Living And Loving Barcelona At El Palauet

09/16/2011 09:57 am ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

Landmark Gothic buildings and world-class museums fill the historic city of Barcelona, while the whimsical creations of the Modernisme movement and cutting-edge contemporary architecture highlight the newer part of town.

The Hotel El Palauet (Palauet, in the Catalan language, is a small palau or palace) is located on Barcelona's most exclusive boulevard at Passeig de Gracia, and just three blocks from Antoni Gaudi's undulating Casa Mila.
Built in 1906, this five-story palatial mansion, is an extraordinary example of Modernisme, the Catalan version of Art Nouveau. Its architect, Pere Falques, a contemporary of Gaudi, is also known for his ornate lampposts jutting from ceramic tile benches that are sidewalk landmarks at Passeig de Gracia.

A more intimate approach to hotel living, El Palauet offers six two-bedroom, two-bath apartment-style suites, extremely spacious (1,615 square feet), with state-of-the-art technology throughout. Modern and contemporary pieces of furniture are present in the different rooms with works by the Eames, Starck, Van der Rohe and Jacobsen among others. Original features such as the 45 different period ceilings, doors and stained glass windows have been carefully restored and provided the frame for interiors decorated in the "Contemporary Modernista" style.

In addition, guests at El Palauet enjoy utmost privacy at the rooftop spa and landscaped terrace with a panoramic view of this Mediterranean jewel.

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