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Hotel W Barceloneta and Sant Sebastian Beach

Hotel W is a large, five stars, sail shaped hotel, built on reclaimed land in the Barcelona port and in front of Sant Sebastian beach. completed in 2009.

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

by: BarcelonaTravelHacks

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About Hotel W Barceloneta and Sant Sebastian Beach

Locally, Hotel W is known as the vela (sail) and because of its shape produces some gusty winds on the south side. Behind the hotel on the south side is a walk along the sea wall of Barcelona port. The front (north side) has beach bars and leads onto Sant Sebastian Beach.

The building was designed by Ricardo Bofill and stands on 7 hectares of land that was reclaimed from the sea and forms part of the new harbor sea wall for Barcelona port. Construction was completed in 2009.

There is some controversy surrounding its construction because it breaches Spanish law that states that no new buildings such as hotels can be constructed on the within 100m of the coastal areas of Spain.

Additionally, The land is owned by the Port Authority of Barcelona, a public entity which should have made the bids public but the award method has not been made public.

Sant Sebastian beach in front of the hotel is or at least was a popular nudist beach but with the new hotel and the gentrification of this part of Barceloneta, nudism is not really desired on this beach anymore. The local surfers also complain that the sail hotel has changed wind patterns.

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Visiting Hotel W Barceloneta and Sant Sebastian Beach

It is a private five star hotel so I have not gone in and wandered around the building! What I do know is that in summer the hotel hosts terrace/pool parties. The drinks prices at these parties reflect it's exclusive location. Entry is by adding your name to a guest list.

Accessibility, mobility & Clothing for Hotel W Barceloneta and Sant Sebastian Beach

There are multiple bicycle anchorage points along the beach front in Barceloneta although I this part of town is famous for pickpockets and a bicycle theft so even if it is chained up, it may get stolen. In Summer when the beaches get busy you may not be permitted to take a bicycle onto the sand.

Remember that beachwear is not permitted to walk around the streets of Barcelona. so if you stray to far from the beach you in a bikini or without a t-shirt you may get fined.

The sea wall has ramp access up to the walking and running path behind Hotel-W. No issues with taking a bicycle along this path.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE Notes Carefull of pickpockets and bag thieves.

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Getting to Hotel W Barceloneta and Sant Sebastian Beach

Address: W Barcelona Plaza de la Rosa dels Vents 1, Barcelona. 08039

Nearest Metro is Barceloneta on the yellow line (L4).

Public Transport Guide

Documents for Hotel W Barceloneta and Sant Sebastian Beach

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Barceloneta Street map

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Barceloneta Metro Map


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