Barcelona.
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