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The 3 Best Hotels in Port Cities | 25-03-2015

In the crowded world of Barcelona accommodations, it’s tough to set yourself apart. Virtually all of the city’s top hotels have Michelin-caliber cuisine and glitzy bars. But the Hotel Praktik Bakery has turned to one of the most primal draws of all: the mouth-watering scent of oven-fresh bread. For its third location in the Catalan capital, Praktik Hotels paired with Baluard, one of Barcelona’s best bakeries, to create the first hotel-bakery in Spain. Not even the most dedicated Paleo disciple could resist the spread on display: buttery hunks of brioche topped with dried fruits, thin disks of puff pastry paved with caramelized apple slices, and baguettes to make even a Parisian jealous. Indeed, it’s difficult to tell where the bakery ends and the hotel begins. Guests and flour-dusted bakers mingle in the lobby, and the large glass windows behind the check-in desk let you witness the kneading yourself. The use of white wood paneling and neutral tones carries the bakery theme throughout the public and private spaces (even the elevator signs are etched on bread paddles). The small but well appointed rooms are generous in all the right ways, with luxurious king-size beds and roomy showers. And then there’s the Praktik’s location: one block from Gaudí’s La Pedrera; minutes from hip, restaurant-rich Gràcia; and a short walk from the soaring spires of La Sagrada Familia. (Provença 279, Barcelona; 34-93-488-00-61;; doubles from $175)

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