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Hotel Ohla Barcelona
Ranked #41 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 August 2012

The Ohla is a great boutique hotel which is very well located. The hotel itself is stylish, the rooms very modern and the fact that the bathroom was part of the bedroom gave the element of spaciousness. The staff are helpful, always eager to assist and recommended some fabulous restaurants. The atmosphere of pool/rooftop is cool and tranquil - perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeeing. Breakfast is great and the the food at Ohla gastrobar is scrumptious . Again, the restaurant staff are welcoming and helpful at all times. I would definitely recommend the Ohla and would love to come back and stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

OK, I splashed out on an upgraded room, treated myself to a few indulgence packages and experienced the best a hotel could offer. Unfortunately it came with some shoddy service.

We had high hopes as they chased us for confirmation of our choice of pillows and preferred times etc, but came away a little disappointed that the 5 stars didn't stretch to efficiency.

We were collected at the airport and driven in comfort to the hotel doorstep without a hitch, and moved quickly onto the the Reception upstairs, as the bellboy looked after our cases.

Unfortunately this is where the service began to deteriorate, as friendliness and smiles seemed to belong to an upgrade I didn't fork out for. Not sure if it was because someone was getting trained, but one of the two people behind the desk stood the whole time and directed his seated colleague didn't even acknowledge us, and it felt more like an interrogation than a welcome.

Anyway; the room was fantastic. Open planned bathroom, large shower, separate toilet, cleverly disguised behind a concealed door. Apparently, reception has to fend of a number of calls from guests who cannot find it. Clever lighting too, so people can *ahem* use the facilities in the middle of the night without lighting up the rest of the room as if warding ships away from the rocks.

The hotel's location cannot be beat, in my opinion, as it is on the edge of the Barcelona's gothic quarter, and yet close to the metro, and all things convenient. Exploring Barce from this base was a most pleasant experience, as was getting back to the room on the first night to find a bottle of fizzy stuff chilling in a bucket of ice. Perhaps this was because the pool area was to be closed off to the public the next day for some media/photo shoot thing, or perhaps this is standard policy. I don't know, but it was a nice touch. The pool area, by the way, is beautiful.

Our second indulgence was the degustation meal in the hotel's award winning restaurant. It took them a little time to work out who we were and what we had pre-booked...but once that misunderstanding had been cleared up, this was perhaps the greatest meal we experienced during our 3 week vacation across Europe and Singapore.

I wouldn't hesitate to day trip to Barcelona from anywhere in Europe to eat there again. And the service here, was fabulous. Friendly, attentive and efficient.

Indulgence 3 was a disaster. The "Fall In Love" package sold itself as a night in the Junior Suite (we were in it anyway), in room breakfast, a la carte bath-tub service, rose petals, bottle of cava, chocolates 'sins', and a late check-out.

And we booked it for 6pm

We got back to our suite for 6.05 expecting everything to be in place...but there was nothing.

A call down to Reception seemed to ring their memory bells...and up came a maid to run our bath and scatter rose petals. However, its doesn't quite have the same effect when you watch them do it.

We then had to prompt them to bring the cava.

And then the chocolates, which looked like they had barely bothered to tip them out the packet.

Oh dear.

Breakfast in the room wasn't great either, but because we had an evening flight we appreciated the late check out.

Check was fun! Our bill was either the work of Salvador Dali or Stephen Hawking. If it was any more undecipherable we would have had to borrow the Enigma Machine. It was also in essence wrong. A re-work and it was still wrong, but this time in my favour. The poor girl behind the counter was all over the place. Nevertheless, we made it right, I'm still not sure how; I paid and went on my way.

Another (very) pleasant ride to the airport. The driver was very happy to answer our Barce questions and point out sites we had missed (or misunderstood), and we said our goodbyes.

Somewhere between here and passport control, I lost my wallet, but that's another story. The Ohla were very helpful in trying to (unsuccessfully) retrieve it, and I like to think is a metaphor for this hotel. It strives, but it doesn't quite fulfil its promise.

I would stay here again though.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

I really do not see what anyone could find to complain about this lovely hotel. The rooms are all very stylish, modern and luxurious. The hotel itself is beautiful, centerally located and staff can not do enough to help.
When looking around, I could not see another hotel within the city centre that even came close.
Food was fab, we stayed for 4 nights and were upgraded to a dome suite, I think this is a version of a jnr suite - it was just stunning.
Don't hesitate, just book it!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

Our first night in Spain celebrating St.Joan at the Ohla. Drinks on the rooftop with a great view.
Yes reviewer "noname36" it isn't for kids - that's why we booked here - we also loved our junior suite, and had no probs at breakfast at all! We totally enjoyed our 5 nights here and would stay again when we come back to Barcelona.

Room Tip: Definately go for a junior suite on a high floor
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jennifer D
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

We've just spent a fantastic couple of nights in Barcelona and were really pleased with our choice of the Ohla Hotel. Its location on the edge of Barri Gotic was perfect, close to the main event and a very short walk to the thick of it. We were immediately impressed with the reception we received and despite the Ohla being very 'cool' in design, the welcome was very warm. Our room wasn't ready as the previous occupants had refused to leave on time but we were offered two very cold glasses of Cava on the stunning roof terrace while we waited which definately made up for it.
The interiors are quite dark but overall we thought that the Junior Suite was fab, the bed was confortable and the shower heavenly. In fact the only issue was that it took us 10mins to work out where the toilet was located ( its virtually hidden behind a wall panel!)
We had a drink on the terrace before we went out for dinner and I don't think we could have asked for a more perfect spot.
We enjoyed the breakfast and overall would definately stay here again..just loved the whole experience, thank you!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

Super hotel, Great location centre of all you need to see in Barcelona modern hotel so clean we had a fantastic junior suite, great warm roof top pool and sun area, will return. A 5 star hotel, 5star staff and 5 star breakfasts and amazing cocktail bar one of the worlds top 50.

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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Stayed in July. Booked through a third party website and friends who booked directly with the hotel had much better luck with requests and free upgrades. Concierge made numerous mistakes and we had to re-book several different transfers/tours and on different days as the requests were not made. Breakfast had slow service and when it was busy people were made to wait for a table as there was not enough room in the restaurant - also poor replenishment of food during service. Roof top pool had terrible layout and was very small. Adults suntanning were splashed by any movement in pool. Those using pool could not enjoy without upsetting adults sunbathing. Not a place for families. Would definitely try another hotel. Either pay more for a higher rated hotel (which is what I wish I had done) or if you cannot afford it, try another 4 star type hotel or go in with low expectations. Junior suite was not spacious (only small armless loveseat in addition to the bed, regular rooms had more closet space than junior suite. Elevators painfully slow to the point you will take stairs instead. Only news channel in english I believe. Not much to do if you plan to spend any time at the hotel. Just a very disappointing experience definitely not worthy of 5 stars (perhaps not even 4). One day we came back to our door left propped completely wide open by the cleaning staff after they had finished- thankfully nothing was missing. Comedy of errors. Wish I had better things to say...

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank noname36
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Address: Via Laietana 49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#26 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#36 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#43 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £193 - £423 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Ohla Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 74
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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