At the edge of the Gothic Quarter, very near the Barcelona cathedral, this fashionable midtown hotel is popular with business and pleasure travelers alike. Rooms are soothingly done in neutral tones; furnishings are generic-modern and comfortable. The restaurant, Avalon, is known for creative cuisine in an elegant, minimalist setting; the roof terrace and top-floor pool offer a unique perch over the city's 2,000-year-old Roman and Gothic central nucleus. The higher the
better is the rule here, as street level can be noisy, soundproofing or not.