Lounging by a rooftop pool at the new Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona isn’t the worst place Brogue has had its morning coffee. Formerly the landmark headquarters of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers, the 19th century building has retained its rich bourgeoisie heritage whist being transformed into one of the most luxurious design hotels in Europe.

Each of the 83 rooms are named after different types of cotton, from Egyptian to Panama, and are smartly designed to maximise light and space while the Ortigia toiletries are a extra touch of comfort. The most impressive aspect is the remarkable six-storey suspended spiral staircase – the only one of it’s kind in Europe. In addition there’s a tailoring service by Santa Eulalia, the most prestigious in Barcelona.

From €200, Hotelcottonhouse.com

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