Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:With a relaxed atmosphere, this 147-room hotel in the heart of Barcelonaeverything seems a ten-minute walk from the front dooris 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, PoolSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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