W Barcelona Extreme WOW Suite

W Barcelona is an iconic piece of architecture on the Barcelona coastline even though it opened its doors just three years ago October 1, 2009. The hotel was designed by architect Ricardo Bofill to create the appearance of a 26-story windsail.

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The hotel is in the Barceloneta beach district at the end of the boardwalk. The hotel is about one mile from the Barceloneta metro stop. There is not much else out there at the end of the harbor spit of land. Heavy rain showers today made for some wave action and surfers were out in the water.

I did spot one couple pulling their luggage along the boardwalk out to the W Barcelona. The vast majority of guests I’m sure arrive by taxi.

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The rain showers meant the pool and expansive outdoor deck were not in use. The good thing about the rain was my opportunity to photograph the area with no guests around the pool.

I didn’t walk the road to the hotel so I do not know if there are any cafes or shops. From the beach boardwalk side I saw only the immense Club Natacio Barcelona seen in the photo below showing volleyball courts and swimming pools.

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View of Club Natacio Barcelona seen from the W Barcelona 25th floor. The road to the W Barcelona is on the other side of the club.

The W Barcelona PR team was kind enough to show me two rooms. One room you can obtain with your 20,000 or 25,000 points for this SPG category 6 hotel. The entry level room rates are about 250 to 400 EUR and more.

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W Barcelona Wonderful Room King Bed 24th Floor

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W Barcelona 24th floor sea view looking south to Barcelona cruise ship port.

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Many of the guests at the W Barcelona are cruise ship travelers in port. There are four large cruise ships docked in front of the cranes on the right side of this photo.

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Desk area backs up to King bed. Floor to ceiling mirrors give impression of larger space for an effective illusion. The website states the Wonderful room is 40 square meters which is about 430 square feet. Actually this size room is larger than most standard W hotel rooms I have seen which are usually only about 300 to 325 square feet.

Curtains operate by remote control at bedside.

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One feature of the room I have not seen in other W hotels is a light color control.

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Remote control changes the color of the box and I was told the hanging art above reflects the color across the room at night.

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Wonderful bathroom with both glass doors open for toilet and shower.

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Sink area of Wonderful bathroom.

The elevator waiting area has floor to ceiling windows allowing great city vistas even if your room faces the seaport like this particular room.

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Barcelona city view from the elevator hallway windows.

The other room I was extremely fortunate to walk through is the Extreme WOW Suite on the 25th floor. This is the premier suite of the W Barcelona with the ability to have three bedrooms. I only saw one bedroom of the suite.

The standard sized Wonderful room is 40 square meters. The outdoor deck space for the Extreme WOW Suite is 59 square meters and includes a jacuzzi tub. The full 3-bedroom suite is over 3,000 square feet. I think I saw about 1,800 square feet of that space.

Based on the Extreme WOW Suite rate shown today on the W Barcelona website at 10,870EUR, I calculate my 10 minute stay was worth about USD$100 in occupancy time.

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W Barcelona Extreme WOW Suite – the telescope should allow you to check out the suites in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Arts, the left tower of the twin skyscrapers.

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W Barcelona Extreme WOW Suite desk and living room.

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W Barcelona Extreme WOW Suite living room and desk in reverse view. The drawing behind the desk is by architect Ricardo Bofill.

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Entry hall is far right. Doorway by column is the small kitchen. The passageway behind the dining table leads to the master bedroom.

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Extreme WOW Suite small kitchen unit.

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I can only imagine how beautiful this Barcelona coastline and city view must be on a clear day. Actually the skies totally cleared 90 minutes after I left the hotel. I wanted a redo of my W Barcelona visit.

My consolation were gorgeous clear sky vistas of Barcelona from Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Güell in the late afternoon.

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Light wood features are the striking feature of this space between the main room and the bedroom. Or perhaps a bit of Gaudi.

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This double bench design by Gaudi was originally created for the dining room of Casa Batlló (1907). The outdoor deck covered jacuzzi is visible behind the bench.

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There did not appear to be another door for the bedroom. This is rather effective concealment though.

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Extreme WOW Suite Master bedroom.

