W Barcelona – The Family Stay

I am a big fan of the W Hotels & Resorts and I have stayed in quiet a few around the world, you can check out all my reviews around the globe here. This is a luxury hotel chain now owned by Marriott International since the takeover of Starwood Hotels, is generally marketed toward a younger crowd than their other upscale properties. This year I have visited Barcelona many times and I have loved this city for years now. So on this occasion I decided to return to W Barcelona with my family. I was intrigued to see how us and my daughters would fit into this hotel.

I forgot how grand and dominant this hotel looks away in the distance. Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona sets the scene for a spectacular stay. I could spot it at least 5 km away which made me more it more excited. When I pointed it out to my daughters, they too were keen to take a closer look. It’s certainly a clear landmark, if you are trying to explain to anyone where you are staying.

Welcome And Reception

From the moment you walk in this has to be one of the largest of receptions regarding the W Hotels & Resorts. Its casual but on the ball welcome is why I love coming here. My children have not been here before and they loved the seat swings. I like them too as it makes my check in so much more calmer when they entertain themselves. One of my favourite parts of the decor here was the disco inspired wall. It is a great place to take some Instagram shots. On this occasion W Barcelona was trending a deep Bordeaux wall to massive ceiling and it set the tone to what was to come for the rest of our family stay.

WET Take A Dip

This is what I love about Barcelona is that in April, we could sit outside at the pool area and we had a nice nineteen degrees and sunshine. There are two swimming areas, the first being the WET pool. It had a large wooden terrace to amplify every sun-soaked day. There were lots of amazing and super comfortable places to lounge around. It’s even hotter in the summer months when WET deck transforms into the ultimate insider destination for the evening. Live DJs spin lounge tunes and the WET Bar serves delicious bites and signature cocktails. On this occasion it was busy but perfect to just chill and take some amazing photos for MenStyleFashion. WOW, what a view. As for the pool, just a bit too cold for this time of the year.

The entry to the Wet Deck Terrace and the use of the pool is reserved exclusively for guests of the hotel. This is great because Barcelona gets very very busy. Don’t worry, from 8pm, the terrace and Wet Bar is open to external clients.

SUN DECK Take It Easy

The SUN DECK area where the second pool is situated, was lovely for me and my children. This is the perfect place for mornings and early afternoons as the sun was perfect form here. The sea, beach and Barcelona views are endless from here. This private infinity pool was a peaceful retreat and is close to the in-house gym and spa. For those that want to splash out you can have your own exclusive WOW Cabana which are available to rent daily, or if you want to go further take over the whole pool for a private cocktail party after 8pm. Maybe one day I will have a MSF party here.

The SUN DECK is perfect for families that stay at W Barcelona, on this occasion my daughters were treated to some complementary icy pops.

Eclipse Bar

The Eclipse Bar is a place in where style needs to be seen and is the party place to celebrate every night. The views over Barcelona are great from this bar which is located on the 26th floor. I came here early in the evening at 7 PM to have some bites to eat and some cocktails to drink from one of their master mixologists. The music was chilled and not loud, so I could have a good conversation with the mixologist about the cocktail he was about to make.

With my cocktail I had had the assorted Moriawase, 20 pieces of varied sushi. Which consisted of 4 pieces California Eclipse, 4 pieces spicy tuna, 6 pieces varied fish sashimi. It was fresh, yummy and the best Sushi view I have had in a long time.

This was finished with a platter of forest fruits, coconut and chocolates.

Fabulous Room

The fabulous room certainly matched its name. The newly renovated room looked fabulous. I stayed at two rooms with interconnecting doors one for the adults and one for the kids. I settled in, for what was going to be a fabulous night. Floor to ceiling windows brought the Mediterranean scene inside. The views both day and night are truly breathtaking. The beach, bustling city, and sea below were all within view from sun up to colourful sunset. But all I could hear was nothing but the kids screaming every now and then. I loved the pillow covers with there messages. The showers were huge and could fit the whole family in one. There were plenty of towels, goodies and treats to make this one of our most memorable stays in Barcelona. I had to force myself out of the room just to go and explore everything else that the hotel had to offer.

Fabulous Room View

This time I decided to experiment with the reflection of the water on this amazing building. Top Instagram place for sure.

Breakfast

What away to wake up with a stunning view like this. I had lots to choose form and there was plenty of food choices for the children too. I sat outside and could not get enough of Barcelona and the weather.

Conclusion

W Barcelona is a place you can come with family or friends. It’s a hotel that once I walked into, I did not want to leave. The staff were lovely and on the ball and very helpful with my daughters. The setting and what W Barcelona has to offer is why a two to three night stay is a must and that’s excluding visiting Barcelona. This is a perfect place for fun in the sun in the world of friendly luxury. Thanks for a great and fabulous stay.

Details

  • Room reviewed: Fabulous Room
  • Website: www.w-barcelona.com
  • Address: Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 932 95 28 00

About The Author

Gracie Opulanza
Head Editor

Global menswear and luxury lifestyle journalist. I love to unearth hidden gems. Co-founder and editor of MenStyleFashion.com. GracieOpulanza.com is my personal blog.

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