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Casa Fuster, Barcelona

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Barcelona, Spain, Europe
132 Passeig de Gràcia
Spain 08008
Tel: 34 93 255 3000's insider take:

Like the Taj Mahal, the Casa Fuster was a labor of love. In 1908, Mallorcan aristocrat Mariano Fuster commissioned architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner to transform a chocolate factory into the most "spectacular house in the city" for his beautiful wife, Consuelo Fabra. Nearly a century later, Catalan architects GCA turned the residence into a sweet state-of-the-art luxury hotel. The Café Vienés—a hot spot for city intellectuals in the 1940s-has been re-created with plush velvet, silk cushions, and snaking sofas in warm, modern colors (coffee, spice, and Bordeaux). The 96 Bedrooms are similarly sumptuous, decorated with more silk and lavender and sage accents. But it's the four tower suites that get top marks for ingenuity. With their oval shape, silver undulating ceilings floodlit by Fortuny lamps, mini-cinemas, king-size beds, saunas, and extra-large sacks of Loewe toiletries, they're every bit as spectacular as Fuster's wife could have wished for.

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