Barcelona’s hotel scene is as diverse as the tourists who frequent the city and as eclectic as the ex-pats who choose to stay. It’s a city with everything from chic, avant-garde accommodations to simple, affordable hotels and everything in between. Barcelona is renowned for its state-of-the-art architecture and design, and many of the hotels are actually situated in heritage buildings full of history and detail from the past. For example, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel used to be a bank and when you walk into their Banker’s Bar on the first floor, you can still see the old metal security boxes embedded in the walls above the bar. Many of the hotels are also located in buildings designed by famous architects such as Antonio Gaudi, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, and their contemporaries during the Modernist period.
In addition to the wonderful architecture, Barcelona's hotels sport gorgeous terraces, many with outstanding, 360 degree views of the city. The 1898 and the Majestic in particular have great rooftop views and even if you're not booked into a room, guests are allowed to use the bar and lounge in the comfortable patio furniture. The Arts Hotel and the W have idyllic terraces overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and sometimes showcase electronic music outside, during the summer months.