This was our second trip to Barcelona having previously stayed at the grand hotel central on our previous visit. Naturally we compared the two and my husband preferred GHC whilst I preferred Ohla. As others have commented the hotel is ideally situated on a nice road in Barcelona ( we aren't keen on the tourist trap that is las ramblas) we were greeted by the concierge and taken upstairs to the reception for a somewhat lengthy check in process! Our room was great, just a delux double so a lower grade of room but it was perfect for what we wanted and on the 6th floor so we didn't hear any road noise. We were also just 2 floors down from the fantastic roof top terrace and pool which was much appreciated in the 28 degree heat! Rooms were very clean and bright in side, very cool shower in the middle of the room. There are definitely areas that require improvement however, service really does leave a lot to be desired! It was difficult to attract the attention of a member of staff at breakfast to place an order and the concierge was permanently on the phone or busy when we wanted advice! I gave in and went to reception to ask but they were not willing to help with restaurant reservations etc! Also the pool on the roof top is a huge selling point but we were disappointed to find that the bar closes at 6pm therefore no option to have a drink outside in the evening! This is something that we loved about the grand hotel central.
Overall I would say that the the positives certainly outweigh the negatives of this hotel and we will most likely be back!
On another note, we witnessed an incidence of pick pocketing whilst in the city, I was aware that this happens quite regularly and didn't carry a bag with me! Keep your wits about you and
Watch your valuables whilst out on the streets
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ohla Barcelona Hotel is a five-star boutique hotel located in the historical center of the city Barcelona, surrounded by three of the city's most popular sight-seeing and shopping areas: the Gothic Quarter, the Born and the Eixample. Inaugurated in February 2011, its location is perfect for tourism, shopping or business, with a fusion of calm serenity and the bustle of downtown Barcelona. The project has left untouched the building's historical facade from 1920 and other listed elements, including the main staircase, while giving the establishment a cutting-edge, minimalist interior design that combines various textures of black, white and oak wood. The building stands out for the sculpture on the facade by world-renowned artist, Frederic Amat. The hotel has 74 rooms, all equipped with a 40-inch TV screen and satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, telephone, safe box with room for a 17-inch laptop, adjustable lighting, individual thermostat, Egyptian cotton sheets, robe, slippers, kettle and minibar. Its culinary spaces are one of the highlights of the hotel, which locals consider great meeting points: Caelis restaurant, awarded with a Michelin star; La Plassohla, 'tapas' and small plates and Vistro 49, a boutique bar specialized in wines and cocktails. The terrace and the enclosed pool, the only one of its kind in Barcelona, have been called one of the best places to relax and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Meeting rooms, gym, sauna and massage room, internet corner and parking garage are just some of the other services the department of Public Relations can offer to even further personalize each guest's stay and ensure it is an unforgettable experience. In short, a world of experiences that the whole Ohla Barcelona team offers guests looking for a hotel with charm and personality in the center of Barcelona. ... more less
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