ABaC Restaurant & Hotel, Barcelona
Tel: 34 933 196 600
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The chic and intimate AbaC sits on the Tibidabo hill at the north end of the city, on a street lined with fantastic (and fantastical) modernist mansions. The welcome is discreet but warm, and includes a tour that culminates in the small but attractive spa. In the 15 airy guest rooms, white dominates while daubs of dusty color and at least one but sometimes two plasma-screen TVs add interest. Divided bathrooms aren't huge, but they're well-planned, and come with his-and-her Hermès toiletries. And as you move about the room, the high-tech lighting responds to your location. That said, you may never want to leave the sexy banquette-style sofas along the picture windows in some of the larger rooms. Never, that is, except to dine in the restaurant, which is overseen by chef Xavier Pellicer, who moved his avant-garde two-Michelin-star restaurant to this uptown location last year. Breakfast, an indulgent three-course affair, is worth getting up for. 2009 Hot List
When to go: Barcelona is a delight year-round, but the Catalán capital celebrates holidays with enthusiasm. Try to make the fantastic nighttime parade that welcomes the arrival of the Three Kings (Jan. 5), or stroll the open-air book stalls and flower stands that greet Sant Jordi (April 23).
Which room to book: Third-floor suites have romantic private patios where you can dine on Pellicer's exciting cuisine.