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W Barcelona — Iconic Design Hotel on Barceloneta’s Beach


W Barcelona is a sail shaped (Hotel Vela) 5-star hotel at the new harbour facilities. World-renowned Barcelona based architect Ricardo Bofill planned the lifestyle hotel as one of numerous new buildings that make up the Barceloneta refurbishment along the beachfront.

Come with us, guest relations manager Vera is giving us a tour!

Emergency stairs

Iconic hotel design

From the outside W Barcelona is eye-catching already. You can spot the hotel’s sail shaped main building from far away. Say while arriving by plane…

Vueling landing in Barcelona

Vueling landing in Barcelona. W Hotel “sail” reflecting sun light in harbour area

But mind you, the hotel is not situated in the ‘city centre’! I.e. you better grab a taxi from here when taking to the city’s historic attractions since the hotel’s location at the outmost end of the new harbour mole may offer spectacular city and sea views but it is also relatively remote for pedestrians. I hired a bicycle rickshaw to get there in style ;-)

Walter Schärer at W Barcelona

Walter entering W Barcelona

W hotel insider XaviVera - guest relationsW Insider Xavi and guest relations manager Vera were so kind to show me around the impressive design hotel.

Inside the hotel is roomy, elegant and stylish. With 473 guest rooms and suites it’s huge but you wouldn’t tell from the experience. It feels more like a cosy design hotel.

The reception area is very generous with several desks and an atrium many, many stores high. You’re in awe the moment you enter the building.

Hotel Rooms at W Barcelona

First things we took to see the hotel rooms. I was blown away by the ‘standard’ Wonderful room type already. Given the hotel’s perpendicular orientation towards both sides of the beach all hotel rooms offer amazing views of Barcelona’s shoreline, the city and the sea likewise.

View of Barceloneta from hotel room

View of Barceloneta from ‘Wonderful’ hotel room

Once I recovered from the view you enjoy right from your hotel bed I quickly noticed that the room’s design is fully up to par with Barcelona’s and W’s own high design standards. Stark color contrasts and a stylish bath room make for an impeccable experience.

W Barcelona hotel standard room

W Barcelona (standard) Wonderful room type

Not to mention the minibar, as it comes with a twist — I’ve never felt urged to have a drink at checking into a room like here…

W Barcelona minibar with a view

W Barcelona minibar with a view

So much for the ‘typical’ hotel room. We now could take the elevator and go down to check out the hotel’s restaurants and listen to the DJ at the bar. But… as a travel blogger you’ve also GOT to check out some other room types, say a WOW Suite?

At 31 square meters the lofty exterior terrace alone is a jaw-dropping experience! But also the full-fledged living room and the spacious bedroom(s) are equally impressive…

WOW Suite living room

WOW Suite living room

W Barcelona WOW Suite bedroom and bath

WOW Suite bedroom and bath

Enough already, let’s go down and recover by the bar…

W Bar and WAVE Restaurant

Eventuelly you’ve deserved to sip from your drink and listen to the DJ at the bar or the lounge next to it.

DJ Kareem Junior at W Bar

DJ Kareem Junior at W Bar

And after this and the numerous impressions you’ll obviously be hungry. This is when you may want to move over to the WAVE restaurant. Its elegant atmosphere is impressive day and night. Either the sun or the lighting will playfully enhance the stylish decor.

Wave restaurant reception

Wave restaurant reception

If you prefer to treat yourself to tapas or even the full gourmet dinner, you will want to venture into the first floor. This is the realm of renowned Michelin star chef Carles Abellan‘s Bravo 24 restaurant.

Bravo restaurant by Carles Abellan

Bravo restaurant by renowned chef Carles Abellan

The tapas bar is orchestrated around the preparation area where barman Alberto and his colleagues put together the best and the finest Spanish tapas tradition has on offer.

Cava at Bravo 24 tapas bar

Cava at Bravo 24 tapas bar

We left testing the actual gourmet restaurant for the next time we visit bustling Barcelona… The tapas were all promising already!

Eclipse Bar — Blueish Drinks with a View

After dinner you can’t miss the Eclipse bar. Take the dedicated elevator to the top floor where an all blue bar is nestled into the glass and steel construction.

Eclipse sky bar

Eclipse sky bar

Eclipse bar easily offers the most spectacular views of Barcelona’s harbour district and its surroundings.

View of Barcelona from Eclipse bar by night

View of Barcelona and Montjuïc from Eclipse bar by night

Phew, what a location! Time to finally get a good night’s sleep, see you around!

And our Gratitude Goes to…

This trip was made possible by Swiss travel agent and their go-getting CEO Inka Nobel. Many thanks also to city trip specialist Martina Schmidlin for putting together the itinerary!

And thanks to Susanne Schmitt from travel PR agency Primus Communications for hinting me to this opportunity!


About Author

Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.

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