W Hotel Barcelona – A hotel with style
General Info and Location
W Hotel Barcelona is located in Barcelona’s port, on the far seawall, separating the inner harbour from the Mediterranean. The area was formerly a typical waterfront and residential quarters for fishermen, but has now been converted into the city’s own Docklands, with many shops, restaurants and bars as well as the city’s best beach as its nearest neighbour. The downside is that there is not so many amenities close to the hotel as it is as far out on the pier as you can get. It is also a fair way to go to Barcelona’s traditional centre via the pedestrian street, La Rambla.
The 26-storey hotel, with its special blue construction, is however, visible from a large part of central Barcelona. It is a landmark in Barcelona and considered one of the best hotels in the city. On the top floor, there is also a nightclub, which is very popular even among the locals.
The hotel has 473 rooms, ranging from the basic deluxe room, called Wonderful Rooms, all the way up to the hotel’s top suite, the Extreme Wow Suite, at 295 square metres with a 59 square metre private sun terrace. The standard price of this suite is just under 11,000 Euros, which is roughly equivalent to £9000 per night.
I had booked a Deluxe room and was assigned a room on the eleventh floor, about halfway up the hotel. The room was generous in size with a sleek and modern decor, funky lighting and a stunning view of the Mediterranean.
I had specifically asked for a room with a king-size bed, which the hotel catered to. This proved to be a smart move as in rooms with double beds, the bed is placed so it faces the window, which means that you wake up with the sunrise over the Mediterranean brightening up your sleepy eyes in the morning. In the room with twin beds (separate beds), they are instead placed against one of the walls on the side of the room. The bed was amazingly comfortable with a wonderfully soft duvet, one of the best beds I have tested in a long time and one where you could easily linger for an extra hour in the morning.
Otherwise, in the room was a large desk, with all sorts of reading material, and a sofa along the window and a small coffee table with miniature bottles and cocktail glasses. At the side of the sofa, there was a 32-inch flat-screen TV, coffee table and a clock radio with iPod connection.
The bathroom was of the more unusual variety in that the sink was in the room, next to the desk. The toilet was in a separate room and the shower was a big walk-in shower. At the back was a curtain that covered a mini closet, inside there was a bathrobe and a place you could hang your clothes to avoid them getting wet.
The rest of the room consisted of a closet and a surprisingly good mini bar, with an extensive range of fine beverages. The room did, however, lack a kettle and therefore the option to make a cup of tea or coffee.
Eating and Drinking
The hotel has several restaurants and bars, including the Michelin restaurant, Bravo24. On the main floor, there is a relaxed lounge-inspired restaurant called Wave, as well as the bar, W Lounge.
Most people, however, would surely make a visit to the combined bar and night club, Eclipse, on the 26th floor, with a stunning view over the Mediterranean on one side and the centre of Barcelona on the other side. Hotel guests have free access, other visitors have to pay the entrance fee.
I visited the lobby bar, W Lounge, and made an evening visit to Eclipse. The lobby bar was very nice with a comfortable atmosphere. The bartenders, behind the bar, put their souls into the cocktails they mixed, however the service was very slow. Eclipse bar, on the top floor, is well worth a visit. It is divided into a nightclub, with a dance floor, and a lounge area with sofas. It is very busy at the weekends, with a mix of hotel guests and local visitors. Even at the very top, Eclipse had plenty of bartenders.
There is also a spa in the hotel, Bliss spa, with various spa treatments, an outdoor pool, sauna and indoor jacuzzi. I never had time to make a visit and according to the hotel website, it seemed like you had to pay for access, even as a hotel guest.
Internet was available in room for a fee, but was free in the lobby with an acceptable speed.
Service and Status Benefits
The service at the hotel was to the highest standard and the hospitality at check-in could not have been better. During the check-in process, I was spoken to by name no less than twelve times by the very friendly and dedicated receptionist, who also helped with answers to several questions I had.
I arrived at the hotel before the official check-in time. The hotel was fully booked and my room was not yet ready. Reception arranged it so I could leave my bag, which was then sent up to the room when it was ready. Additionally, the hotel rang my cell phone and announced when the room was ready for me. An absolutely exemplary way to handle this.
The service during the rest of the stay was also to the same high level. A standard procedure of the reception staff was that, at the end of the conversation, they would state his or her name and point out that I was welcome to ask for him or her if I had any more questions.
£230 and up
An excellent hotel I am more than happy to return to. Fresh and modern rooms with a wonderful bed and stunning views. Great service and attitude of the staff as well as excellent facilities. The bars at the hotel, however, require more staff, as the service was at times very slow.