Where DO I Begin???
It is SO appropriate that when you walk into your room, music is playing from a fabulous CD called “Barcelona Nights” – and Shirley Bassey is singing “Where do I begin…?” That is how I feel as I try to summarize our stay at the Hotel Arts/Ritz Carlton in Barcelona. They do everything right here. The staff is extremely friendly, and in a genuine way. Everyone goes out of their way to make all aspects of your stay as comfortable as possible. Our room was gorgeous – in fact, our view mirrored that of the picture in Conde Nast Traveller’s “room with a view” section, which was opened on our table. We looked out over the Mediterranean Sea, with a giant fish sculpture leaping into the sea; breathtaking. The location of the hotel is perfect – right on the beach and yet also a close distance to the city. There are fabulous nightclubs and restaurants lining the beach just below the hotel – mere steps from the hotel’s front entrance. We loved the pool area, and Yann, the pool manager could not have been friendlier or more helpful in giving us suggestions as to areas of the beach and city we might enjoy. Selma, one of the pool staff, was a gorgeous young woman from Holland with big eyes and a million dollar smile. She too, was extremely helpful and told us not to miss the Born section of Barcelona (which is walkable from the hotel or a really cheap cab ride). We are so glad we listened to her, as we loved this “soho” section of Barcelona with great shops and tapas restaurants. The Hotel Arts building is gorgeous inside – beautiful orchids and cut flowers adorn the lobbies. The housekeeping staff is a fascination, as they slip in and out, leaving the rooms in perfect order, yet you never seem to see a cleaning cart in any of the halls. The grounds outside are equally stunning. We booked our trip through Amex travel, and so the fantastic buffet breakfast was included in our stay. We so looked forward to every morning, because Vicenc, the Director of restaurants, has done an amazing job with his staff: every morning a wonderful crew of waiters and waitresses would come to our table, huge smiles, remembering who we were and what we liked to eat and drink, and would stop to have conversations with us. Of course, Ivan, one of the chefs who would make the most delicious nutella crepes for me, was the person who really was the highlight of our stay at Hotel Arts. Each day we would come down, he would have a special Spanish Omelet or some other surprise made for us and sent to our table. Ivan is smart, funny, handsome and charming – he basically embodies all of the staff at Hotel Arts. I cannot wait to go back next summer! Definitely one of our best vacations ever!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pristine Hotel Arts Barcelona guides guests through relaxation through a myriad of luxurious accommodations. Surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of Barcelona, the landscape at and near our hotel in Barcelona, Spain will leave you in awe. Visit us and explore our unique setting, inside of our hotel and all around as you discover the seafront and exquisite design and art nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arts Hotel Barcelona
- Arts Barcelona Hotel
- Best Hotel Barcelona