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Hotel Alma Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain|almahotels.com|
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This exquisite hotel is just off the central Passeig de Gracia, near Gaudí’s famous La Pedrera building. Set in an elegantly converted townhouse with a secret courtyard, it oozes understated chic.
The spare, sophisticated design in muted earthy tones is a world away from cold minimalism, and the attention to small details (ridiculously comfortable beds with fine linens and Bulgari toiletries, for example) makes this hotel a real haven in the heart of the city.
Charming, personalised service from enthusiastic staff means you feel looked after; and there’s a chic little spa, offering massages and beauty treatments along with an indoor pool.
Located in the chic Eixample district, you’re close to excellent shops and restaurants, as well as the city’s finest Modernista monuments.
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