Hot spot: Chic Hotel Arts Barcelona opens hip waterfront Marina Coastal Club

Frank Gehry’s El Peix goldfish structure looks out to sea from an infinity pool. The skies are blue, and palm trees reflect in the pool

With more than five hundred original art objects by contemporary Catalan and Spanish artists resident, culture vultures are being encouraged anew to stay at the Hotel Arts Barcelona and its newly opened Marina Coastal Club.

Launched to meet the demand for premium open-air dining and entertainment venues in the city, the Marina Coastal Club is open to hotel guests and local residents looking for an urban retreat; four interconnected venues welcome guests for swimming, live music and Mediterranean dining.  

Located on one of the hotel’s breezy terraces next to the pool, the entirely al fresco space is a top spot for summer dining: meats, grilled fish, tapas and rice dishes. Nearby, you’ll also find the Marina Sunset Lounge Bar, a characterful after-dinner retreat with live entertainment.

The entirely al fresco Marina Restaurant is a top spot for summer dining: meats, grilled fish, tapas and rice dishes…

Even if you’ve never visited, you’ve probably seen the Hotel Arts Barcelona. It’s the tallest structure on the seafront. The hotel’s entrance is famously signposted by Frank Gehry’s El Peix, a 52m sculpture of a goldfish created for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The hotel was designed by modernist architect Bruce Graham, renowned for changing the Chicago skyline with the John Hancock Centre and the Sears Tower.

Located on the Mediterranean coast not far from La Barceloneta, the edifice features 44 floors of exposed glass encased by a steel exoskeleton. Many of its 455 rooms and 28 exclusive penthouses boast spectacular panoramic views.

The hotel’s lauded art collection includes works by Manolo Valdes, Luis Feito, Jose Manuel Broto, and Perico Pastor amongst others. Original pieces can be found all over the hotel. 

The P41 Bar (named for Parallel 41, the latitude where the city of Barcelona is located), features a variety of art installations, including one by the multidisciplinary artist Inocuo, rendered in ceramic. 

The interiors have been created by Catalan designer Jaime Tresserra. His signature material is Spanish white walnut, a richly textured wood that Tresserra manipulates with a variety of hand-applied natural varnishes. 

If you’re feeling peckish, the Marina Restaurant serves lunch daily from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm and dinner from 7:30 pm to midnight. The Marina Sunset Lounge Bar and pools are open between June and September.

To book your stay at Hotel Arts Barcelona, click here.

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