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W Hotel Barcelona: Don’t Miss the Day

W Barcelona Hotel Review is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.


Getting There: There’s no Uber in Barcelona. I went in a taxi and was at the mercy of the driver. Fortunately, the cabbie took a credit card.


Getting There Boardwalk: Post club, there are rickshaws to bring drunkards back to the hotel (see Barcelona Party Guide). I thought I could walk it because it’s so prominent in the horizon. I tried to negotiate, but they knew their services were worth the price. After walking tirelessly, I gave in to the 10 euros I was originally quoted.

a building with lights at night
What W looks like.
a blurry image of a ferris wheel at night
What I saw.

Checking In

I was thanked for my Bonvoy double platinum (titanium status) and was told I would be upgraded to a room with a view of the ocean. Check in took longer than expected because there was a printer malfunction.  To apologize for the ten minutes of waiting, the front desk upgraded my upgrade to a suite.a large letter shaped sign in a city

The Suite

W has the worst sense of style. It looks like a crackhead that did a line of gun powder before designing the room was put in charge of design to make sure everything clashed.a room with a couch and a coucha room with a television and a couch a desk with a mirror and a telephone on it a room with a tv on the wall

The suite is huge but it looks like someone’s nightmare.

a bed with a red blanket and white pillows a bed in a room a bedroom with a bathtub and a bed

Soaps

Westin, W, and Waldorf’s Ferragamo are my favorite.a group of small bottles with labels on them a small tray with a small bottle and a towel on it

Bathroom 

At this point, I should mention I checked in at 11PM and would be leaving late the next day. That’s a dangerous combination in Barcelona. While the Bliss Spa would have been comforting, the shower was my revival retreat.a bathroom with a sink and mirrora shower with a shower head

Breakfast

Nothing like a good breakfast on the way in, 7AM, instead of the way out. W Barcelona gets high marks for breakfast.a group of pots of food

Service

The next day, I had to call for extra water. When they, “whenever, whatever”, the W means it. It took 30 minutes and an extra call to bring two bottles of water.a bottle of water and a glass on a table

Pool, Beach?

Seeing as I woke up at 4PM, I did not make use of the pool or the beach. That’s definitely a waste but these things happen. Post being fired from GM in 2012 (buy my book to read the whole story: Everyone’s Advice Is Wrong . . . Including Mine), here’s what the hotel looked like in the day: a tall building with palm trees a pool with people sitting on it a large group of people on a beach

View

Now for the question of the day: would you take a bigger room or an ocean view? On the one hand, the design of the room was terrible, so having more of it wasn’t something I needed. On the other, I didn’t see the ocean or the sun until I was going to the airport. Still, I think if I had an ocean view, I could have used the auto curtain openers to help with my detox and inspire me not to get over my hurt state.

Overall

I could stay at the W Barcelona for a week and make a mess of my life both during the day and at night. Like the W Scottsdale, the rooms are hideous. Like the W Scottsdale, trashy or not, it feels like home.


If you enjoyed W Barcelona Hotel Review read the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. There is Uber in Barcelona, its called Free Now and we used it all over the City. There is another one called Cabify i believe but never used that one

    • Thanks for sharing. I came across some ride app when I landed but given the circumstances couldn’t be bothered to set it up. How much cheaper is it?

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