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Quality hotels help regenerate Barcelona old town

The ‘Ciutat Vella’, or old town, in Barcelona city centre is starting to increase the quality of both its tourism offering and the type of travelers it is attracting thanks to the fact that some good quality hotels have set up business in the area. These hotels have focused on the marriage of the traditional architecture in the old town and first-class, modern design and service to entice guests to this charming, if somewhat forgotten, part of the city. This combination of architecture and tourism has provided a way of reinvigorating previously run-down areas of many large cities and Barcelona is no exception.

A good example of this is the Hotel España, which has enjoyed great success since undergoing a complete renovation during 2010 and making its 82 new rooms available for booking again earlier this year. Previously known as the Fonda España , the historic original building dates back to 1859 and was designed by local architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and operated as a two star hotel until the end of the last century. The recent renovations mean the building has now been upgraded to house a new four star establishment which has retained many of the original modernist elements of the original. Its new terrace, appropriately called the ‘Alaire Ramblas’, is a charming new addition. Open until 2.30 am, Mediterranean style cuisine can be enjoyed as lunch or dinner on the new terrace which is just a short walk from La Rambla and is becoming a popular place where guests can mingle with locals. In just a few months the profile of guests staying at the Hotel España has changed in line with the resurrection of its architecture and interior design. Couples, families and groups who value the heritage and tranquility it offers are now the type of people who frequent this charming Barcelona hotel.

Hotel España is just the latest edition to the now numerous prestigious hotels to be found in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. Home to the likes of the 1898 Hotel, Le Meridien, Neri, Barceló Raval, the luxurious Bagués hotel and the Ohla in Via Laietana, this part of the city is well worth considering for a stay in the Catalan capital.

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