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Hotel Arts Barcelona
My family and I stayed three nights at the Hotel Arts Barcelona during our stay in Barcelona. The hotel offers elegant luxury right near the beach. We booked a lead-in room through our Virtuoso advisor.
Upon arriving to the lobby we were welcomed by a greeter right in front of the elevators who escorted us to the reception desk and handed us off to another handler who welcomed us and offered us some welcome champagne which we gladly accepted.
The hotel was just about full and I asked for any upgrade potential. She said can’t upgrade us tonight but could for the last two nights which we accepted. I assumed this was to some sort of suite but it was just to a “better view” room which we honestly didn’t care about and could have just stayed in our original room all three nights.
The lobby had a nice floral arrangement and some smaller seating areas.
We got our room keys from the professional, friendly and attractive front desk agent and we were on our way. We were assigned a standard king room on the 14th floor (1406).
The room was nice and pretty typical of most other Ritz-Carlton properties.
Very comfortable and appointed nicely. The had a nice big bed, work desk, some nicer chairs and table. Dual night stands with room controls embedded in them. A large TV adjacent to the bed.
The bathroom had a separate tub and shower which is nice and our first room was very clean (our second room had some stains on the floor and furniture). Asprey bath amenities were provided as a Ritz-Carlton standard.
The bathroom had dual vanities which most couples can appreciate. The shower was nice and enjoyable. Good temperature and water pressure with plenty of nozzles.
A separate water closet housed the toilet and bidet.
The closet was plenty spacious especially for our three night stay.
Views were of the beach either to the north or to the south facing the W Hotel down beach.
I would have to say the windows were overdue for a washing! The wifi was complimentary and we were able to take advantage of the increased speed wifi due to our booking through Virtuoso.
ROOM WALKTHROUGH BELOW:
The Hotel Arts Barcelona has two pools. There is an elevated adults only pool that is slightly smaller than the normal pool. This pool has more plush seating and had a DJ spinning tunes. We didn’t spend any time up here since we had our 2 year old son but I snapped a few photos early in the morning.
The regular pool we did spend some time at one morning early to have the pool to ourselves.
My son and I took an early morning dip however he enjoyed the Hotel Arts hot tub instead. Later in the day the pool can get a bit crowded and seats could be at a premium.
Food and Beverage
The Marina Restaurant is nearest and in between both pools at the Hotel Arts Barcelona. On our first day at the hotel we decided to eat a late lunch outside. We had a very nice seafood type sampler with prawns, tempura, calamari and such. Our son had some spaghetti but had some behavioral problems during this lunch so he didn’t get to eat much.
Arola was my personal overall favorite at the Hotel Arts Barcelona. If we stayed here again and chose to have meals at the hotel I would eat them all here. Very elegant tapas restaurant that has plenty to offer. There is inside and outside seating and the food and drink options are very well made and presented.
We tired several of the tapas and couple of cocktails during dinner.
We had to try dessert and loved the presentation there too.
There are many food options in Barcelona but you cannot go wrong eating here in my opinion.
Hotel Arts Barcelona Bar
Off of the Hotel Arts lobby is the bar. We didn’t participate in any of the offerings here but it is where they make the drinks for the Bites bar and we can say the cocktails are stellar.
Bites bar is a nice quick and convenient spot to grab some food. It is right off of the lobby as well with some indoor and outdoor seating. We ate here twice because its really casual and quick. We all enjoyed our food here.
I decided to keep my Marriott/Ritz points (for a future 7 night travel package) and just pay cash for this stay. All in with taxes and fees our room rate only (not including food/tours) was 1350€ for three nights which is not cheap but I really wanted to stay at a top notch hotel in Barcelona and this definitely fit the bill. Plus we earned about 17,000 Marriott/Ritz points for the stay.
Overall the property was great. We loved the location as we liked to take strolls along the beach boardwalk and take in the sights. Its also close to the other nearby neighborhoods in Barcelona. For example we had no problem walking to the Gothic Quarters and surrounding areas from the Hotel Arts! The staff were all friendly and full of smiles generally. We would love to return and have no problem recommending others stay here during a trip to Barcelona.
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