It may be hard to know what to make of the Gran Derby Hotel. From the outside, its red brick exterior evokes a Victorian London townhouse; inside, however, the 43 rooms with their glass showers, animal print headboards, and clean lines have a decidedly contemporary feeling. The garden and outdoor pool makes it feel like a retreat from the city, yet its location near the business district and off of Avenida Diagonal, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, means the action is never far away. Somehow the very different aspects of the Gran Derby coexist to create a hotel with its own unique, appealing personality. On top of all that, it is also home to an impressive art collection, with some of the most famous Catalan names represented: Pablo Picasso, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Xavier Mariscal, and Josep Maria Guinovart.
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