The sleek W Barcelona is a crown jewel in Barcelona’s golden coastline. Its post-modern, 26-storey icon of a building, shaped like a swelling sail, rises above a stunning waterfront in Spain’s most dynamic and stylish city.
Designed by Ricardo Bofill, the renowned Catalan architect behind Barcelona El Prat airport’s Terminal 1, the hotel wows with minimalist modern spaces, dramatic avant-garde inspired interiors and wide sea views.
Locally known as La Vela (“the Sail”) because of its shape, the building was been inspired by Barcelona’s artistry and exuberance. There is a flavour of the city as soon as you enter the expansive and spectacular lobby: a huge open space with a cube-shaped atrium and a glass roof, a DJ and funky seating, a shimmering water feature and marble sculptures—reminiscent of Gaudí’s statues.
The hotel lies in a trendy beachside neighbourhood of Barceloneta at the entrance of the Barcelona’s Port—ensuring stunning views over the sea and the city.
The W hallmark
The 473 rooms are elegant and relatively plain in design. Kept in neutral tones with splashes of purple and red, all come with good floor space, cutting-edge technology and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Typically “W” is idiosyncratic approach to room categorization: starting with the Cosy (lower floors) then moving on to Wonderful (standard), Mega (corner rooms), Fabulous (upper floors with beach views), through one and two-bedroom suites with panoramic terraces, to the penthouse Extreme WOW Suite.
Eat, drink and party
W has two restaurants: the ground-floor, all-day diner WAVE for casual Mediterranean dishes; while BRAVO24, headed by Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellan’s, is more of a formal fine dining affair.
W Bar, located between the lobby and outdoor terrace offers buzzing atmosphere with local and international guests, and the top-floor Eclipse is a sophisticated yet easy-going place with views across the city—and DJs until 3am. Part-relaxing, part-partying vibe reigns at the outdoor, sun-soaked WET bar overlooking the beach, with a 20-metre pool and loungers, cabanas and loud music.
After all the partying, the 700 sq m Bliss spa will provide some top-notch pampering in its eight treatment rooms, relaxation areas, a steam room, sauna and spa bath. Fresh ginger scrubs, oxygen masks can be enjoyed with flutes of Champagne and chocolate brownies.
With an easy access to the beach, youthful approach and buzzing on-site nightlife, this hotel has established itself as one of Barcelona’s coolest new spots.