We stayed in the Citypark Pelayo in October 2009 and cannot recommend it highly enough. As other reviewers have said, if you didn’t know, you would not think it was a 2 star hotel. It has features you might only find in a 3 star or above such as a fridge, secure safe in the rooms, hairdryer, espresso machine and a few toiletries. The hotel has a clean, modern feel and our room (405) including the bathroom was very clean. There was a good shower and towels were replaced daily (although the bed linen wasn’t which was fine). The air conditioning was very effective.
The fact that breakfast is part of the deal is very convenient and the spread itself is good (bread, meats, cheese, fruit, yoghurts, cornflakes, tea, coffee, juice) but may get tedious if you are staying longer than a few nights. If you are, my tip would be to go to the Carrefour supermarket on La Rambla and maybe buy a cereal of your choice to take down to breakfast. You might also want to get some espresso sachets, etc for the machine in your room (teabags work fine it in too!) A couple are provided but you might want more than one cup a day each.
By far the best thing about the Citypark is its location. It is practically on top of the Universtat Metro station so you can get to pretty much anywhere you want. You can buy 1, 2, 3 and 4 day travelcards (2 days costs about 10 euros) which means your travel is taken care of. The hotel is also just near the university square with a couple of reasonably priced student café bars doing great food (paella 10 euros). The area feels more studenty than touristy and there is a lovely café culture atmosphere. You are also only a few minutes walk (or a metro stop) from La Rambla. A taxi rank and the airport bus are nearby for the return journey to the airport.
If we have any complaints, they are only minor ones – it would have been good to have one English speaking TV channel and our double room was slightly small which wasn’t a major problem for us as we aren’t large people. Our room also faced the street and we did hear traffic noise at night so a room at the back or some earplugs would be a good idea! Some proper cups rather than plastic ones for the coffee machine would have been nice.
This hotel exceeded our expectations and we would stay again maybe with an upgraded room and recommend it without any hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The CityPark Pelayo Hotel welcomes you to a hotel next to Las Ramblas with a modern and functional design, for both business travellers and those looking to enjoy a pleasant stay in the city. The services of the CityPark Pelayo Hotel are the ideal complement for your trip to Barcelona and include daily full breakfast, free WiFi in common areas, 24 hour reception, ticket sales, lounge room, Internet Corner, laundry service ($), wake-up service... ... more less
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- HLG CityPark Pelayo Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia