Attended a conference and stayed on over the weekend. In the Marina District, the Hotel Arts has great proximity to the beach, and if you like walking, about 20-30 mins from Las Ramblas and the Old City. Taxis are plentiful, so no transportation issues.
Yes, the hotel lobby is on the first floor (not the ground floor) but hardly an inconvenience. Staff were all SUPER friendly and helpful. I arrived at the hotel about 10 am (overnight from US) and the hotel was able to check me in immediately. Much appreciated! Every time I asked the concierge a question, I ended up with a pocket map of Barcelona.
I had a king bed room, with an Eastern exposure. From the window, I could see the city (to the left), the Marina (straight ahead) and the Mediterranean off to the right. Room was very large by European standards. The bathroom was very nice, separate tub and shower. The shower was more of a mini-steam room complete with a bench to sit on. Water pressure and temperature was awesome.
We ate a couple of times in the hotel restaurant/coffee shop adjacent to the lobby and the bar. Never busy, the food was prepared well and the chef had some interesting versions of classic dishes. One that stands out was tiramisu. Instead of the classic construction, this one was "unassembled". Lady finger cookies were provided along with a small bowl of the prepared marscapone cheese mixture, and a separate small dish of cold espresso. Idea was you take the cookie and dunk it into the cheese and coffee. Quite good and I liked the novel presentation.
Some random notes:
Hotel dining is expensive. With the marina right next door, you have many other choices, although pickings are slim at breakfast (no, things really do not open before Noon in Barcelona!).
Did not try the in-room Wifi, due to price.
Watch out for the pod coffee machine in the room. My bad, I did not realize they were charging 4 Euros per pod until checkout. I am a coffee drinker, so OUCH.
If you like the hop on, hop off bus tour thing, the bus stops next door to the hotel (east about 50 feet on Avinguda Litoral).
The "Gran Casino Barcelona" is right next door. There is an entrance to the Casino right at the Hotel driveway/entrance. Not Vegas by any means, but a nice, clean casino. Some slots, video roulette and blackjack, video poker. Downstairs are the table games; you need a "ticket" to go downstairs which you get when you enter the casino (need passport to get in). Mostly roulette, some variation on 3 card poker (forget the name) and some blackjack. One corner of the floor is the "poker room". One thing to note, unlike Vegas, NO SMOKING in the casino. Yay!
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- 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