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In the hills above Barcelona, far from the city center
Gran Hotel La Florida is situated in the hills above Barcelona and offers both fantastic views and a much more relaxed pace than the city below. Those looking to be in the center of the action should look elsewhere, as this property is best suited for travelers who want an escape from the crowds and don't mind a commute to town. The only thing within walking distance is the adjacent Tibidabo Amusement Park, with some guests reporting that the screams from the roller coasters can be heard from the outdoor areas of the hotel. Popular tourist spots, such as Las Ramblas and the Picasso Museum, are about a 30-minute drive away.
Barcelona is an eclectic city that is popular for its historic and remarkable architecture, vibrant club scene, and urban beaches along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of the Catalan region, Barcelona speaks its own language -- literally and figuratively. Known for a frenetic pace, the city is full of modernist architecture, medieval history, quirky fashion, and endless tapas bars. Located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the city has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers.
With a fairly removed location in the hills that ring the city, the 70-room Gran Hotel La Florida has a history as a luxurious, star-studded getaway far from the frenzy of Barcelona's crowds. Built in 1924, it has drawn celebrities from writer Ernest Hemingway to actor Rock Hudson through the years. Relaxation is the focus here -- from the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool to the tranquil Zen Zone Spa. Guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings in soothing neutral tones, great views of either the city or the Pyrenees Mountains, and spacious marble bathrooms. Apart from an adjacent amusement park, there is not much in the immediate vicinity, so those who want convenient sightseeing should consider a hotel in the city center.