Owned by notable art collector and Egyptologist Jordi Clos, Hotel Claris occupies Palacio Vedruna, an 18th-century palace that was remodeled in 1992. While the lower half retains the palace’s glamorous shell, containing a refined lobby complete with a fifth-century Roman mosaic, marble statues, and a water garden, the upper half is an unrepentantly modernist glass-and-metal construction.
By using different interior designers, Jordi Clos has ensured aesthetic variety among the rooms. But all blend upscale, contemporary furnishings such as polished hardwood floors, designer chairs, and cherrywood wardrobes with classical antiquities like Egyptian carvings and Hindu sculptures from Clos’s collection. The hotel’s public spaces are second-to-none, including a dedicated museum of Egyptian art on the first floor, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views, a decent-sized pool, and a first-rate restaurant.
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A short hop from Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, Hotel Claris is in a prime location for many of Barcelona’s other key sights. The Passeig de Gràcia, with its endless upscale designer boutiques (Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent), is just a credit card’s throw away, and if the hotel has inspired a passion for antiques, the Egyptian Museum is nearby, too. For a dinner outside, guests should reserve a table at nearby 9 Reinas, considered one of the finest steakhouses in the city.
Need to Know
Rooms: 124 rooms; from $190. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The pop art–spattered East 47 is a pleasant spot to enjoy sweet and savory tapas as well as signature cocktails. In warmer months, the action moves up to rooftop restaurant La Terraza del Claris, which is perfectly placed next to the hotel pool and offers up creative Mediterranean cuisine. Spa and gym details: There’s a glass-walled gym, a sauna, an outdoor pool (on the rooftop terrace), and a solarium.
Who’s it for: Art, history, and art history lovers; media and design aficionados. Our favorite rooms: All the rooms have been recently refurbished, but the duplex suites are especially extravagant. Each has a separate sitting/dining room, a bathroom complete with sauna, and an additional bathroom on the upper floor—as well as the usual array of 18th- and 19th-century antiques. Good taste: Guests should make the most of their stay by trying the tasting menu at La Terraza del Claris Restaurant; advance reservations recommended.