Close enough to Passeig de Gràcia to be within reach of great shopping and some of Gaudí's finest moments, yet far enough away to be relatively quiet, the Claris is ideal for luxury-seeking travellers wanting to avoid the edginess of the Old City.
The Claris' interior designer is clearly a huge fan of wood veneers and the combination of oak and poplar on the walls and headboards and dark hardwood floors is a curious one, but not unattractive. Along with the furniture (which features a fair bit of leather) it does all seem a little bit eighties, however, and it might be time for a makeover. What is undeniably lovely, however, is the privilege of sharing a room with a valuable piece of sculpture from an ancient culture – Roman, Egyptian or Hindu –, or a centuries-old Turkish kilim.
A large lounge area is decorated in muted shades of stone and sand, with comfy leather armchairs aplenty.
Eating and drinking
On the ground floor you'll find East 47, a bright, slick operation with Warholian prints on the walls. This is the place for a pre-dinner drink or some upmarket tapas. On the roof, meanwhile is La Terrazza, an alfresco cocktail bar and restaurant serving modern Mediterranean cuisine.
On the roof is a reasonable-sized pool and a gym – one of few hotel gyms not to be squirrelled away in an airless basement, and actually a nice place to be.
Excellent staff bend over themselves to make guests' stay enjoyable.
Who stays there
There's a fair smattering of businessmen, but mostly the Claris seems to attract fairly well-to-do middle-aged Brits and Americans.
Good deals are available in low season. WiFi is €16.20 for 24 hours, and a good buffet breakfast is €22.70
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Ancient artefacts in rooms and common areas
- Attentive staff
- Decor looking tiny bit dated