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Hip And Affordable Barcelona | 17-02-2016

The quirky Praktik Hotels group has given each of its five properties - four in Barcelona, one in Madrid - a different theme: there's Praktik Bakery on Carrer Provença; Praktik Vinoteca, which opens this summer; and in this case a garden. Reception is manned by staff wearing stripy red aprons, and surrounded by tin buckets overflowing with spiky dragon trees, huge Swiss cheese plants and curvaceous calla lillies. An ongoing revamp by local hotshot Lázaro Rosa-Violán (set to continue this year) has so far dramatically improved the first-floor bedrooms which now have dark parquet floors and bathrooms with sleek, marble showers and navy hexagonal mosaics. The halls are papered with eye-boggling vintage circus posters and there's a cosy, open-plan living/dining room with a large table, oak-and- leather armchairs and stacks of glossy magazines. The small kitchen produces simple breakfasts of freshly squeezed juices, artisan pastries and small bocatas (traditional Spanish sandwiches). Best of all is the large AstroTurf garden - classier than it sounds - which has smart sun-loungers and dining areas enclosed by Washington palms and thick stands of bamboo, and is scented by planters brimming with herbs and mature orange trees. Carrer Diputació 325 (+34 934 675279; Doubles from about £65. This feature was first published in Condé Nast Traveller September 2014

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