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Reverse view of bedroom.

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Bath with a view.

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Dual sinks, toilet, shower and dressing room with ample mirror space.

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Extreme WOW Suite deck outside bedroom is rather large. The double size floor bed (seen in first bed photo) was behind me when I snapped this photo. The jacuzzi is behind the plant and more deck chairs are outside the living room section.

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My W Barcelona Extreme WOW Suite experience was nice while it lasted.

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Guests enter the hotel in a large atrium space with reception on the right and Concierge desk and room floor elevators in front. I did not see the 26th floor Eclipse bar.

I visited the lobby bar.

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The W Barcelona lobby is located in the cube portion of the hotel.

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The rectangular section of W Barcelona holds the lobby and two restaurants and meeting rooms.

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This water feature between the bar, Wave Restaurant and pool deck exemplifies the kind of style Barcelona and W Hotels offer. Simple elegance.

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WET on a wet day in Barcelona.

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Wave is the lobby level restaurant.

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Bravo upper level restaurant.

A third restaurant is on the terrace on the Barcelona Port side of the hotel.

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La Viblia Restaurant, W Barcelona.

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W Barcelona (near left) seen from Gaudi’s Parc Güell miles across the city in the late afternoon that day after the skies cleared. 

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  1. If the rumors of the W’s beach being a nudist one ar true, your suite value calculation would be much lower on a rainy today than on a normal sunny one. 🙂

  2. There are two matching bedrooms that are connected. Each has a bathroom, shower, and two beds. The two bedrooms are located on opposite sides, so each has a different view out the window.

  3. And where we’re you staying? I still don’t know why we always have to showcase these hotels…..for me, staying someplace for 2 or 3 nights is not an experience. Itis a let down. I would much prefer to stay in a hotel for a month that is affordable and nice, which I do! That is living abroad!

  4. @Colleen – The day before the W visit I went to the beach and there was a nude guy walking around. I didn’t know all parts of the anatomy tan so evenly.

    @Sarah – Seeing and writing about hotels is my business. I live in Monterey, California and family life keeps me from living abroad. I generally travel one week at a time.

    I was staying at the Holiday Inn Express-City 22 in Poblenou. That was more convenient for my kind of travel. Supermarket on the next block, variety of ethnic food restaurants and the beach a 10 minute walk.

    I would probably have stayed at the W if I had 20,000 Starpoints. I don’t at the moment. Writing about Starwood properties is something I have done for 13 years.

    In my research for the W Barcelona post I came across a great article about the impact of the hotel on the working class neighborhood of Barceloneta.

  5. Glad you got to the W. I love the hotel because of the amazing design, amazing suites, and killer views. The service is the kind of “W cool”… ie. younger, attractive employees who try hard but most don’t have the experience to provide great service. The hotel is also a magnate for tourists not staying there, so very busy and bustling lobby and very busy restaurants… unless it’s off peak. All told, I’d stay there again. When I was there I didn’t notice any nudists. Another great hotel option on the high-end is the Mandarin Hotel… located in the downtown high-end shopping area. Typical great Mandarin service, smallish but excellent rooms, and excellent chow in their restaurant (much higher level of food quality than the W).

  6. If you are an SPGer, I would recommend the Le Meridien instead. At the W, you are far from any action. The Meridien is right on La Rambla.

    If you are frugal like me, however, you might consider the perfectly nice Four Points on the east side of town.

  7. Nice review, always wanted to see what the suites are like. I have stayed at this hotel twice as a platinum, and although suites were available on the website – no luck for me. The check-in check-out is always a zoo as well. Everyday as I walk to the pool or beach there is a good line that moves slow with people checking in and out.

    The burgers at the pool are excellent and well priced (13 Eur) I think. They also have a DJ at the pool in the summer from 4pm – 8pm???

  8. bluecst – totally agreee on the Four Points. Three of just stayed there in June pre-cruise and had a great stay.

  9. @bluecat couldn’t agree more. Meridien on La Rambla was a great hotel and a perfect location. Nearby metro got you anywhere in Barcelona, except the W. Nearby Placa de Catalunya has a dedicated bus to/from airport.

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