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
Hi Y'all -
I was blown away with the exceptional club level greeting @Ritz.
For just a few mins I was uncomfortable with the attention given to our family - (that's just me and I got over it quickly) How nice is that?
Get comfy because you will be pampered here (like it or not).
Enjoy it, folks!
We stayed in this hotel for an event. My partner forgot his suit for the event and I called hotel staff who did absolutely everything to find a solution. A big thank you to Alexandra from housekeeping who was so helpful, friendly and solution orientated! She is amazing and did all she could to help me (and i was very stressed ) ! Every staff member was exceptional in this hotel - reception, barman who worked at event, doorman, Alexandra!, turn down service lady and mini bar man. The room was really nice and the view amazing. Thank you for this great experience and for the magical staff who really made all the difference!
We had an incredible couple of days stay at the Hotel Arts, From the moment I stepped out of my taxi right up until we left the staff made us feel so very very welcome & were superb ! Their customer service far exceeded anything we’d had in the past ! I’d especially like to mention Marianne ( front desk supervisor ) sylivia ( club lounge ) & Laura also club lounge . I upgraded to club level which was great so we got an amazing room ( I do believe they’re all fab!) & the girls certainly contributed hugely to our enjoyment ! Well done team ! Also the girls placed the most beautiful orchids & roses in our room as I mentioned my husband loved nature ! So special !
From the moment we walked in until we left, the service was impeccable. We were greeted at the door, escorted in elevator, taken to the club level and checked in quickly and efficiently. Escorted to our room and was provided a run through of the amenities associated with our room. Enjoyed the food and drinks in the club. The staff at the hotel is wonderful, from the general manager, club manager, and associates...all professional and so friendly. Will definitely stay here again. Oh and our view was fantastic....
Stayed here during a conference, which I believe there are many of in this hotel. It has a corporate feel and is very comfortable.The rooms are super and quite large with nice decor. Staff are friendly and helpful but sometimes a bit too in your face as they are everywhere in the reception area and always asking if they can help. The breakfast is the most expensive I have ever had... 43 euros per person! This is too high regardless of the food itself. The range at similar hotels around the world is between 25-35 euros and the staff seemed surprised that people commented to the cost of the breakfast. The gym is dated and needs updating. Would I stay here again probably yes but then I would make sure I had breakfast included !