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
- 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.
How to Get There
Get rooms great views. Club Concierge level rooms have a magnificent view.
Concierge service and Club food is great.
The rooms are new, the shower is fantastic. I had room 3216 with a view of the town and the sea!
I had a 4 night business stay at the Hotel Arts Barcelona. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The room was clean, the bed & pillows comfortable and the bathroom and shower met all needs. Plus the breakfast and other food offerings were top notch. My only recommendations for improvement is that they add more power outlets by the room desk; there is only one and this is very limiting for today's travelers. And the hotel needs to do something about the rugs laid down in front of the room floor elevators; the rug ends roll up every time someone rolls luggage across them; and that can get to be a safety hazard. But I would definitely stay here again on another trip.
I spent a week in this hotel while attending a conference and doing other work-related visits in Barcelona. At check-in I received a glass of cava and at my early morning check-out I received a cup of coffee in a to-go cup--these people get me! :-) I can't say enough about the helpful and friendly staff, amazing breakfast, comfy bed, and amazing view.
Third visit to this hotel in the last 2 years. Furniture is tired and our suite needs a general updating. Lots of staff in the lobby but unsure of what their purpose is as they could not help answer any questions. . Noise from the nightclubs and casino in front of the hotel will disturb light sleepers.The reason we keep staying here is for the restaurant Arola where the food and the staff are fantastic.
My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Arts. We reserved our stay through Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts and we were not disappointed. The staff at the hotel was outstanding. In particular, we enjoyed Latitude 41 and Oliver and Diego at the bar and our server Larissa at Lokal for breakfast.
We had a suite on the 10th floor with a great view of the ocean and marina. Overall a nice stay and I’m not sure why there’s a lot of negative reviews. The lobby was very nice and check-in was quick. The rooms and pool area could probably use a refresh, but based on our rate they met our expectations. Also there was noise from the street and casino area so if you’re on a low floor it would probably be disruptive. Overall I would recommend this hotel to friends during the fall or winter, off peak.