The Serras, Barcelona, Spain

The Serras, Barcelona, Spain

Located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, with views of the swish new Marina Port Vell, The Serras hotel neatly sums up the city’s breezy attitude. Housed in a 19th century building by celebrated Spanish architect Francesc Daniel Molina, the structure – which now has a restored façade – is locally noted for being the site of Pablo Picasso’s first studio in 1896. Inside, contemporary additions abound; the in-house tapas restaurant, Informal, led by Michelin-starred Catalan chef Marc Gascons serves Mediterranean classics, while a rooftop terrace pulls in both locals and guests, thanks to a slick lounge area and infinity pool. Suitably bound together by designer Eva Martinez, a smooth mix of linen fabrics, rustic iron and wood create a light and airy atmosphere, while monochrome guestrooms equate the calmness of public spaces, each commanded by oversized headboards fashioned from hydraulic tiles, panelled walls, ash wood flooring and freestanding baths.