THE SERRAS, latest boutique design hotel to open in Barcelona

Located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, with views of the new Marina Port Vell, The Serras Hotel is an ideal blend of modern and contemporary. Housed in a 19th century building by celebrated Spanish architect Francesc Daniel Molina, the structure – which now has a restored façade – is locally noted for being the site of Pablo Picasso’s first studio in 1896. Inside, contemporary additions abound; the in-house tapas restaurant, Informal, led by Michelin-starred Catalan chef Marc Gascons serves Mediterranean classics, while a rooftop terrace pulls in both locals and guests, thanks to a slick lounge area and infinity pool.