You couldn't ask for a better location from which to explore Barcelona's Gothic Quarter—or for a bivouac more elegant—than one of the aparthotel suites in this stunning restoration. The Arai is filled with exquisite pieces of art, sculpture and tapestry, which seems to modernize this 18th-century palace of the Quatre Rius noble family while keeping its historic character. Rooms have the original stone and brick walls, hardwood plank floors, exposed beam ceilings, and
beds with antique spiral wooden pillars bracketing the headboards. Suites have connecting apartments that can be booked separately, fully equipped kitchens, leather sofas and loveseats, and private terraces with jacuzzis. Perfect for family sojourns.