Hilton — Barcelona, Spain
The crisp, airy interior of Barcelona’s newest Hilton gives the hotel a breezy holiday flavour, a welcome bonus for the many patrons who will land there with the goal of cracking business deals. Italian architect Matteo Thun has designed all of the public spaces, transforming them into the sort of zen-like oases one usually expects at a spa. The building’s transparent façade sets the mood for a sleek, all-white lobby and bar, spaces that are built expressly to be re-arranged at will using sheer drapes. 15-metre ceilings on the ground floor allow for a dramatic setting for art exhibitions in both the lobby and the bar, the latter of which features a permanent tumbling glass chandelier. The hotel includes 289 rooms and suites designed by Paul Bevis, a fitness centre, Mosaic restaurant, an executive lounge, and, of course, lots of meeting rooms.