My review of the Hotel Arts Barcelona – Part 2

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This is part two of my review of the Hotel Arts Barcelona, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  You can read Part 1 by clicking here.

The Hotel Arts Barcelona is one of the hotels taking part in our current EXCLUSIVE ‘10,000 Marriott Rewards points for booking a long weekend’ promotion.  Full details of that offer are here and you can book it here. (EDIT: due to a Marriott error it has gone missing from the offer page! We are working on it.)

Marriott offered us a free night at any of the hotels taking part in the offer, and I picked this one.  I’m not daft!  Head for Points paid for all of its other costs.

Spa and leisure facilities at Hotel Arts Barcelona

If you need to justify to your partner why you’re staying on the edge of the city centre and not amongst the crowds near La Ramblas, tell them about the leisure facilities.

Outside the hotel you have this newly opened adult infinity pool.  You can see Frank Gehry’s iconic fish sculpture behind it:

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And, a bit further long, is a larger family pool:

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There is also a small jacuzzi.  Oh, and of course the beach and the sea!

Review Hotel Arts Barcelona a Ritz Carlton hotel

As it was January there was no-one about in the pools and the outdoor bars and cafes were closed.  It looked like it would be a very smart place to spend the afternoon during the summer.

The spa is not free to hotel guests.  This is disappointing but does keep it quiet and exclusive.  Located on the 42nd and 43rd floors, the spa includes a plunge pool and, frankly, the best view from a hotel sauna you’ll have ever seen!

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Food and drink

You won’t be going hungry or thirsty at Hotel Arts.  The dining options have apparently been renovated over the last few months and it all looks very impressive.

If you want fine dining, there is Enoteca Paco Perez.  This fish-based restaurant has two Michelin stars.

Sensibly – because breakfast buffets and formal restaurants rarely suit the same sort of space – the hotel has a room which is only used for breakfast, called Lokal.  I ate in the lounge but I had a walk around during breakfast and the hotel had made a lot of effort to include Spanish specialities instead of producing another bland ‘international’ buffet.  For example:

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and

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For drinks, you have the very smart P41 bar and ‘coctelarium’.

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You also have Bites which is brand new cafe and informal dining space:

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There is also Arola, a Meditteranean restaurant, and a Summer-only outdoor restaurant called Marina.

In general, whilst the hotel is obviously family friendly with its childrens pool and beach access, there is a lot to offer here for adults who want to have a classy weekend of eating and drinking.

I made a video ….

I put together a short 3-minute video of Hotel Arts Barcelona which shows my suite, the restaurants, the spa, the bar and the beach.

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Conclusion

Even in January, with the pools empty and the weather carrying a chill, I could tell that this was a very accomplished property.  It looks exceptionally good, both in the rooms and public spaces, and the staff were operating at a very high level.

If you want to be at the heart of the action in Barcelona then this is not the best choice.  The ‘action’ in Barcelona can be very full-on, however, and for a more laid back break – either with family enjoying the pool and beach, or with adults enjoying the two Michelin-starred restaurant and classy bar – this is a good choice.  I am keen to come back with my kids for a long weekend beach break.

As a Marriott Rewards redemption, Hotel Arts Barcelona is 60,000 points per night.  Given that rates for standard rooms in peak season are between €400 and €550 per night, this is very good value and well above my target valuation of 0.5p per point.

The official Hotel Arts Barcelona website is here.

Thanks to the Marriott team in London for arranging my stay and to Paula at the hotel for my tour.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Looks good – I’m sold.

  2. Nice looking pool.

  3. Rob

    Would you recommend it for a long weekend for a family of three (5yr old boy) for a bit of sun?

    • Yes! As long as child is not a picky eater. Lots of meat and cheese – and hard to walk by a tapas restaurant and not stop in. You won’t be able to check out the nightlife but this could be your recon. Barcelona is s great place.

  4. It’s La Rambla or Las Ramblas

    • I was wondering about that to be honest …

      • It’s La Rambla or Las Ramblas as John says. “La Ramblas” doesn’t make sense grammatically. Although officially the correct name is “La Rambla”, nowadays Las Ramblas and La Rambla are used interchangeably.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      whichever way it is there are far more interesting parts to Barcelona

  5. Hotel Arts is a great hotel. I’m glad to read about TWO pools. When we were there a few years ago, that was its only fault: the one pool was too small thus overcrowded. Upon arrival – escorted to our ‘regular’ room – there were various plumbing tools still in the bathroom. Our host was aghast! She asked us to wait there for a few minutes.. then returned to escort us upstairs to a two-bedroom suite on three floors. Telescope and everything. Amazing room! Note (at least then) the two/three bed suites were actually cheaper than buying two/three hotel rooms, is you are there w friends or family. The staff was impeccable – all had been trained at hospitality colleges in France, Switzerland etc.. It was hot! Sitting in the lobby, a waitress came around not hustling booze but simply offering cold water to cool down. Walking into town, especially Sagrada Familia is easy — and a five minute walk away, by the docks but on the beach are some fabulous restaurants! Can you tell we loved our stay??

  6. The last time I stayed at The Arts I had to ask to change rooms. I had a room facing the sea but when the nightclub, not owned by The Arts, started, the constant thump-thump-thump of the bass didn’t stop until 3am. I was there working on a conference so had to be at 7am each morning, the view at the back wasn’t as impressive but I got some sleep!

  7. i cant see the Hotel Arts on the list of available hotels.

    Unless it’s one of :

    Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection
    Renaissance Barcelona Hotel

    • Marriott has messed up the landing page, but it does seem to come up with the HFP offer rate if you use the promo code during booking. Trying to get this fixed …

  8. Shaun McW says:

    Stayed at the Arts for a conference and was asked if I wanted to upgrade to one of the Apartments with a business colleague. Slightly worried about what we’d agreed to but found It was a massive two bed/bath split level flat I’ve seen. kitchen, dining area, living space, bar (!)….with awesome views over the sea. Two other colleagues got offered an upgrade and had a similar split level flat which had its own fitness room/gym.
    Hotel (even the normal rooms) are fantastic and location is better (IMHO) than a lot of other hotels.
    Thoroughly recommend…

  9. Best sauna view? I think the view of Table Mountain from the Westin Cape Town tops that.

  10. Is this better than the W for a ‘young’ vibe? The location seems very central compared to the W.

    • W is a party hotel stuck out on the edge of the city, as per the pictures. Arts attracts the sort of person willing to pay €600 per night in June and eat in a Michelin 2-star restaurant.

      There is a young vibe at the Arts, but it is young and moneyed. Put it this way, if you tried to walk in the front door as a shirtless male I doubt you’d get far.

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