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Summer in Hotel Arts Barcelona

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Have you ever been to a place where everything is so familiar. There’s an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It’s when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Why is familiar dubbed as less courageous? They say to have courage, you need to get unfamiliar with things. But sometimes, a place that is so comforting can be familiar. I think that’s what it is, mostly. Spain in general was very familiar. What I expected to be out of my comfort zone whilst traveling, got me right into my safe place. Food, people, music and most of all, a home close to heart at Hotel Arts Barcelona. It makes a huge difference when you can call a place home when you travel. Try and find that comfort when you fly to a foreign country. It makes your whole stay different and special and if you do stay in a hotel, make sure that one in Spain is as beautiful, comforting and welcoming as Hotel Arts Barcelona.

A beautiful summer luxury.

Love,

Travel Junkie Diary


First Impressions

We took the Vueling flight from Beirut to Spain. It was the only flight available in Barcelona and arrived at 7am (red eye flight).

It was easier to take a taxi from the airport, which costs around 25 Euros. The hotel’s architecture was seen KMs away. Designed by Bruce Graham, Hotel Arts features 44 stories of exposed glass and steel, making it the tallest building in Spain. Something to be proud of. The hotel showcases a 20th Century collection of exclusively commissioned works by contemporary Catalan and Spanish artists. It all started when Philippe welcomed us and took our bags to reception. Clare welcomed us and held Chloe’s hand. It was familiar. The feeling of comfort and luxury. Summer in Hotel Arts Barcelona!

Rooms

With 455 rooms, we were upgraded to the duplex apartments on the 34th floor with private reception and concierge services. The duplex luxury Apartments are located on the top ten floors of the hotel. Almost at the top. The hotel has 43 floors where the spa is located at the rooftop.

Each room has panoramic views of Barcelona’s city skyline as well as the Mediterranean Sea.
The apartment was suffice for a family and depending on the number of bedrooms you want, they offer 1,2 or 3 bedroom apartment options. It made our stay difficult to leave with the huge marble floor toilet.

View From Bed
View From Bed

Service

Hotels in Europe are a dime a dozen and to stand out, hotels should not only focus on design of hotels but focus immensely on service and building guest relationships. At Hotel Arts Barcelona, the hotel took notes on our diet requirements. At breakfast, they worked on making sure I was served gluten free bread and pastries and lactose free cheese. In our room, we were offered our dinner complimentary because it was 5 minutes later than the time they told us it would arrive. Chloe and I received a beautiful gift from the hotel. She was taken care of every time she would cross Clare or anyone else at reception. Sure, she made sure all the attention was on her, but she did get it too and did not have to try hard to get it. Bottles of water where always handed to us when we left the hotel for our day. The valet service were impeccable and on alert all the time. They usually are the least appreciated ones that work in the hotel, but here, they were the one equally busy and attentive to guests. Guest relations phoned us couple of times to make sure we had everything we needed. Internet was available in our room complimentary and in the lobby.

3 bedroom apt By Matthew Shaw.
3 bedroom apt By Matthew Shaw.
1 bedroom apt by Matthew Shaw.
1 bedroom apt by Matthew Shaw.

Dining at Hotel Arts Barcelona

Breakfast was served to please everyone. From pastries to fruits to Spanish cuisine and of course, pancakes and waffles. Gluten free bread and pastries were available upon request and everything was running smoothly thanks to great manager on floor. The best part? The little kids section. It’s not just a space where kids can be left. It’s an area where toys where selected for both genders and a place where parents can still see them while they have their breakfast in peace.

Arola

We dined at Arola on our first night, chef Sergi Arola  created a tasting menu for us with traditional Mediterranean cuisine, served tapas style for informal sharing. With fresh ingredients straight from the restaurants garden. Worth trying at sunset!

Hotel Arts Barcelona Arola terrace

Location

There is a difference when we say, “our hotel is 10 minutes away” to “THE hotel is 10 minutes away” taking ownership of the hotel you stay in always says something good about it. If you are looking for the luxury of hotels on the beach, the Hotel Arts Barcelona falls right under that! minutes away from the beach, restaurants and 8 min by car from the shopping district area Placa de les Olles. (Happens to be my favorite place)

Spa on the 43rd floor

43 The Spa is named after its prime location, which offers guests spectacular panoramic views of the coastline from some of the treatment rooms, vitality pool and sauna. The spa is comprised of eight treatment rooms, several with natural light and all with chromo therapy. The spa features a wet zone including saunas and Klafs color therapy steam rooms, vitality pools and ice fountains. I was invited to try the Diamond Rose treatment which consisted of a rose body scrub and a massage. The treatment lasted 90 minutes and yes you guess it, it left me feeling brand new, smelling like roses!

 

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Other Facilities

Hotel Arts Barcelona prides with their sea front pool. Spoiled by the wonderful team making sure you are well hydrated with water and green apples.

Gym

Sauna and water room

 Activity for kids in the Hotel under the brand Ritz Kids, where they can discover the spaces and find what the map is suggesting for them to look for, as if it was a treasure map, but with stickers.

Babysitting services

 

Checking out was difficult. I’ve left a piece of my heart at Hotel Arts Barcelona. It’s funny how important the role of a hotel plays in our travel. That is why we need to always chose the perfect hotel. Whatever that is for you. I highly recommend it for families. It’s a hotel for families with kids and for those without. It’s not a place where anyone would feel out of place, whether you’re a honeymooner, single or couple. It meets all expectations and maybe, just maybe you will have the deja vu feeling of familiarity.

Highly recommended.

*Internet not available in all room categories.

Valet Parking Available.

Gluten Free + Lactose Free cheese available


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