When Barcelona burst through its old city walls in the nineteenth century, the new Eixample neighborhood proved to be a visionary moment in urban planning. Ildefons Cerdà’s design with its characteristic chamfered corners emphasized light and ventilation; it was a breath of fresh air compared to the crowded streets of the old city. The 67-room hotel, in the heart of the Eixample, continues that legacy. Behind its modernist-style façade, the contemporary interiors have been recently redesigned to give them a greater sense of space and light without sacrificing a warm and cozy feeling, particularly in the bars and restaurants. Inside tip: the rooftop pool at the Hotel Cram offers bird’s-eye views of Cerdà’s plan.
When you want to venture beyond the Eixample, head to the nearby Gothic Quarter and El Born, home to the Picasso Museum, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and some of the city’s best tapas restaurants. Or you could opt for dinner and drinks at the hotel instead, with a cocktail at the Mareva Bar followed by dinner at the Michelin-starred L’Angle Barcelona.
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