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“Modern luxury on the beach”
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W Barcelona
Ranked #126 of 517 Hotels in Barcelona
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

One of the newest and fanciest hotels in Barcelona, it sits right on the beach. It's great for a city getaway, however, it is far from public transport and from most of the sights of Barcelona so get ready to walk (great walk on the board walk) or take cabs to get around. The panoramic views in each bedroom are without comparison. The bed sits in the middle of the room overlooking a floor to glass ceiling view of the beach. The amenities are great with staple Bliss products. The hotel has a luxurious spa, complete gym and a gourmet restaurant (Bravo). Eclipse Bar on the 27th floor is a great place to have a drink overlooking the whole city. The pool area is lovely, overlooking the beach. The service can be a bit snooty at times.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

The W Barcelona is in a great location only minutes away from the city centre.After a day of seeing the sights the W is a welcoming locale to sip some cava sangria and chill by the pool.Great view from our room on the 6th floor and the housekeeping was excellent.Complaints about the bathrooms are by prudes and unfounded.They are frosted glass and private.All the staff we dealt with were cheerful and sincere.The gym is first class and I would put it up against any hotel gym in the world.
As a SPG and loyal W customer I do have one gripe.The food is terrible and overpriced for what you get.There does not seem to be any pride in the kitchen and food was not served as described.That being said ,The W Barcelona is very good and if they worked on the food and menus could be excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

This is one of the best W hotels I've stayed in (the only one better so far is Vieques Island. We stayed in a corner suite and the view was RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING! All ocean and horizon. The room was huge which was surprising considering it is a W. There was a deep tub for two in the room and the bed was extremely comfortable. The rain-style shower was superb. The location is secluded from the rest of the city, but the hotel is its own oasis since it is on the beach, has a great pool area, and plenty of restaurants/lounges and even a club. The staff was overall extremely friendly and helpful as well. Great experience!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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WBarcelona, Hotel Manager at W Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

Dear Veggiewala,

I would like to thank you very much for expressing your opinion and giving us this positive feedback! I can see you are a W Hotels regular guests, and happy to read that you rated W Barcelona as one of the best W Hotels you stayed in. WOW! Your positive comments encourage our team to go further and work harder in order to ensure a marvelous stay in our hotel!

It was a pleasure to have you at our hotel and if you ever feel like coming back to Barcelona, we would be honored to welcome you in our hotel once again.

Kindest regards from Barcelona,
Hotel Manager
W Barcelona

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

I stayed in the W Hotel (got a great deal for 4 nights) in the middle of August. This has to be some of the best service I've received at a hotel. From the moment we got out of the cab until we got back in it to return to the airport, nothing was too much trouble.

My friend unfortunately had her handbag stolen whilst we were there, the hotel made all the calls to cancel her phone contract etc and we were not charged a penny. We were even brought over a free round of drinks by the bar manager heard what had happened.

Lunches at the hotel were lovely, nice salad's with really fresh ingredients. Great Cocktails too. We ate in several of the restaurants below the hotel and all were very good, and not as expensive as I thought they might be.

The piste de resistance though was the view from our room. Floor to ceiling windows opened on to views of the beach and sea - FAB! The room itself was big, comfortable, and contemporary with one of the most comfortable beds i have every slept in.

Great location if you want to take advantage of the beach and sunbathing. Free sunbeds provided at the private strip of beach for hotel guests with waiter serves for drinks to keep you cool. Pool was a bit small for my liking and very crowded but the wet deck area turned into a great party venue in the evenings.

All in all a great trip and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Magnificent hotel. Good location on the beach and only 30min stroll away from the main area of Barcelona. Unbelievable views from the room windows. The rooms are comfortable and use high tech gear.
Bathroom set up is a little strange, with frosted glass doors to the toilet and shower. The basin area is separate and in the main living area.
The buffet breakfast was great, plenty of choice and friendly waiters.
Being a gym junkie, my highlight was the gymnasium. Fantastic equipment and plenty of space. A dream come true.

Room Tip: Better views will be on the beach side of the hotel, the other side has good view but only of the po...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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WBarcelona, Hotel Manager at W Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

Dear Robbyt19,

Such a nice review and such a nice ending ( a dream come true!), thank you very much!

Firstly, I would like to thank you for having choosing W Barcelona when coming from a very long trip, Melbourne. You can not imagine how happy we feel when a guest enjoy the stay and when the hotel contributes to make the trip better. I will extend your comments to everyone but specially to the staff serving breakfast. It is a good compliment for them.

We hope to welcome you very soon.
Warm regards,
Hotel Manager
W Barcelona

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed at the W Barcelona for three nights and we are glad we chose the W. The hotel is very stylish and modern and is situated beautifully right on the beach. The view from the rooms is nothing less than spectacular.

We booked breakfast at the hotel, which was very good. Right below the W, there are a few small restaurants right at the beach, which seemed to be quite popular. A perfect opportunity for those, who prefer a less hectic way of spending the evening. For those, who are interested in doing sightseeing/shopping etc. the hotel is also a great choice. Although is is not "downtown", a taxi to Plaza de Catalunya (which is as downtown as it gets) is just 10 Euros. The harbour is within walking distance.

Downtown Barcelona is beautiful, but also very crowded and very "tourist-orientated". It is almost impossible to just look at a restaurants menu and quietly decide, whether you want to choose this restaurant for dinner. The moment you just come somewhat close to the place, some "tourist-catcher" runs up to you, sticks a menu in your face and tells you one million reasons why just just absolutely need to eat right there. At the mentioned restaurants below the W, there was no such behavior, which we were very thankful for.

The room we had was great (Thank you, Valentina). 19th floor, beautiful view of Barcelona. The room was clean, spacious and very stylish. The only thing that I need to mention is, that the mattresses are typical Spanish mattresses, which means that they are very soft. I prefer something different, but that is NOT a flaw from the hotel but a matter of my personal preference.

With too little time on our hands we never got to test the gym,the spa or the Eclipse (bar on the 26th floor), so I cannot say anything about them.

The service overall was great, whenever there was a small problem, it was taken care of right away.

I had a wonderful time at the W Barcelona. So if you are looking for a hotel in Barcelona that offers great service, modern and beautiful styling/architecture and a perfect location, I recommend that you choose the W.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Great hotel on the beach and only 10 minutes by taxi to central Barcelona. The pool area has a Las Vegas look and feel, a DJ plays outdoors in the evening. We ate in the Bravo restaurant which was good but expensive. The beach front offers a great place to jog.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 > Barceloneta
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:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Barcelona
#9 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#19 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#19 Green Hotel in Barcelona
#37 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#95 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $285 - $841 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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