Internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry is renowned for bending the rules of construction to produce unique masterpieces that increase urban pride. An example of one of his swirling metal works of art is the Peix Sculpture (fish in Catalan), now iconic and synonymous with the city of Barcelona and Hotel Arts Barcelona, whose grounds it graces. In honor and celebration of this shimmering, golden fish and new Gehry structures opening in Panama, Paris, and Sydney, Hotel Arts offers the “Suite with a View” experience to fully appreciate this masterwork, as well as a limited edition Frank Gehry Cocktail menu .
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Brunch Like Never Before in Mediterranean Luxury
Guests of Hotel Arts Barcelona can now 'do brunch' like never before while relaxing in Mediterranean paradise. From an on-site ice-cream cart and 'foosball' to cocktail and food menus with exotic flair, everyone can embrace this longstanding weekend ritual now found on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Relax and listen to the beats of a guest DJ for a brunch that meets Spanish fiesta from this industry trendsetter and luxurious Mediterranean retreat, while enjoying fun games and a luxurious atmosphere outside on one of Hotel Art’s terraces.
I never knew paradise was achievable until I discovered "Arola Nights" at Hotel Arts Barcelona. The evening begins at 9pm with freshly popped, buttery and delightful popcorn. This snack is followed up by a special menu, including patatas bravas, amongst other flavorful, beautifully plated dishes. In fact, the event is all about presentation, with the artful display of silent black and white classics projected on the outdoor terrace, which went splendidly with the popcorn. This is all accompanied by fitting cocktails, such as the Gilda and Tototruffa, named after famed directors. My personal favorite was the Hitchcock, a fiery fusion of tequila, chili and mango. Top it all off with live Jazz and Blues performances for an unforgettable evening beneath the stars with all of Barcelona as the stunning background below.
43 The Spa Stunning Views and Service- Sensational Treatments
I've always been a sucker for a good view, so when I learned Hotel Arts Barcelona was opening a new spa on the 43rd floor, I just had to go check it out for myself. Let me tell you, these views won't disappoint! 43 The Spa boasts sweeping views of the Mediterranean, along with state of the art facilities. Of course, you can't forget their products. Natura Bisse is an elite skin care company based in Barcelona, that celebrities like Queen B (Beyonce for those of you who are unaware) have been known to use. Not only does Hotel Arts now use these products, Natura Bisse even crafted two brand new treatments exclusively for this luxurious spa. The Sublime Diamond Journey and The 43 Sea Experience are two to try if you visit! These signature treatments involve Shirodhara massage, aroma therapy, and chiropractic techniques to totally immerse you in relaxation. You'll definitely leave feeling refreshed!
If you’re in Barcelona in November, then a visit to Hotel Arts Barcelona’s Enoteca restaurant is a culinary must. Throughout white truffle season, Enoteca celebrates this rare and exotic ingredient with an exclusive tasting menu. Each dish is inspired by the Mediterranean's signature flavors, designed to bring out the essence of the truffle and perfectly paired with wines from the restaurant's fully stocked wine cellar. A delightful addition to this year’s menu is an exclusive wine pairing with the Cotes de Provence Rosé Miraval from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s award winning vineyard Chateau Miraval in France. This top rated rosé wine was named one of the world's best and to date is not available on the market, making this year's dining experience truly one-of-a-kind.
In June of 2015, the iconic Hotel Arts Barcelona brought together staff, guests and the community to participate in a triathlon. On behalf of Make A Wish Spain, they raised funds for a charming boy with an illness from the local community whom they sponsor.
The goal? To send little Jaume to the U.S. Open, and fulfill his lifelong dreams. Everyone who took part in the special event felt the energy of teamwork and happily collaborated to achieve a greater good.
Throughout the year, the hotel continues its efforts to give back through various partnerships, such as an ongoing relationship with UNICEF. Last year, they united countless Michelin-starred chefs in an unforgettable, delectable fundraiser to remember.
For guests of the hotel there are also individual and group voluntourism efforts in which to get involved.
For example, Hotel Arts arranges volunteer trips to Barcelona’s Centre for the Conservation and Recuperation of Marine Animals. Participating in these experiences, with groups of like-minded, sustainable guests, is a way to form lasting relationships. All this while restoring the nearby, Mediterranean pine forest habitat (through partnership with Acciónatura.)
In Addition, another opportunity (to clean up the nearby beaches and take paddle surfing classes) has been introduced for the active, sustainably-minded guests.
Check out the link of the Garmin fundraiser results. Traveling to Spain? Enquire with Hotel Arts about their volunteer opportunities.
Once a neighborhood of fisherman and fishmongers, today Barceloneta is a curious mixture of traditional bars and restaurants, 5-star beachfront hotels and narrow residential streets decorated with clothing line-drying in the sun. Seek out public art like Rebecca Horn’s Wounded Shooting Star on the beach, and Frank Gehry’s Fish in front of Hotel Arts. Then there’s Barcelona's Face by Roy Lichtenstein, and Javier Mariscal’s Shrimp a few steps from the neighborhood’s main metro stop, Barceloneta.
Face of Barcelona
Moll de la Fusta - Mirador del Port Vell
Passeig de Colón
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta - Port Olímpic
The Wounded Shooting Star
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, Platja de Sant Miquel
Celebrate St. Jordi from spring to summer at Hotel Arts
Even if you can't make it to Barcelona for April 23rd, when roses and books fill the streets in celebration of the city's patron saint, George, known as Jordi in Catalán, you can celebrate the holiday with Hotel Arts. From April 23-August 23rd, this emblematic Barcelona hotel will open a temporary library in the club lounge, where you can relax to read with a signature cocktail. The hotel's head mixologist is even creating cocktails to celebrate two of the world's best known authors, Cervantes and Shakespeare.