At a Glance
- strategic location, a two-minute walk from the Palau de la Música Catalana
- attentive, professional staff
- layout in some rooms sacrifices privacy to design
- Via Laietana, just outside, is a nonstop noisy traffic artery
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Hotel Ohla Review
One of Barcelona's top new design hotels, the Ohla's neoclassical exterior (not counting the goofy eyeballs stuck to the facade) belies its avant-garde interior, full of witty, design-conscious touches. Rooms aren't particularly spacious, but they're tastefully done with a minimalist palate of black and white, gray textiles and tall windows. The Ohla's no-contest best feature is its gastronomy. The weekday prix-fixe lunch (€16) at the flagship Gastrobar restaurant could be the best bargain in town. Upstairs, award-winning chef Xavier Franco has run the hot-ticket restaurant Saüc since 2004. Mixmaster Giuseppe Santamaria was declared the best bartender in Spain in 2012.