A special anniversary weekend in Barcelona…
Barcelona definitely seems to be a favourite destination for romantic getaways. It’s stupendously easy to get to from the UK and it’s one of those cities that you just relax into as soon as you step off the plane. My boyfriend and I had both been to Barcelona a number of times separately for work, but we’d never been together for a weekend. With the rain clouds looming over London it seemed like a mighty sensible idea to escape over to Barcelona and celebrate our anniversary there instead – it doesn’t take much convincing for me to get my passport out!
For some holidays, the hotel you stay in doesn’t matter so much as the location. If you’re going to be out sight-seeing all day every day or will be spending all your time on the beach, you can be a lot more flexible about the hotel and simply book anywhere nice enough to just rest your head at night. We wanted a really fab hotel for our short break though, ideally the type of hotel that you barely want to leave for the entire stay!
Luckily there were plenty of hotels on hotel.Info that fit the ‘MUST BE AMAZING’ criteria, but we kept coming back to Hotel Arts. It just looked stunning in every photo, plus it was on the beach which was a part of Barcelona neither of us had actually stayed in before.
As soon as we arrived it was clear we’d made the right choice for a romantic break.
Just LOOK at that view from our 33rd floor room…
Lying in bed to see the sea and Montjuïc was pretty special indeed, especially with those stunning blue skies that we’re rarely treated to in November at home!
The bed was huuuuuuuge…
And don’t even get me started on how lush the bathroom was…
The décor was gorgeous (it left me with plenty of inspo for what I’d like to do in my own house) and we were treated to a huge bath, walk in shower and seriously luxe grooming products by Asprey. A huge dish of bath salts were replenished every day and the towels were as fluffy as you could ever wish for.
Aside from the mega plush room though, what was really great about Hotel Arts was “The Club”. We were staying on the upper floors of the hotel in one of their ‘Club’ rooms, which meant we had a dedicated check in desk and concierge who attended to our every last need. Claire in particular looked after us so well when it came to recommendations and making our stay as seamless as possible.
We were greeted with champagne on arrival, but the surprising part was that the champagne never stopped flowing!
The Club had food presentations throughout the day and drinks available from the moment we awoke to the moment we went to bed. All of this food and drink was included in the room price, so it was tempting to never leave! And that’s the perfect relaxing break for me, knowing you have a gorgeous lounge on hand stocked to the brim with delicious food and drink and stunning views over the sea.
It was so unbelievably relaxing, literally the clichéd ‘home from home’ feel that so many hotels strive for but so many don’t get quite right. But I suppose in this case, the ‘home’ at Hotel Arts was much nicer than the real one in England! I’m certainly not greeted with champers every time I enter the lounge at home, as much as I’d like to think that was the done thing!
Whilst we could have stayed nestled up in the Club for the entire weekend, we wanted to make sure we had a special night out to celebrate our anniversary. Ironically though, we didn’t have to go far to go ‘out’ for our special evening as we made reservations at Arola – one of the hotel’s finest restaurants, created by two Michelin starred chef Sergi Arola.
I was a little apprehensive that we were being very lazy by eating within the hotel, but as soon as we stepped inside the restaurant all worries were cast aside. We knew we were in a fantastic place.
I’m lucky enough to have eaten in some pretty special restaurants, but Arola was exquisite. It had been billed to us as ‘gourmet tapas with a gastronomic twist’ and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Arola take on patatas bravas will live in my memory for a very long time…
Everything we ate was completely delightful. The chicken wings, the smoky aubergine…even the pan con tomate which you assembled yourself at the table. Everything was as delicious as it possibly could have been.
The cocktails were delectable too, as they were also at Frank’s – the hotel’s cocktail bar where we headed after rolling out of Arola. We never once felt like we were in ‘a hotel restaurant’ or ‘a hotel bar’, everywhere was very special with exceptionally good customer service.
The hotel was particularly glam at night…
And you see that Smart car? As Club residents at the hotel we could have borrowed that car whenever we wanted over the weekend!
The sunset views from our room were pretty special too…
We really couldn’t have had a better time, I can’t even begin to imagine how gorgeous Hotel Arts is in the height of summer.
During the day we read by the pool (albeit not in swim gear!) and explored the beach, but mostly we stayed up in the Club eating ourselves silly and gazing out to sea…
We managed to pull ourselves away to hit the shops too, you can read about my shopping challenge here. The shopping justified the amount we ate, we argued!
We definitely recommend Hotel Arts for a romantic getaway, but be warned – you may never want to come home!