Sure, Barcelona is one of Europe's most visited cities, but it's also ranked 14th on Monocle's list of the world's most livable cities. In other words, you may not want to come home after a taste of Catalonia's capital city.
And with an introduction like this—a few nights at the sleek Hotel Grums—we might as well write you off as an expat right now. Get a two- ($249), three- ($335), or four-night ($419) stay for two at this four-star gem near the centrally located Avinguda del Parallel, known for its bohemian playhouses, cafés, and music halls.
Your stay at your new home away from home includes two welcome drinks, daily breakfast for two, two €20 credits for massages and access to the spa and wellness center, and three tapas apiece at the on-site restaurant.
Choose from any of the hotel's six themed floors, which represent the artistic movements of Barcelona—from the Iconic Buildings floor showcasing the city's architecture to the Historical Characters floor commemorating its most innovative denizens, like Gaudí. Either way, you're not likely to be homesick, as every room is designed for your ultimate comfort.
After breakfast in the morning, head to the Turisme de Barcelona for a map of seven metro routes that will take you to must-see points in the city. Take in the century-old markets of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, or visit the more recently constructed Olympic Village—with more than 2,000 years of history, Barcelona offers endless adventures.
Recharge with your massage before enjoying a show in the theater district outside your front door. When the curtain falls, the night is only beginning—world-famous chef Ferran Adria's 41˚ is just steps from your new digs. Named for the 41st parallel on which Avinguda del Parallelo is located, 41° is an upscale tapas and cocktail bar serving creative twists on upscale dishes like yogurt-encrusted pistachios; a killer version of the country's national drink, sangria; and sweets like Parmesan ice cream sandwiches.
When you rest your head at the end of a blissful day in Spanish paradise, you'll find you've forgotten all about home—Barcelona is now where your heart is, and you won't even have to take out a loan to get there.
For additional information, visit Hotel Grums on Facebook.
PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON August 31, 2012
Two- ($249), Three- ($335), or Four-Night ($419) Stay for Two; Daily Breakfast, Two Drinks and Three Tapas per Guest; €20 Credit per Guest for Massages; and Spa Access
- from $249