Honestly, there's too much to cover in one post, so I'm breaking it up into four: Hotel Overview, Sightseeing Overview, What I Wore and Scenic Overview.
So about this hotel...
Photo I took of the hotel on my last night in Barcelona
We were put up in the W Barcelona. Freaking fabulous is the best phrase I could use to describe it. I've stayed in a handful of fancy people hotels now via work, but this was my favorite so far. I'll allow the photos to speak for themselves.
My suite (they upgraded me!!)
The view of the Mediterranean Sea from my window. I mean, really?!?
Kick ass shower
The room itself was amazing, but the service was what really had me. Since our company will be doing business with the hotel in the future, they sent up some room gifts several times during my stay:
Wine + chocolates the first day (how cool are the hotel-shaped chocolates?) and a "jet lag" kit the second day (tea and red bull with a cute note)
But there was life outside of my awesome room and luxurious bed (I wanted to take it home with me). The hotel was hopping--probably the largest number of gorgeous and trendy people I've seen congregated in one place at any given time. Makes sense when you consider the ambiance of the hotel:
We hung out in the pool side lounge area several evenings. I swear I could have stayed there all night had I not had work obligations during the day. Chic for sure, but also very relaxed. Nothing like sipping a little champagne next to the pool :)
View of the hotel at night from our lounge area
The area we stayed in reminded me a lot of South Beach in Miami, but without all of the pretense. Lots of beautiful wealthy people hanging out, but displaying said characteristics didn't seem to be the name of the game. It seemed like most people were just out to relax and have a good time, not to see and be seen.
Next up is Part Two: Sightseeing Overview.