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“A five star hotel that deserves its accolades...”
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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Sitges, Spain
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69 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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“A five star hotel that deserves its accolades...”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We stayed at the Alma Barcelona whilst in Barcelona for a weekend visit. I have stayed in many 5 star hotels in Spain including a few in Barcelona so will use those as a reference.

The building
We were initially surprised given that our taxi driver did not know where the hotel was although he passed by that area often. When we made it to the building we realized why; the building is very sober and there are no big hotel signs so you can easily pass by it without realizing that it is a hotel. Once inside things change quite a bit. You are quickly seated in a nice desk to make the check-in and as you wait you are offered cava or other refreshments. The decoration is very modern but in a good way (not IKEA-like but rather modern museum feel). There are some nice perks to the place like being able to use your finger-print to open your door or the fact that you get free internet (make sure you restart your apple devices as there seems to be some sort of issue with apple and their internet - once rebooted everything works fine though)

Location
The building is located in the nicer part of Barcelona. Right by high-end stores and walking distance from the Sagrada Familia. Nothing to say here.

The rooms
Very nice and elegant rooms following the same sort of decor as the reception area. Big TV, comfortable bed and nice bathroom toiletries (what seemed to be a hotel brand but the nice kind). Large closets, nice shower with a big shower head (rain-like). The AC worked very well and was very silent. So no complaints overall.

The spa and gym
It seems like these days all hotels need a spa to be considered a 5 star. This is not a spa hotel...but they have a small but reasonable spa area. Masseuses are asked to come in for specific appointments so make sure to make yours in advance. The actual service is quite nice although the massage room is a bit basic. There are also a couple of small saunas (dry and humid) and a funny pool (only about 50cm deep so don't expect to swim a lot). There is a small gym with a few machines (i.e. a stationary bike and a couple of other machines). Not a great gym but should do the trick for most people.



Some tips:
- If you need a cab make sure to order it in advance - you can typically get one on the street if you are not in a hurry but if you actually NEED one you should know that ordering one in the hotel takes a good 10-15 minutes
- The breakfast is expensive (35 euros I believe) - in the end we went to the Pain Quotidien which is a couple of blocks away; I can't speak to the quality of the breakfast since we prefered to get our cereal and yogurt outside the hotel
- The hotel will help you get restaurants...but I would suggest you book them yourself well in advance (and do your own research); the nice hotels are fully booked 1-2 weeks in advance (and the really nice ones even before that) so make sure you reserve your table well in advance if you are into fine or trendy cuisine
- If you need any special item (shaving cream, toothpaste) just get it on your way in (they are well stocked in the reception); they will gladly take it to your room but it might take a good 15-20 minutes (and the rooms only have soap and shampoo)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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almahotels, Director General at Alma Barcelona, responded to this review, 25 June 2013
Mr. Cvidela4791,

I would like to thank you for having taken the time to share your experience at Alma Barcelona. Thank you very much!

It is of great value for us to obtain feedback from our valued guests, basing their opinion on our product and quality of service. Moreover it satisfies me immensely to know that your demands and expectations were met during your stay.

As you mention just a couple of feet away from the famous Paseo de Gracia you are able to enjoy the immense number of stores and boutiques available on this street and due to the Hotels proximity to the actual city center you are able to furthermore enjoy the marvelous attractions the city of Barcelona just around almost any corner. A definite note as well to the Hotels open space areas, clear, austere yet elegant décor, totally thought out for the wellbeing and privacy of our guests.

We also thank you for mentioning our digital fingerprint door opening system which has been exceptionally installed in our Hotel, to our knowledge the only one in continental Europe!
In regards to our Wellness Center we are currently updating a couple of our features, which we most certainly would like to offer you the next time you stay at Alma Barcelona.

On my behalf I would personally like to meet you the next time you are in the city and obtain any further feedback or ideas that you find could improve even further our standards.

Please accept our very best regards.

