Rated 4 out of 5 by AJR1 Relaxing Weekend in Barcelona
Returned to the W for a quick weekend escape from the dire London weather.
Arrived on a Friday night and had a quick check-in by very welcoming staff.
Got a nice room on the 17th floor with a fantastic sea view.
The decor of the rooms is simple but elegant. A large walk in shower room and lots of Bliss Spa shower gels and shampoos are a nice touch.
I was a bit disappointed that two large water stains could not have been cleaned from my window seat. It was also noted that the Ipod dock was as dead as it had been last year.
The decor of the common area is..well... very red. I'm sure a bit more could have been done. I also thought that some of the finer touches were missing - how about nailing an emergency phone to a wall rather than leave it lying on the floor??
Since my visit last year the hotel has opened up one of the restaurants down by the beach as an alternative to the main lobby restaurant. "Salt" has a much nicer seating set up, but the buffet display feels a little lacking. Perhaps it is just the cavernous size of the venue which rather overwhelms.
The Wet Deck (the pool area) is the best feature of the hotel. Sun loungers over two levels, with a bar on each, overlooking the pool and beach.
One let down was the attentiveness of staff on the deck. Felt like i could die of thirst a couple of times and the speed of service was lacking.
The beach area has hotel sun loungers and staff attendants offer towels and drinks. Not sure why the hotel feels the need to offer the sunloungers to the public at EUR25 a pop. It had the effect of filling up the area and making it harder for me to find a place. Its not as if the hotel isnt charging enough....surely?!
Sweat.. the gym... is a well equipped gym as hotel gyms go. Barbell and dumbells (up to 22kg), smith machine, treadmills, stretch area. And the spa staff even came round with fruit juice mid workout... nice!
The air-con on my floor packed up one night. The hotel asked to gain access to my room to check the system.. which was disruptive to say the least as i was already in bed. They apparently had no luck in fixing it as a couple of hours later i was woken by an infuriated guest laying into hotel staff outside his door about the apparent lack of cool.
Said air con remained unserviceable for the rest of my stay.
Poor show for a 5* hotel.
I arranged for a late check out but alas the key card didnt play ball. This left me locked out down by the beach after the standard check out time. Despite braving the madding crowds congregating around reception to reactivate my card - i was still unable to use the lift back to my room. Why is it so difficult??!
Overall - the stay was pleasant. But the hotel really needs to up its game a bit.
Cleanliness, decor, access and attentiveness of staff would be good areas of focus.
Look forward to returning in the autumn.
19 juillet 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Heath74 Great location for beach, not as good for city center
The rooms were great. I had a suite that connected to a room with two doubles. Our three young kids had the double room. Very spacious. Room service was great. Only complaint was the pool. We took down purple towels from our terrace and were accosted when we tried to take them back up. And, we received a call 10 seconds after we walked in the door to come pick up the "pool" towels.. Bizarre. It's about a 15 minute walk into city, so not as easy with young kids.
10 juin 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by mec72 Great hotel, but lacking the W vibe
It's a great hotel and the views are amazing, but it didn't have the hip vibe that the last couple of W hotels I visited had (W Taipei and W Santiago de Chile).
Rooms are spacious, beds are very comfy and the A/C is very quiet. Views of the beach and the city are amazing (loved the floor-to-ceiling windows). The subway station (Barceloneta) is a pleasant 20-minute walk, half of it along the beach. Town center is 10-15 minutes by cab.
In terms of bars, I thought both Wetbar and Eclipse were below par compared to other W properties (especially coming straight from the amazing W Taipei). Cocktails in both of them were delicious though - great mojitos by the pool at the Wetbar and watermelon drinks at the Eclipse. Food at both was very average though.
Breakfast on the other hand was great -- actually one of the best hotels breakfasts I've ever had. So no reason to venture out, just have it at the hotel.
Concierge was great and couldn't do a better job in terms of coming up with excellent restaurant recommendations (and making reservations).
Two things I didn't like:
-- The person checking us in failed to recognize my status, which was really annoying. She wanted to charge us extra for the late check-out, finally spoke with the manager and said it was fine, but really, shouldn't this be the basics you teach your staff if you operate as an SPG property? This of course meant no upgrade, either, but I was too tired to talk her further.
