This comfortable hotel is North of most the main attractions, just off the Avenue Diagonal. 3km West of Sagrada Familia. Ideal for the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus as both it's red and blue routes use the Diagonal 5 mins from the hotel door. 10mins walk from Diagonal metro. Around 25 minutes walk from La Ramblas. Set in a nice neighbourhood with bars, restaurants or coffee stops scattered around most blocks in the locality, though there is not one focal point or square that will draw you to it.
We arrived around midday for our five night stay here. Caught renfre train from airport using a T10 ticket, change at Sants Eustacio onto L3 metro (or can do L5 as we later discovered) to Diagonal. Though check in was 2pm our room was ready. Clean and modern looking room, unlike the hotel which is a little dated. We had a 7th floor room (there are 8 floors) with an outside patio with distant down street views of the sea in one direction and the Tibidabo church high up on the hill in the other. Really good glazing and soundproofing made it a super quiet room, and quality curtains kept out the light if you need help sleeping. There are no in room coffee making facilities but there are water bottles in fridges on every floor, useful for setting you up for each journey out sightseeing. TV with English speaking channels. WiFi worked fine with a good signal most of the time. En suite room with good hot shower and toilet behind separate glass doors off either side of the sink. Not that private if you are sharing a twin with someone you don't know all that well, so beware! Generally clean and room service good, maid never appeared too early. Had a few ants scurrying the toilet floor, but not an epidemic.
Breakfast was reasonable. Consistent daily spread. Usual Selection of hot and cold, eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, pastries, cold meats, yoghurts etc. Everything self serve, including a slightly erratic coffee machine. Sausage and Bacon were disappointing quality for a country celebrated for its ham. Everything else fine.
Service overall very good, a mature set of staff, I would guess long serving. Overall a good base without being anything spectacular. Value for money about right for three star, if you want somewhere a little closer to the centre of everything you'll pay more and probably get the same. We booked quite early as it was Easter but the price dropped if we had left it late to book. So this hotel isn't that popular you should be able leave it late to book and save money. And if you are not big on breakfast save yourselves more money, it's not a big deal, unless you book direct with the hotel and get it included for free.
In summary a good base, and five nights is enough to see a lot of Barcelona, even without tour buses and lots of walking as we did. You could probably do it in four, unless you like Gaudi and like to pay to see his architecture everywhere!
Have fun and enjoy Barcelona!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Condado Barcelona has a privileged location at the business and shopping hub of Barcelona's Diagonal Avenue, just a few minutes away from Paseo de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya and the famous modern style route. We offer a personalised service, absolutely focussed to our guest’s satisfaction during your stay in our city, Barcelona. The was recently fully refurbished, reaching an avant-garde and a very comfortable atmosphere like most boutique hotels in the world.In addition, the Hotel is located in an upmarket residential area of central Barcelona within walking distance to famous modern style route. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelona Condado Hotel
- Condado Hotel Barcelona Catalonia