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ABaC Barcelona
Ranked #7 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Europe
Level 4 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

I chose this hotel due to the good reviews, and the fact my wife is a chef, and we noted its Michelin rating. This was a special treat for Valentines. A few items are worth noting, especially as the hotel rates can be as much as 1000 Euros per night. At this level you expect impeccable service, and faultless attention to detail. In this instance I have to say it was not perfect.

The room was very nice, and at the special rate of 300 Euros a night was ok value. The mini bar prices are very high, 4.50 for a coke! The hotel did a great welcome job, and showed us everything, but neglected to explain the digital option on the TV that gave even more channels on top of the usual fair of 3 English news channels. A minor niggle that we didn’t discover until the day we checked out!

The initial disappointments however came from the restaurant service. This was a 2 star establishment, but recently lost a star due to the change of Chef. The service however, was not 2 star. Several times glasses were not replenished with water until we attracted the attention of the waiter, and once the meal was over we were simply ignored, and despite telling one waiter we were ready to leave, we were left to sit. Eventually we got up to leave and had to walk to the cloakroom to retrieve a jacket, and only at this point did people come running to help us.

This is not 5 star hotel, or multi starred Michelin levels, as anyone who eats/stays at this level will agree. Breakfast on the 2nd day went well down hill. When we arrived at the breakfast room, there were many uncleared tables, and we chose the only clean table in the room. After a 10 minute wait we were initially approached for our order. Eggs were overcooked, and the overall service was very poor, due mainly to the fact they had 1 girl waiting 10 tables. Several guests had to complain and go in search of the waiter to get tables cleared, and to get their orders I for breakfast. At this point the reception got involved in clearing dirty dishes.

Perhaps the hotel may be struggling a bit, hence the cheaper rates, and less than perfect service?

When we checked in, we were told we could keep the room for the whole day on the day of checkout. When we left for the days exploring on our final day, we again discussed this with reception, and all was OK’d. However, when we returned we found our access to the hotel had been revoked, and our baggage had been removed from the room rather unceremoniously, and we had to resort to sorting it out in the lobby! At some insistence the staff member on duty called the manager, who incidentally was the lady who had checked us in and made the offer of the room use on the day of checkout. She was very apologetic, and did indeed make a 200 Euro refund (about 20%), and provided complimentary tea and coffee, and the use of a room to freshen up.

Finally, during our stay, we had asked several questions which were diligently noted down by reception, but alas they never got back to us.

So all in all, some disappointments at this level, and ones that should be addressed by the hotel. Not reasons to stay away, but maybe a consideration when picking an expensive room, and if you have high expectations at this level of accomodation and dining. Guy Savroy it is not!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 2 February 2011

staid for 3 nights hotel only.

I used to stay in 5 stars hotel and by all mean I can say this hotel has the best shower/tub ever seen....you would linger for hours under the shower!

everything was perfect apart breakfast that despite being good was nothing of exceptional compared to the hotel.

definetively a win choice if you look for boutique hotel and like quiteness.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 30 October 2010

We just returned from a 6 day stay in Barcelona and the Hotel Abac. Previous reviews on Tripadvisor convinced us of our choice, but even then our high expectations were exceeded.
We were greeted by the hotel manager (Marien Inigo Schneider) who, despite our very early arrival (10:30 AM) had our room ready. Very welcome after a long overnight flight. After the checkin Marien gave us a very detailed synopsis of Barcelona which included sights, transportation,museums, shopping and restaurants (earlier she had e-mailed us a list of top restaurants that SHE recommended and then had made reservations for us). All I can say is that Marien is a highly knowledgeable and sophisticated person with impeccable taste. We quickly learned to seek out her advice for anything.
The hotel was modern and beautifully appointed. The rooms were large with abundant drawer and closet space, a large and Extremely Comfortable bed and a huge bathroom. The rooms were cleaned at least twice a day and the chocolate bar on our pillow was a huge plus (excellent),
The hotel restaurant (2 star Michelen) was an excellent choice. The tasting menu was not only delicious but also entertaining (restrained molecular with a leaning towards local foods and respect with Catalan cuisine). The wine list and sommelier were both excellent and the overall service matched he two star rating. However the highlight and most enjoyable moments at Hotel Abac was the breakfast. Abundant (too much actually) and beautifully prepared and served by the delightful Pilar (who I wanted to kidnap and bring back home with us). Our only concern was that the hotel was 3 Km. from the center. This turned out to be and advantage as the subway entrance, taxi stand and bus stop were all at the hotel entrance and the center of town less than ten minutes away....even late at night.
I, for one, cannot wait to come back to Barcelona and the Hotel Abac. P.S. If you have the opportunity take the train and go to Sant Pol de Mar for lunch at Restaurant Sant Pau. Once in a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Chester, England
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

The ABaC Hotel is one of the best hotels I have stayed in. Fantastic design, clean and modern with friendly staff. The beds were probably the most comfortable we have ever slept on and the children were delighted to find the room came equipped with iPad and the most enormous TV in the world! Our only slight disappointment was we couldn't find anywhere to dock iPod to listen to music in the room. Spa is lovely. Staff very friendly and helpful.