-- Another thing I found surprising was that we were charged for the water left on our night tables (labeled on our bill as "mini bar"). Not that I really care about those couple of euros, but I just found this really cheap. Don't think I've ever seen that before - minibar is inside the minibar, not in the bathroom or on the night table (I wouldn't be even able to count how many bottles of water were given to me -- free of charge -- during my three-week stay at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong last month...).
30 mai 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Swennie What a view!
Check-in: I was a bit surprised about the poor information (to be more precise: no info at all) we received upon check-in. No info regarding restaurants, breakfast times... On the 2nd day when I went to check on my bill (they charged our breakfast 2x for the first day), another helpful receptionist this time said that if we had booked the breakfast for the whole stay upon check-in, we had a better price. We didn't know, because we weren't informed upon check-in.
It was only 12h and our room wasn't ready yet, which is understandable. Once the room was ready they would call me on my mobile. At 15h00 we returned to the hotel, nobody had called so I checked if the room was ready... And yes, it was ready. Do they really call?
Room: The room was absolutely magnificent. We had the best view ever... 8th floor with view on the sea & harbour where the cruise ships were docked. The mood lights, the 'sofa' next to the window where you could relax and enjoy the view... Small negative points: the bed was so/to soft, my friend had a back ache each morning; no free WIFI in the rooms; no BVN among the proposed tv channels (seeing the number of Dutch & Flemish-speaking clients at the hotel, it would be a +)
Breakfast: Breakfast was ok, but I expected something more of a breakfast a the W...
Location: it's a bit of a walk (15/20min) before you get to Barcelonetta and the nearest metro station.
Others: I found it quite annoying that each time we wanted to enter the hotel, staff was asking what we were doing there. 'Where we staying at the hotel?'. I understand that it's quite a popular hotel and has become an 'attraction' of Bcn, but the way the staff keeps asking this same question, tends to make you feel a bit annoyed, like you don't belong at the hotel.
The hotel directory is not really helpfull. Timing & locations of restaurants aren't mentioned. Seeing the lack of info we had upon check-in, it would have been handy.
7 mai 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ebaz Great Hotel in Good location
The room was great - very comfortable, nice, clean and great views of the water. Only odd part is that bathroom is sort of in middle of room and not much privacy. The location of the hotel is probably best over the summer since it is on the beach. For the traveler who wants to spend time in the city, it is a good walk to the city. The W should offer shuttle service every hour during the day to make it a little easier. The Concierge service was very helpful prior to and during my stay.
1 mai 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by FOCUS100 Overall good - but stay away from the top floors
Overall good hotel...nothing special besides the location which offers a nice contrast to busy Barcelona. Massively disappoints on the "small" things - no turn-down service, water bottle EUR 4, bad selection of TV channels, etc..
The negative highlight was being woken up at 2 am in the morning by noise of the top floor bar - it is more a club than a bar...we stayed on the 23 floor and the walls were vibrating and you could even hear the DJ shout. After several complaints to no avail, we were able to relocate to a lower floor and the hotel was sorry for the inconvenience. Exactly what we came to expect!
18 avril 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by blablabla2 Great Hotel
Great staff & services, great design, fantastic location. Upgrade to a marvelous suite; a room with a view.
Please make sure that next time the Expresso machine does work and than the experience is excellent.
Top 3 best hotel experience in a year.
8 janvier 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Gcg1947 Great hotel but not perfect
Wonderful view from room and furnishings very comfortable. But there are some triumphs of design over functionality - eg shower door opens wrong way and can't avoid wetting the floor outside the cubicle. Hotel guide in room was poor and no real information re restaurants etc. had to ask for any info we needed, which is annoying. No breakfast prices in restaurants or on menu. Shocked to find 57€ on bill for two buffets! Why no free wifi? Are we not in 2011? Staff all polite and helpful. Concierge was really excellent.
7 décembre 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sneeks Fantastic Hotel
a great location on the beach and within walking distance of Barcelonetta....a lengthy walk to La Rambla. Hotel needs a shuttle to these areas. WOW suite was amazing! Great views, great facilities and as always Bliss products! Recommend it for anyone going to Barcelona.
26 novembre 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tender1 best situated hotel of Barcelona
Perfect Hotel by the sea. Very good helping staff. .Super breakfast Very good Spa and gym.
No good security coming from the beach (door was open must of the time ) , very noisy Hotel , the background music was to loud and all over the place...no quiet zone's !!!!; NO INSIDE swimming pool and the outside pool is in the shade during winter time . Bar the Eclipse is more a Night Club than a bar and this even at 07 pm .
