w barcelona hotel review

An avant-garde design icon boasting
360° panoramic views, W Barcelona stands proudly on the city’s bustling beachfront

Words Leah Day

Designed by world renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona sets the scene for a spectacular time in Barcelona.

Located on the beachfront at the entrance of the world-famous boardwalk of La Barceloneta, the hotel is moments from the excellent restaurants of Port Vell, a stretch of pristine coastline and the Gothic Quarter. However, with many venues located inside the hotel itself, you may find yourself spoilt for choice for both evening and daytime exploits.

Don’t miss a chance to pay a visit to the Bliss Spa and indulge in a few truly sublime treatments. Arranged over two floors and boasting a retail beauty boutique, two manicure/pedicure nail stations, eight treatment rooms and men’s and women’s lounges for post-treatment relaxation, Bliss Barcelona also features a shared wet area,  steam room, sauna and indoor pool.

This wellness mecca brings a fun, unpretentious atmosphere to the hotel with its signature menu of spa services.

There are also a host of superb dining options situated within the W Hotel. Salt has your seaside needs completely covered, whether you are sipping cocktails with your toes in the sand and the DJ’s tunes in the air, or dining on fresh, sea-inspired Californian gastronomy. If you are after something a little more formal, dine in style at Bravo24 restaurant where Barcelona-born, Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellan brings the flavours of the Mediterranean sea to life by cooking meat and fish on oak coals for a sensory experience you won’t soon forget.

After dinner, guests can head down to Eclipse Bar, the perfect spot for dancing and drinking late into the evening. Breathtaking views, great music and extravagant cocktails make it a perfect place for guests to party the night away.

Daytime is best spent outside on the WET Deck where you can soak up the sun poolside. With three highly successful seasons behind it, the ambitious lineup of the WET Deck Summer Series Sunday sessions is a cornerstone of summer electronic music in Barcelona. Evoking the energy of major international festivals, it offers some of the biggest names on the international DJ scene including David Penn, Tube & Berger and Manuel de la Mare to name a few. This year the WET Deck Summer Series will also be bolstered by the talent of Becky Tong, daughter of world renowned DJ Pete Tong, who is herself one of the world’s most sought after DJs.

All of this is great – if you can tear yourself away from your room, that is. The Exreme Wow Suite boasts three bedrooms, a 59-square-meter exterior terrace with a Jacuzzi and living and dining areas set up for a stylish escape. The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround system, 32” Beovision7 TV and fully- equipped kitchenette with FrancisFrancis Espresso machine, keep you and your guests entertained while the telescope on the deck gives you front row seats to the best views of the sea and the sights of the city far below.

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