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Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Ranked #257 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Just ok, but try to skip it if you can”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

I stayed for a week in this hotel which is very centrally located. The location, in effect, is its biggest plus. The staff at the reception were quite helpful and kind, and the wifi is working fine. Everything else is just "passable". I had a room overlooking a dark internal courtyard, so that I had to keep the light on, in July in Barcelona!, throughout the day. I had only one meal in the hotel and it was on the verge of being edible. The coffee (espresso) is bad. The breakfast is fine although it is served In a cavernous cellar. The contrast between the outside light and sunshine and the darkness inside the hotel was, for me, a source of annoyance and I suppose one the reasons why I do not plan to stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Recasens, Manager at Catalonia Diagonal Centro, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your comments about our hotel. It is a pity that you didn't ask for changing room if you need to have more light and staying for 1 week, as we have rooms at the front of the hotel with light and small balcony. Our cuisine is quite reputated in the area and we have plenty of local guests eating at lunch time and celebrating their parties and anniversaries. The espresso is served in the local style, but you have a machine in the breakfast room where you can choice and make coffee at your taste.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

Location: Very good location, five (ok maybe 10 in my case) mins walk to the Passeig de Grazia. Restaurants available round the corner, and a convenience store across the street.

Decent rooms - good size, clean, amenities are all in order.

Good service - front desk staff are always polite, happy to help and smiley.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Recasens, Manager at Catalonia Diagonal Centro, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your nice comments about our hotel. It is important to know that we are doing a satisfied job for our guests. The combination of location, facilities and staff, makes an excellent combination for your stay in our city.
Looking forward to greeting you again in a near future.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Modern, clean hotel not far from Las Rhambas. No particular charm but has all the modern conveniences. Breakfast is excellent and includes both scrambled eggs and a Spanish potatoe egg frittata. The location is ideal for visiting Barcelona but is not in a heavily touristed location..

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mark K
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Recasens, Manager at Catalonia Diagonal Centro, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear guests,

We are very proud that you enjoyed our hotel and our breakfast buffet. Our hotel chain gives a lot of importance to the breakfast service, so we take care of offering good quality and lot of choices.
Thank you again for your kind comments.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We had a very nice stay, hotel is well located both in terms of walking distances and metros. The rooms are spacious, it's quiet in nights, very clean and family friendly. Made our stay in BCM memorable.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Audur2210
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Recasens, Manager at Catalonia Diagonal Centro, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
There guest,

Thank you very much for your nice commments. We are very happy to know that you had a great stay in our hotel and in our city.

Looking forward to see you again.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel was a good find. It is in Central Barcelona, but quiet. The staff were very welcoming and friendly, and any request for assistance was met in a very helpful manner. Even if the receptionist did not know the answer they were more than willing to go and find someone who could help.

The room was comfortable, clean and everything that you would expect from a four star hotel. The bathroom was a generous size, with a lovely big bath.

The bed was very comfortable. The air conditioning worked well.

The breakfast was excellent, with plenty of choice.

The only issue that I had was the hotel parking. I had a small hire car and even this was difficult to manoeuvre in the garage. The number of dents in the pillars give enough warning as to how tight the spaces are.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Paul M
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Recasens, Manager at Catalonia Diagonal Centro, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your nice comments about our hotel. We try always all our best for giving our guests an excellent service.
Our parking is tight, ( the spaces and buildings in our city are very valued and take profit of any corner), but it gives you the opportunity to park in the same building and with space enough to park.
I warmly thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Excellent location with friendly and helpful staff.

We were told the transport links were convenient but we just walked everywhere - no need for transport.

Although we were concerned about our rooms facing onto the main street the double glazing is so good none of us had a problem with noise at night. We all slept well but that might have been helped by the good food and wine?

The staff couldn't have been more accommodating and even managed 4 early check-ins.
Thoroughly recommend.

Room Tip: Doesn't matter - there was 4 of us and we were all happy with our rooms
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Nobby53
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Recasens, Manager at Catalonia Diagonal Centro, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear guest,
Thank you very much for choosing our hotel and of course for your extremely kind review.

We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay and that our receptionists managed to give you an early check in ( not easy at all if you had 4 rooms).

As you mention, our beds have a special quilt that produce at least the rest is like the same as a good bottle of our local wine.

We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best regards from Barcelona.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Had a room on the 7th floor with terrace. Room was small ( not much walking space around the bed) and very little room on desk to work on a computer. At times, internet very poor. I had booked a room with terrace on 7 th floor (terrace is nice with 2 sun beds) but elevator only goes to 6 th floor ( not mentioned in booking.com and since after a recent surgical intervention I have some problems to take stairs, staying at the 7 th floor was not the best for me. Cleaning of my room only happened very late in the afternoon, in fact when I came back after having been out the whole day. Promised items ( like bottle of water) never came to my room.
But bed very good, nice and spacious bathroom and great, great location of the hotel

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Robertus_11
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Recasens, Manager at Catalonia Diagonal Centro, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear sir

We want to thank you for your comments as they help us to improve in our services every day

The inconvenience to walk up 1 floor could be compensated to change for the nice and big terrace from which you can enjoy.
The maids try to clean the rooms in a set order, but we change the order if a guest ask us to have priority in cleaning the room.
Finally, wifi is going to be changed in august in order to offer an excellent service to our guests.

Thank you again to share the comments with us.
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Property: Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Address: C/ Balmes, 142-146, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#160 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#213 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Catalonia Diagonal Centro 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Formerly Gran Hotel Catalonia. This hotel is located on the modernist route next to Paseo de Gracia. It is surrounded by the most beautiful modernist architecture and the most representative buildings of the work by Gaudí. Its location in the centre of Barcelona means that you are walking distance from the best commercial area and can enjoy the intense atmosphere of this Mediterranean city.Our most prized feature is our quality service. Organise your family celebrations and business meetings in one of our 5 meeting rooms, which have a capacity for morethan 400 guests. ... more   less 
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