by By Michael J. Shapiro | October 07, 2009

In Spain, the 473-room W Barcelona opened Thursday at Nova Bocana, on the waterfront where the Barceloneta beach boardwalk begins. The 26-story, sail-shaped property, the first W in Western Europe, includes a Bliss Spa, a signature restaurant by Catalan chef Carles Abellan, a rooftop bar, a W lounge, a fitness center and a poolside bar with private cabanas. Nearly 27,000 square feet of meeting space is available, including the Great Room, a grand ballroom with views of the Mediterranean.