The tallest building in Barcelona – the Hotel Arts Barcelona – had an iconic beginning. It was built as the city prepared for the 1992 Olympic Games and was designed by Bruce Graham, the architect behind Chicago’s legendary Sears Tower. This beachside hotel is now a quintessential part of the city skyline, and its height gives guests unrivalled views of Barcelona’s unique architecture – from Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and his Park Güell, to Montjuic and the Mediterranean Sea.
“We’re very proud of the 360-degree views of the city,” says Paula Pont, Public Relations Manager of Hotel Arts Barcelona. “You have all the city at your feet, you can see everything from the top floors of the hotel.”
There are 28 two-storey penthouses on the highest floors, which offer the best views; four of the biggest even have outdoor terraces. The interior decor is designed by the innovative Jaime Tresserra and includes original pieces of art by Spanish artists, many of whom are Catalan. The penthouses come with a private reception and include a dedicated concierge and butler service, the use of a Mini Cooper Cabrio to explore the city, and complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi. Enoteca, one of the hotel’s six restaurants, has two Michelin stars. Chef Paco Pérez currently holds the greatest number of Michelin stars in Spain.
Several of the penthouses include a gym, with a personal trainer on hand, and there is also the option of a hands-free shopping experience with personal staff at La Roca Village, which houses more than 150 designer labels.
For the guest who requires a discreet, private area, the hotel has a Club Lounge, which is accessed by just 40 of its rooms. “It’s a hotel within a hotel,” says Paula, “a living room with personalized service, private concierge, and food and drink served throughout the day. Our hotel has almost 500 rooms, so this area offers a quiet ambience for guests; the club lounge would be perfect for those guests who want privacy.” And, as it is on the 33rd floor, it also has beautiful views of the city and the sea, of course.