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Suitable for business or leisure, the Renaissance Hotel is located just a few minutes walk from Gaudi's La Pedrera and Casa Batllo, Paseo de Gracia's designer (and non-designer!) shopping treats, and the narrow streets and squares of the Gracia district. The hotel has the minimal contemporary feel that you might expect from a Marriott, a roof terrace with beds to soak up the sun after a day seeing the city, a gym, wifi and a restaurant - although in such a downtown area as Eixample I really recommend stepping out to eat! My personal favourite is Santa Gula restaurant in Plaça Narcís Oller – a 15 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride away.
Hotel Murmuri is a design hotel in designer area - it won a FAD award for it's look. Found on the Rambla de Catalunya - a trendy shopping strip with restaurant and bar terraces running down it's centre - it's neighbour is the bigger, bolder and busier shopping avenue Paseo de Gracia. The Murmuri is chic and cool from start to finish. Highlights being: El Passatge: where you find locals having an after-work cocktail at the bar as well as guests, El Passatge's terrace on the Rambla - perfect for people watching, the suite with private terrace and the hotel's new restaurant Petit Comité by Nandu Jubany, found next door on Passatge de la Concepció.
El Palauet, meaning little palace in Catalan, is located on one of Barcelona's most exclusive of streets, Paseo de Gracia. On the border between the classy Eixample district and quaint Gracia district, you have all the shopping, eateries and bars you could wish for on your doorstep - and what a beautiful doorstep it is! Expect a grandiose modernist façade, and designer interior from high-ceiling to polished floor. Every detail has been carefully selected during the latest renovation in 2010. El Palauet has 6 suites, which can each occupy up to 4 persons in spacious accommodation. An astounding hotel - shame about the snooty staff.
When looking for a stylish, cool, social, clean, convenient hostel in Barcelona, Generator on Carrer Corsega is my No.1 pick. The staff are friendly and very helpful, the interior is fun (check out the swing seats in the reception), the location is close to many of the sights and transport connections can be found within a 5-minute walk and importantly the price is very reasonable. Generator Barcelona opened in March 2013, and offers dorm rooms, private rooms and even a suite. The orange lantern-lined café/bar was my favourite place to chill out, alone or with most likely with new friends. Don't miss the relaxed vibe of the Gracia district above Carrer Corsega - less touristy than most of the central Barcelona districts, cute squares, interesting music venues, cafes and restaurants. Check out Heliogàbal on Carrer de Ramón y Cajal.
Hotel Granvia is located on the main thoroughfare of the same name, and whilst it is busy, stepping off the street into the reception of the hotel you are instantly calmed. The recent refurbishment has been thoughtfully carried out in creams, greys and browns with leather and wood accessories throughout the lounge, terrace and reception rooms. Despite the hotel being at 50% occupancy (low season) there was not a soul in sight - I had the pleasure of having both the Garden Terrace and 1st floor Lounge to myself. The rooms are crisp and classic and of a good size. Location-wise the Hotel Granvia is a winner - 1 minute from shopping heaven on Paseo de Gracia, 5 minutes from several Gaudi wonders and tapas treats aplenty in the Eixample district.
The Silken Gran Hotel Havana is located on a grandiose corner of the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes main thoroughfare. However, noise is not an issue, and neither are the tourist crowds found on the neighbouring streets. At the Havana you are located in the Eixample district within a few minutes walk of Paseo de Gracia, and Gaudi's La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, and Sagrada Familia landmarks. The location is also conveniently close to bars, restaurants and transport connections. A good family hotel, nice standard of customer service and guestrooms. It's best feature is by far the rooftop pool and terrace.
Hotel Pulitzer is a classy establishment located on the edge of Plaza Catalunya, well-connected for tourism, transport and tapas. The lobby vibe alludes to the atmosphere you can expect during your stay - there is a chic and trendy feel throughout the lounge, bar, restaurant and terrace. Whilst some hotels can feel like quiet places where people pass, the Pulitzer is very much a place where people meet to enjoy themselves – the subtle buzz of conversations and laughter can be found in the bar. An all-round great hotel, with simple contemporary rooms for business or pleasure travellers, and well-placed to see Barcelona on foot.