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Hotel Serras Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain|hoteltheserrasbarcelona.com|
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Hotels with beautiful sea views are rare in Barcelona, but The Serras, occupying the building where the 15-year-old Pablo Picasso had his first studio in 1896, has those and much more.
This 5-star beauty has a Michelin-starred restaurant, library and mellow roof terrace with a generous plunge pool and sun-drenched loungers – DJ sets on weekends tempt in a hip crowd.
It’s set in the charming, tourist-favourite Gothic Quarter – but within easy walking distance of the historic centre, the yacht-filled Port Vell and the seafood restaurants of Barceloneta.
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