There's no shortage of accommodation choices in Barcelona, from luxury hotels to sexy boutiques, plus some smartly designed budget options. The exciting hotel news in Barcelona is at the top of the range, such as the soaring, sail-shaped W Barcelona, perched on the southernmost tip of the city's main beach, and the Mandarin Oriental, with cool interiors by the Oviedo-born designer du jour Patricia Urquiola (opens late 2009). Another increasingly popular option for visitors to Barcelona is an apartment rental. For Zen-like comfort, the new Whotells apartments have been entirely decked out by Muji and are located in the prime central barris of gay-friendly lower Eixample, El Raval, and Barceloneta (€70–90 per night). The Suites Residence apartments are tucked away behind a striking facade by Korean architect Toyo Ito, offering privacy and style on the city's upmarket shopping strip (83 Passeig de Gràcia; 34-93-366-8800).