I absolutely loved staying at the Hotel Majestic in Barcelona. It had been recently renovated and so I was able to experience the new amenities, beds, and design. The hotel has occupied a grand position on the Passeig de Gracia, which I think is the best area to stay in Barcelona, since 1918. Aside from the slightly chaotic breakfast area in what felt like a conference room, I couldn't find anything else wrong with this hotel.
Here's what I wrote in my National Geographic article on the 10 Best Hotels in Barcelona:
Hotel Majestic: If I had to choose where I’d stay again, I’d go with this hotel. Located on the swanky Passeig de Gràcia near two of Gaudi’s most famous buildings, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, this hotel has a rich 90+ year history to discover. Grand columns and a chandelier lead to the lobby lounge, bar, and piano, while rooms have all been recently renovated. My balcony allowed me to watch Barcelona promenade by. The feature that made me go from like to love? The rooftop pool and lounge, with phenomenal views of La Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gràcia.