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“Perfect in every way - Location, accommodations, service”
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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
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Wash., DC
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“Perfect in every way - Location, accommodations, service”
Reviewed 13 July 2012

We were so happy we chose Alma for a 3-night stay in Barcelona kicking off our Spain vacation. First of all, loved the Eixample location right off the Passeig de Gracia - very central, but not in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Gothic Quarter. This was in direct contrast to our unwitting choice in Madrid - right on the Gran Via - a location I did not like. Alma is sleek and modern - almost stark, but we were prepared for this based on Tripadvisor reviews. We arrived from the airport around 3:00 pm, greeted right away with water and cava like the reviews say. We were told our room would be ready in about 30 minutes so we went to the super cool hotel restaurant to grab a quick bite. The outdoor terrace is also lovely. The hotel was like an oasis in the middle of a great, centrally located shopping and strolling area. While we were eating one of the best and most interesting lunches of our trip (there were so many!) one of the fantastic front desk personnel - Javier - came to tell us our room was ready and that his shift was ending but he would see us tomorrow! This is indicative of the wonderful service we received from Javier and everyone at the front desk throughout our stay. When you check in they give you a map and orient you to the city - ask you if you need any help with any reservations or anything. The room was great - large - great shower stall, comfortable bed. Yes it's dark like the reviews say- but it stays light until late in Barcelona and the room was bright with the sun. You want it dark to sleep (the bathroom area was lighter)! Also the blinds were a wooden shade - slided like a Japanese screen. So efficient and completely blocked the light. We had a view of the Gaudi house - La Pedrada from our room! We never sampled the breakfast, opting for grabbing a quick croissant. I would describe this as a quiet, romantic hotel in the middle of the city. All the guests we saw throughout our stay seemed happy and relaxed.

One thing - the gym isn't really a gym so people should be aware of this. It has a system I was not familiar with (TRX or something) with pulleys suspended from the roof. YOu have to know how to use this. No other equipment - like treadmill or elliptical. They could use that. But hey - Barcelona never sleeps - you are walking all over the city till very late. Every time you turn a corner there's something interesting happening. Work out when you get home!

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Blaine, Washington
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

The Alma is a boutique hotel with 72 rooms decorated in a modern style. It is just a few steps off of Passeig de Gracia and a block or so from two of Gaudi's principal buildings in Barcelona. Excellent restaurants abound in the area and it is not much of a walk to either La Sagrada Familia or to La Rambla. But what sets this hotel apart is its service. They take the time to get it right. Every person we dealt with at the front desk had the same "How can I help you" attitude. It was a pleasure being there for the two nights.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

We spent 2 nights in the Alma. We drive to Barcelona, and despite being on the correct street/block, found it difficult to find the hotel. It was only after about 3 laps of the block we spotted the very small sign at the entrance. The hotel is very well finished, in a clean modern comfortable style. Very quiet. Very good staff, exceptionally helpful. We had a 6th floor room overlooking the courtyard. Lovely comfortable bed. While we spent a lot of time out of the hotel, for the cost for the stay, we would have liked to have had more English channels on the TV, or at very least a selection of movies [the hotel offered only free to air satellite channels]. There were no coffee/tea making facilities in the room; A coffee machine and teapot and kettle would be a good addition [I desperately need a hot cup of something freshly brewed (not instant) in the morning well before I'm even presentable for room service!]. My wife also missed the availability of a full-length mirror, and shower caps. Apart from a hand-held shower, the fixed shower head is an overhead rain-style which cannot be angled to avoid getting the hair wet. While not missed on this trip, there was no bathtub.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Excellent choice. Beautiful design, elegant, and tasteful.Great staff, very cordial.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Krakow, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2012

We spent 3 nights at the Alma as the start to our Spanish holiday. The hotel is in a great location and you can walk to many of the famous attractions. It is a trendy boutique hotel but is on a road so the rooms at the front can be noisy. Breakfast was ok - for 25 Euros each it was disappointing.
Rooms are well appointed, soft drinks were free in the mini bar. Breakfast and dinner can be served in the large terrace at the back of the hotel.
We did have a few issues with our room but these were sorted out by Miguel, who was amazing and also provided information on our next location.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in July . It's a very comfortable hotel with a modern design. The room was large and the bed comfortable. We liked that we had a duvet each on a double bed. Although in a busy and prime tourist location our room overlooked the courtyard at the back and was very quiet. Shower was large and modern and shower products were provided.
All the staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful, especially Pau on the front desk who recommended some excellent eating places for us, and looked after us very well.
Our only criticism would be of the bar staff. They were rarely at the bar and you normally had to go looking for them to order a drink. We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel either as even for a five star hotel we thought 25euros each for breakfast was too excessive.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would definitely return again should we be in Barcelona.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back overlooking the courtyard as these are very quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kent, UK
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in this very nice hotel .Centrally located for the shops & sights. Rooms very nicely appointed in a minimalist style.Strangely no shower caps or flannels provided ,which we thought mean for a 5 star hotel. However the staff were very friendly & helpful. They helped us book to see all the attractions in advance to avoid the queues & were also excellent in their restaurant suggestions.
Breakfast was also good with efficient service.

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Property: Alma Barcelona
Address: Mallorca 271, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#3 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#4 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#14 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Alma Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The AlmaBarcelona hotel is housed in an elegant building which dates back to the start of the 20th Century. Located right in the heart of Barcelona, just a few metres from the famous Passeig de Gràcia. With its proximity to the Batlló house, La Pedrera, Las Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona Cathedral, Palau de la Música, L'Auditori and numerous other popular tourist attractions, the AlmaBarcelona has one of the best locations in the city. Its 72 rooms are separated into classical and modernist accommodation, providing an interior unlike any other. ... more   less 
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