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Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, Europe: Grand Hotel Central
30 Via Laietana
Tel: (34) 93 295 79 00
Fax: (34) 93 268 12 15
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
With a relaxed atmosphere, this 147-room hotel in the heart of Barcelona—everything seems a ten-minute walk from the front door—is hip without the attitude. No sooner do you arrive at the converted 1920s office building than smiling staff fall all over themselves to take care of you. The library is stocked with periodicals, books, and a TV, and in good weather, a small rooftop terrace with a plunge pool affords stunning views over the recently renovated Santa Caterina market. Rooms are Zen on the Med, with light eucalyptus parquet floors, limed oak furniture, and taupe walls, and the complimentary minibar is a welcome touch. —2006 Hot List

When to go: Year-round, although the spring can be rainy.

Which room to book: Sixth-floor doubles that don't face the busy Via Laetena (doubles, $238–$456).

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Gym, Pool

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