My husband and I just returned from a ten day visit to Barcelona and The Alma. Truly don't know where to begin. From the front desk staff (family!) to the most comfortable bed and pillows on earth, we were the happiest we have ever been in a hotel...and we travel a lot. Barcelona is so bustling and alive that walking into the Zen quiet and peaceful beauty and environment of the hotel is like a massage for the senses. The muted earth-toned color palate and minimal design added to the immediate sense of stillness. Because we were there for ten days, we got to spend quite a bit of time with the lovely folks at the front desk and in the dining room. No pretense, just good people who really want to please you. The room we had, on the fourth floor front, was very spacious and sparse. I have never been one to necessarily value the sparse, minimalist look, but it became a great source of peacefulness. At times I wished the lighting options had offered something brighter, particularly when we were getting ready or packing. The room was so quiet that we literally never heard one guest ever. So if your priorities are peace and quiet and really great people, this is your hotel. There are many 5* hotels in Barcelona that we visited that are pretentious and over the top - just doesn't appeal to us. Another strong point is the central yet a bit off the beaten path location. The neighborhood is very elegant; shops and restaurants/cafes abound. The insulation and air conditioning sound (almost a noise reducing sound)keeps street noise to a minimum. We had breakfast there many mornings, which included personal service, eggs to your taste (caramelized onions and wild mushrooms, anyone?) along with fresh orange juice and breads, pastries and al the fruit you can imagine. Barcelona is expensive, yet you can have cheaper and lighter breakfasts very nearby if you want to avoid the 25 euros. We never ordered room service. We had a couple of incidents with a couple of rude and unhelpful people in the bar and food area, but over the ten days, it averaged out to superb. We are foodies, so it seemed to suit us to do most of our food research ourselves, but we did ask the concierge to arrange for reservations. We are returning to Barcelona and will definitely stay at the Alma. Wish we could take it in our back pockets to other cities we visit! Three cheers and five stars!
- 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