From Gaudi to Custo, Barcelona's high standards of design and style are a major selling point to tourists. But when you're visiting the Catalan capital Barcelona, which hotels should you stay in? Here's three trendy options to suit different budgets.
1. For the Fashion Lover: Hotel Omm. Carrer Rossello, 265, Barcelona - This luxury hotel is situated just yards from Barcelona's premier shopping street Passieg de Gracia and has been the fashionista's residence of choice since it opened in 2003. Its signature restaurant, Moo, has been awarded Michelin stars and is well known as a top meeting spot for well-heeled locals wanting to try the best their city has to offer. Rooms are large and airy, each with slick, minimalist furnishings, soft, expansive beds, and a range of complimentary designer goodies including Escenial Mediterraneo toiletries and the hotel's own brand of bespoke Kimonos, for when you feel the need to retreat to the in-house spa. The rooftop pool and bar offers unparalleled views to Gaudi's architectural masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, and is a great place to kick back, sip a mojito and watch the sun set over the city. Double rooms start from £205 a night.
Budget-Chic - Praktik Rambla Rambla de Catalunya, 27, Barcelona. - This recent conversion of an ornate 19th century building on the Ramblas has been wowing guests with its modern, funky interiors and affordable deals ever since it opened just a couple of years ago. While the entrance and lobby have a dimly lit and sumptuously Moorish feel, the rooms themselves are spacious and bright, with all the technology and cutting edge design of the 21st century, including free wi-fi and flat screen HDTV's. With a library showcasing architect's sketches from the original build and the more recent renovation, guests truly get the best of both contemporary and historic Barcelona styles inside this hotel. Rooms start from £70 a night.
3. Sun, Sea, Sand - Hotel Arts Barcelona Carrer de la Marina 19-21, Barcelona - The Hotel Arts, part of the Ritz-Carlton chain, is housed in a newly opened 44 storey skyscraper right on the beach front, and is a great starting point from which to explore not only the coast but the city itself. If the beach gets too busy, the hotel boasts a large pool and sun-deck for a quieter experience. Staff are renowned for being the friendliest and most helpful in Barcelona and right from check-in tend to your every need. The views from the air-conditioned rooms overlooking the Mediterranean are amongst the best the entire city can offer. Rooms start from around £230 a night.
Whichever residence you choose when staying in Barcelona, your hotel is likely to offer incredibly high standards of hospitality, comfort and design.