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
- 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
Recently spent my birthday at W Barcelona in November and stayed for 3 nights at the property. W Barcelona is quite a landmark at the tip of the peninsula and you can’t possibly miss that icon which resembles a giant yacht. As always, W Barcelona is bold, funky and groovy with live DJ music play every evening we were there as one would expect.
We were warmly greeted by the lady at the check in and our luggages were taken care of from the moment we got out of the vehicle. Mr Quentin Pedarros from W insider team attended to greet us and he was there to ensure that we were taken care of.
We stayed at the beautiful suite at the corner of the 11th floor, the height was just perfect to be able to see the sweeping view of both Barcelona city and the Mediterranean sea and blue sky. The suite is suitably luxurious with service from staff improved the experience tremendously leaving me feel unequivocally certain that this is one of the most luxurious hotel and I was very impressed.
The room is immaculately designed, from that ever slightly understated flamboyance in its red carpet and walls flourishes the moment you walk out from the lift to the rooms. The room comes impressively equipped with wireless Bluetooth operated Bose speaker capabilities, as well as thoughtfully-positioned bedside USB ports on both sides for your night time device charging needs. The bedroom comes with a huge separate standalone bathtub and a well thought bathtub side table to hold your wine glass for bathtub bubbly fun or anything imaginable.
On another note, Mr Pedarros and the team were aware beforehand that my stay was to celebrate my birthday , they went above and beyond to help me celebrate with a small bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, sinfully delicious chocolate mousse with macaroons and mix berries on a plate with a birthday greeting in our living room. It may not have been that much work for them in the big scheme of things but the effort and thoughtfulness was notable.
Breakfasts were nicely spread out with a choice of either at Bravo24 or Wave. Variety wise, Bravo24 prevails, offering a confident buffet style Spanish selection and the tables are better spread out as compared to Wave. The staffs at breakfast were very attentive and they always remember your choice of eggs.
The hotel has a good 24hrs gym, plenty of equipment to keep you busy however the outdoor and indoor pools were unavailable during our stay. We were however being offered the use of Bliss Spa however the staff were not particularly welcoming and kept emphasising Bliss Spa is for “paying” guests but since the pools were not available they would, on this occasion, “grant” us access to use their jazucci! This is the only sour point I experienced from the staff at Bliss Spa!
Being quite a loyal Hilton guest as their Diamond member I did feel slightly traitorous spending my birthday at an SPG property, but the sheer quality of stay has certainly left me feeling refreshed and somehow seduced by the young charming staff indeed.
Due to our late evening flight out of Barcelona, we were initially given a late check out by Mr Pedarros however on the last day of our stay, the entire hotel was fully “privatised” by special event and instead, I met Mr Conor Cushnahan, manager at W Barcelona who personally organised access for us exceptionally at the nearby Hotel Arts by Ritz-Carlton’s club lounge to relax in order to make our departure more comfortable.
From the warm arrival to the personal assistance from Hotel manager upon departure; from the professional service standards to the luxurious amenities; from the welcome drinks at Eclipse to the attentive breakfasts and dinner at Bravo24 and Wave; from the lush beauty of the surrounding private beach to the magnificent view of the Mediterranean sea; from the eye-pleasing aesthetic sensibilities of our suite to the fun possibilities to be had within the bathtub. Almost every amenity is of above and beyond quality to qualify as an event in itself! W Barcelona has coloured me impressively instead, and thankful that I have made this my choice of my 2018 birthday destination and money worth spent.
Stayed for a business conference. Location is not great for access to anything but the beach. Not near the city center or the convention center. Not many restaurants close. Beach walk is sketchy at night and two of our colleagues had their cell phones ripped out of their hands within yards of the entrance. The staff was disinterested at best and many struggled to communicate. This was very surprising with the international clientele at the hotel. Our room was modern and chic, but the bathroom was right in the middle of the room with a door that did not close fully and had no latch. No privacy at all!
The view out the giant windows was amazing and the breakfast was great. I doubt I would stay again when there are so many great hotels in Barcelona.
Having been to Barcelona before we knew where The W was located - you can’t miss it, it is such a landmark - you can always find your way back to this hotel. The W is bold and brash and groovy as one would expect. The staff are all so young and very helpful. We had a “Wonderful Sky Room” on the 23rd floor which was floor to ceiling windows of the most magnificent view of the hills and ocean, however if you book on the even numbered side (and pay more) the view of Barcelona is nothing short of spectacular. We dined at Bravo 24 after wandering down to The Ramblas. Bravo 24 was great food and great service. We enjoyed being a bit hip for this quick stay and recommend The W Barcelona if you too would enjoy being a little hip!
Great 5* city hotel.
This hotel is a beautiful hotel. Very, very clean. The most perfect views. We had a beach view. I celebrated my birthday in Nov 2017 and the hotel went above and beyond to help me celebrate with champagne, chocolates and candles.
Will definitely be telling everyone that this is the place to stay in Barcelona!
We stayed there for 3 nights after W Paris. Room size was very nice this time and view was amaaaazing and very relaxing. We checked in very smoothly and hotel is about 15 minutes walk from La Rmabla street and you better walk because you will love the sea view and the city and even the city people while walking.
Weather was very nice and usually sunny. The hotel was actually very kind as they also celebrated my Wife's BD though it was already 4 days ago and they sent us a very nice cake and champagne. Staff was very helpful in everything and for restaurant you must try, food is great and wide selection and you should try the poached eggs there but the view while having your breakfast is something you will love to do.