Welcome to a jolly mix of eclecticism and bonhomie up on the fifth floor of this block of flats in the early 20th-century Eixample mode – Hervé’s B&B. French, opinionated and extrovert, Hervé is devoted to organic foods and wines and ensures that breakfasts (with grand music) at the round table are as entertaining as can be – open souls and creative people will be happy. Find a colourful hotchpotch of flea market finds and more: decorative tiled floors have been revived, second shutters and soundproofing minimize noise, the winter wood-burning stove adds a cosy glow, and essential oils – verbena, pine – waft the air. The bedrooms are dotty and inviting and the décor could be that of your grandmother’s house – but for the wildly creative addition of hand-painted walls. Mattresses are firm, bedsteads may be flimsy, shower rooms are small, simple and not so good for the elderly. It’s a grand, view-filled position, and there’s a metro close by to whisk you into the lovely maze of tiny streets and leafy squares of the old town.