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Don't Get Too Comfortable At The Ellerman House's Art Gallery

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  Site Where: 80 KLOOF RD BANTRY BAY , CAPETOWN, South Africa, 8005
February 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

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.

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Hotel Arts Barcelona Gets Smart...Cars, That Is

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  Site Where: Marina 19-21, Barcelona, Spain, 8005
August 5, 2011 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Just two months after a popular European urban sustainability exhibit swung through the eastern Spanish city, Hotel Arts Barcelona is now hawking electric smart cars of its very own.

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).

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A Room With a View of Gehry's Goldfish

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  Site Where: Marina 19-21, Barcelona, Spain, 8005
January 2, 2009 at 2:38 PM | by | ()

The Telegraph UK recently spent a night at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona near the beach, which has a spectacular view of Frank Gehry's bronze fish sculpture (located in the Olimpic park area.)

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.

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Room With a Killer View: Boats and More Boats in Barcelona

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  Site Where: Ptg Marine 19-21, Barcelona, Spain, 8005
November 1, 2007 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

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.

[Photo: tobym]

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· Hotels in Barcelona [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Barcelona [Jaunted]

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The Sugar Hotel's Sweet WiFi

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  Site Where: 1 Main Road | Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 8005
September 20, 2006 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

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.

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· Sugar Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]