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Barcelona Hotel Reviews
The hotel trade may seem centuries removed from Miguel de Cervantes's 17th-century description of Barcelona as a "repository of courtesy, travelers' shelter" but, as the author of Don Quijote discerned more than 400 years ago, the city has a weakness for pampering and impressing visitors.
Barcelona's pre-Olympics hotel surge in the early 1990s was matched only by its post-Olympics hotel surge in the early 2000s. The recent economic crisis slowed the construction boom but there are still new hotels popping up all over town while old standards (such as the España hotel) renovate and redesign in an effort to keep up. Architects Ricardo Bofill and Rafael Moneo have created new and surprising skyscrapers, facades, atriums, and halls, while hotel restaurants have gained importance, from the Arts's Enoteca to the Mandarin's Moments, the Hotel Ohla's Saüc, the Condes de Barcelona's Lasarte, the ME's Dos Cielos, and the Hotel Omm's Moo, all at the pinnacle of the city's avant-garde gastronomy.
Hotels in the Gothic Quarter and along the Rambla no longer lag in luxury behind the newer lodgings in the Eixample or west along the Diagonal, with waterfront monoliths such as the W Barcelona and the Eurostars Grand Marina leading the way. Many Eixample hotels are set in restored and streamlined late 19th- or early 20th-century town houses and offer midtown excitement and easy access to all of Barcelona. The Claris, the Majestic Hotel & Spa, the Condes de Barcelona, the Hotel Neri, and the Colón probably best combine style and luxury with a sense of where you are, while sybaritic modern palaces such as the Hotel Omm, the Mandarin Oriental, and the W Hotel offer design excitement and state-of-the-art technology and comfort. The Hotel Omm, in the Eixample, caused a sensation with its Zen-inspired design and culinary excellence.
Smaller hotels in the Ciutat Vella, such as the Sant Agustí, Hotel Market, or Hotel Chic & Basic Born are less than half as expensive and more a part of city life, though they tend to be noisier and less luxurious. Overlooking Barcelona is the Gran Hotel la Florida for those who want to be up and out of the fray.
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