One of the newest and largest glamour buildings on the Mediterranean Sea, located at the shores of Barcelona city, called the W Hotel, or more commonly known as “Hotel Vela” (Sail Hotel) , is aggravating locals who believe the building placement is destructive to sea views, was illegally built, and outside of building regulations.
The W Hotel is a five star establishment that is located ate the entrance to the Barcelona port, but is now facing legal action that could cause it to be knocked down soon after its doors opened.
Campaign spokeswoman, Gloria Melich, stated that the luxury hotel should not have been constructed on public land, given the fact that the cost of one room, per night, is equal to the government provision for what an unemployed worker receives monthly. A total of 10 associations including neighbourhood associations as well as cultural and social associations have taken legal action against the hotels existence.
The W Hotel has been surrounded in chaos since its opening. Towards the end of September over 150 protestors gathered outside the hotel to protest against its presence, claiming the hotel was illegaly built and that Barcelona’s mayor, Jordi Hereu has savagely engaged in handing out building permits to big multinationals without respecting laws or regulations, not to mention the general public and society.
Prices for a room at the 26 storey hotel start at 330 euros per night and go as high as 900 euros per night. The W Hotel in Barcelona is part of the multinational hotel chain: Starwood Hotels.
150 Protestors Gather at the W Hotel in Barcelona