Gloriously Designed Sir Victor Hotel, Barcelona

Thoughtful and sophisticated, this 91-room property offers much more than a rooftop pool

In the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, those who take the elevator to the terrace of Sir Victor hotel are rewarded beyond a rooftop pool: views of Antoni Gaudi’s undulating Casa Milà and its stairwell covers, chimneys, and ventilation towers disguised as surrealist totems. And if you crane your neck, glimpses of Casa Terrades (nicknamed the House of Spikes) and the never-ending construction of La Sagrada …