Perched 1,000 feet above the city on a secluded mountain top is the grande-dame of Barcelona’s hotel scene, the Gran Hotel La Florida. Offering some of the best views in the city, the Gran Hotel La Florida recently underwent a dramatic renovation and the rooms are now larger and fresher than ever. One of the most impressive features of the hotel is its dramatic 37 meter indoor/outdoor stainless steel pool, where Barcelona’s see-and-be-seen crowd can be found sunbathing and lounging around its sun deck sipping cocktails whenever the sun is shining. The rooms are spacious and elegant with sumptuous furnishings and some of the most comfortable beds in town. The first-class spa is a highlight, along with the hotel’s L'Orangerie restaurant which serves refined Spanish cuisine in an alfresco setting. Despite being located 15 minutes drive from the heart of Barcelona, the Gran Hotel La Florida offers a peaceful escape from Barcelona’s bustling urban scene whilst still being on the fringe of the city’s action.