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Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona 

19–21 Carrer de la Marina
Spain 08005
Tel: 34 93 221 1000
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Located at water's edge, a 20-minute walk from the Ramblas, this hotel under the Ritz-Carlton umbrella has a lot to thank for its reputation: the best service in town, world-class restaurants, a Six Senses rooftop spa that's a shrine to pleasure with 43rd-floor views. Now, the hotel has renovated the 483 guest rooms (56 of them suites) in smart tones of rich chocolate and charcoal, adding an array of Bang & Olufsen gadgets. But the best feature is primarily a natural one: the Mediterranean light that floods in through the high-tech steel and glass facade. Our favorite rooms are the El Club Corner Suites on the 30th to 33rd floors, which at 700 square feet are nearly 50 percent larger than standard rooms and have access to a team of concierges and a lounge where champagne and canapés are served.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The 44-story Olympic Village glass-and-steel tower has rooms with stone, walnut wood, and cotton fabrics in chocolate and metallic tones. Duplex apartments on the top 10 floors come with butler service. Enoteca serves squid, lobster, and Iberian ham; the recently added Champagne Bar uncorks more than 40 types of bubbly. Service is "always impeccable."

(483 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 87.7
  • Design: 91.5
  • Food: 86.9
  • Location: 77.7
  • Rooms: 93.9
  • Service: 88.4

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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really enjoyed this hotel

A lot of people told me this hotel was very nice, but often with a qualifier about its size and corporate vibe. It is indeed very large and yes there are frequently... more