8005 Travel Guide
The art gallery at the Ellerman House contains one of the best collections of contemporary South African art in the whole world. As a result, it's become a favorite among art collectors who go just to admire the hotel's private collection as well as take trips to other galleries in Cape Town.
But it's not just the art that's special here. The gallery itself, which is located in a cellar underneath the pool, is a fairly interesting space too. Because Ellerman House sits on a hill, the cozy gallery manages to both feel like an underground hideout while also offer some stunning views of the Atlantic ocean. And though you wouldn't exactly want to spend the duration of your stay holed up in the vault (it's only one room big), it certainly makes for a peaceful retreat.
Or, in the case of one recent guest, a great spot for napping.
Starting this fall, Club Level guests will have exclusive access to 100% electric smart cars, which will be branded with the hotel's logo (though, better that than Frank Gehry's nearby fish sculpture).
The hotel is actually a Ritz-Carlton hotel and has 483 rooms including 56 executive suites in its 44-storeys. This makes it one of the tallest skyscrapers in Barcelona. Inside the rooms you will find:
Spacious, cosseting, high-tech, sand-coloured affairs: expect a bedside control panel for lights and window blinds, a pillow menu, and a deep bath and separate power shower in a swish marble bathroom. For those with money to burn, there are also very stylish split-level duplex apartments.
Also on-site at the hotel are five restaurants, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, fashion boutiques and a jewelry store, and a Hediard delicatessen.
What sounds the most heavenly? The Six Senses Spa on the 43rd floor. What doesn't sound relaxing? The fact that you can't open the windows and the Ritz-y prices being charged like €16 for a chicken sandwich. Still, the paper rated the hotel 4 out of 5 Ts (equivalent to stars we reckon.) Room rates start at €287.
If you're mixing with the wealthy holiday makers at the Ritz-Carlton owned Hotel Arts in Barcelona, then it's right that you have a view that suits a wealthy holiday maker. Like this one that shows you yachts--a lot of yachts.
The Hotel Arts is located right on the Mediterranean Sea at Port Olimpic and it's probably the ultimate in seaside living in Barcelona. With views like this it's a good alternative to staying in the arguably more atmospheric downtown areas along La Rambla. Like much of Barcelona, it operates on a truly 24-hour basis, plus it's got a great spa on the 42nd and 43rd floors, and this offers the same brilliant marina view.
· Hotels in Barcelona [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Barcelona [Jaunted]
When staying as far away as South Africa it is especially important to have WiFi to keep in touch with people back in your hemisphere. Staying in the Sugar Hotel, a small boutique hotel in Cape Town will more than fulfill your internet wishes. Wired throughout the premises and in the rooms for no cost, it also has additional lobby computers with printers. And if internet isn't enough to entertain you while here perhaps the in-room Playstation will do it.
· Sugar Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]