With a reputation that precedes itself, the hotel is home to Michelin-starred restaurant Enoteca, as well as delicious dining options including Arola and Cafe Veranda, amongst others. Chef Saez will now take charge of the culinary vision for the hotel, hoping to continue its incredible success, while taking it up a notch as well.
With quite a decorated and extensive background, Antonio Saez is a Catalonian native, born in Sabadell. He started his career as a commis chef at Txesuskoa Restaurant in Barcelona and as a demi chef de Partie at Hotel Urpi.
Chef Saez in his element — Photo courtesy of Hotel Arts
Having graduated from the School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Services in 2001, Chef Saez went on to San Sebastian, where he worked at the Michelin-starred Martin Berasategui Restaurant. After three years in the north, he returned to Barcelona to work as the executive sous-chef at the classy Condes de Barcelona Hotel.
Chef Saez is the youngest Spaniard to have two Michelin stars under his belt, one of which took place when he joined the culinary team at Lasarte restaurant as a sous chef. During his time there, he also spent a month training with the incredible Ferran Adria, mastermind behind what used to be the number one restaurant in the world: El Bulli.
This is a great opportunity for Hotel Arts to welcome a fresh and innovative look at its already high-end restaurant scene. Chef Saez's culinary experience and his ability to lead a Michelin star team are an ideal fit for the Arts.
For those looking for a romantic dinner, try the Enoteca restaurant, which has an incredible wine cellar, featuring more than 700 wines from around the world as well as from local winemakers.
If you're in the mood for cocktails, instead, Frank's is a great spot to enjoy Champagne, sparkling wines or creative cocktails.
The Arts is ideal both for its restaurant selection but also for its impeccable location. Situated only a stone's throw from the Mediterranean, the boardwalk provides a great place to run, go on romantic walks or simply enjoy happy hour by the sea.
And if you'd rather eat out, there are plenty of great options along the shoreline or in the Old City, which is a quick taxi ride or 15- to 20-minute walk, depending on your pace.