The 147-room Grand Hotel Central is an upscale property located right on the border of the Gothic Quarter, within walking distance of major attractions and the subway. It is housed in a historic building dating back to 1926, but the interiors are thoroughly modern, with stylish, contemporary decor and up-to-date conveniences. Some rooms are small, but all come equipped with modern amenities, including Egyptian cotton linens, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms have frosted glass sliding doors and feature Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, hydro-massage showers, and anti-steam mirrors. Chef Ramon Freixa, who has two Michelin stars, serves up creative Mediterranean cuisine at Avalon. But the must-see here is the gorgeous rooftop pool with infinity edge, bar service (open until late), and breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona.