This towering sail-shape monolith dominates the skyline on the Barcelona waterfront. Locally known as Hotel Vela, architect Ricardo Bofill's W is a stunner, inside and out. Rooms are an elegant, minimal wash of blond-on-beige wood and textiles; no amenities have been neglected. Features like the infinity-edge WET pool, the fully equipped gym and spa, and the Whatever/Whenever concierge service add to the feeling of luxury here. Master chef Carles Abellán adds to this
with the superb cusine at his Bravo 24 restaurant.