Amaya Guisasola
General Manager AlmaBarcelona
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We Stayed at the Alma for 2 nights in June 2013 on our return from a cruise.
The service was outstanding & all the staff were very helpful. My wife needs
help in climbing stairs & the staff always offered to take her up in the small
elevator.
The concierge found us an excellent beach restaurant & got us vegetarian food
- not an easy task in Spain. We were always assisted in getting cabs & our luggage
Was handled.All restaurant recommendations were good!
Hotel is very centrally located & this made life easier.
The main complaint we had was the poor lighting in room as its a minimalist design!
The room & passage & corridor were too dark for us as we are seniors.
The hotel lobby restaurant & garden are very pleasing features.
Simple breakfast in room service could be improved by adding hot dishes..

Room Tip: Suggest a room with garden view as its quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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nymelin1
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 June 2013

I recently stayed at the Alma Hotel for 2 nights in Barcelona while on business, and I want to share what a fantastic hotel this is. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, the hotel is new, modern, and clean, and the restaurant food is delicious. I loved my spacious, well-appointed room - what a treat after a long business trip. The hotel is centrally located in a great area. I will stay at the Alma every time I come to Barcelona.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 June 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed atnthis hotel for 8 nights recently. The location is excellent, a block away from Gaudi's La Pedrera, 15 mins walk to La Sangrada Familia, and situated between two metro stations. Shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance too. The hotel staff were friendly and efficient from the moment you arrive you are offered somethingnto drink. The fingerprint scan to enter your room was a fun novelty. Complimentary wifi and mini bar were appreciated. Only small complaints were the pillows were much too soft and the swimming pool is so shallow that when you do "freestyle" you can touch the bottom of the pool. Location of the pool in the basement seems like it was an afterthought rather than a feature of the hotel.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

We stayed at the Alma for one night at the ending of our honeymoon in Spain. The staff could not have been any more helpful and the hotel was lovely and in an excellent location. The garden at the rear of the hotel was a lovely quiet oasis in which to enjoy a drink and we loved the fingerprint entry! It was just a shame that we had only booked one night as it didn't really leave us time to enjoy the spa....we'll be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2013

It has taken me a few weeks to get to this review, because I wanted it to be right.

We had a wonderful stay at the Alma Hotel, Barcelona. My wife arrived a day ahead of me as a result of a plane cancellation during my trip. The staff at the hotel were so gracious when I called to leave a message that I would be delayed; and were so supportive and helpful to my wife who suddenly and unexpectedly found herself arriving on her own in a new city. While every staff person we dealt with was excellent, we have to single out Marcos, and Sammy from the hotel restaurant, who were beyond exemplary.

Our room was spacious, clean, modern and "cool", with a view of the chimney pots of Gaudi's La Pedrera (Casa Milá). Nothing says Barcelona like Gaudi. While the room overall was great, the shower in particular deserves mention as it was huge and awesome.

The location in central Barcelona just off the Passeig de Gracia was perfect for us: just close enough to the Ramblas and Barri Gótico that they are accessible, but in the elegant Eixample area, about a 20 minute walk to Sagrada Familia. Marcos provided helpful advice and good restaurant recommendations, and all the staff were pleasant and genuine, and this contributed hugely to our very positive experience at the hotel.

Top notch in so many ways.

Definitely a hotel we would return to and recommend, if we were ever in the fortunate position of having a chance to get back to Barcelona.

Room Tip: Our room facing the back at the top of the hotel was wonderful and quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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almahotels, Director General at Alma Barcelona, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
Mr. SalishSea101,

I Would like to thank you for sharing your experiences in AlmaBarcelona. I will pass on your kind words to everybody here at the hotel specially to Marcos and Xavi who will be very happy to hear your kind words.

Looking forward to welcoming you back here in the near future.

My best wishes,

Amaya Guisasola
General Manager AlmaBarcelona
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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

We stayed at the Alma for 5 nights to visit Barcelona for the first time. When we arrived (Alma organized the perfect airport transfer) we were welcomed by the very friendly and efficient staff. The Grand Deluxe Room with view over the garden met exactly our requirements: modern, quiet, spacious, a perfect bed, bathroom with shower and bath and mineral water;my husband liked the lounge chair very much. The location is great and very central.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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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
#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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