Cotton House Hotel

Lauded for its reputation as a city that can do both—metropolitan fun and seaside relaxation—Barcelona has become so popular that the government enacted a law this January to limit the numbers of beds available to tourists at any given time. With all those other visitors milling around, you’d be forgiven for wanting tranquillity and relaxation from your accommodation, in which case look no further than the Cotton House. Set in a beautifully restored 19th-century building, the rooms are supremely comfortable and impeccably fresh, gleaming white without being clinical. The communal spaces give the feeling of roaming around a private house: a winding spiral staircase (perfect Instagram fodder) helps you navigate the different floors, with the light-filled Batuar restaurant (named after the machine responsible for pressing cotton to eliminate impurities) offering delicious small plates and first-rate cocktails from their freestanding bar. From there, you can roam into the library for some quiet downtime or chat with the thoroughly unstuffy concierge team at the Gossypium desk (it’s latin for “cotton flower”, but the double entendre is thoroughly intended). On the outdoor front, there’s a spacious terrace that would be packed if it was in London, and—the pièce de résistance—a roof-top pool.

Cotton House Hotel, Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 670, 08010 Barcelona, Spain (+34 93 450 50 45); @cottonhousehotel

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