W Barcelona

The W Barcelona stands alone, literally, like a giant sail at the edge of the sea.

The W has all the design flair you expect of the W brand, and with its location at at the end of Barcelona’s main beach offers views over the water and beach. The F&B outlets are highly recommended too.

Needless to say, if you’re a fan of the W design, then this one is for you.

This is another hotel that looks expensive at first glance, though the standard rooms at 39sqm are twice the size of some.

Be aware that the W is adjacent to a nudist beach. It was a bit of a shock to open my curtain in the morning, only to see a naked bloke walking around. Where does he keep his keys? So many questions one doesn’t wish to contemplate before the day’s first coffee…or ever.

If you like walking that’s a good thing, because the W is a bit away from things. But you can stroll along the beachfront and past the marina to get to the attractions. Give yourself half an hour to get into the old town.

If the W style does it for you, there’s not much else that comes close.

Book it here.

What’s Nearby

Metro – 1.7km

Beach – 50m

Marina Port Vell – 1km

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Smarter dining

1881 per Sagardi

Grilled seafood is the speciality at 1881 Per Sagardi, and it is about the best paella in town

Okay. Port Vell is tourist central. But that doesn’t mean you need to suffer through a sub-par tourist meal. On the rooftop of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya, 1881 per Sagardi rises above the tourist traps below, offering stunning views across the marina and superyachts (well, from the terrace out front, if not the dining room), and serving some of the best seafood dishes in town.

You pay for the privilege (expect to pay around €50 a head with limited wine consumption), but in this instance you get what you pay for. We’ve been back a number of times.

Tel: 932 210 050


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