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Saturday, 1 August 2015

W Barcelona - Travel Review

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have been bombarded with Barcelona holiday photos back in May. As soon as we booked the holiday, I knew I had to visit the W Barcelona to check it out. It’s always a popular option for clients and as my clients trust my recommendations, it’s really important for me to check out the hotels myself – as I’ve learn in the past, some hotel websites lie!

* I had a Dropbox disaster after holiday and accidentally deleted half of my holiday photos so if any of the photos are taken from other sources, it will be stated underneath the photo!

Brand Overview

If you haven’t heard of the W Hotel brand, where have you been? With hotels in all of the hottest destinations on the Globe, and a notorious reputation incredible facilities matched with exceptional service, if you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting a W hotel, you’re seriously missing out. 

They say:

“Escape to where iconic design and contemporary luxury set the stage for exclusive and extraordinary experiences at W Hotels® Worldwide. From the moment of arrival, guests are invited into surprising, sensory environments where amplified entertainment, vibrant lounges, modern guestrooms and innovative cocktails and cuisine create more than just a hotel experience, but a luxury lifestyle destination. Each hotel and resort is uniquely inspired by its destination, mixing cutting-edge design with local influences and creating a place to play or work by day or to mix and mingle in high-energy spaces by night. So, while every hotel is unmistakably a W hotel, each has its own personality that is brought to life by our collaborators who are always on the cusp of what's new and next in design, music and fashion.”

W Barcelona

As soon as I landed in Barcelona, we dropped our bags and headed over for a meeting at the most iconic (and in my opinion, the best) hotel in the City. The hotel is located the end of the beach, a massive sail like structure, an avant-garde icon created by the world-famous Ricardo Bofill. The Barcelona skyline would not be the same without it.

As standard at W hotels, we approach the entrance to the iconic giant W sign. That’s when you know you’ve arrived! The lobby alone is enough to make anyone feel like a rock star with handing chairs, LED lights and a metallic wall bouncing the light in all directions.






We met the lovely Cristina for a show round of the hotel and facilities in all its glory, even Luke came on the show round and was seriously impressed - which is rare, trust me. Below is a round up review of everything the W Barcelona has to offer for both leisure and business guests. 

The Bedrooms

Each room has absolute stunning floor to ceiling windows either looking out on the beach or the marina/sea. The beds face the window which I LOVE so you can wake up and see that beautiful view every day. The rooms are white, fresh and just what you'd expect from the W. Whilst I was admiring them Cristina let me know they will soon all be refurbished - not that I thought they needed it but being the best hotel in Barcelona, they need to constantly keep updating and changing to keep those loyal guests coming back. As bedrooms go, they're an average size, probably made to feel better by the windows. I also love the seating at the window, I could literally sit there all day and night!


The W Barcelona boasts 473 fabulous guest rooms and suites, and in line with the W brand are names, Cozy, Wonderful, Mega and Fabulous, along with their suites, Studio, Cool Corner, Marvelous, Spectacular, WOW and Extreme WOW... It is an extreme wow!


The Restaurants

The W Barcelona has three very different restaurants on site, definitely something for everyone. We only ate at Salt but I have to say it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time and the service was beyond anything. More on that later..

Bravo24:

"Welcome to BRAVO24 where catalan chef Carles Abellán cooks up the true essence of each local ingredient in its freshest, seasonal, and most authentic form. Sample from a spectrum of culinary delights prepared in a variety of ways: traditional styles, modern interpretations, homemade indulgences, and traditional tapas to share. Set for style. With a strikingly modern backdrop, this organic, functional, yet stylish dining room and a spectacular terrace overlooking the sea make Bravo24 a fabulous dining experience in Barcelona"
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Wave

"Open all day, WAVE restaurant it’s the place to be seen, casual ambience offering from the most simple, healthy and light meal to the most delicate and sophisticated piece of Mediterranean gastronomy. Dishes with personality of the classic Spanish tapas, antipasti and seafood, Arab flavours and Lebanese specialties, create a dynamic menu, with fun and glamorous creations by the local market products. Among the creative dishes we find the Lobster and Avocado Rolls with mint, Coconut Crispy Prawns or Mini Calamari. Also, to satisfy all tastes an electrifying mix of proposals from all over the world."
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Salt

"The dynamic duos of innovative Salt Burgers and perfectly matched delightful cocktails created in Salt bring the burger experience to another level. To top it off, dig in the variety of 'side affairs' side orders or share it around with the sharing dishes. Choose something from the guilty pleasures menu, here for you too, pick one (or few) to add a sweet touch to the Salt adventure. Enjoy all this overlooking the beach from an expansive terrace and allow the endlessly clear blue Mediterranean to set the backdrop for an unforgettable day or night."
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So for one night of the holiday, I decided to plan a surprise night for Luke for our anniversary and what better venue than the W Barcelona. I decided to book Salt due to our love of burgers and cocktails. With those two elements, plus it's beach front location, I knew it was going to be a winning combination but I was definitely blown away. 

