The best things about Hotel Arts Barcelona
There’s no better time to head to Europe! With the strength of the dollar surging, US travelers are at a huge advantage. London, Paris, Milan and Rome are all traditional hotspots on the bustling content. For today’s authentic travelers, the intrigue lies in going against the flow and exploring less-hyped destinations. With that in mind, a city to put on the 2015 bucket list is Barcelona, Spain.
The destination draws culture connoisseurs, foodie explorers, fitness fanatics, beach bums, architecture addicts and more. Below are eight great reasons for the informed traveler to check out Hotel Arts Barcelona in the heart of Catalonia, Spain.
Location- With an exciting, urban resort feel, Hotel Arts Barcelona is unique in its proximity to both city and sea. The 5-Star property is only footsteps away from a relaxing day on the sands of Barceloneta beach. Traveler in summer 2015 should also be sure to take advantage of their outdoor, heated pool and jacuzzi. Both are situated in close proximity to the impressive “Peix Structure” a glimmering, coppery-golden fish statue by renowned architect, Frank Gehry. An “atelier” or pool cart featuring skin-care products and an attendant will also be available poolside to protect travelers from sun rays.
Culture- Hotel Arts Barcelona provides unprecedented access to cultural landmarks throughout Barcelona. In particular, the Museu Picasso is a short trip away by foot, metro or taxi. Currently, until June 26, over 80 works of art by Picasso and Dali have found a home at the museum. In celebration, Hotel Arts toasts theses influential artists with the introduction of the Picasso vs. Dali experience, serving tapas and cocktails inspired by their lives.
Cuisine- Speaking of tapas, Hotel Arts is a draw for foodie travelers from around the world. Enoteca is their Michelin-starred restaurant, helmed by the humble and talented Chef Paco Perez. In addition, the hotel is home to Arola, which serves Sergi Arola’s innovative Catalan cuisine in a young and trendy setting. Travelers should be sure to sample the exceptional Patatas Bravas, which are more flavorful and intricate than those which a traveler could sample at other tapas eateries in the city. The hotel also has an Arola Brunch in the summers, with an ice cream cart for kids and cocktails for adults, outdoor, al fresco dining at Marina in the summer, breakfast in the morning at Café Veranda and traditional American food such as burgers at Bites, for when your taste buds crave home. Frank’s bar is suited to evening drinks.
Exceptional Spa – 43 The Spa is a world class facility, recently reopened in summer 2014 after a redesign and rebranding. As the only spa in Barcelona with sea-views, it should be on every guest’s must visit for a relaxing and calming experience like none other available in the city. From the sauna, the treatment cabins, the wet zone, and the unbelievable outdoor relaxation terrace, the Mediterranean is visible, glistening below. Located on the 42 and 43 floors of the hotel, the spa features Natura Bisse skincare products; a Barcelona company, global celebrities are also known to use their products.
Customer Service- The level of staff competence and grace at this hotel is exceptional. From a fitness trainer and personal running coach, to expert therapists in the spa, butlers and concierge teams at the Club Level and apartments, a dedicated conference concierge for each business group, to the restaurants’ staff and the welcome team in the lobby, travelers needs are always met and consistently exceeded. This hotel is unbelievably artful in their attention to detail and dedication to guest’s having a comfortable and relaxing stay. In addition, the employees are informed about the best local sites. Hotel Arts guest map in hand, they’ll happily suggest worthy tourist attractions, such as Gaudi’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, or lesser known, equally interesting sites, such as the Basílica Santa Maria del Mar.
Social Responsibility- Hotel Arts Barcelona participates in the “Community Footprints” initiative synonymous with Ritz Carton hotels. The Arts staff selects causes which are of importance to the local community and to travelers and then the staff participates in a variety of service programs close to the heart. In 2015, they will again partner with Make a Wish Spain to help a ten year old Catalan boy who has undergone a number of surgeries and now wears prostheses –to raise funds to send him to NY for the US Open. They also plan to provide opportunities for travelers to “volunteam” in a half day, three part activity. It will involve education regarding environmental challenges on the Costa Brava, then a fun class on paddle surfing with a private coach, followed by a group beach cleanup. The fee for travelers to participate goes directly to a local environmental organization.
Versatility- The hotel’s versatility is quite impressive. Whereas some hotels have a focus on strictly business or leisure, Hotel Arts is constantly filled with interesting individuals from all walks of life. The property frequently hosts huge business conferences, while also catering to multigenerational families (apartments are especially suited to this) girlfriends on a getaway (the new bridal beauty party experience is well suited to wedding parties) and couples either on vacation, on their honeymoons, or getting married in Barcelona. Older generations are also quite fond of the hotel, as it is quite close to the city’s cruise port, making for a convenient extension to any cruise vacation.
Iconic Landmark- The legendary, history making Hotel Arts Barcelona remains a prominent figure in the European luxury tourism landscape. Built for the Olympic Games of 1992, it was the first luxury hotel ever built in Barcelona. Its construction is said to have opened the Mediterranean to the rest of Europe and other regions of the world and it has the honor of having been the first European Ritz-Carlton property.