5 novembre 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by hardtraveler Room With A View
A bit off the beaten path, but very well situated and quite lovely, we very much enjoyed our stay here. Situated on the beach, one could stroll for hours enjoying the boardwalk. It was a bit of a walk to the restaurants in town, but it could be done, and made for many lovely journeys. The view from our room was quite nice, and the decor was to our liking. Staff was fairly helpful and attentive. We look forward to returning.
21 octobre 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Marcel12 The room was too loud
We went last saturday to hotel W in Barcelona and we got room nr. 2404. The disco was on the 26 floor. We could hear the hard music untill 5.00 o'clock. The fact that the room had "ear plugs" means that the hotel knows houpw loudy this room is. Even with ear plugs we couldn't sleep. We were very tired in the morning. This is unacceptable.
23 décembre 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by BWU111 AC Controls
room had great difficulities with air conditioning: didn't work at all at times, then came on and it was too cold. Could not control the system at all.
Frustrating! Hotel had no idea what was wrong.
24 octobre 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by olchik Great facilities but some staff is not helpful
Fabulous facilities, great rooms, stunning property.
There were a handful of staff that were incredibly helpful and understanding. Others have been very unhelpful, some rude, some just not trained. A little bit disappointing given how great the facilities are.
15 octobre 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Huntermathena Beautiful property, disappointing staff
I visited this property and while it was one of the most beautiful locations I've ever been to as a platinum member, The overall experience was less than desirable. There were constantly kids jumping in the pool (it was more of a play area and not an adult orientated area, the restaurants didn't have enough menus and we were turned away because of that which was bizarre. I said something to the staff and later management who just shrugged it off. It seems to be a culture thing there where this is acceptable.
9 octobre 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Isabel13 Lack of service
Great facilities, great location, but W Barcelona has the worst service ever.
There is no whatever, whenever, staff is unfriendly, room is not ready on time, keys stop working after 1 day, speaking to the supervisor is only possible after multiple attempts.
Some work needs to be done in this W hotel.
23 septembre 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by stu21 not 5 star service
Disappointed with check in, had to queue for 15 minutes, room not ready until 4pm then only one room was ready, the other was forgot about, had to queue again for another 10 mins.
To make matters worse, renovations started on the second day of our stay in the bar / reception area, the noise was annoying! We were only informed by email 2 days before arriving that the work was to commence during our stay.
This hotel is oversubscribed and cannot cope with full occupancy, what a shame it spoils otherwise a fantastic hotel.
13 septembre 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Dima999 waiting time for check-in
very nice hotel .. but terrible waiting time at check-in. 4th time we try the hotel. Always same story. Rooms are not ready before 6pm and check-in time takes an average of 20 to 30 minutes. Very unprofessional staff in the hotel. Average of 25 years old. Pretty faces but so inefficient ..
Where is the boss ???
26 août 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Phg256 Not bad but very expensive
Hotel is very expensive. My biggest issue was that the pool area including the deck and bar was was closed on Sun night for some type of party. I spoke to the manager and he was very apologetic but told me it is closed every Sunday for this party. When you pay a small fortune to stay at a hotel you expect to have use of all their facilities all the time. It was not mentioned to me when I booked the rooms that the pool wold close at six o'clock on Sunday when my children were hot and wanted to swim. At least offer a reduced rate for the inconvenience.
19 août 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by DamianZurich Stay at W-Hotel Barcelona
Very nice hotel in a very unique spot in Barcelona, very friendly staff, good food (Bravo24, breakfast) and great drinks in the eclipse bar. However, the room was not as clean as i would expect of a hotel in this price segment. In addition, a party took place in the night and it was very loud in our room as the room in the 4th floor was close to the lobby. Therefore, make sure you don't get a room in the first 6 floors. In addition, it is a pity that the pool is that small.
30 juillet 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by cucu1965 Outstanding hotel, wild guests
W Barcelona is in all respects an outstanding hotel, and I was very pleased to stay there. Apart from the obvious - fantastic architecture, outstanding location, great breakfast, room settings etc - I was extremely impressed by the courtesy and efficiency of the staff. Just as an example, your colleagues Patricio and Xavi managed and resolved a misunderstanding at check-in about our suite upgrade in a quick, friendly and easy going way... but I have to say all staff, no one excluded, left with us a very good impression.
