The 31-room Hotel Bagués is only four years old, though its home dates from 1850. The Regulador Palace, one of the most attractive buildings in a city with plenty of competition, has a façade that combines Modernist and Art Nouveau details. The two styles also coexist in the jewelry on display at the hotel’s Masriera Museum. One of the most acclaimed jewelers of Barcelona, Masriera’s early 20th-century pieces dazzle to this day. The rooms, on the other hand, along with the rooftop terrace and pool with its views of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, are decidedly contemporary, dating from the top-to-bottom renovation of the building prior to its opening as a hotel in 2010.
If you are wondering about the palace’s name, it’s from a scale that stood here beginning in the 1940s and was available to anyone who wanted to check his or her weight. It’s been moved to the nearby Boquería market, but you can still weigh yourself and make sure that all those tapas dishes aren’t adding up. If you find they are, our suggestion is that you simply continue walking and exploring Barcelona’s atmospheric streets.
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