As the name suggests, this soaring 44-story hotel from the Ritz-Carlton brand, is peppered with high-end artwork, mainly by renowned Spanish and Catalan artists such as Eduardo Chillida, Albert Rafols-Casamada, Perico Pastor, and Luis Feito. But there’s much more to the hotel than paintings and sculptures—such as the peaceful terraced gardens, an outdoor swimming pool that overlooks a large Frank Gehry fish sculpture, a luxury spa offering panoramic views, and several excellent restaurants. The hotel overlooks Barcelona and the Mediterranean from its prime location on the Olympic Port. And, perhaps best of all, the beach is right at the doorstep.
The rooms are a delight, too, with dark-wood furnishings and flooring, Bang & Olufsen sound systems and flat-screen TVs, and sleek, spacious bathrooms that come with separate bathtubs and Asprey toiletries. The hotel’s apartments are even more swish; guests who book one of these will not only get their own private elevator and fully equipped kitchen (where the hotel's chefs will happily prepare meals en suite), but can also book a dedicated butler service.
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Hotel Arts Barcelona is on the Port Olimpic, which means it enjoys sweeping views of the Mediterranean and direct access to the area’s long, sandy beach. Ciutadella Park is just 100 feet away, and right behind the hotel is the charming fishing village of Barceloneta, with its historic bars, cafés, and local seafood restaurants. For guests seeking a sweet treat, high-end ice cream parlor Vioko serves over 50 flavors, ranging from the traditional to the eclectic.
Need to Know
Rooms: 483 rooms; from $310. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There are no less than six restaurants and bars in the hotel. Enoteca, overseen by renowned Catalan chef Paco Pérez, has won two Michelin stars for its impeccable fish and seafood menu. Sergi Arola's tapas restaurant is also a highlight, with a stylish terrace great for relaxing and enjoying the views; it often hosts DJs or live music in the evenings. The low-lit and seductive Frank’s is the place to go for after-dinner drinks. Spa and gym details: The duplex spa on the 43rd floor has open-air balconies with panoramic views, hydrotherapy pools, saunas and steam baths, and a comprehensive array of treatments by prestigious Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé.
Who’s it for: Well-heeled business travelers, honeymooners, or visitors with no budget restrictions and a taste for the high life. Our favorite rooms: The Arts Suite was designed specially for the hotel by Josep Juanpere of GCA Architects Barcelona. Its wraparound windows offer panoramic views, and there’s also an open bar and a cozy fireplace for cooler nights. Club level: Guests who book a room on the Club level, located on the highest floors of the building, have access to the Club lounge, described as a “hotel within a hotel.” Other than a sense of exclusivity, benefits include a private concierge team, culinary buffet presentations throughout the day, complimentary beverages, complimentary Wi-Fi, and an ironing service—as well as panoramic views over Barcelona.
Popping in for a Pop-Up
Hotel Arts Barcelona is my go-to when I visit Barcelona because they always have unbelievable cuisine! Forget continental breakfasts, they have two Michelin-starred chefs in residence, and a new executive chef who has worked in other Michelin starred restaurants. That's rather unheard of if you ask me.
Luckily for me, I just happened to pop in during an exceptional culinary experience they held last week! The Kabuki Pop-Up was a week long extravaganza held at the ever classy, totally chic Frank's Bar (that's named after Frank Gehry, who's golden fish is in view from just about everywhere on hotel grounds.) Anyhow, Chef Ricardo Sanz pioneered the fusion cuisine known throughout Europe as "Kabuki" and Hotel Arts, trendsetters that they are, hosted the first ever Barcelona Kabuki Pop-Up from Oct 13-19.
Their sushi, sashimi and specially crafted cocktails left me speechless! The food was delicious, the ambiance impeccable, the service exceptional. It doesn't get any better. Next time you're in Barcelona, definitely visit Hotel Arts and eat at any of their restaurants. I promise you won't be disappointed!
This Valentine's Day at Hotel Arts Barcelona love will be elevated to new heights. 30 floors above the Mediterranean Sea, accommodation in the Arts Suite (complete with crackling fireplace and welcome champagne) provides the first tier of breath taking views. Continuing the ascent, a couple’s massage at 43 The Spa includes access to the spa facilities, providing unparalleled observation points with views of the Mediterranean Sea kissing the shore 43 stories below. Topping off the getaway is a hot air-balloon ride above the Catalonian countryside during which stunning vistas will pass below and corks will fly high, as champagne fizzes and romance bubbles above Barcelona. What are you waiting for? If you're interested in booking, contact the hotel: http://www.hotelartsbarcelona.com/en