Hotel Ohla

Via Laietana 49, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08003, Spain

One of Barcelona's top new design hotels, the Ohla's neoclassical exterior (not counting the goofy eyeballs stuck to the facade) belies its avant-garde interior, full of witty, design-conscious touches. Rooms aren't particularly spacious, but they're tastefully done with a minimalist palate of charcoal browns and blacks, cream and pale green textiles, hardwood floors and tall windows. The Ohla's no-contest best feature is its gastronomy. The weekday prix-fixe lunch (€16) at the flagship Gastrobar restaurant could be the best bargain in town. Upstairs, award-winning chef Xavier Franco has run the hot-ticket restaurant Saüc since 2004. Mixmaster Giuseppe Santamaria was declared the best bartender in Spain in 2012.

PROS

  • strategic location, a two-minute walk from the Palau de la Música Catalana
  • attentive, professional staff
  • "Experience Department" personal concierge service to plan total itineraries

CONS

  • layout in some rooms sacrifices privacy to design
  • Via Laietana, just outside, is a nonstop noisy traffic artery
  • no pets

Location

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 93-341–5050

HOTEL DETAILS

49 rooms, 25 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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