Not all hotels are made equal. Some have a USP that makes it a destination in itself, rather than simply a place to lay your head while your real holiday happens elsewhere. We’ve rounded up nine European hotels with that little special something – whether simple, subtle or more obviously spectacular.

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The one that makes exploring easy

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The one with the right-on reading nook

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Where? Sir Victor, Barcelona, Spain

What? An artfully-designed boutique hotel occupying a prime spot off the Passeig de Gràcia. Its highly bougie rooftop sundeck club has become quite the meeting point for influencer types.

Why? If you’re looking for the playa, you’ve gone wrong, we’re afraid. But if you’re after some enlightening reading material, a fine selection of plushy furniture and a quiet corner to reflect, you’re in the right place. Plus, Sir Victor’s little hipster library has a pretty rad collection of books written exclusively by women. This is partly a tribute to the hotel’s namesake, Caterina Albert – a Catalan author who, due to sexist scrutiny, was forced to conceal her gender by adopting the male pen name Victor Català.

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The one with the coolest pool

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Your holiday's bound to go swimmingly with a pool like this

Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The a-maze-ing one

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The one with the spectacular light show

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The one with the epic view

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The one with the top tub

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The one for horsing around

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The one with the glam gazebos

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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The one with inspiring Arctic eats

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Where? Hilton Hotel, Barcelona

What? A luxe (but wallet-friendly) bolthole in the dead center of Spain’s greatest city.

Why? Visit Barcelona 100 times and you’ll barely scratch the surface of this amazing town –  but staying at the center of the action certainly helps. The Hilton is a short hop away from all the big hitters – the bonkers Sagrada Familia, the majestic Montjuïc, and all the greatest Gaudis – plus those less-touristed enclaves where locals scarf tapas and brush elbows at the bar. But with three delectable dining options on site, you may find staying in for dinner a more tempting option. Order a spot of vermouth on the hotel’s Diagonal 589 terrace and spend the eve like a true Spaniard – eating, drinking, and being merry.

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