Hotel Arts Barcelona

Barcelona's beachfront high-rise

If you want one of the best views in Barcelona, check into Hotel Arts Barcelona, an architectural landmark towering over the beachfront.

Designed by Bruce Graham for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, this 44-story steel-and-blue-glass exposed-beam skyscraper has become an icon of the city. The views are stunning, either out to the sea, toward the city or in some cases, both.

Inside, you’ll find top-notch dining and drinking (Enoteca Paco Pérez is a standout), a sky-high spa with pampering treatments, waterfront and infinity swimming pools and an art collection with more than 500 works as well as an art gallery.

While the hotel sits near the marina and the beachfront Barceloneta district, it’s also seven miles from Barcelona El Prat airport and two miles from the city’s ancient Gothic Quarter.

Our Inspector's Highlights
  • One of the first and finest of the city’s modern luxury properties, this Barcelona hotel still towers over them all, literally.
  • Check out Frank Gehry's gleaming copper Fish sculpture next to the infinity pool. Or stroll the hotel's more than 10,700-square-foot garden, where the copper fish is based.
  • 43 The Spa, found on Hotel Arts’ 43rd floor, presents numerous signature treatments.
  • The beach is only a few steps away. Locals and visitors covet a patch of sand when the weather turns hot.
  • Impressive museums are not far from the hotel. MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum, is a 14-minute drive, while the wonderful Museu Picasso, displaying many of the artist’s works from his youth, is an eight-minute drive.
Things to Know
  • Barcelona is synonymous with architect Antoni Gaudí and his Catalan Modernism. Don’t miss his amazing Sagrada Familia Cathedral (10 minutes by car) or his more intimate Casa Batlló (12 minutes). Barcelona is a contemporary city full of modernist architecture and artworks all over.
  • Food is plentiful in Barcelona, and tapas reign supreme. Tapas can be found in virtually every bar, which proffers at least a few items. Or visit the bustling La Boqueria public market for fun snacks or small bites. Besides the hotel, high-end dining is available all over the city. 
  • Though Barcelona is a fun and easy place to stroll, this property is a long walk from some parts of the city, so cabs or Uber may be needed.
  • Staff is extremely efficient and friendly, with English spoken throughout the property.
The Rooms
  • The resort offers 483 accommodations in three categories: guest rooms and suites, Club-level rooms and suites, and penthouses.
  • Well-appointed rooms come with amenities such as Bang & Olufsen audiovisual systems, bathrooms with a separate tub and hydro-shower stall, and a control panel for the lighting, blinds and music.
  • For a more exclusive experience, reserve Club-level accommodations. It will give you a dedicated team of hosts, private check-in and access to the Club Lounge, which serves food and beverages(including hors d’oeuvres and cocktails) throughout the day.
  • Spanning floors 34 to 43, the 28 lavish penthouses resemble private apartments. They boast one to three bedrooms and impressive perks ranging from airport transfers to special shopping experiences.

  • The hotel’s location is great for seeing Barcelona’s geography from on high. Some suites have telescopes.
The Restaurants
  • Taste fresh-from-the-sea catches and mountainside produce in artful dishes at Enoteca Paco Pérez. The fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant celebrates seasonal ingredients in its bright, white-filled dining room. Let a sommelier pair your meal with selections from the 700-plus wine collection.

  • Travel all over the globe with drinks at Parallel 41, where prominent head mixologist Diego Baud finds cocktail inspiration from cities that cross Barcelona’s latitude, including Istanbul; New York; Porto, Portugal; Rome; and Shenyang, China.
  • At The Pantry, enjoy regional specialties that feature zero-mile ingredients in a dimly lit, speakeasy-like space.
  • Take a seat on Marina Coastal Food’s terrace to get a view of the Mediterranean while you savor seafood tapas. At sunset, the casual restaurant shifts its menu to fresh grilled fish and paellas.
  • For breakfast, go to Lokal for its Mediterranean and international buffet or all-day restaurant Bites for a quick meal and coffee.

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Getting There
Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
BCN (14-18 min)  
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