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Located in Barcelona’s trendy Eixample district just steps from the Passeig de Gràcia, the Hotel Claris is a boutique property with an eclectic style. It is set in a 19th-century palace and is part of the Derby Collection of design-driven hotels that celebrate art and history.

The open lobby is filled with potted palms and dominated by a large waterfall that flows into a central courtyard. Three panoramic elevators shuttle guests up to the rooms as well as a large leafy roof terrace complete with a restaurant, pool and solarium. On the ground floor, there is a small spa where you can enjoy a treatment or make use of a domed volcanic stone sauna. The hotel also boasts a small gallery of Mayan relics.

Great attention to detail has been paid to the design of each of the 124 rooms which all vary considerably in their layout and decor. Some rooms have an Asian fusion theme, while others feature accent wallpaper, distressed wooden furniture or designer lamps. All rooms however, contain a piece of original artwork; some have Roman mosaics or Catalan engravings, others Indian or Burmese sculptures. Additionally, each room offers the free use of a smartphone with unlimited international calls and 4G connection.

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Rooms

Rooms are individually styled and adorned with an array of global antiquities from Egyptian curios and Roman mosaics to pre-Colombian paintings, Hindu sculptures and Catalan Modernist art. The museum-class pieces contrast with modern, designer furniture and lamps in an eclectic, characterful style. In addition, rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms with deep tubs. Guests also have free use of a Portier Smartphone, including international calls and 4G data.

Location

The surrounding Eixample district is well-known for being a haven for shopping with stores from world-renowned designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton lining the streets. The hotel is in a prime location for taking in the Modernist architecture for which Barcelona is so well-known with Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família all within walking distance.

Food and Drink

The hotel offers two restaurants for a variety of dining options. La Terraza del Claris sits on the roof offering sweeping views of the city and offers a number of set menus as well as à la carte options and tapas that showcase the best of Mediterranean cuisine. For something a bit different, there is the Asian fusion restaurant Mr. Kao, taking traditional Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese dishes and preparing them with a Mediterranean twist.

Facilities and Activities

As well as the rooftop pool and solarium, the Mayan Secret spa employs treatments based on traditional Mesoamerican culture. Lava stones and healing herbal treatments are used in a range of facial, body and massage treatments as well as a ‘Mayan Rebirth’ ritual and in the Temazcal sauna. A selection of treatments for children and teenagers are also available. The hotel also has its own museum which houses an exhibition of pre-Columbian art.

Our opinion

In a city so famous for pushing architectural boundaries, the Hotel Claris is a great option for those looking for something a bit quirky while at the same time offering high levels of service.

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