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2 8 3 S I M P LY A B U DH A B I T he capital of Catalonia has been a perennial favourite holiday destination for decades. As popular as ever, Barcelona is thriving and topping the tables in terms of visitor numbers. The problem is, with hundreds of hotels to choose from, which one will make your stay the best it can be? There are properties to suit all tastes, from palatial coastal suites to sophisticated hubs in the heart of the action. For unrivalled views of the city, flawless service and sheer prestige, the Hotel Arts Barcelona is guaranteed to please. This landmark hotel, which turns 21 this year, is a beacon of excellence situated by the city’s beaches – the striking external frame visible from all over the city. To appreciate the size, splendour and smart layout of Barcelona, reserve in advance one of the hotel’s duplex apartments on between the 34rd and 42nd floor. If you stay in any of the world’s best hotels it’s fair to expect at least one or two jaw-dropping moments. A touch of wow-factor, something breathtaking – and the Hotel Arts’ duplex apartments whole-heartedly deliver. Upon entering these rooms a sense of calm and tranquillity infuses the air. Bright sunlight floods into the space and, as the hotel is the highest point in the city, the vista is spectacular. The furniture is all by the celebrated artist Tressera and it contributes to the innate sense of harmony. The only risk with these apartments is that you won’t see as much of Barcelona as planned – it becomes a challenge to tear yourself away from the soothing comfort indoors.