(image: the perfect hotel)
Barcelona has seen a rash of new hotel development resulting in the much talked about W and Mandarin Oriental. But the Hotel Arts is the city's grand dame of modern Catalan hedonism. The crisscrossed tower rises on the shoreline at the eastern edge of Barceloneta overlooking the marina and offers stunning views and a lively pool scene.We stayed in a well-appointed suite with expansive ocean and city views. Guest rooms are stocked with chic Aqua di Parma toiletries and Hédiard goodies.