In that respect, I have to say that W personnel greatly outperformed W clientele. Unfortunately, many of the guests at the pool - very crowded for the weekend - behaved in a wild, impolite, arrogant and aggressive manner - to the point that we felt threatened and unsafe at times.
Given the small size of the pool, we felt at the end that the private hotel beach was a better choice and we did not regret this decision, which I would recommend to everybody - unless you belong to the evergrowing tattooed, pierced and bodybuilded crowd.
30 juillet 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by MGMunich Overhyped
The W Hotel is overhyped and overcrowded. Restaurants are Ok. Not a classical W Hotel as e.g., in the USA. Poor service.
28 juillet 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by albans Exceptionnal hotel, but packed in July!
Our stay there was nice, but there's clearly too much people in July and the staff is a bit overloaded... Big waiting time on cocktail orders, trouble to find free spot next to the pool and overall a feeling that there's too much people around.
22 juillet 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by FirstTimeinIstanbul Party Central!
Well, if you want the best vantage point in Barcelona, you've come to the right place. This hotel has so many great attributes (e.g.: architecture, decor, restaurants), that it's hard to complain. However, be aware that DJ's crank it up on the pool deck on Saturday nights, so much so that the actual words to the songs (no exaggeration) can be clearly heard through the sealed floor-to-ceiling windows fifteen floors above. Not wanting to complain about a good party but recognizing an early departure the next morning, two phone calls to the seemingly uninterested manager-on-duty failed to resolve the noise issue until midnight.
14 juillet 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by SPG1402 Only for the young and wealthy
First no one can deny how fabulous this hotel looks. It is very modern and hip. With that being said the staff seemed to be very pretentious. They are selective on who gets mediocre service and treatment. The restaurants were good but the service was extremely slow with no apologies or reason. It was definitely not 5 star standard of service. The beach in front of the hotel was decent to swim and enough lounge chairs. Hotel guest should be informed to reserve chairs by the pool a day in advanced. I went around 10am and was told everything had been taken. The hotel was 100% occupancy so this was understandable. The gym was great and never crowded. I would recommend this hotel for young people with money. If you don’t fit the “look” then you might get looked over like many that I witnessed.
8 juillet 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by ThreeLadies This hotel has the best location in Barcelona
The location was great, the hotel looks good. But the Spanish staff lacks any knowledge of English. At the reception was only one English proficient.
When paying in cash, (while waiting for our room number) the bar tender was very reluctant to give our change after more than 45 mins waiting and having been asked twice (it was change for a bill of €50)
The carpet in our room was not clean.
The W rates as a 6; therefor we expected more, like clean towels twice a day, and better service at reception and concierge desk.
Every night the lobby was very noisy with loud music and lots of noisy screaming people!
7 juillet 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Globetrotter59 The hotel is in a great location but has shortcomings
The rooms are very minimalist but adequate in terms of comfort. The supposed initial upgrade was a room that needed plumbing repairs and had a foul smell. The next upgraded room was large and had a great view. Staff member at check in was vague and disinterested and platinum membership was not recognised or mentioned initially. Dinner in Salt was so bad that we were not charged and the second night in other hotel restaurant resulted in food poisoning..we didn't try Bravo for obvious reasons. I would not stay at this hotel again.
26 juin 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Vienna Room not clean
I stayed with my wife for our anniversary one week in the hotel. The room we had was not cleaned very well and the non-smoking room had a burned hole from a cigarette on the night-table.
The roses which I orderd with the reservation were not delivered at our anniversary.
I was surprised that the service at wet deck was so poor.
15 mai 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Roya Roya
We had two high floor and beach view rooms. The beds are very low (mattress is almost on the ground) and extremely soft that caused lower back pain and muscle spam even though we are all young with no medical issue. After complaining about soft bed, the hotel only offered us to sleep on the sofa or floor, not changing our room to a room with better beds. The uncomfortable bed ruined our vacation and left us with no resting experience and pleasure. The location and view is excellent, but floors and hallways do not have any characters (mono-color on wall, ceiling, & carpet). The pool is extremely small.
8 avril 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by DrZeuss Great location
Very nice place. Great rooms. Good food.
You get attitude from the staff, they forget to deliver what you ordered on two occasions and sunscreen is 66 euro for a small tube.
2 avril 2013