Location, location, location. Hotel Neri, set in Barcelona's medieval judería, has it in spades. Known as El Call, the former Jewish Quarter itself occupies a swath of the city's old Gothic Quarter, whose lattice of narrow, cobbled lanes leads from Las Ramblas to Via Laietana to the Picasso Museum.
Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux
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Hotel Neri was created in the 1700s out of two historic edifices, one of which was a palace dating back to the 12th century. Several face lifts and design makeovers later, this four-star boutique hotel balances contemporary style with old world romance.
Its modernist accents are reflected in the glass and metalwork of the front entrance and in the vibrant art studding the lobby's stone walls. Period flourishes include original stone arches and facades. Rooms are tastefully done in subtle grays and greens offset by wood floors, and they're equipped with modern creature comforts such as plasma TVs and CD players in addition to built-in desks. Bathrooms boast natural stone, and most rooms boast cozy street views. On the ground floor of the hotel, guests can relax and read a novel or magazine in the tastefully appointed library.
Among Hotel Neri's much ballyhooed attractions is its rooftop terrace. Flanked by jasmine trees, Roba Estesa serves up tapas, live music and a birds-eye view of the Gothic Quarter. Below, the hotel opens onto the tiny Sant Felip Neri with its quaint fountain and Baroque church where Gaudí once came for his daily prayer. Hotel Neri is Barcelona's only Relais & Châteaux affiliate.