The ABaC Restaurant is quite fantastic. Other people on the site have said that it is stuffy - it is not stuffy in a pompous way but smart as befits a restaurant at these prices and this type of cooking. We had two teenagers with us who absolutely loved it and did not feel over awed. Wonderful meal - flavours that defy belief - basil sorbet - theatrical smoke filled domes - de-constructed cappuccino - friendly sommelier too.

  • Stayed October 2010
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London
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

I visited the Abac hotel for 2 nights and was not disappointed at all. We were greeted by the lovely Maria who made us feel very special. We were upgraded to a deluxe room which was to die for! The beds were so comfortable and the rain shower was truly spectacular. The bedroom felt like no oen else had ever slept there before.
We ate in the hotel on our first night, the food was delicious though a little pricey, however we did get treated very well. This was a fantastic experience and I highly reccommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a peaceful holiday, not in the touristy part like Las Ramblas, and those who want to indulge a little.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: ABaC Barcelona
Address: Av. Del Tibidabo, 1, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#9 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#19 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#30 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — ABaC Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GASTRONOMY, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN... A UNIQUE GOURMET EXPERIENCE ABaC Restaurant Hotel Monument 5* GL is located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, the upper zone of Barcelona, with views to the Kennedy square and surrounded with the vegetation of La Tamarita gardens. Close to the most important points of the city. Work of the architect Antoni de Moragas, consists of two buildings integrated in a garden. The centennial building was refurbished due to its historical value and it was the old residence of Dona Madronita, an intellectual of the born Catalan bourgeoisie at the end of XIX century. She was the daughter of the famous pharmacist Dr. Andreu, and she was the wife of the North American Max Klein (president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States and one of the introducers of the basketball in Spain). On the other hand, the new crystal pavilion is covered of lattices of wood and joined the garden. Landscape and architecture give themselves the hand in a space of pure lines. ROOMS The hotel offers 15 luxurious rooms completely soundproof, with a vanguardist decoration, the greater comfort and technical advances. Room facilities: • Totally soundproof. • Parquet flooring and exotic wood. • Independent air conditioning & heating. • Wireless high Speed internet connection. • Bang & Olufsen telephon • Bang & Olufsen 32", 42" & 50" television. • DVD. • Direct telephone line. • "Merten" remote control for lights and blinds. • "Nespresso" coffee machine. • Mini-bar. • Safety box. • 2X2 Mattress "Treca de Paris" • Linen yarn. • Gaston & Daniela textiles. • Working desk. • Jacuzzi with chromo therapy. • 40X40, Rain effect shower. • Welcome amenities: Hermes • Hairdryer. DINING In 2000 ABaC Restaurant opened its doors in his first location, Carrer del Rec 79 in Barcelona. In May 2008 changed to his new address in Avenida Tibidabo, 1. The gastronomy is the fundamental axis of the project. The restaurant awarded with 2** Michelin, and nominated by The Best Restaurant 2011 in Catalonia by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, can seat up to 56 diners. Located in the newly constructed pavilion in direct contact with the garden, the interior and the exterior are found through large windows. It is a caprice of whites, in all tones. In a calm, neutral and elegant atmosphere, the sense of sophistication is shaped by the small details and the materials used, as well as a sophisticated combination of lights. The kitchen of 200 m2 has been designed by Joaquim Casademont. It is a black container, in which stainless steel furniture takes all leadership, an effect that has been reinforced by the lighting, a route marked by leds serves as a guide and allows the guests to cross it. Rooms for private events with a capacity of 20 to 60 diners respectively, complete its restoration facilities. The "Lounge Bar", which opens until 2.00 P.M. And where the music, light and color of the room subtly change;There is also an extensive cellar, offering near 1000 references, and from which you can select your perfect wine. Chef Jordi Cruz and his team of young professionals develop a creative cusine of superb technique, based on the product and which meets both creativity and tradition. In addition, our attentive yet friendly service create a professional but relaxed atmosphere, which makes ABaC holder of 2** Michelin. MEETING-ROOMS Conference and events meeting rooms, from 2 to 60 people, equipped with the most modern technology. For whatever event you may wish to undertake, our highly qualified personnel will take care of every detail and will work with you in all aspects regarding organisation to guarantee a memorable experience for all present and successful outcome to your meeting. SPA - ELEMIS Located in a private area of the ABaC Hotel, this is the place to find the most personalised gift for our customers: Their Wellbeing. • Jacuzzi with underwater sunbeds • Cold pool • Hammam • Two treatment cabins Room 1: Water bed with sea waves effect and adjustable temperature. Chromo therapy Room 2: Double room. (Bed and tatami) • Cleopatras (Heated sunbeds) • Manual therapies. • Facial treatments. • Asiatic therapies. OTHER SERVICES: • 24 hrs. Room service. • 24 Hrs. Concierge service. • Laundry and valet service. • Multilingual personnel. • Closed Circuit TV. • Fire extinguishing system. • Wireless high speed internet connection. • Parking. • Valet. • Limousine service and luxury car service. ... more   less 
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