Updated Apr 21 2020
In 2009, after a lot of controversy over its construction right on the seafront, the W Barcelona hotel was opened, which belongs to the W Hotels chain. Thanks to the similarity of its silhouette to a sailing boat, it’s also popularly known as ‘Hotel Vela’ (‘the Sail Hotel’).
Information about the W Hotel Barcelona
Situated just behind the Sant Sebastià beach, at the Barceloneta neighborhood, its silhouette is visible from many points along the seafront, and also from some of Barcelona’s viewpoints, which has made the W Barcelona Hotel an iconic point of reference along the city’s skyline.
Designed by the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill, the hotel stands at a height of 99 metres, and its façade is covered in glass so that, depending on the time of day, the colouration of the building changes according to the sun’s reflection.
Going into the W Barcelona Hotel
The W Barcelona Hotel is a truly luxurious hotel, and it won’t surprise you to learn that staying there is way beyond most people’s budgets. However, some people do decide to reserve a night there, just to see for themselves what the experience of staying in one of Barcelona’s best hotels is like.
If you’d like to see inside the ‘Sail Hotel’, there’s absolutely no problem in going into the lobby, because there are areas of the hotel where the public are welcome to go to, such as some of the bars and restaurants. It’s definitely worth going in, because the design of the inside will surprise you as much as the outside, and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy views of the beach from some of the areas within the hotel.
Bars, restaurants and terraces
None of the W Hotel’s bars, restaurants and terraces are exactly cheap, but if you don’t mind spending a bit more money to enjoy a drink, or if you’d like to treat yourself, it’s definitely worth it, because from some of the bars you’ll get a beautiful view of the area.
Under the supervision of the well-known Catalan chef Carlos Abellán, the Bravo24 Restaurant offers breakfasts, lunches and dinners to the public, and not just to hotel guests.
Breakfast: Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 11:00. Saturdays and Sundays from 07:00 to 11:30.
Lunch: Monday to Sunday from 13:30 to 16:00.
Dinner: Monday to Sunday from 20:30 to 23:00.
Located on the 26th floor of the W Hotel Barcelona, the glamorous Eclipse lounge offers some incredible views of the city, both of the sea and of the rest of Barcelona’s coastline. You can enjoy anything from cocktails to all sorts of liqueurs, as well as their famous canapés. Its exclusivity, the parties that take place there and its magnificent terrace have turned it into one of the great players in Barcelona’s nightlife. It’s also open to non-residents, although if you want to go there, you’ll need to dress accordingly, as there is a dress code. We recommend reserving in advance to avoid the disappointment of it being fully booked.
Monday to Wednesday: from 19:00 to 02:00.
Thursday: from 19:00 to 03:00.
Friday to Sunday: from 19:00 to 04:00.
Wave is another of the restaurants within the W Barcelona hotel and it’s also open to non-residents.
We think Wet Bar is one of the best places in which to enjoy the incredible views of Barcelona’s beaches, whilst soaking up the relaxing atmosphere of the surroundings. The bar serves soft drinks and some alcoholic drinks, as well as small snacks and salads. Throughout most of the day access is restricted to the hotel’s guests, but at some points the bar opens its doors to non-residents too.
April and November: daily from 10:00 to 18:00.
May: daily from 10:00 to 21:00.
June: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 02:00, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 03:00.
July and August: daily from 10:00 to 03:00.
September: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 02:00, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 03:00.
October: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to midnight.
W Bar can be found in one of the corners of the hotel’s lobby, and as well as putting on DJ sessions it also serves as a restaurant, which is more informal than the other restaurants.
Sunday to Thursday: from 09:00 to 02:00.
Friday and Saturday: from 09:00 to 03:00.
Right next to the beach, ‘Salt’ restaurant completes the hotel’s gastronomic offering. Its terrace, the ‘Salt Beach Club’, is on the beach itself and it’s open to everyone.
In addition to these bars, restaurants and cafés in the W Barcelona Hotel, there are other restaurants and bars in the area, which make this area one of the liveliest places along the seafront when the good weather arrives.
plaça (square) de la Rosa del Vents 1, Barcelona.
How to get there?
Metro: Barceloneta (line 4), followed by a 15-minute walk.
Buses: lines 39 y V15.
By foot: If you’re already in the La Barceloneta district you’ll be able to walk to the W Barcelona Hotel.