Hotel Claris Façade
La Terraza del Claris Restaurant
East 47 Tapas Bar
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Junior Suite Room
Acclaimed as one of Barcelona's best hotels, the Claris is an artful icon of design and tradition, as is evident from the building itself: the glass-and-steel upper floors seem to have sprouted from the 19th-century town house below. The lobby is a welcoming, uncluttered space, in marble and brown leather, with a Japanese water garden for that extra touch of tranquillity. Every room has a different decor, some with restored 18th-century English furniture, some with contemporary
furnishings from Barcelona's playful legion of designers, and each with an accent piece or two from the owner's remarkable collection of Classical and Oriental antiquities. (Spend a fraction more, and book one of the wonderful duplex semisuites—especiallly No. 204.) Junior suites have stone sinks, jacuzzi baths, and showers with huge cascade fixtures. The rooftop terrace has a first-rate restaurant, la Terraza, and a pool you can actually swim in.