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W Hotel Barcelona - Review

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Entrance to W hotel
W Hotel is the long-awaited new five star hotel on Barcelona's coastline. Shaped like a large mirrored sail, it is clearly visible from the beaches of Barcelona. With a total of 26 floors and 472 rooms, it is an important new contender for the city's most prestigious hotel. On approaching the hotel, you will be dwarfed by its looming modern exterior. The lobby area follows suit - a large expanse of mute coloured sofas and large coffee tables lead to large floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean.

The hotel exudes a 'hip' atmosphere - its lobby buzzes with well-dressed international clientèle, promptly booked into the new five star in town. It has a very modern feel and is in a slightly isolated position with over 20 minutes walk from the nearest metro Barceloneta. However, it does offer the ultimate in luxury if that is what you are looking for.

Hotel Facilities

W Hotel has a large outdoor infinity swimming pool that is open to all customers. It is unheated. The opening hours of the pool depend on the weather. The pool is surrounded by loungers and areas called cabanas (shaded areas that offer personal services from hotel staff) that can be reserved. There is also a cocktail bar next to the pool (see below for more details).

The hotel contains a spa - Bliss Spa. There is another heated pool in this section. Depending on the type of room that you have booked (see below) use of the spa may be included in the room price. If not, you can use the spa for an extra fee per day. Other services in the spa include lockers, showers, saunas, cabanas and jacuzzi. If you wish to have more specific treatments such as manicures and massages, these will cost more again.

There is also a fitness centre that is available in the hotel. It is open to all hotel customers and is open 24 hours a day every day of the week. Equipment in the gym includes treadmills, elliptical machines, cycling machines, free weights and weight machines.

There is a bar located on the ground floor of the hotel. There is a large indoor area, plus an outdoor area next to the pool. There is free Wi-Fi access in the bar area. At weekends a DJ plays records during evening times. Tapas and snacks are available to eat throughout the day.

There is another bar located on the 26th floor of the hotel called 'Eclipse'. It also serves modern food including tempuras, ceviches and sushi.

Another restaurant - Wave, is available to eat in all through the day and evening. It offers Mediterranean cuisine - mezes, tapas, Lebanese and Arabic dishes. This is the restaurant where breakfast is available - pastries, fruits, cereals and brownies. It is also possible to buy food to take away including beach picnic baskets.

Pets are allowed in the hotel for an extra room charge and a charge for cleaning the room. Extra pet services are on offer, including a pet bed, water bowl, pet toy, litter box and a 'dog in room' sign.

Room service is available 24 hours a day. This includes a variety of eating options for the full 24 hours.

Facilities for People with a disability

There a total of 7 rooms in the hotel that have been adapted for wheelchair users. They have widened doors and adapted showers. The hotel offers wheelchair access to all areas. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair lift access for use of the outdoor pool.

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Business Facilities

There are a total of 11 meeting rooms in W Hotel, spread over 2,100 square metres. The meeting rooms all offer the latest technology for holding meetings and giving presentations. If you contact the hotel directly (see details below) they will provide further details of the facilities available.


There are a total of 472 rooms in the hotel. These fall into a total of ten categories, ranging from 'cosy' to 'extreme WOW suite'. All rooms offer a flat screen television, iPod docking station, hair dryer, range of six toiletries, a coffee maker (this must be requested but is free of charge), mini-bar, safety deposit box, iron and ironing board.

There is a Wi-Fi connection in the rooms, however there is an extra charge for using the connection.

Approaching the W hotel
Approaching the W hotel

Hotel Location

W Hotel is located in an isolated position at the southernmost point of Barceloneta beach. It sits directly in front of Sant Sebastia Beach. It is a ten minute walk from the marina and restaurants of Passeig de Joan de Borbo. It is a twenty minute walk from the Barceloneta metro station and the old town of El Born.

From Barceloneta metro you will be able to reach the further away parts of town, including the Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya, the Sagrada Família and Park Güell - these are not in walking distance of the hotel.

Via Taxi: The hotel is a 25 minute taxi ride from Barcelona Airport's Terminal 2 and a 30 minute taxi ride from Terminal 1.

Taxi Fare: €30.00  - €35.00

Via Train: The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia in about 30 minutes. You can take a taxi from Passeig de Gràcia that will take about 20 minutes and cost €10.00 - €15.00.

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaça de Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. Then from Plaça de Catalunya take the green Line to Passeig de Gràcia and change here for the yellow line to Barceloneta. The hotel is a fifteen minute walk or a five minute taxi journey from the metro. Alternatively the hotel is 15 minutes in a taxi from Plaça de Catalunya and will cost about €14.00.

Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €5.90

Car parks near W Hotel Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
SABA BAMSA Barceloneta Centre Baluard, 27 1,400 m
BSM Moll de la Fusta Paseig de Colom, 1 1,900 m

In a nutshell

The beach surrounding the W hotel
The beach surrounding the W hotel

If the 'W' of W Hotel stands for 'wow', then the hotel's creators have definitely achieved their aim. The large glimmering hotel cuts an impressive shape on the city's skyline, the interior is modern and slick and the services seemingly cater for your every need. The hotel's location and modern appearance make no real attempt to offer a genuine or traditional Barcelona experience. But if you are looking for a holiday of beaches, relaxation and pampering, this could be Barcelona's number one choice for you.


W Barcelona Hotel
Plaza de la Rosa dels Vents, 1
08039 Barcelona, España.


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