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Review of abba Balmoral Hotel

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abba Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #218 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Loved my stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

I stayed only 3 days and can't wait to return. The room was comfortable and clean,Bed was very comfortable. Hotel staff was knowledgeable and graciously helpful . Get the hop on hop off bus info. from hotel. Location is terrific---near restaurants, tourist sites,shops, and transportation. Clean, elegant, and beautiful city. Included breakfast buffet is great value and a savings. But coffee was awful. Go to a little cafe next door on the left ,as you exit,for for your coffee.
Staff who helped with bags and called cab, with a smile, would not accept tip.

My only real complaint is that the bathroom floor was not clean although the rest of the bathroom was. Great shower massage!

Room Tip: Had courtyard room which was quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank elly v
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Valletta, Malta
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52 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

We stayed at this hotel for a week. The room was clean and not too small. Our window opened on too a shaft, but then who stays in a hotel to view the panorama ?. Breakfast fare was good and the hotel staff very accomodating. we have visited Barcelona about 15 times and stayed at different hotels. Since this hotel was refurbished (we had stayed in it about 10 years ago) it is more pleasant. Would recommend it .

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank antOn44_12
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Gloucestershire
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25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013 via mobile

Excellent hotel. Great position at the top of Passeig de Gracia. Lovely walk down through plaza catalunya and La Rambla to the waterfront.
Hotel staff very friendly and helpful. Great use of free wifi or computer in hotel lobby.
Only small complaint would be that breakfast could be a bit more exciting with better choice of hot food. And if you don't smoke you must request a non smoking room/floor.
Wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travel-agent-amy
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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

I stayed here for a week with my girlfriend and we both found the hotel to be absolutely wonderful. The service was fantastic, the location was great as we were surrounded by great restaurants and we were very near some of the most popular parts of Barcelona. The only fault I had with the room was that we were given two single beds pushed together and they were on wheels so they would roll apart in the night. But otherwise it was such a great hotel, please don't allow this to change your mind on staying here. It was by far one of the best hotels I've stayed in and I will be staying there again next time I visit Barcelona.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BrendanOBrienIRL
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Kristiansand, Norway
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

This hotel might have some bad things in store for you. Chances are that everything will be very good, but your safest bet is to find another place.

This hotel serves great coffee, but also frozen eggs for breakfast. For all I know, the eggs could have been frozen and thawed a number of times a number of days. When i broke my egg, water came out. It felt cold, and crumbled in a weird way. I now suspect they also freeeze the plentiful and tasty, warm chorizo sausages they serve. Which at best is questionable, at worst will give you some stomach problems. Breakfast in general was decent.

The rooms range from bunker-like to exellent for the money. My photos show the view from one of two rooms my party got at the 6th floor. The window was frosted. When I opened the window i stared right into a wall! It was like an elevator shaft going five more floors up. It is impossible to even determine the weather from there, because you don't know if the grey you see is a cloud just over the hotel or if the day is gray.

It seemed routine for them to let people stay in the bunker-like room for one night, and then change after checkout next day.

They could have solved this problem by informing properly and selling at reduced price. Some would appreciate the extra space, possibility for darkness, and basement-like quiet.

Our other room was spacious, well lit and with a nice view to courtyard. Quiet enough. TV with a neverending array of spanish channels, probably some english or german stuck in between. Ok bathroom with toiletries.

Free wifi functioned well. Was given code at desk first night. Stayed same throughout stay.
35 euros and 20 minute cab ride to airport.

Shopping and sights: Walk a couple of hundred meters down the Diagonal which also is a great shopping street in the Balmoral-area, and you'll be at the top of great shopping street Paceig de Gracia with two of the iconic Gaudi-buildings. At the other end of it, Plaza Catalunia and from there starts the Rambla.

Sighseeing bus: Both major bus tours of the city has stops close to corner of Passig de Gracia and Diagonal. You'll find them. Prepaying at reception of Balmoral will result in a small discount.

Restaurants: Within 5 minutes walking from hotel, you'll be in the Carrer d' Aribau that has everything you'll need from the simplest beer and tapas, to downright gourmet restaurants. I recommend the Bardot which had fantastic sirloin for 16 Euros. During day, the Bardot was a fantastic place for a beer and some olives outside in the street. You'll find the Bardot on your right just as you come off the Diagonal. Check it out in the day, and maybe book for that evening.

Rooftop terrace: Might be full at times, never when we were there. Fantastic option for a quiet drink of wine starting or ending the evening, or to just hang out in the sun whenever. Small gym that seemed to be free for guests.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms with windows towards wall. If they give you one anyway, protest heftily as soon as you c...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Gunnar2000
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013 via mobile

Immaculately clean, great service. Location was a little away from the main centre but excellent transport links and if you enjoy walking its a lovely walk with lots to see on the way. Plenty nice restaurants close to the hotel a little less expensive than the centre ones. If we ever returned to Barcelona and hopefully we will, I would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dana M
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Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

This hotel was great! Such large rooms, comfy beds and great wifi connection!
It is really easy to get around Barcelona from this hotel. There is a bus stop right outside and the tourist hop on/hop off bus is a short walk down the street. Plenty of restaurants around the place as well. Breakfast wasn't anything overly exciting but it was a good start to the day. They need a bit more room in there as we had to queue to actually get in the room. The staff were lovely and I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: abba Balmoral Hotel
Address: C/ Via Augusta, 5, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#142 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#193 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#196 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — abba Balmoral Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Balmoral Barcelona is an elegant and classical Hotel in the center of Barcelona, recently refurbished to make you feel yourself at home away from home in the heart of the touristic, financial and commercial district of Barcelona. ... more   less 
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