Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Set on the famed Passeig de Gràcia, and within walking distance of the enchanting Gothic Quarter and vibrant Las Ramblas, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is the perfect respite after a day’s exploration in the city.

Housed in a former bank, the Patricia Urquiola-designed decor is uber cool: monochrome with fresh pops of color and green foliage. Be sure to visit the Michelin-starred Moments restaurant and indulge in the tasting menu.

Have a nightcap in the Banker’s Bar — the ceiling is made from original security boxes. Order the green lady or the banker’s martini.

Top suite: The Penthouse Suite from $10,200 per night

Seeing stars: Chef Carme Ruscalleda has won seven Michelin stars across her restaurants in Spain and Tokyo, so dining at Moments is a must. The restaurant is managed by Ruscalleda and her son, Raul Balam — book the chef’s table to watch them work their magic and create exceptional Catalan cuisine.

Contact: Jorge Monje, general manager,, +34 931 518 888,