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This very modern hotel is, in some respects, the antithesis of its surroundings. Tucked onto a corner in El Raval, it stands out for its pale gray concrete mass amid the older stone buildings. Inside, the furnishings evoke the showroom of Design Within Reach—lots of molded plastic furniture and contemporary design lighting fixtures. The rooms, though, are soothing oases of gray and white—unless you select a Pink Room, designed for female executives. In its own way, the hotel embodies Barcelona’s love affair with Scandinavian postmodernism.