A carpeted ramp leading from the elegant Passeig de Gràcia (flanked by Tiffany and Brioni boutiques) lends this hotel the air of a privileged—and pricey—inner sanctum. The public spaces have Asian touches that reference the Mandarin Oriental group's Eastern origins; standard guest rooms are light and airy, done in ivory with clean, minimalist lines, with hardwood plank floors and accent carpeting. Extra touches include iPod docks and spare cables for your laptop,
but no coffee maker. Junior suites have huge round bathtubs and towel warmers. There's a plunge pool on the rooftop terrace and another, larger pool in the spa, which, with its eight ultra-luxurious treatment cabins, is really the jewel in the crown here: there's even a separate elevator directly to it, so guests can come and go in their robes. The hotel's gourmet restaurant Moments is under the direction of superstar chef Carme Ruscalleda.