Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain

Skidmore Owings & Merril
Date Built
Completed 1992
Barceloneta boardwalk
The Hotel Arts was completed in time for the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.  It sits close to the seafront and across from the Torre Mapfre like an architectural twin on the city's skyline.

The architect's website describes the building as, "... a multi-use complex with a hotel, apartments, a village-like retail center, and first-class office facilities, provides a rich focus of interest and activity within a waterfront environment. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean, within a 15- minute walk from the Ramblas, Hotel Arts is set within a bold development that seeks to bring the city to the sea and create a powerful sense of place."

The hotel describes itself as a landmark on the Barceloneta boardwalk.  The hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2006, installing new technology and upgrading the rooms and bathrooms into modern, luxurious spaces.  The hotel's swimming pool is surrounded by gardens and offers guests the chance to sunbathe next to one of Barcelona’s most famous pieces of contemporary public art—Frank Gehry's monumental golden fish-like sculpture, which was created for the ’92 Games.