Anyway, back to the most important part, the food. If you're feeling hungry, look away now because I'm about to bombard you with some serious food porn. 













We were completely and utterly spoilt at Salt so a massive thank you to all of the staff for making it so special. We had lot to celebrate with everything going on in our lives at the moment... which brings us on to my favourite part of the W Barcelona, the bars. 

The Bars

The W Barcelona has three areas guaranteed to top off your night;
"Capturing the spirit of Barcelona, fin screens create a wave effect in the lounge and bar areas, and sea urchin patterns and dark, moody coral colours evoke a nautical party feel in the VIP space. Resident DJs spin deep house music tracks on a set that looks like a jet ski on the shimmering water while each cocktail mixes a storybook of surprises."
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The most casual of the bar areas at the hotel, the W Lounge has a chilled vibe and remains busy throughout the day and night with Barcelona's most beautiful people.


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The Wet Deck

Every Sunday, the pool area of the W Barcelona host Barcelona's hottest party. An urban open-air party experience with sessions of the best House Music by world-renowned DJ´s, and a flirty fusion of cocktails, vibrant atmosphere and beautiful views over Barcelona and the sea. I was so gutted to miss this when we were there as it hadn't opened yet but I will DEFINITELY be there next time!This is a night you cannot miss if you're visiting the City.


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Last but not least (my favourite), the bar that I will ALWAYS return to when I'm in Barcelona...

Eclipse

"Celebrate every night. Twenty-six floors above Barcelona, Eclipse reveals the exhilarating vision of the The Ignite Group and Isabel López Vilalta. Take a sip & bite with our vibrant Sushi & Cocktails."
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So after our meal at Salt, Luke and I headed upstairs to our reserved table at Eclipse. It was just about still daylight when we arrived so watching the sunset over Barcelona thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, 26 floors up in the sky, could not have been more perfect. 

The cocktails were amazing, and the service incredible, even giving us a box of branded chocolates after we'd had a few rounds pf drinks which I thought was a lovely touch. Being used to London prices. I thought the drinks were really well priced even though over the course of the night we ended up spending more than the entire holiday actually cost, it was so worth it! When we went to leave, we got the lift down to reception and saw a massive queue with people waiting to get upstairs into Eclipse so this fabulous bar clearly isn't a secret. We literally had the best night and I will forever be returning to Eclipse when I'm in Barcelona in the future. 




The Meeting Space

So I know there's probably not many fellow #eventprofs out there so I'll keep this part short! The meeting space at the W Barcelona does not fall short of the brand and is definitely in keeping with the rest of the hotel. Their Great Room, really is great with a 7m ceiling height and floor to ceiling windows with views over the beach and ocean, even Luke was wowed by the grand space. The new Breeze meeting rooms are full of natural daylight and lead out onto the Breeze terrace for some relaxation between the meetings. The sun deck is also available to hire exclusively. All of the meeting and events facilities at the W Barcelona made my events brain go into overdrive, I'm so excited to place some business there and get my hands on that space!


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The Pool

With a DJ, waitress service, day beds and massively comfy padded sofas, there's no where better to relax after a night out at Eclipse than at the pool. We spent a whole day here relaxing and ordering (more) drinks - I highly recommend the Wet Martini!





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I know I was there for business related reasons and sometimes this means I get a bit of extra special treatment but I always pay a lot of attention to how other guests are treated and I have to say, the staff were amazing. Particularly in Salt Restaurant. That, to me is the epitome of an brilliant hotel – amazing service, and something that definitely isn’t lacking at the W Barcelona.

If you're looking for the hottest, trendiest, party hotel in the City, you need to stay at the W Barcelona, I really couldn't recommend it highly enough. 

Book here now!

See you there next year...
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9 comments

  1. This looks soooo nice! My friends just got back from Barcelona so travel envy has boosted it pretty far up my list and now I have my sights set on this hotel FOR SURE.

    Aisling | aisybee.

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  2. omg looks like you had the best holiday ever! what beautiful places!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  3. That view is amazing & the pool :O
    I think I need to go!|
    xx
    www.adrugstoreaddiction.com

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  4. OMG that hotel is gorgeous!! I would love to visit there one day and stay in a room overlooking the sea! Amazing!! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  5. the suite looks absolutely gorgeous and the food looks delicious!

    Ayre

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  6. Looks like an incredible hotel and I love your yellow dress!

    thriftylilpixie.blogspot.ie

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  7. Oh wow Lauren - that hotel is #goals!!! xx

    Laura | Loved By Laura

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