Hotel Arts Barcelona
What We Love
- The Asian-inspired Six Senses Spa, especially its sauna-with-a-view on the 43rd floor
- The spectacular views of the city, including sites like Gaudí’s Familia Sagrada and the sparkling Mediterranean
- Excellent seafood at the Michelin-starred Enoteca and creative tapas at Arola, by chef Sergi Arola
What To Know
- The hotel is more than 20 years old, and parts of it can seem a little dated
- With 483 rooms, it can seem considerably less than intimate
- Instructors and trainers in the gym speak English, but classes may be taught in Catalan or Spanish
- The hotel is part of Ritz-Carlton
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The look here is gleaming ’90s modernism, all blue glass and exposed steel, with the building’s skeleton of crisscrossed girders on the exterior. The interior décor, however, was recently updated so rooms don’t feel as dated as they might—public spaces are studies in beige and white, and direct attention to the views from the huge windows. And the lobby flowers are a big deal—an in-house florist dreams up new arrangements comprising thousands of vibrant blossoms each week.
Bed and Bath
The bedrooms are fairly standard Ritz-Carlton rooms: generous size, understated furnishings and functional technology (Bang & Olufsen audiovisual systems, intuitive control panels for lighting and the blackout shades). The large marble bathrooms have separate bathtubs and hydro-shower cabins, and in the higher room categories, good-size Aqua di Parma bath products.
The Arts is as a much seaside resort as it is a city hotel. The spa on the top two floors is managed by Six Senses, one of the top spa brands in the business, the gym is extensive and the outdoor pool is surrounded by gardens (and a striking Frank Gehry sculpture). But where it really shines is in its six restaurants and bars, including the two-star Enoteca by Paco Pérez, Sergi Arola’s casual mod-tapas joint, the family-friendly Bites and the poolside Mediterranean grill Marina.
In the Area
The hotel’s location, in Port Olimpic, is a manageable stroll from the city’s main tourist attractions in the Gothic Quarter, the all-night party scene on Las Ramblas and the deservedly famous La Boqueria market (go hungry to graze at the many restaurants and bars around the food stalls). Closer by is the up-and-coming Barceloneta district, full of colorful bars and cafés and one of the city’s finest fish tapas restaurants, Cal Pep, where they menu changes daily to reflect the fresh catch.