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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
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New York City, New York
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“What a great hotel!”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

This is a beautiful modest size hotel with a real boutique feel in a great location. While the physical structure is very attractive and the amenities are clearly upscale what made our 5 night visit so pleasant were the hotel staff. They were consistency welcoming, helpful and appeared genuinely concerned regarding our experience both in the hotel and Barcelona at large. We enjoyed our rain shower in the bathroom and the free minibar. We also enjoyed breakfast in the hotel one morning and while it was priced as all luxury hotel meals are it was delicious and less expensive than other hotels we have visited.

The only area that could be improved from my perspective would be to have separate lighting for the bathroom area as our room overlooking the central courtyard the light switch for the bathroom also switched on a light in the hall which was a nuisance for my spouse.

The quality of the staff was consistent both in Barcelona and during our 2 night stay in Seville which preceded our visit to Barcelona. We will stay here again next time we are in Barcelona.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Alma in late April. We thought it was a lovely five star hotel...with one reservation.
The hotel is extremely well located and away from the crazy crowds at La Rambla. But very importantly it is central to almost everything else.
The staff are exceptional. From our arrival when we were seated and introduced to the hotel by Julio and we were shown to our room by Marcos we were treated royally. The bar and restaurant staff are first class. Javi, Lisa and especially Bergonia are all a treasure. A good hotel needs good staff and I hope management here knows how good the staff is they have.
The bar and restaurant are beautifully presented and very good value.
The room we had, 401, was excellent. It was quite large with a separate lounge and sitting area. The bathroom was without fault...just beautiful. Our only criticism is that these front rooms, which face the street, are very noisy. The traffic noise can be unbearable at times, even four floors up. Why, in the building of this hotel three years ago they didn't double glaze the windows is beyond belief. They spent a fortune on the rest of the hotel...but missed a vital issue. They claim they are at least double glazed but believe me you can hear people talking and yelling as they go by on the footpath overnight. They really need to fix this.
If you stay here, and I recommend you do, then make sure you have a room at the back. All in all an excellent place to stay.

Room Tip: Stay away from the front rooms if you dont like noise
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2013

Stayed in this hotel recently. The hotel has minimalist feel but the rooms are cool, very comfortable and quiet. The beds so comfortable best night sleep for a long time. Only one negative. The shower room. Whilst a great size the amount of water that goes on the floor apart from in the shower was a bit dangerous.
Staff were very attentive and check in was very professional. It was a shame that the tapas bar that was recommended was such a bad choice.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2013

This hotel is very central and is only a couple of years old. The service is not only friendly but very professional. Our double room had very comfortable beds and was quiet, facing the inner courtyard rather than the street in the front. I liked the fact that the mini bar was stocked free of charge (soft drinks and water only) - when I'm paying I don't like hotels that charge over the odds for every sip of water. Room service cleans the rooms according to guest timetables rather than their own - we tended to lie in late as we were on holiday. Wooden floors meant that the room not only appeared clean but was clean. The bathroom was modern with two basins, separate loo and large walk in shower none of which need a degree in modern plumbing to operate. All in all a highly recommended hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2013

Just back from a 2 night stay in the Alma with my girlfriend and one thing is for sure it was a pleasure!

The Hotel has a very boutique feeling and the staff and service you get is exellent! All the staff were helpful with advice and guidance on the best places to pay a visit to in the city!

The room was extremely comfortable with a stylish modern decor! Massive soft comfortable beds and a superb double shower room!

Used the spa in the basement as well and it met all the needs, all be it is smaller there is still more than enough to keep you feeling healthy on a stay.

Overally i would highly recomend and when coming back to Barca i wouldnt look anywhere else!

Room Tip: We were on the 6th floor corner rooom and it had good views out to the city sights
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wilmslow, Cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2013

From the moment we arrived we knew that we would not be disappointed! As the taxi approached, Marcos magically appeared & greeted us, whisking our bags inside. It took a few minutes to check in as we had arrived at a busy time but it was not really a problem & the glass of cava whilst we waited was most welcome! We opted for the finger printing instead of a traditional room key & encountered no problems with it. It was great not to have to search for the key before leaving the room!

The hotel was beautifully appointed & our suite was gorgeous & of a very high standard. The decor was lovely & obviously kept on top of with not a scratch or chip to be seen. We had booked with Mr & Mrs Smith & as members had a bottle of cava & some chocolates waiting in the room for us. This was a lovely touch & despite not being a huge chocolate fan I must admit that one of the chocolate options was out of this world!

After sprucing up in the wonderful, enormous bathroom filled with delicious bulgari products we headed out for a bite to eat down at barceloneta. We were not out late as fairly pooped from a long day so were delighted to find that the enormous bed was one of the comfiest we have ever slept in.

The rest of our few days in Barcelona were fabulous but as this is a hotel review I shall not digress but simply state that the service we received at the Alma was outstanding. In particular, Marcos must be singled out as one of the most charming & helpful people we have ever met. When we realised that a restaurant booking we had made was at a restaurant that was closed the evening of my birthday Marcos did not hesitate to recommend another argentine restaurant & promptly make us a booking. (We had been slightly panicking as the night in question was San Jordi's day & thus a very popular night for restaurants!)

On the morning of my birthday a bottle of cava arrived together with a huge plate of the white chocolate macadamia & pistachio chocolates that I has been so enamoured with.....the staff had enquired as to which chef had been on duty the day we arrived & who had made them! It is touches like this when hotels really go the extra mile that make a guest feel special , & from start to finish the service we received at the Alma was excellent.

A beautiful, contemporary hotel in the middle of a fabulous city with genuinely caring & friendly staff...top marks to the Alma, we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2013

I’ve stayed at Alma hotel back in February and all I can say is “wow” very impressed.
This is a very chic luxury hotel. From the initial check in, the über professionalism of the staff was almost as overwhelming as high tech fingerprint scanning option instead of the use of a door key for your room. Boy! Big brother can surely be watching you in this place!
You are seamlessly ushered to your room where you are greeted by a very large well-appointed sleeping area. The bathroom has a wet room rainshower that could easily fit 3-4 people (should you so desire!), however, much to my disappointment, this function did not work for my 1 night stay, so I missed out on my luxury indulgence of a gorgeous rainshower.
The bar area was, again, pure chic. Low level lighting and service heaven. A comfortable outside area as well.
Truly a wonderful place to stay for business, pleasure or the romantic weekend away in the centre of a beautiful city location.
Big tick on the “WOW” factor……

Room Tip: there are no bad rooms.....
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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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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