Gran Hotel La Florida
Ctra Vallvidrera al Tibidabo 83-93, 08035 Barcelona
Photo courtesy of Gran Hotel La Florida
Gran Hotel La FloridaThis veteran hotel on Tibidabo's Hill has a history that stretches back to 1924, with its heyday in the '50s as a hot spot for wealthy Catalan families and, later, for visiting stars like Ernest Hemingway, James Stewart, and Princess Fabiola. Having closed in 1979, La Florida reopened in 2001 in a more postmodern incarnation that blends original features such as wrought iron and antique tapestries with bold stainless-steel and glass accents. The art nouveau–inspired guestrooms were designed by internationally acclaimed artists such as Dale Keller, Rebecca Horn, and Cristina Macaya, and the hotel is dotted with contemporary art by a similarly impressive cast—sculptures by British artists Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu and paintings of flowers by Catalan artist Isabel Cruellas, for example. All the rooms have oak floors, luxurious furniture and fittings, and generously-sized marble bathrooms with in-floor heating and separate showers and bathtubs. Terrace Rooms face the city and seaside, Junior Suites have separate living areas, and a Presidential Suite with an outdoor Jacuzzi and hammocks where you can take in views of the Mediterranean. The hotel features a wonderful restaurant, spa by L'Occitane, open-air swimming pool, and in-house café and bar with regular live music.