Reading some of the other reviews, I really don't know what some people expect from this type of hotel, in this type of location. They are simply unrealistic. Spent 4 nights here and worked really well.
It also seems as though the hotel has been upgraded since many of the reviews, as the room and bathroom were modern, functional and reasonably stylish. Good powerful shower compared to many hotels, and the beds were comfortable. Rooms were clean, had a free safe and free wi-fi access with very good signal. Staff were helpful and friendly.
Breakfast is advertised as continental, but there was basic hot food. Enough to start you off for the day, but if you want special cereal, fruit juices, or breads, you'll have to buy your own, or this isn't for you.
If you are coming to Barcelona to be guided around and sit on a tourist bus, then maybe not the best choice. Why sit in a hotel when there are so many bars and restaurants close by to the this hotel?
So, if you are coming to visit Barcelona, get around easily and use the hotel as simply a base, this is fantastic. It's about half way down Las Ramblas, so 10-15mins walk from Catalunya Sq, for airport connections, or 10-15mins walk the other way for the port. You are just on the edge of the gothic quarter, so really easy to explore that way as well and many nicer bars / restaurants than on Las Ramplas.
Metro Liceu is really close by on line L3.
It is noisy around the hotel, but that's because of being in this area. And yes there are building works going on around, but that seems to be par for the course in these areas. Ask for an inside room to minimise the noise. So if you want the location, you have to accept the limitations, which other reviewers don't seem to have taken into account.
If you stay here and like walking around, you don't need to buy a Barcelona Card and you only need to use the tourist bus if you are in Barcelona for a very short stay. A 10 ticket bus / metro pass or a day or 2 day unlimited pass if you want to walk less is perfectly adequate. Works out much more cost effective and is much more fun.
For a good tapas restaurant, Taller de tapas www.tallerdetapas.com is quite close to the hotel. Had good meals here, reasonably priced, seems to be used by locals and even when busy the service was good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This design hotel has an excellent location in a quiet side street only 20 metres from the famous Las Ramblas. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.The Hotel Atlas is set in the historic centre of Barcelona. It is a short walk from the Boquería Market, the Liceu theatre and the Cathedral. ... more less
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