Need to know
Seventy-four, including 24 junior suites and one duplex suite.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $264.60 (€235), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €2.48 per person per night on check-out.
Some rates include buffet breakfast (€22 a person).
An à la carte room-personalisation service is available on request; choose your pillows, amenities and even the aroma of your sheets.
At the hotel
Gym and wellness centre, sauna, hair salon, library, DVD library, terrace and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock and minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Standard rooms overlook the inner garden or Comtal pedestrian street; bag room 602 for its large walk-in shower. Design rooms are airy and open-plan, so be prepared to abandon inhibitions. Room 603 has large floor-to-ceiling windows and a view over the Palau de la Musica from the shower. Book a light and spacious Junior Suite Deluxe for a living room and huge arched windows; we love room 508 for its dark, sexy bathroom with rain shower and separate bath overlooking Via Laietana.
The glass-sided unheated rooftop pool is surrounded by white leather loungers and cabanas, offering unparalleled views of the city.
A notebook for jotting down the bartender's cocktail recipes, and a favourite frock/shirt for sampling them on the rooftop terrace. If the nights are chilly the hotel provides pashminas. Leave techy bits behind: the hotel has a variety of DVDs, Playstation games, and a laptop or iPad.
In-room massages are available on request. Two standard rooms are adapted for wheelchair users.
Kids are welcome. Extra beds (€56 a night in a junior suite) and cots (free on request, subject to availability) can be added to rooms. Babysitting is available with a local nanny, subject to availability.
Solar panels are fitted in the hot water system; all food is locally sourced and seasonal.