Erected as a rooming house in 1859, this handsome structure just steps from Les Rambles was transformed into a Modernista hotel in 1903 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. (Guests get a discount on the “Beyond Gaudí” architectural tour.) The hotel was renovated in 2010 to restore its historic flair while also installing contemporary technology and plumbing. The styling is serene and simple, with dark wood tones and taupes that coordinate nicely with the Modernista design. The smallest rooms are a little tight (roughly 12-by-12 ft.), but most are larger. The main floor and the La Fonda restaurant shine with Modernista splendor, and the lounge’s over-the-top alabaster fireplace by sculptor Eusebi Arnau is to die for.