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“Top Hotel With Exceptional Service & Great Location”
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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2012

We stayed at The Alma for four nights in early August on a City break. We chose the Hotel based on excellent Trip Adsviser reviews and were not disappointed.
When we arrived, the room was not ready but we sat with the Lady at Reception & had a couple of glasses of Cava while she pre-booked the attractions and restaurants we wanted to go to.
The Hotel is super modern with finger print entry to the rooms - no hassle with having to get the key card changed when it comes into contact with the phone! The decor & comfort were really exceptional & could not be faulted.
The staff were absolutely exceptional and always went the extra mile on suggestions, getting taxis, directions, etc.
The Hotel is located very close to the corner of Mallorca & Passeig De Gracia which is the luxury shopping Street. This to me is a far better location than The Ramblas (10 minutes walk) which is much brasher and noisier. Many of the bars, cafes & restaurants in this area seem to be frequented by locals with better variety and value than The Ramblas.
Diagonal Metro Station (with access to multiple lines) is 5 minutes walk away as is Place De La Catalunya in the other direction.
My only issue was the Hotel breakfast. This is not included in the room rate but charged at 25 Euros per head. I found his pretty insubstantial with better value to be had in many nearby cafes. In all fairness though, The Spanish are not big on breakfast which for most locals seems to be a coffee woith croissant or baguette.
The Alma is not inexpensive but the service, facilities & comfort are really worth the money and I would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

I booked this hotel as a treat for me and my partner for my birthday. From the moment you walk through the front doors the welcome and service you receive is incredible. The hotel is amazing, beautiful rooms with a very modern feel. Completely sound-proofed so you feel like you're the only guest!. Our room overlooked the gardens, which again, were impecable and lovely to sit in and read in the afternoon sun with a drink from the bar. Breakfast was pricey but you can choose from a vast selection of food and drink, so we did on one occasion. No keys to worry about as everything is accessed with your fingerprint! Great central location, within easy walking distance of all the sights. I love this city and this hotel. We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We stayed at the Alma for one night on our way back from Minorca in August 2012. The hotel is beautifully designed and the rooms are large and well-appointed. Everyone on staff was exceedingly helpful, from the bellhop to the front-desk staff. It was a short stay, but we had a lovely time - you can't beat the location. We would stay again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WallStreet10005
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

This hotel is very modern and futuristic regarding the technology, i was a bit surprised. Very nice holiday spend with my big family (5 rooms). Staff were very helpful and friendly. Location can't get better for first time tourists to Barcelona as it is close from Rambla street.

Room Tip: Stay away from elevators
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Abdulla A
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Just spent 12 nights in the Alma Barcelona Hotel on a business trip and it was just fantastic. A perfect location for walking the city and surrounded by top notch Tapas bars. The lobby is sleek and spare. Quiet descends on you when you come through the front doors. After getting your finger print key at check in (they have chilled beverages and even champagne if you want it during the check in process), you can sit in the almost silent garden and have a light lunch or drink before going up to your room. I stayed in two different rooms over the course of my stay, and while the decor is a bit austere in style, the rooms are beautiful and comfortable, well laid out and had plenty of closet and drawer space. The bed and bedding were delicious and cool to come home to after the heat of an August day. My first room was on the top floor and faced the street. It was quiet but the windows did not open. My second faced over the courtyard, windows opened and it was also serenely quiet in what can be such a noisy city. The food at the hotel was excellent. The breakfast abundant and very, very well done. From fresh squeezed raspberry, mango or orange juice to cheeses, meats, all kinds of great yogurts and beautiful fruit. The hotel is spotless, the gym is really a small work out room with limited equipment and a warm and lovely lap pool is down there too. If you need a roomful of machines, this is not the place for you. There were many of us traveling on this job and the hotel did an amazing job of getting us all checked in early after our flights. I have to warn you that the service in the dining garden can be a bit slow. With that being said, I had breakfast sent up on many mornings and it showed up exactly at the time I asked for it. So beautiful hotel, great rooms, wonderful service and delicious food. I would most certainly stay here again and again.

Room Tip: don't miss breakfast.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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3  Thank tojopop
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Stayed here in July for 3 nights and had a very positive experience. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, even providing a glass of Cava whilst we checked in! It is in a great location, round the corner from La Pedrera, Gaudis' apartment block and within walking distance of the Sagrada Familia and La Rambla. The outside bar is a lovely tranquil spot to relax after a days sightseeing. The staff gave us restaurant recommendations every evening which were good quality, without being overpriced. We didn't have breakfast as it was pricey, preferring to walk to one of the local cafes around the corner on Passeig de Gracia. The room was very comfortable and quiet, the free mini bar of soft drinks was a nice touch. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to the Alma, an oasis in a great city.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank CaroleS
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

We found this hotel via Tripadvisor as we do quite a few city breaks and we like to find different places rather than the chain hotels which are the same wherever you are. The Alma is a beatifully designed hotel that is not too small but with a very personal service. We were there for three nights and were warmly welcomed and our room was available early so we were able to settle in before setting out into Barcelona. The room was beatifully appointed and spacious with quiet air conditioning and a large bathroom with bath and walk in shower and separate wc.
The hotel is ideally located for the main shopping areas and near enough but not too close to the Ramblas, Sagrada Famiglia etc.

The staff were extermely friendly and very helpful in their recommendations for restaurants and attractions. Pau on reception in particular gave us very good advice on getting about in Barcelona.

In a city centre hotel outside space is always welcome and the quiet garden area at the rear was ideal for relaxing and was also where we had dinner one night and breakfast each morning.

A must nowadays is Wi-Fi that works - the service in the Alma is excellent and extends to all areas and the rooms. It is also free which makes a pleasant change.

We would recommend this hotel every time for a Barcelona visit

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank pc1949
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Address: Mallorca 271, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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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 Airport Transportation
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: £186 - £820 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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