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“nice hotel, nice part of town”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alma Barcelona

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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“nice hotel, nice part of town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

we stayed in the Alma along with our two sons and their partners. The hotel was lovely and clean and fresh and all three rooms were top quality. We only stayed for one night prior to a cruise but one of my sons was there for three nights in all and he loved it.

Its in the more, shall we say, classy bit of town. North of the Ramblas and Placa de Catalunya. Quite close to La Pedrera and the designer shops.

The staff were very helpful and we found good restaurants for both a tapas lunch and a fancy dinner within close proximity.

we did not opt for breakfast at an additional 50 euros per couple and our only other gripe was that the toilet and bathroom were separate and there was no handwash basin in the toilet.

But all in all a very nice hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Alma hotel. It is a refined sophisticated hotel with a tranquil serene atmosphere. A bonus was a lovely interior garden where we could relax in one of the comfortable lounges and enjoy a drink or dinner after a busy day. The hotel decor is very design and minimalist which is soothing and Zen. The bedroom was spacious, with comfortable bedding and with beautiful furniture and quality finishes. A lovely touch was the complimentary drinks in the mini bar. The staff was also excellent. Food at the restaurant was fresh and delicious. A top hotel and would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zürich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

We were there for three nights in Spring. Upon arrival just got an unexpected upgrade! Rooms were clean and very nicely decorated. the interior is very modern and rooms are big. The spa is small but very clean. Staff is extremely helpful! They advised us with restaurants and bar and also gave us insider tips regarding good tapas bars. Go there and enjoy being treated like a king!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

We recently stayed for three nights at the Alma Hotel in Barcelona. This is a modern place with beautiful accommodations, but what really set it apart was the level of service. As soon as we walked in the door we were provided with a glass of cava while we checked in. We consulted with the front desk daily, and were treated warmly each time.

After two full days of walking Barcelona we looked forward to the peach and quite of our hotel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the city. It is located relatively close to the Rambla and other attractions, and they will provide you with service par excellence.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sitges, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 of 5 bubbles 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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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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