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Set across a restored 18th-century palace in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Arai Aparthotel offers an elegant and atmospheric base for your stay in Barcelona.
Tastefully renovated, the interiors offer a surprisingly modern-feeling affair with contemporary furnishings set neatly alongside the building’s characterful features like exposed stone walls and wood panelled ceilings.
The two on-site restaurants are destinations in themselves and the rooftop plunge pool offers welcome respite from the summer heat. Service here is warm and attentive with the charming staff on hand to help guide your wanderings.
The hotel plays host to two restaurants - each with a different vibe. Enjoy more classic cuisine in Palosanto - which serves delicious tapa in a relaxed and stylish setting. Or, for something a little different, head to Kokka - the first Japanese-Peruvian bar in Barcelona - and enjoy some serious fusion fare with sushi, ceviche and pisco sours all counted amongst the Nikkei-based menu.
Most rooms also come with small kitchenettes, perfect if you’d rather self-cater.
The 31 apartments come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, though all are well designed and reasonably spacious with views out over Plaza George Orwell or Arai Street and most boasting balconies.
The rooftop plunge pool and deck area beckon for an afternoon spent lazing in the hot summer months. There is a small gym on-site and a sauna to kick back and unwind in after.
Nestled in the maze-like streets of the Gothic Quarter, there’s plenty to see, do and eat right on the hotel’s doorstep with Plaça Reial just a 3-minute walk away, Las Ramblas a 5-minute walk away and the popular El Born district just around the corner.
Many of Gaudi’s world-renowned sites are also within walking distance: Casa Milà is a 25-minute walk up Passeig de Gracia whilst La Sagrada Familia is a 40-minute walk away via the Arc de Triomf.
You’re also just a 20-minute walk from Barceloneta beach - just be sure to keep tabs on your belongings, pickpockets are rife.