Grand Hotel Central
This luxury hotel melds historic charm with 21st
-century designer sass. Located deep in the middle of Barcelona
’s bustle, it occupies a 1920s building that’s been lovingly reworked by architect Oriol Tintoré. Original features—most notably the winding neoclassical stairway—are immediately apparent in the stately lobby entrance, and these heritage touches continue into the hotel’s public spaces and many of the rooms. Not that the rooms are traditional; on the contrary, they’re very slick, decked out with modern conveniences such as media hubs, complimentary minibars (restocked daily), and rain showers. Arranged so they all face outward, the rooms are generously flooded with daylight, which highlights the restrained color palettes and elegant wooden floors. Shared facilities at the hotel include a roof terrace with infinity pool, a Mediterranean bistro-style restaurant, and a comprehensive spa and wellness center.