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.
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This hotel always delivers.
Quiet rooms, great management, friendly staff and a buzzing environment. If you want a great hotel to hang out at in Barcelona this is the place...
Oh and if you can get a fabulous room facing the beach and city from the 10th to the 20th floor. You'll enjoy the view.
we spent two nights on a weekend in w. Had clean room on one of the upper floors.quite nice view facing south.
Pros: location, view,kindness of staff, professional gym, food served at pool/deck area
Cons: extremely loud music on pool deck area all day long , overpriced breakfast for eur 33 without any specialities offered. Eur 5,50 for 0,2 litre soft Drink incl. 50% ice, eur 7 for a bottle of dutch beer.... !?!
As a public speaker, I stay at SPG and Marriott hotels all over the world, frequently under block bookings made by my hosts. This is the only hotel I have stayed at where I have been denied SPG Platinum benefits because the booking was made as a block booking for an event.
Given the relatively trivial cost of the Platinum amenities (premium Wi-Fi, arrival gift/points, spa access, etc), I’m astonished the hotel’s management takes this approach with frequent travelers, even when their room reservation is made under a block booking. I understand from SPG that this is policy, and that each hotel may use its discretion and opt to honor the amenities.
I’ve stayed at this hotel before for personal travel within the last year, but I doubt I will ever choose to stay here again if there are other choices available. Just as the hotel mgmt has choices, so do I.
The views from the rooms are fabulous, and the location on the beach is hard to beat, but it’s a long walk to the historic district or Las Ramblas. The in-room Wi-Fi is slow. Breakfast is good though the lunch/dinner dining menus are limited and expensive. I might have given this hotel a 4 or 5 star review based on the views and location, but this review is based on this experience and it did not live up to expectations as a frequent SPG traveler.
Amazing Hotel experience - one of the best
Perfect location on the edge of Barcelona by the Sea with great views along the coast whilst only a short cab ride from the centre of Barcelona's hustle and bustle.
Buffet breakfast with Cava overlooking the beach is really special - food and service were exceptional.
Pools, Bars, Restaurants, Staff all amazing - was hard to leave the hotel and see Barcelona.
Highly recommend - will go again.
One thing to be aware of - this is a massive hotel -they have heaps of people checking in and out so can be very busy at peak check out/in times. Staff do a great job but still best to time your arrival and departure outside peak times. Not a criticism just observation that this is an extremely popular hotel - and for good reason.
Honestly, this was the worst hotel stay I’ve had in a long time. Started at check in when we were told our room wasn’t ready but they would email us when it was. After not hearing from them for hours I went to check if it was ready, and lo and behold, it was ready for possibly quite some time as our luggage was already in the room.
Lunch at the outside pool had terrible service. Ordered a drink and two fish tacos. Took probably 45min-hour for the food to come out and we had to keep asking about the drink. The server kept apologizing, not sure if he forgot or the bar/kitchen was slow. The fish tacos were two little strips of fish per taco with barely any toppings and overwhelmed with sauces. Not worth the 16€.
And the worst part of all?! It is SO LOUD at night. We book a “wonderful room” but were told we were upgraded at check in. Turns out this room was right above where people line up to take the elevator to the club at night. All of the rooms face the middle and all the floors are opened up to the main lobby so the noise just travels up. When we first asked to be moved we were told the whole hotel was booked and everyone already checked in. We were offered earplugs and a “call down when it’s loud and we’ll tell them to be quiet.” How is this considered a luxury stay when you can’t even sleep?! There wasn’t even a warning that there was a club there and that it gets noisy at night. After 20 mins of trying to suck it up it just kept getting louder and louder as more people started showing up for the club. I went down again to complain, at this point I was ready to find another hotel and get out of there. Magically, a room down the hall in the corner was open. Still could hear noise but much better.
Checkout was terrible. Didn’t even checkout, was first in line but one of the reception people walked up to the men behind me and asked if he could help them with something. I guess it didn’t matter I was waiting in line as well
In all honesty I don’t even write hotel reviews but spending $500+ for a luxury hotel and having the experience I did, I wish I never booked this place. We stayed 5 nights in Barcelona and decided to splurge on our last night but it was the worst stay of our 2 week Europe trip and 5 different hotels. At the W you are just a number, they don’t care about you, there are too many people there to give proper customer service and a luxury stay as they like to claim. Save your money!!!!