Forbes Traveler Names Hotel Claris One of the World's Top 400 Hotels

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A well-respected board of 79 luxury travel experts has ranked the Hotel Claris in Barcelona as one of the world's greatest hotels.

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Whether welcoming an accompanying pooch--a regular occurrence--or lending from its fleet of fun-sized Mercedes Smart cars, the hotel takes a whimsical approach to service that works well enough to keep its fans returning despite numerous other newer, hotter competitors.

A well-respected board of 79 luxury travel experts has ranked the Hotel Claris in Barcelona as one of the world's greatest hotels. The selection is part of Forbes Traveler's 400 Best Hotels list, a collection of properties spread across six continents ranked in seven categories and declared to be the most luxurious and distinctive anywhere in the world.

According to Forbes Traveler, the Claris "remains the hippest hotel in Barcelona thanks to a unique mix of contemporary architecture and ancient art."

The 400 Best are all world-class hotels that would rank close to each other mathematically, so the hotels are not ranked on the final list. The Claris, part of the Derby Collection of hotels, is ranked alongside other well-known and prestigious hotels, including as the Ritz-Carlton Central Park in New York City, Villa D'Este on Lake Como in Italy, Burj Al Arab in Dubai and the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc on France’s Cote d'Azur.

The experts creating the list represent some of the travel industry's most influential professionals. Standouts include author and publisher Arianna Huffington, celebrity chef Todd English, architect Adam Tihany, Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler, The Today Show's travel editor Peter Greenberg and Erik Blachford, former CEO of Expedia and current CEO of TerraPass. Each panelist has stayed in 20 or more 5-star hotels in the past 18 months, making them ideally suited to make the selections.

The Hotel Claris and others on the list were rated for their location, service, room comfort, décor, food and beverage, public areas and recreational opportunities. With its mix of traditional flair and avant-garde design, the Claris excels in every category. The hotel occupies an historic 19th century palace and is located in the famed Eixample Quarter, close to many of Barcelona's top attractions, including Paseo de Gracia, Plaza Cataluña, Las Ramblas, the Antoni Gaudí museum and the Picasso museum.

The hotel has been described as a work of architecture that is worthy of being viewed as a work of art, with grand stone and marble molding carved by Greek and Portuguese craftsmen. It features 120 luxurious rooms, including eighteen split-levels, decorated with unique artwork, including Indian sculptures, Roman archaeological artifacts, Napoleonic engravings and antique furnishings. There is also an in-house museum exhibiting an outstanding collection of more than 400 pieces of millennia-old works of Egyptian, Roman, Turkish and Indian art, plus a modern fitness center, sauna, Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool on the rooftop sun terrace.

The Claris has three distinct restaurants (La Terraza del Claris, East 47 and El Claris), a cocktail lounge inspired by artist Andy Warhol and meeting rooms to accommodate up to 150 guests. The hotel is known for its exceptional guest services and high standards of quality that have led to a high percentage of repeat guests.

"The Claris' relatively small size and decade and a half of service allow it to handle its design, media and fashion world guests with grace and efficiency," the Forbes Traveler commented. "Whether welcoming an accompanying pooch--a regular occurrence--or lending from its fleet of fun-sized Mercedes Smart cars, the hotel takes a whimsical approach to service that works well enough to keep its fans returning despite numerous other newer, hotter competitors."

Hotel Claris is the only boutique hotel in Barcelona to be named to Forbes Traveler's 400 Best Hotels list. During the month of August, the Claris is offering up to 50% discount on room rates when booked through their website. For more information or reservations call 1.713.528.7862, visit http://www.derbyhotels.com.

About Derby Hotels Collection
Derby Hotels Collection has 9 hotels in property: Claris 5 * De Luxe, Granados 83 4* S, Grand Derby 4*, Derby 4*, Balmes 3* and Balmes Residence (luxe), Astoria 3* and Suites Avenue (Luxe) all in Barcelona. In Madrid it has the Urban 5* De Luxe and Villa Real 5*. Finally, it also has a hotel in London, The Caesar 4*. All together, this represents over 1000 rooms available to our clients. The hotels of Derby Hotels Collection share a number of characteristics: they all are unique and original establishments that combine avant-garde design and antiquities and they all have a gastronomic offer that has achieved international fame.

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