Hotel Claris
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Hotel Claris
From the street, the 120-room Hotel Claris has the imposing elegance of a grand dame behind the neoclassical façade of the Palacio Vedruna, built in the early 20th century. Look up, however, and you’ll notice a more contemporary addition extending above the old roofline. It’s only the first of many surprises here. Walk in and you’ll find a central courtyard, typical of many Barcelona buildings, but this one soars up seven stories through the center of the newer floors. (The building was thoroughly refurbished and expanded before it opened in 1992 prior to the Olympics.) Then walk around the hotel’s common areas and you’ll find statues and mosaics from Egypt, Rome, Africa, and India as well as an indoor Japanese water garden. It’s a museum with collections that cover much of the world. If you find yourself wondering where, exactly, you’ve arrived, just head out your front door for a stroll along Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s most elegant shopping street. One of the city’s iconic landmarks, Gaudí’s Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera) is less than two blocks away. When you want to stay at the world’s best small independent hotels, visit the Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s website and learn about its 520 hotels in more than 80 countries.
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