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Colon Hotel
Ranked #73 of 515 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 February 2012

Old hotel in the city with history. Rooms nice and clean, service friendly and breakfast high quality.

Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

It seems everyone is in agreement with the location... perfect, especially for someone who has no sense of direction: just find the Cathedral and you're there (the Cathedral is amazing). The Aerobus from the airport was a snap, and it dropped us off at Plaza Catalunya, only a short walk from the hotel. Tough to beat the narrow streets and alleys of the Gothic Quarter. Hotel staff were charming and helpful. We stayed in a room with a balcony that faced the Cathedral...a little bit of magic. I'll definitely stay here again if I find myself in Barcelona.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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ColonBCN, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Colon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2012

Dear guest,

We agree 100% with you about our location. Our guests find it really easy to adventure out and discover our city, and to find their way back, all they need to remember is to ask for the Old Cathedral, a must-see landmark in Barcelona.

The top room with the terrace facing the Cathedral gives our guests the chance to sit back and relax, maybe sipping some cava, while enjoying a wonderful view.

We'll be very happy to welcome you back next time you are in town. Please don´t hesitate in contacting us in advance so we can arrange that especial room for you once again.

Our best regards
Hotel Colón, Barcelona

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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Hotel Colon in Barcelona is right in front of the Cathedral in the Gothic neighborhood, it is a perfect location if visiting the city. A 5 to 10 minutes walk to Plaza Catalunya where you can take the Aerobus (6 euros, about 25 minutes, leaves every 5 to 10 minutes) to/from the airport. The hotel is friendly and well kept, everything in the room worked fine and the size was quite good for european standards. Just one suggestion: bring an electric extension cord as there was only one electric plug near the TV a couple of meters far from the desk. Excellent price quality choice.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a long weekend staying at this Hotel. We had a fantastic break which was topped off by this great hotel. The location was fantastic, the staff very helpful & friendly. Our room was lovely and spacious, ok we didn't have a great view but who spends there break in the room with a fantastic place like Barcelona to explore. The restaurant meal we had was great, food was delicious and well presented with attentive staff. Breakfast was buffet style and covered every taste. I would recommend this hotel to any visitor.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

I stayed at Hotel Colon for four nights, visiting friends in Barcelona and found the hotel accommodating, friendly, filled by international co-travellers and a competent staff. Being a lady travelling by myself I felt quite safe. Of course the location is excellent, but also the room, the public spaces, the breakfast area, the bar were cosy and elegant. Breakfast was copious and could be taken until eleven! Staff were friendly and competent - very nice reception staff!- and hygienic standards absolute top. The room was quiet (at the back of the hotel) and nicely decorated. I would definitely choose this hotel again on my next trip and certainly reccommend it to friends!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

we wanted a good 4 star hotel in a good location in barcelona to celebrate the new year and that is exactly what we found at this hotel.The reception staff were excellent at all times.Other staff were good as well.The public areas are 4 star as are the restaurant and bar.There is also a nice area outside to sit and enjoy a drink or a meal.We booked direct with the hotel and if you book in advance you receive a discount which made it cheaper than all the other hotel sales sites.We booked a standard room overlooking the cathedral and requested a room on the upper floors with unobstructed views of the cathedral and our room was on the 3rd floor with a standing balcony and fantastic view.The room was again 4 star with 5 star view.The hotel is in a great location surrounded by bars,shops,restaurants etc and 5 mins walk to las ramblas.I found nothing to critiscise and this hotel was exactly what we were looking for and if i returned to barcelona i would return without considering other hotels.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I stayed here for 8 days last summer, and enjoyed it a lot! The best location ever - in front of the Cathedral, steps away from the Gothic District, and minutes away from the La Rambla. It's a very touristic area but not too noisy.

Ask for the Cathedral view rooms, they will give you a great, beautiful view and a bigger room. The hotel restaurant has seatings inside or outside, so you can enjoy the view and do some people watching :) There are also lots of restaurants around the hotel, all pretty touristic though.

The rooms are not too small, ok size. They are huuuge comparing to Parisian hotels. The furniture is pretty old, and the walls can be dirty in some places, but the hotel still very charming :)

The service was always very good, everyone was extremely helpful, trying to help to get around the city. Generally, people in Barcelona are very friendly and helpful around the city. Many times they'd take extra time to explain me how to get to a certain location or recommend you a good spot. And if you ask for a good restaurant or a lounge is, oh boy! They'll invite you to the restaurants with them, and you'll have the best time ever! :)))

But back to the Colon hotel. The breakfast offers pretty standard options but a LOT of them :) No need to diet when you're in Barcelona :)))

In summer time you can walk down the La Rambla towards the Colon monuments, and get to the bay area. If you take left and walk a little bit, you'll get to the city beach - Barceloneta beaches (or you can take train - yellow line L4 to Barceloneta. Taxi from the hotel to the beach will be about 7 euro). They are very crowded usually, if you keep walking to the left side, you'll get to the better beaches - Icaria and Mar Bella (nudist beach).

It's about the same 5-7 minutes walk from the Colon hotel to the La Rambla (one way) or Placa de Catalunya. Both are very touristic areas, very interesting, with lots of little stores, bars, restaurants, BUT be aware of the street thieves!

The main shopping area is Passeig de Gracia is about 15 minutes walking distance from the Colon hotel. On this street you can see two of the most beautiful Gaudi's creations - La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. To get to the Sagrada Familia you should take a bus. And there is a bus stop of the Hop On/Hop Off tour just next to the Colon Hotel. I would highly recommend ti take the tours, it's very helpful and informative.

There is also a bank with ATM, a pharmacy, and a parking next to the hotel door.

In conclusion, the Colon hotel is one of the best options to stay while you're in Barcelona, I'm going back for sure!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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ColonBCN, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Colon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2012

Dear guest,

Please receive our heartfelt thank for such a kind comment. An especial thank you for taking the time to write very helpful tips that only someone who has fully experienced Barcelona can give! We are sure people will find it very useful.

We are truly lucky to have the Mediterranean weather smiling at us all year long, which makes out city a year-round favorite destination. In addition to all the details of your review, we'd like to add that from our top room you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Old Cathedral while sipping some cava out on the terrace. And if you are in the mood for some exotic culinary experience, just take a 5 minute stroll down to La Rambla where you'll find La Boqueria Market.

We are extremely glad that you enjoyed your 8 days with us, and since we know Barcelona is full of exciting things to do and see, we can´t wait to welcome you back. Please don't hesitate in contacting us in advance so we can make sure to honor any especial request.

Warm regards from de Mediterranean,
Hotel Colón, Barcelona

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Address: Avenida de la Catedral 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#52 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#60 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#84 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#125 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £109 - £253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Colon Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Colón is a classic and traditional 4 stars hotel situated in the heart of Barcelona, right opposite the Gothic Cathedral. It was founded in 1951 and during its 90 plus years of history, it has housed big names such as Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Jean Paul Sartre, Sofía Loren, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola, Santiago Calatrava, and Arata Isozaki. ... more   less 
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