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If your main draw in Barcelona is the historical Ramblas and the Bari Gòtic, the Hotel Sant Augustí is a nice choice. Located just a block of the Ramblas, the hotel is on a tree-lined square. In the warren of tiny streets that make up most of the old part of town, the Hotel Sant Augustí offers French doors that open onto the square with views of rooftops, tree-tops, and blue sky. Though not ground-breakingly stylish, the Hotel Sant Augustí is clean, roomy, air-conditioned, and stocked with a polite and helpful staff.

If the stylish El Born neighborhood is more your taste, try the Hotel Banys Orientals. The rooms are not as spacious as the priciest hotels, but they are they offer perfect feng sui, spa-style Asian touches, and a soothing-but-still-trendy place to plop down after an afternoon meandering through the El Born boutiques. A high-class option takes you uptown into the posh Eixample district.

The Belle Epoque façade of the Hotel Claris belies the modern rooms with original artwork, a swanky rooftop pool and an intriguing museum that includes one of Spain's largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on the hotel's second floor. Drop into Hotel Claris' La Terraza del Claris or Mr. Kao restaurants for lunch and a glass of Cava before heading upstairs for an early evening nap.

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