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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alma Barcelona Hotel Barcelona
- Alma Barcelona Catalonia