Accommodation Review

Musings from Barcelona with Kids

Longtime CB! clients the Levine family just came back from a family vacation in Barcelona. They sent us some tidbits to share. I especially love the feedback on Hotel Arts, as this is also one of my favorite luxury hotels in all of Europe. 

We weren’t sure how Hotel Arts would be as a family hotel, but as it turned out it was one of the most child-friendly experiences in all of our years of travel. The staff at times was embarrassingly attentive to the kids and went out of their way to spoil them, even creating a scavenger hunt throughout the hotel based on Superman clues. This hotel employs a tremendously friendly group of people.

Hotel Arts apartment. Photos courtesy of Hotel Arts

The food throughout Hotel Arts is great and a nice reprieve for the kids from some of the tapas and seafood. The weather was terrific over our stay and the kids enjoyed the outdoor pool; while not heated, the pool is a nice size for playing. We appreciated the food service on the pool deck as well.

Family outing to Parc Guell

Otherwise, one day we ventured to the Parc Guell, a fantastic park and outdoor adventure zone for kids to have active time. The Picasso museum is a great space and size for children, as it is not too large or overwhelming and is housed in a beautiful building.

Not your everyday sight: a chocolate football player from the Barcelona Chocolate Museum

Of course, our kids loved the Chocolate Museum (Musei de la Xocolata) nearby which gave them a little bit of fuel for the Picasso Museum. They have some unusual exhibits, all made out of chocolate. The museum takes you through a brief history of chocolate and can be done in a half hour or so. The warm chocolate drink we ordered at the chocolate bar afterwards — think a thinner version of hot fudge — is worth a spoonful.

Otherwise we explored Casa Mila, but only toured around the outside of La Sagrada Familia. Guided tours via headsets whenever possible are a great way to go, as kids definitely get a little bit more out of the experience with the contextual information.

Want help booking a trip to Barcelona with kids? Our Family Vacation Consultants can help! See our Connect with a Travel Advisor page for details and to request assistance.

Photos courtesy of the Levine family unless otherwise noted.

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