I recently stayed at the hotel Arts with my girlfriend and thought I’d put a few notes up on here for prospective guests.
On first arriving at the hotel I was greeted by name, how they knew that it was me I do not know, I have no id on my luggage but somehow they knew. The hotel has a curious layout, there is a lobby of sorts on the ground floor but the real lobby is one floor up and so we took the lift. The lobby is quite small, but there are ample staff to deal with your issues. There was a conference on while we were there and so a lot of ‘suits’ around, this is normal for a hotel of this repute, but if you don’t want this then go elsewhere. After completing the check-in process we headed for our room. A note here that despite pre-paying my room, the hotel blocks a further €150 a day for any expenses incurred. I did question this as I found this to be a little steep, but was told that the hotel was expensive, so there! Of course no money is actually taken until leaving but some might find this a little excessive.
To get to the rooms you head down another corridor to a bank of six lifts. Our room was on the third floor and was a good size. A big picture window and a great bathroom. I read that the hotel was refurbished in 2006, but the room does still look a little dated. There is a Bang and Olufsen CD player in the room, but who carries CD’s with them these days? The TV again seemed to be quite old, ours had two thick black lines across the screen and I can only say that it was phosphor burn where the same welcome screen had been on the TV for many a year and that this was now permanently marked onto the screen.
We weren’t there to watch TV, so this didn’t bother us unduly. The reception was right about the cost of items in the room, the Nespresso coffee machine was €4 a cup for instance. I know of no other hotel in the world that charges for in room coffee, but so be it. The corkscrew was also listed as a charge at €11, but I presume this was in case you took it and not for it’s use!
We needed some info about our plans for Barcelona and so headed to the concierge. Special mention must go to Oscar who was helpful and pleasant and informative. He even took the time on later days to ask us if we visited the attractions and if we had enjoyed them, this man was a real gem for the hotel. All of the staff were extremely pleasant I must also add and there were always plenty of them to look after your needs.
As the hotel is a little out of the centre we used the metro to get around. This a short walk from the hotel and €7 a day for unlimited stops. It is clean and safe, but there is a lot of walking sometimes between line changes so be aware of this.
Barcelona is a delight, the architecture and shops will keep most people busy for a week at least. To sum up then, a very good hotel, a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The pristine Hotel Arts Barcelona guides guests through relaxation through a myriad of luxurious accommodations. Surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of Barcelona, the landscape will leave you in awe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arts Hotel Barcelona
- Arts Barcelona Hotel
- Best Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Arts Barcelona Catalonia