Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Barcelona

Arola
Following on from the success of Madrid-based restaurant La Broche, chef Sergi Arola's eponymous Barcelona debut is housed (rather fittingly) within the super stylish Hotel Arts and has become a hip hangout in its own right.
Ca L’Isidre
An impressive wine list, excellent food and super-friendly service ensure the continued popularity of Ca L'Isidre. The art crowd can't get enough.
Chic & Basic Born
This enticing former nobleman's mansion takes the concept of 'cheap chic' one step further with the sexy purple, red and green LED lighting system that permeates throughout the interiors of this imaginative design hotel. 
Ciutat Barcelona
Just 50 metres away from the Picasso museum, this is the ideal place to base yourself in the heart of the 'Ciutat Vella' right on the border between the Barri Gòtic and El Born. 
W Barcelona
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll undoubtedly have heard of W Barcelona. As the eponymous brand's first foray into the Spanish market, the property truly dazzles with awe-inspiring architecture and amazing amenities. 
Suites Avenue
An increasing number of discerning travellers are opting for luxury serviced apartments instead of traditional hotels, and if Suites Avenue is anything to go by it's not hard to see why.
The 5 Rooms
If you are looking for an intimate hideaway close to Paseo de Gracia shopping with maximum privacy, then this glorified B&B - with just five rooms - is the perfect match.
Park Hotel
Just a short walk from Cuitadela Park and directly opposite the Estació de Franca, the Park Hotel's 1950's style façade is a recognisable landmark in the fashionable Born district.
Ohla Hotel
Hotel service doesn't get more personal than at this 74 room monochRome hotel in the centre of Barcelona. 
ME Barcelona
Chic furnishings, stunning views and Michelin-starred cuisine abound at ME Barcelona.
Market Hotel
The Market Hotel is a truly rare find, and such a secret gem that it is tempting not to include, but here goes.
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina is a four-starred wonder perfectly positioned for shopping and sightseeing beside Plaza Cataluña.
Hotel Murmuri
Thanks to its super-central location on Rambla de Catalyunya, Black AmEx-wielding retail queens love nothing more than resting their weary, high-heeled feet at Hotel Murmuri.
Hotel CRAM
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, Hotel CRAM - the upper-case letters in its name aren't making up for any shortcomings, we assure you - is one of Barcelona' best boutique beauties.
Hotel Majestic
The Hotel Majestic certainly lives up to the promise of its prestigious address with jaw-dropping views, more amenities than you can shake a stick at and an infinite number of choices when it comes to within-walking-distance venues.
Hotel Casanova
The very definition of a design hotel, Hotel Casanova deserves every single one of its four golden stars.
Hotel Claris
The creative juices are well and truly flowing at Hotel Claris, a creative concept housed behind a 20th-century façade.
Hotel Casa Fuster
Representative of Catalan modernism, Hotel Casa Fuster is popular with aesthetes and architecture lovers looking for something to please the eye. The rooftop pool adds to its cachet.
Hotel Barcelona Catedral
Set opposite Barcelona Cathedral a few doors down from the Dalí Escultor Museum, the Barcelona Catedral enjoys one of the most central locations of any of our choice of hotels.
Pullman Barcelona Skipper
Pullman Barcleona Skipper is deserving of its five-star reputation with amenities such as a solar-powered gym, rooftop swimming pool and cool cocktail bar.
Hotel 54
Just a stone's throw from the beach, this Barceloneta hotel is a beach bum's paradise but they wont let you over the threshold without the necessary cool attire, good looks and charm.
Hotel 1898
Hotel 1898 is the perfect stay for those who enjoy the finer things in life without paying through the nose for it. Suites with private Jacuzzis add a hint of rock star appeal.
Grand Hotel Central
The Grand Hotel Central boasts the most central location in the city but still provides its guests with peace and quiet within extremely well-appointed rooms. Meanwhile, the rooftop terrace with infinity pool offers one of the best views in the city.
Granados 83
Granados 83 may only have four golden stars affixed to its name outside, but that doesn't mean it's any less stylish than those with five.
Gran Hotel La Florida
If you've a head for heights then check out Gran Hotel La Florida, perched 1,000 feet above Barcelona on Mount Tibidabo.
Duquesa De Cardona
Still retaining the spirit and the style of the original building, this converted 18th-century Palacette overlooks Barcelona's Port Vell in the heart of Barcelona's Barri Gòtic and is only three blocks from La Rambla.
Chic & Basic Tallers
An even cheaper alternative to sister property Chic & Basic Born, this guest house is well located in the eclectic heart of the Gothic Quarter.
B Hotel
Design hotel conveniently located on the Grand Via. Packages and sales reduce double boutique rooms to €80 with breakfast.
Zen Zone Spa
Zen Zone Spa is housed at Gran Hotel La Florida, perched 1,000 feet above Barcelona on Mount Tibidabo, and is one of the best in-house spas in the city.
YHI Spa
It's all me, me, me. At least it is at ME Barcelona, where its on-site spa, YHI, caters to your every whim in amid sumptuous, Zen-inspired surroundings.
Spaciomm
In a city that's as buzzing as Barcelona it can be hard to find a haven away from the hustle and bustle; fortunately, we've found one in the fabulous form of Spaciomm at Hotel Omm.
The Royal Club Fitness & Spa
All work and no play makes sharp-suited business execs very dull indeed, which is why Barcelona's most prominent business hotel, Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, offers a break from corporate stuff in the form of an the Royal Club Fitness & Spa.
Piscines Picornell
There's nothing like stripping off and taking a refreshing dip when the temperatures soar, but those who don't like sand between their toes and saltwater in their hair are advised to steer clear of the beach and instead head to Piscines Picornell.
Observatori Fabra
Set atop Tibidabo, the Observatori Fabra is Barcelona's astronomic, meteorologic and seismic observatory. It is here that Josep Comas Solá famously spotted the 32P/Comas Solá comet back in 1926. 
Papabubble
Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, Papabubble gives its many customers a delightful glimpse into the wonderful world of candy. Novelty items are almost too creative to destroy...
Mercat Fire de Bellcaire
As both the oldest and largest flea market in Barcelona, Mercat Fire de Bellcaire has tourists flocking in their bargain-hunting droves for an eclectic array of goods.
Mercabarna-Flor
Looking like something Brit designer Paul Smith might put together, this architectural wonder is, in fact, a flower market. Called Mercabarna-Flor, the market sells flowers across two-tiers of wonderfully-designed space. 
La Central
La Central provides an extensive collection of humanities books, ranging from anthropology to architecture, photography to philosophy. There's also a cafe upstairs with wifi which is perfect for settling in with a good book. 
Happy Pills
While we wouldn't recommend taking pills for every ache and pain, sometimes a little pick-me-up is all you need to lift your mood. Enter Happy Pills, a Spain-based company that sells its brilliant brand of 'Happy Pills' right here.
Fantastik
Bric-a-brac from South America, Asia and Spain.

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