Hostal L'Antic Espai, Barcelona $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Hostal L'Antic Espai was opened in 2006 by Cuban Abel Estévez and Brazilian Sergio Carvalho, antique lovers who have stuffed their one-story, ten-roomed guesthouse with the restored finds they've collected from Spain, France, Italy, and beyond. "We hate minimalism," Sergio says, and it shows. Every surface in the public rooms is covered with porcelain plates, delicate cups and saucers, and tasteful knickknacks. The high-ceilinged bedrooms have ornate mosaic tile floors, an eclectic assortment of period furniture, luxurious red velvet curtains, and shimmering gold bedspreads; their only concession to the 21st century is the flat-screen TV and CD player. After a full-on day of sightseeing, the evening cup of tea—served from an antique teapot, of course—to welcome you "home" is one of the little touches that makes this place so special.