Whenever I go away which, granted, has been fairly infrequent in the last … ooh, six years, I always end up staying in a middle of the road hotel. A 3* … 4* for a really special occasion. I might … might … even plump for, wait for it, breakfast too.
And that’s fine because believe me, I’ve also stayed in some bad, bad places … hotels I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. No, not you. Maybe you. But not you. I don’t live the high life. Never have.
When I found out we were going to be staying at The W Hotel for our Barcelona trip, I did my research. At first, I thought I’d clicked on the wrong site when the photos of this amazing hotel started popping up. Bliss Spa? Neon Cocktail Bar? A beach once you step out the back door??
We had an hour to check in and get ready to go back out again for our bike tour (more of that later!) but I had no idea quite how beautiful the hotel was going to be.
Suffice to say, this was the view from my window …
… I know right!?!!!!
My eyes were immediately drawn to the tray of alcohol, natch, but I resisted the urge – at least until the next night when us bloggers demolished Matt’s gin … (gin and Diet Coke anyway? Don’t. Trust me.)
I made a short video just to show you the outside of the hotel … didn’t quite go to plan, but you get the gist of what it looks like!
The food was delicious. We had continental style breakfast with fresh fruit, juices, breads, pastries, cold meats, yogurts – everything you’d want really. Here’s a sample of my breakfast:
You could have hot food but it did cost extra. We didn’t eat there for lunch or dinner but I have no doubt it was just as gorgeous.
You know at some 5* hotels the staff are a little … stuffy. So I’ve been told anyway. Well the staff at The W were unobtrusive but caring, looked after you without making you feel like you didn’t belong and were just really cool.
The water was a little too cold to swim in, which was good in a way because it meant I didn’t have to disrobe and get my wobbly bits out! But I did some major chilling by the pool – just me and my laptop.
We didn’t have time to test out any treatments (boooo!) but we did have a tour of the spa and it was beautiful. Spacious, airy, clean, well designed and each hotel room is kitted out with Bliss products so the ones I tried were really nice.
You can even use the spa if you’re not a hotel resident, but whether you’re a guest of the hotel or not you do have to pay 20Euro fee to use the spa and jacuzzi.
We frequented the hotel’s Eclipse bar on more than one occasion – you offer me free cocktails, what do you expect me to do? Anyway, it’s very near the top of the building, is lit up in neon pink lights which can be seen from miles away and, speaking as someone who doesn’t get into the VIP area of a club very often (I did once – in 2001,) it was a real treat.
The pics are a bit grainy but take my word for it, the views (and cocktails) were amazing!
A special shout out must go to Marie, the PR Manager of the hotel, who really looked after us and made sure that our glasses were always full! (More of Tuesday night’s shenanigans in the Eclipse in a later post.)
I’ll leave you with a few miscellaneous photos. I can’t really describe how special I felt staying at this hotel. These photos go some way towards showing you what I mean.
It’s my mission to go back there one day … two days just wasn’t long enough!