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In the Eixample neighborhood, very convenient to all of the city's major sites
Hotel Barcelona Center is true to its name: It's right in the city center, specifically, toward the top of Las Ramblas and near the old town Gothic Quarter. the hotel is just a five-minute walk to trendy bars and restaurants, as well as bus stops and metro stations. This is the popular Eixample neighborhood, close to Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Casa Mila, and Casa Batllo. Also nearby are iconic places like Sagrada Familia and Placa Catalunya.
Barcelona has the best of two worlds: the urban excitement of a modern yet historical city combined with the leisure and relaxation set by the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists pour from every corner of the world to experience the town’s vibrant nightlife, excellent cuisine, beautiful Gothic and one-of-a-kind Modernist architecture, and cutting-edge design scene. This -- and the great Mediterranean climate -- means you might find crowds wherever you go, but it'll be worth it for sites like the bizarre Sagrada Familia cathedral, world-class MACBA museum, hopping Barri Gothic neighborhood, and unusual Parc Guell.
The Catalonia capital is arguably one of the top party destinations in Spain (along with Madrid and Ibiza Island). Dynamic and multicultural, Barcelona also has a mellow feeling to it during the day. The sea breeze sweeps the streets of this thriving city, giving it an unmistakable Mediterranean vibe -- but with the advantages of a modern town. Namely: reliable public transportation, delicious food, wonderful hotels, charming neighborhoods, a quality city beach, and hundreds of cultural activities.
The upscale, 135-room Hotel Barcelona Center is a good choice for travelers who want to be near the city's major attractions -- you really can't get more central than this. The building itself is striking, with marble black-and-white checkerboard floors and gilded ceilings, carved with stately crown moldings. The rooms are spacious and modern (with flat-screens and free Wi-Fi), and suites are available. The highlight here is the rooftop terrace -- it's huge and has two Jacuzzis, and comfy sunbeds where guests can relax and take in views of the city. One possible downside is that the restaurant, though delicious, is expensive -- but there are plenty of tapas joints and other restaurants right by the hotel.