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Hotel Me, Barcelona 

272–286 Carrer Pere IV
Spain 08005
Tel: 34 93 367 2051
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It might not be smack bang in the Barri Gòtic, but the Hotel Me —a slightly askew, retro glass tower designed by French architect Dominique Perrault and opened in 2008—is likely to attract design buffs east of the city center to the Diagonal Mar neighborhood. The hotel's view of Jean Nouvel's Torre Agbar, along with the nearby Olympic Port and Sagrada Familia, should seal the deal. The Hotel Me, part of Spanish Sol Meliá group's upmarket brand (there's another Me in Madrid), has 259 rooms spread over 29 floors with a choice of impressive vistas—the Mediterranean or the city and Nouvel's bullet-shaped tower. The accommodations have been done up in bold red, blue, and purple textiles, with lacquered floors and surfaces, and have the expected extras like iPod docks and plasma TVs. There is a very generous selection of Aveda products in the spacious bathrooms, which have both rain showers and tubs. The Me is home to Dos Cielos, a rooftop restaurant helmed by young-gun twin chefs Sergio and Javier Torres (it was awarded its first Michelin star in 2011). A branch of Angels & Kings, the U.S.–based nightclub owned by pop star Pete Wentz is on the premises too. There's also a spa, with cool wood and slate floors and vibrant blue tiles. The Me's less tourist-centric location and fabulous amenities have proved a hit with young, trendsetting nighthawks who don't mind dishing out the $20–plus cab fare into the center of town. (For those that do, the metro is a ten-minute walk away).—Suzanne Wales

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