With its modernist architecture and location at the heart of Barcelona's oldest district, Espanya Hotel blends heritage with modern-day comfort. The hotel is situated on a quiet street, just a few minutes walk from Las Ramblas and its attractions, while the nearby metro station provides access to the wider city. Rooms are small but comfortably furnished and feature essentials such as air conditioning, but the Espanya is better known for its lobby and dining rooms. Designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, they are breathtaking examples of modernist architecture; one has sea life murals by Ramon Casas, the other magnificent floral tiling and wood-beamed roof. Guests can enjoy a leisurely breakfast, light lunch or evening meal in such an intimate, original ambiance.