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“Dramatic and luxurious hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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W Barcelona
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Placa de la Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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“Dramatic and luxurious hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This hotel operates very much at the top of the market, and so details that would be glossed over in a more modest hotel, caused some detraction from what otherwise would have been a wonderful stay. First the really good points. Every member of staff that we met was a credit to the hotel..charming, well trained, efficient, and clearly (and justifiably) proud of their hotel. The building itself is startling, and superbly equipped. Flying in, it was easy to spot a remarkable building. We did not eat in the hotel except for breakfasts, but those were excellent, fresh, but possibly a little expensive. The concerns that we had were, perhaps, a result of going for occupancy levels over maintenance. The shower head bracket was falling off, the carpets were stained, the soft furnishing was stained, the styled bed side shelves were worn through. But the most annoying and persistent problem was that we endured a day and a half of hammering as the room next door was refurbished. In a hotel at this level, they should have taken the adjoining rooms "off line"....it's what justifies the premium price.
And, PLEASE, stop trying to charge €4 for every bottle of mineral water that is left automatically in the room every day. We ended up with a tray full of full bottles which were reflected in the final invoice until we mentioned that we had not touched them. A silly bit of inertia marketing.
Would we go back....yes, for sure. But we would check the invoice!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed in this hotel over Christmas 2012, I found the initial welcome very poor. The modern twist on the bathroom is interesting-might as well just remove the door altogether! Room service was poor. Very overpriced. Apart from the view I can't think of much else to recommend it. Don't waste your time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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WBarcelona, Hotel Manager at W Barcelona, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear barrie g,

I was very sorry to read that we were not able to meet your expectations on this occasion. Please accept my sincere apologies for that.

We would appreciate the opportunity to personally contact you in order to investigate further your comments concerning the welcoming experience and the In-room dinning. If you could send us a brief e-mail with more details to our Executive Office at elisabeth.vilardell@whotels.com, it will be very helpful for us.

Yours sincerely,
Hotel Manager

Sincerely yours,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This hotel is just amazing!! no words about this!! so luxurious!!Beautiful and high class peoples inside!! good staff, friendly etc etc!!! view of barcelona is the best!!! recomendet to stay one night at least !!! Loung bar have so cool drinks and coctails and the view is so beautiful!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This hotel had all the makings and trimmings, including amazing views of the port, which has made it worthy of a return visit. We found the spacious layout of the room and powerful shower two of the design highlights that were given extra consideration. Was a a bit of a long stroll to the town center though.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the W for my 40th birthday and had an amazing time. Having read so much about the hotel in advance I was excited to see it first hand. We we're not disappointed. An upgrade saw us on the 5th floor with excellent views of the beach and port. The room was massive and very modern. Contrary to other reviews we found the layout to be superb and we spent a good 20 minutes checking out the facilities. We booked into Bravo24 for dinner which was incredible. Food, service & wine were all great. The staff had very kindly brought over a little cake and also we had 2 bottles of cava with a birthday greeting in the room. Very modern, very chic and would love to come back sometime soon.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The view from our hotel room blew me away! I had a picture perfect beach view to die for.
I don't think I will ever forget how stunning the view was. Unfortunately I wasn't in the company of someone I can lounge around the room with - I was with a girlfriend and we both wanted to soak in the sun just steps outside of our hotel. The best W I have stayed in!!!
Although we had one sleepless night with the loud thumping music coming from the bar downstairs - we were on the 4th floor.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at the W over the Christmas holiday. When we arrived the computer system was down but we were offered a drink to help us wait until it was back up again. The room was lovely with city views. The concierge was of good help find things to do considering that on dec 25/26 many things were closed in BCN. Breakfast was one of the highlights of our stay with a wonderful buffet and the perfect attention of Alex. Alex anticipated our every needs at breakfast and went out of his way making sure we enjoyed it fully (even bringing me a fresh pot of coffee to take to our room as they were closing the breakfast). In short, the hotel facilities are top notch as you would expect from a W, the hotel staff does make a difference and is clearly a step up from any other property in BCN (and I've tried them all, except the Mandarin). Nice job guys!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WBarcelona, Hotel Manager at W Barcelona, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Dear MexBel,

I was a real pleasure to welcoming you during Christmas time. We are very pleased to note, from the review you have kindly share with other travellers, that you have enjoyed our services and facilities and that you found the breakfast one of the highlights of your stay. We are also most grateful to you for letting us know that also the hotel staff did make a difference. This sort of feedback is what powers the motivation of our teams! Thank you very much!

Should you decide to come back to Barcelona, W Team Members will be delighted to welcoming you back.
Yours sincerely,
Hotel Manager
W Barcelona
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Additional Information about W Barcelona

Address: Placa de la Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Barcelona
#9 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#9 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#32 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#46 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#90 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — W Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 473
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DIVE INTO THE CURRENT Step inside. See for yourself. Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona sets the scene for a spectacular stay. Located on the beachfront along the famous Barceloneta boardwalk. Check into one of our 473 fabulous guest rooms & suites boasting panoramic views over the Mediterranean and city of Barcelona. Mix it up and dine in style at Michelin-star rated chef Carlos Abellan's BRAVO24. Get glamorous on our 26th floor hotspot, at ECLIPSE rooftop bar, or make your way down to our signature Living Room to find WAVE & the W LOUNGE for a cocktail (or two). Take a dip at our WET pool surrounded by sun terraces, cabanas and enjoy the only beachfront access at any hotel in the city. ... more   less 
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