L'Eixample, or "the extension", is an area of Barcelona designed to deal with the swelling population of the 19th century. Consisting of wide streets with distinctive plazas with cut off corners Eixample was designed by Ildefons Cerdà.
Lying above Plaça Catalunya, it quickly found favour with the middle classes and soon the modernista architects were being commissioned by some of the more status conscious inhabitants - Passeig de Gràcia includes two of the finest examples of Gaudí's work, Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. Today the Eixample is the main shopping and business district of Barcelona
Majestic Barcelona *****, Passeig de Gràcia, 70
A neo classic building, the Majestic has large, tastefully decorated rooms with full facilities. It has a large bar area and a highly regarded restaurant. The rooftop swimming pool has superb views over the whole of the city.
Claris *****, Pau Claris, 150
The Claris is regarded as one of the best hotels in Barcelona and has split level, antique decorated rooms furnished in wood. The restaurant specialises in cuisine from the Ampurdan, on the Costa Brava.
Amrey Diagonal ***, Av Diagonal, 161-163
Hotel Amrey Diagonal is located on Avinguda Diagonal, with easy access to the whole city.
Hotel Lleo ***, Carrer Pelayo, 22-24
A few steps away from Plaça Catalunya with large comfortable rooms and a restaurant.