The high-profile business clientele come to the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I for its heliport, the 2,000-seat auditorium, and its executive floor — because an executive room isn’t enough. The rest of us enjoy this home away from home for its affordable, 5-star experience. For all its interior opulence, the secret here is to enjoy the hotel’s outdoor amenities: An expansive outdoor pool takes you to the beach, while a scenic garden takes you to the lush Collserola hills, all without leaving the vicinity of Barcelona’s most famous shopping district. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to watch a game of polo on the nearby fields. At a hotel that takes its name from a king, nothing less than the sport of kings will do.

Avenida Diagonal, 661-671
+34 933 644 040
www.hrjuancarlos.com