The Czech owners have gone for an innovative and natural design, with Scandinavian pine floors contrasting with colourful barcode striped dining furniture and earthy green and grey toile sofas and banquettes. The barcode beauty extends into an ultraviolet Chill Out Bar where gorgeously presented Martini cocktails are elaborated until around 11pm creating a very warm and relaxed atmosphere which seems to combine well with the professional and attentive service. Unlike the blatant over-the-top ostentation of many ruder design hotels this calm interior has got the fine balance just right between kitsch design and functionality even retaining a traditional Catalan feel reflected in the in-house restaurant menu. Although the building’s facade is listed as city heritage, this snug urban hideaway has plenty of modern sex appeal and does not exude a particularly family orientated vibe but will woo young couples who into drumming up the city’s pulse rate. We suggest that you book one of the more spacious executive suites which have stunning views overlooking the intriguing Sagrada Familia cathedral draped in green netted scaffolding and surrounded by a flotilla of cranes.