The massive and luxurious Hotel Arts Barcelona offers a total of 483 rooms including apartments and executive suites, making it a touch larger than the shiny beachfront W Hotel Barcelona (popularly known as Hotel Vela) with 473 rooms.
Hotel Arts Barcelona, completed in 1994, was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, led by Colombian architect Bruce Graham.
Blue glass and exposed steel characterize the 44-floor hotel building, which has become a model of high-tech architecture. The hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2006 to modernize rooms and bathrooms to the highest standards of luxury.
Hotel Arts Barcelona boasts no less than 5 restaurants, terraced gardens an outdoor swimming pool.
Enoteca restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars and is overseen by renowned Catalan chef Paco Pérez. Enoteca serves fine Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood using locally sourced ingredients. From the Mediterranean ‘Cap de Creus’ Enoteca offers dishes such as John Dory, calamari risotto, herbs sabayone and lemon cream.
Arola restaurant, with outdoor seating on the terrace, offers tapas for informal sharing. Chef Sergi Arola, a student of culinary legends Ferrán Adrià and Pierre Gagnaire, uses local traditions and seasonal ingredients. Try the anchovies from L’Escala or the beef from Girona.