After disembarking from our Regent cruise in Barcelona, we continued to the Hotel Arts. Since we were using Marriott points for our stay, we were hoping for an upgrade. Of course, our room wasn't ready, so we checked our bags with the bellman. I insisted on leaving our valuables since I had read so much about the crime on La Rambla. When we returned after lunch, we found our carryons and briefcase were missing. After much panic, we discovered that our belongings had been sent to another room. I will never again leave our passports and valuables with a hotel clerk.
But the wait was worth it since our room was beautiful! The view of the beach and Gothic Quarter was much nicer than I had expected. The bathroom was huge and the room even had a desk and sitting area. The window seat was a nice addition to the room and great for watching the sunset in the evening.
The concierge, Carlos, was very helpful during our stay. I do recommend that you hire a private guide for a walking tour of the city. The concierge has a list of accredited guides who are very professional and will tailor the tour to your tastes. Carlos also recommended several great restaurants and helped us avoid the tourist traps.
We found the restaurants and bar to be very expensive in the hotel. We did eat in the Enoteca our last night and had the best meal of our trip.
We will return to Barcelona and stay at the Hotel Arts.
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- Also Known As:
- Arts Hotel Barcelona
- Arts Barcelona Hotel
- Best Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Arts Barcelona Catalonia