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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Sublime Just Sublime”
Reviewed 3 October 2012

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!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

The hotel is in an excellent location perfect for shopping and nightlife and within easy reach of all the attractions. The hotel is very minamilst, low lighting and cool atmosphere. The rooms and beds are very comfortable and the shower was amazing. The service is perfect, couldn't be faulted, doors opened for you, staff ask if there is anything you need, turn down service etc.

The only negative is the spa which is 2* standard at most. The spa area appears very worn. The steam room didn't appear to work and the tiles were worn and dirty. The Sauna was an extreme heat and the gym consisted of a bench, a couple of weights and a pilates machine. I considered the spa to be unsafe a light fitting was plugged into the wall (into a loose socket with a long wire attached) hanging from the ceiling right next to the pool. I am sure this does not meet with health and safety regulations to have plug sockets and light fittings in this situation. Other plug sockets around the spa are loose from the wall and the ceiling is exposed brickwork which appears to be unfinished.

If you are looking for a clean modern hotel with good service the hotel is excellent but if spa facilities are important then I would look elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

very nice place
and in pleasure to logger there and they also giving good service
they let us feeling warm and very friendly
we forgot very import things in the room and left they contact us and send them to us
real thanks for their honest

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

We recently wrapped up a 3 week stay in Europe by a four night stay at the Alma Barcelona and it was a fitting end to a perfect vacation. We opted to spend a bit more and upgraded ourselves to a suite and it was worth every penny.

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* Location, location, location! Located steps from the trendy Passeig de Gracia and 20 minute walk away from La Familia Sagrada. Also steps away from Casa Batilio and La Pederada. All of the tour buses stop less than 5 mins away from the hotel so it was so convenient to hop on and do some sightseeing.
* The Staff were friendly, helpful and always seemed so eager to help.
* Welcoming glass of cava upon arrival.
* We stayed in Room 412, it was a suite with a street view and it was phenomenal.
* Large room and large bathroom
* Two tvs in suite one in bedroom and second in siting area.
* The turndown service with fresh towels and water by your bedside every night was excellent!
* The garden patio was phenomenal and just the place that you needed to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.
* Great modern design
* Free mini bar
* Lots of options for breakfast
* Great Bar for drinks

Cons
* I could find none

Room Tip: Pay the extra and stay in a suite. You won't regret it.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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philadelphia
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

This is the best value in all of Barcelona! What a perfect location right off the P de G. The staff was unbelievably friendly and so helpful. The rooms and hotel are ultra modern. It was quiet and beautiful. The rooms are a generous size and the beds are very comfortable. The only quirky thing is that the bathroom is just divider in the room and the large shower doesnt have a door. Beyond that, this was the most amazing hotel to stay in especially the value. The minibar was included and free in room wifi. Perfect. Originallybooked the Mandarin, but why waste the money. Go shopping or have an amazing dinner at Tickets for what you saved. Would definitly return. Our room on the 6th floor faced the rooftop of the Gaudi building. Can you imagine looking at those structures morning noon and night. Unbelievable!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Alliston, Canada
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

We stayed at The Alma the end of August for 3 nights...........
Good location
very nice staff, and helpful with any questions
quiet room
comfortable bed
free juice and soda in the mini bar, was also a nice touch
would definitley stay here again and recommend to friends

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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montreal,Qc
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

you are looking for Glamour and coloured crowed, busy lobby and loud music. But if you want to enjoy the best location, the most quiet hotel with the most helpful staff don't miss the Alma hotel. Extreme modernism, a lot of black and grey but great design. Perfect location, excellent breakfast, incredible garden in the middle of the city. Negative aspects, their Spa is also minimalist, hot and humid when they would have plenty of space to built it in the garden. Dont go anywhere in Barcelona.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Alma Barcelona
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
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#3 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#4 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#15 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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