Barcelona's hotel scene is as eclectic as the people who frequent the city and when it comes to their more luxurious establishments there are infinite options. Whether you're in the mood for a five-story boutique in the heart of Ciutat Vella or 400 rooms of sea-side elegance and class, there are plenty of high-end, quality places in which to enjoy a vacation. As Barcelona is renowned for its design and architecture, a lot of the hotels (the older ones especially) are situated in historic buildings, many of which were designed by famous modernist architects such as Lluis Domenech i Montaner as well as his contemporaries during the late 19th century and into the start of the 20th century. Since the '92 Olympics Barcelona has really taken off as a tourist destination and the hotel and tourism industry has quickly followed suit. As a result, in conjunction with the older, hotels, new modern and contemporary hotels are always being built, which keeps the industry fresh and innovative and gives visitors a plethora of options when deciding upon where to stay.
Some key hotels to check out, even if you can't afford the price tag, include Casa Fuster, where Woody Allen has frequented to play jazz, as well as the Arts Hotel and the W.