What We Love
- Excellent beachside location with stunning views of the Mediterranean and the city
- "Beach Ambassadors" set you up with chaise longues, umbrellas and towels at the hotel’s private stretch of beach
- Hotel guests need only flash their key cards to bypass the long line leading into Eclipse lounge
What To Know
- WiFi is free in public areas and $25 per day in guestrooms
- The location is excellent for those who love the beach, but it's a trek if you really want to explore Barcelona’s city center
- The nearest metro stop is a 15-minute walk away
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Step through gleaming glass doors and be greeted not by the usual lobby lounge but by an enormous, modern playground with musical beats playing in the background and plenty of modular designer sofas, curvy lounge chairs and vibrantly colored poufs. Order a drink, play a board game, taste some tapas — then, yes, check in. The beats continue at the mezzanine-level swimming pool and bar and up in the 007-style nightclub.
Bed and Bath
Low platform beds covered in 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets sit center stage in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping city views. Many of the futuristic cocoon-like rooms are outfitted in curvy furnishings that echo the walls’ rounded edges, as well as smoky floor-length mirrors. Fully automated mood lighting systems cast a hot pink, blue or yellow glow over the otherwise pale surroundings. Gray tile bathrooms are fitted with rainfall showers with frosted glass doors, piles of plush towels and Bliss bath products.
The sexy infinity pool and wet bar, surrounded by sun loungers and curtained cabanas, overlooks the boardwalk and beach. The SoCal-inspired Salt restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating areas where flip-flop-wearing diners munch on gourmet burgers and seafood risotto. For something dressier, book a table at Bravo24, where Carlos Abellán, a Michelin-starred chef, has created a menu inspired by cookbooks of the early 20th century that highlights Spain’s outstanding produce and ingredients. Up on the 26th floor, Eclipse lounge, a glam, Bond-style nightclub, features octagonal tables, gold sofas and killer views and is loved by Barceloneta locals and tourists alike. A state-of-the-art 3,000-square-foot gym and Spain’s first Bliss spa complete the picture at this urban resort.
In the Area
In Barceloneta the thing to do is take advantage of the beachfront location. Take a walk to Marina Port Vell, whose entrance is punctuated by Roy Lichtenstein’s Barcelona Head, a 64-foot ceramic tile sculpture the artist created for the 1992 summer Olympics. Set in a port warehouse nearby is the Catalonia History Museum, which showcases 3,000 years of Catalan history though permanent and temporary exhibits. Take in the city sights (Sagrada Familia and Torre Agbar are visible) aboard Barceloneta’s Port Cable Car, which connects across the port to Montjuc in 10 minutes.
How to Get There
What amazing hotel. Staff friendly and helpful. Right by the beach. And you have lounges on the beach.You can have a lovely walk to see the sights or get a taxi ( about 10/15 euros )room was lovely, the bed was so comfortable. I could lay on the bed and have a lovely view. Parking in under the hotel not cheap.
I was super excited to stay here, as it has always been on a small bucket list of mine. Sad to say, it did not live up to what is expected from even the most basic 5-star hotels in Spain (stayed at multiple Eurostar hotels during my vacation, and they were much more pleasurable and accommodating).
The staff was unaccommodating, and provided us with inaccurate information which resulted in additional charges. I expected more staying in a 5-star hotel, especially for the price I paid to stay there.
Hotel staff needs to be more accommodating and forthcoming in all information as to not only worry about the upsell. I opted in for an upgrade to my room and the breakfast package, only to find out upon checkout that it was much more money than I was originally quoted/told. Upon checkout (with the same front desk employee I checked in with initially), she denied ever quoting me the original price.
The hotel also shut off the water during one of the evenings, which resulted in me & my partners being unable to take a shower or brush my teeth before bed. This is unacceptable for a 5-star hotel, especially for the price that was paid to stay here, and after spending all day at the beach and a night out on the town.
Much better 5-star options available in Barcelona.
The W has a great location right on the beach. We spent a couple afternoons at the beach and pool - the staff was friendly and readily available on the beach and at the pool. The hotel is a bit older than other W hotels I've stayed in but the rooms were nice and clean and the beds were super comfy, as always! The hotel is a cab ride away from most attractions but you can't beat the beach there.