AC Miramar, Barcelona $$$$
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For years the city has been debating what to do with this small palace on the eastern face of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 World Expo, it had been empty since 1983 despite its stunning location overlooking Barcelona's waterfront. After an extensive renovation by the designer Óscar Tusquets Blanca—who took the bold step of adding a modern structure around the older building—the luxurious Miramar finally opened its doors in 2006. The 75 bedrooms are arranged over six floors around a covered patio, dominated by a mammoth chandelier inspired by Gaudí. The spacious rooms have traditional mahogany furnishings, tiled floors (there's underfloor heating for the cooler months), and generous terraces. Wispy gray curtains separate the extra-deep bathtub from the bedroom. Request Superior Vista or Deluxe Vista rooms for fantastic views over Barcelona's port. The Miramar has outdoor and indoor pools and a day spa area, as well as the excellent La Forestier restaurant (try the fish of the day cooked with garlic, rice, shrimp, calamari, and spicy peppers).
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