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
I booked the Eclipse rooftop bar and Salt restaurant for 11 of us on Saturday night. We got there and queued for the Eclipse lift only to be turned away because one of our friends had strapless shoes on.
Sorted that out and then found that the table we thought we’d booked couldn’t be used until 11pm
We then went the Salt restaurant which looked very different to the pics and was empty and also very cold as it was partially open
The food did come quickly tbf however we did the set meal and the starters were so large we couldn’t manage the main and had to cancel dessert
All in all for 11 of us the bill came to nearly 800 euros which was far too expensive for the cabinet of food we had. We were charged 40 euros for the table water alone.
Finally I tried to book a taxi at reception and the two staff were really rude and unhelpful.
I’d say it was a forgettable night except the amount of aggro trying to sort everything will stay with me for a while
The hotel is good combination of beach and party, which is perfect.
But the service is not up to standard compared the other W hotels. The check in associate took my Visa card for deposit but I found out he still charged the deposit for another credit card on the system. He told me the wrong price for the breakfast too.
The overall room design is too normal, even worse than budget hotel...
I am surprised that my room is located on the first floor... I just wonder if they are really that full booking.
First of all: the view is absolutely fantastic and the pool crew amazing.
What I would not expect for paying so much money and for a 5 star hotel category:
The service at the reception showed absolutely no service mentality and customer orientation at all. No interest in any complain, even annoyed.
The music you hear almost all day long and 3/4 of the night in your room from the pool area, lobby area and bar on the 26th floor is really loud, walls / door does not protect you from the sound so we had to sleep with earplugs.
TV - welcome screen showed a wrong name on day 1. On day 2 the screen suddenly turned on with another name (different from the first, definitely not ours). We were happy that we didn’t get new guests in our room ;-). Day 3 the same... data protection of guests name: congratulation! 100 points.
What already has been mentioned in other reviews: the great doors at the bathrooms - you can see it on the picture. 0,5-1 cm space, no proper closing possible - I really love my husband but do not want to share everything with him.
The furniture has definitely seen better times (see picture 2 and 3): inside view of the cupboard and shelf in the bathroom.
If I would have been hungry I could have eaten from the carpet - not only huge cookie pieces (we have had 2 different cleaning people an no one has seen it), also the visible dust .... I would not expect all this in a 5 star hotel I paid a lot of money for. If the W hotel would be a 3 star hotel I would have rated here with 5 stars... however a great pool crew and view does not end in this category and that price.
First let me say the hotel is beautiful. Restaurant staff was lovely. But you walk in and immediately feel intimidated by all the staff hanging around the elevator for the club upstairs. If you’re in you’re 20s this might be a great scene. For a 40 something couple who just wanted to enjoy the pool and beach for a few days it was really annoying. There is music pumping nonstop. It didn’t end to well after 12am last night and started up again around 9am the next day. I needed earplugs on the 5th floor. So if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation this is not your hotel.
I just landed from Barcelona this morning and stayed at the W. I am a platinum elite ambassador in the Marriot program and spend over 200 nights a year in hotels. The property in W fashion is top notch, from the room views, to the pool deck, to the spa to the top floor bar and everything in between it is great.
The staff however not so much, I was stopped when going to the pool because I had a backpack on and told I need to leave it for security reason, I did not and when I walked to the pool there were three more people with backpacks there. When requested my room to be cleaned 5 hours later it was not and when inquiring and letting it be known this isn't ok I was met by the W insider Quentin arguing with me who's fault it was that the room was not cleaned. At the same time the check in & checkout staff was very nice and efficient and accommodated all my member benefits and upgrades accordingly. I definitely recommend this hotel just hope you don't have the same staff experience as myself.