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The scheme that has in­spired us this month

Barcelona bursts with a play­ful en­ergy fu­elled by colour, cul­ture and world-class de­sign. If you are head­ing there for a long win­ter week­end, the Cot­ton House Ho­tel is a wor­thy place to re­treat to. Sit­u­ated in a mag­nif­i­cent 19th-cen­tury neo­clas­si­cal build­ing that was once home to the lo­cal cot­ton guild, the ho­tel is a favourite with lovers of glam­orous de­sign.

The Cot­ton House Ho­tel’s mas­ter­ful look was over­seen by Span­ish in­te­rior de­signer Lázaro Rosa-vi­o­lán, who has paid homage to the prop­erty’s orig­i­nal el­e­gance, while up­dat­ing it with a stun­ning mix of con­tem­po­rary art and vivid colour schemes.

Most glo­ri­ous of all the ho­tel’s spa­ces is its deca­dently styled li­brary, a spot that is per­fect for quiet con­tem­pla­tion over an espresso or mid-af­ter­noon mar­tini. The ex­quis­ite mar­quetry floors, op­u­lent carved ceil­ing and tow­er­ing doors are all orig­i­nal 19th­cen­tury fea­tures from when the room was used as a so­cial club for guild mem­bers. Lázaro brought in the strik­ing, cloud-like ceil­ing pen­dant and turquoise leather lounge chairs, and ar­ranged spe­cially made cus­tom rugs that tie the space to­gether. The post­box-red can­vas hang­ing above the black man­tel­piece pro­vides a dar­ing splash of colour and came from Lázaro’s pri­vate art col­lec­tion.

After a hec­tic day of sight­see­ing around Barcelona, make your way back to the ho­tel and rest your head in one of its lav­ish bed­rooms, named after fab­rics such as damask and taffeta, which re­flect the prop­erty’s proud tex­tiles trade her­itage.

the li­brary at the cot­ton House Ho­tel is a stun­ning mix of pe­riod fea­tures and con­tem­po­rary styling

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