Across from Gaudí's Casa Batlló and just down Passeig de Gràcia from his Casa Milà (La Pedrera), this sleek boutique hotel, which opened in 2009, is surrounded by Barcelona's top shopping addresses and leading restaurants. The Moderniste facade and interiors dating from 1897 provide a bold contrast with the Philippe Starck, Mooi, B&B, and Vitra interior details. Rooms display a purity of line and sleek minimalism as the reigning aesthetic principles, with a monochromatic
palette of white and gray; the sofas can be made up as extra beds. Higher-priced "Privilege" rooms on the 1st and 5th floors have private terraces; the 5th-floor rooms are a lot quieter.