For lodgings with an edgy, contemporary sense of design, at reasonable rates, in one of Barcelona's most colorful neighborhoods, this is an especially welcome addition to the city's hotel scene. A lobby with contrasting black-and-white patterns accented by electric purple or cobalt blue, sets the scene. Rooms have modish white furniture and high-end gadgets like espresso machines and iPod docks. The upper floors on the Mediterranean side of the hotel have sea views, but
everyone can enjoy the 360-degree vistas of all Barcelona from the roof terrace.