Carrer de Pau Claris, 150, 08009 Barcelona
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Photo courtesy of Hotel Claris
Hotel ClarisOwned by notable art collector and scholar Jordi Clos, Hotel Claris occupies Palacio Vedruna, a 19th-century palace. The glamorous palace is as beautiful inside as out, with third and fifth-century Roman mosaics, marble statues, and a water garden.
The interiors blend upscale, contemporary furnishings such as polished hardwood floors, hand-painted decorations on the walls, mosaics, and 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 pre-Columbian art on the first floor, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views, a decent-sized pool, and first-rate restaurants.
about 7 years ago
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 slh.com and learn about its 520 hotels in more than 80 countries.