Where to Stay in Barcelona: W Hotel Barcelona
If you’re looking for where to stay in Barcelona and you want to find a hotel with cool, modern luxury, the W Barcelona may be your spot. It’s located on the Barceloneta which is in the city but right near the water and overlooks the bay with the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel is what you expect from W Hotel properties: Chic, modern and vibey. I really loved my stay because I felt it offered the best of all worlds of Barcelona. You could very easily do the beach vibe but also walk to the Bari Gotic (Gothic Quarter) and take in the more “Euro city” aspect of the culture as well. Barcelona is such a cool city because you can really experience very different scenes depending on what area you’re in. If I had to sum up why I vote W Barcelona for where to stay in Barcelona, here are the high points.
The pool and beach
Because the W is right near the water, you can do a really resort-y pool day even though it’s a city trip. It’s the only hotel in Barcelona that gives you direct access to the beach. Being a little bit of a beach snob, though, I preferred the pool. (Meaning, I’m spoiled by my Caribbean favorites.) The pool area is sweet and looks out over a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The bar has a menu with great cocktails. So, imagine you can lay out all day in your suit in the Mediterranean sun sipping frothy drinks and lychee martinis. Or, you can go sightsee early and then come back for a late pool day and happy hour to relax before a late Spanish dinner.
This one will be a matter of preference for where to stay in Barcelona. The location of the W is about a 20 minute walk from Las Ramblas. For me, this was completely fine because I walk all the time and that is nothing to me. Plus you have the coastal vibe restaurants of La Barceloneta right there with really great outdoor seating and fresh seafood. But, if you prefer to be right in the thick of the Gothic Quarter, then that’s something to consider. I liked the fact that I could basically have 2 vacations in one. The Euro culture trip is a 20 minute walk away and the swanky Mediterranean beach trip is right downstairs. It would be hard to do it the other way around because you wouldn’t get access to all the good pool/beach stuff the W Hotel guests get access to if you didn’t stay there.
I am a total boutique hotel girl and while W Hotel is a little bigger than that, the vibe is still that of a design hotel, which I like. The building itself was designed by a famous architect, Ricardo Bofill, and is in the shape of a sail that reflects the surroundings in a really pretty way. Inside, like any W Hotel, is trendy and immersive style from the interior design to the food and drink presentation to the music that is the soundtrack of your day. I already talked about how good the pool vibe was but the other common areas, restaurants and bars are the same. In the morning you have a really good spread and serene breakfast, during the day you have the pool vibe and at night you have a swanky nightlife feel. The club upstairs, Eclipse, was crowded and seemingly popular when I was there. I’d describe the style of the guests as trendy and on-point. People were dressed well and were attractive. Not that that matters at all, but just trying to paint a picture.
The rooms were really awesome. For the price, I think you get a lot for it, namely because of the view. During the day, the view out to the Mediterranean was really gorgeous. You have to get a single bed (King, I believe) to get a room with a view. The rooms with double beds (at least the ones I saw) were more typical without the amazing view and less special. But, having that pretty view out to the water made a late afternoon rest really feel extra special and I didn’t feel like I was wasting my day taking a breather. There’s something about seeing the beauty of a destination from your room that makes it feel OK to be in your room!
All in all, the W Barcelona was a good fit for me. The vibe, style, pool and views to the water for me outweighed the need to be right in the Gothic Quarter. I spent most of my time near the Las Ramblas area, but again, the 20 minute walk was totally cool with me. I would totally recommend this hotel for where to stay in Barcelona.
Read on to my Barcelona Guide for more info on the different neighborhoods and where to go for sightseeing!