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Barcelona Universal Hotel
Ranked #77 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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“great location”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

The hotel is approximately 15 minutes walk from the beach and 10 minutes from La Rambla, but with a metro station literally outside the hotel and several bus stops within 100 yards it was far easier to use public transport to get around. Our room was quite small but spotlessly clean and the air con made sure it was always wonderfully cool when we came back to the room. Breakfast was very good with quite a varied selection of food on offer. We only went up to the rooftop terrace once during our stay and it was very busy but still a nice option to have. This was our first visit to Barcelona but we loved everything about the city and would have no hesitation in staying at this hotel again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We got a nice surprice when checking in at this hotel. Standard rooms by hotels.com = large suite with own balcony. Large clean room. Nice roof top solarium + small pool for a quck refresh.

Underground station just outside the front door. Walking distance to Las Ramblas.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Laval, Canada
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Hotel Barcelona Universal
De un, ne jamais demander pour des infos, restaurants etc... faites le contraire. On voulait manger une bonne paella et on nous a envoyé à deux reprises dans des restaurants de bas niveaux. Si vous voulez manger des fruits de mer, paella, homards immenses, soupes etc... le restaurant pres de la plage Le Salamanca. Super délicieux. Vous serez hypnotisé afin d oublier le prix. Ils savent vous recevoir. Entrées, plats principal, desserts liqueur, avec shooters de fort pour digestif. Service 5 fourchettes. Voici le telephone 93 221 50 33. Pour l'hotel, prenez une chambre au centre ou en arrière. Piscine très proper sur le toit et oubliez la salle d'exercice. Vous pourrez vous entrainer en marchant dans les visites. Le buffet du déjeuner est excellent, avec du bon café. il manqué de rien. Faut pas chercher des faces souriantes en espagne ou à cet hôtel. Bien situé, Metro est devant la porte, les restos, dépanneurs et marketa, tout prêt de l'hotel.

In other words, we found this hotel clean and well situated. Mostly well situated. Walk out the door and stairs to the Metro. Clean Metro. When you book this hotel ask for the back or the center. Unless you like noise and sirens, stay in front.. Try to be more over the fifth floor because of the shaking from the Metro. The breakfast buffet is very good and well appreciated. Don't ever ask the staff any information on restaurants just go by yourself just around the corner for a quick lunch with cool beer or take the 2 floor red bus for 2 days and just go around, but stop at this place called Le Salamanca. It s on the beautiful beach not far from the hotel. The hotel has a small but useful pool, very clean and cool when it s 40c also has long chairs and a small room with fitness machine, forget about those, lift your luggage, its better. Finally the hotel is on the best street of Barcelona, near the port near the center near everything. But please ask them to smile, they wont crack.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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RobertoCifuentes, Director General at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Thank you for choosing us for your stay in Barcelona, we welcome your visit has been good and we valued your opinion. Our trainned staff takes great effort in maintaining the standards of our service and making mistakes helps us learn from them. Therefore it is of great value to us that customers tell us about these. Thank you and I look forward to welcoming you personally on your next stay.
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This hotel should be perfect as it's location is great, it is clean, the staff are extremely helpful and friendly and the breakfast was more than adequate. However we were only staying for 3 nights and after a rather late night the first night had not realised that one window was opaque and after opening it into a courtyard area which had a closed in roof it felt very claustrophobic and dark, not what you want in a sunny City. Our bathroom window, also opaque would not open, fixed shut so we felt like we were in a prison cell in our room which we hated and due to our short stay decided to just put up with it as we were out most of the day. You want to wake up in the morning and look out to see what the weather is doing. The room itself was large, clean, beautifully furnished, large lovely bathroom. I would say the beds could be improved upon as they were rather hard and uncomfortable. I would recommend this hotel but check your room before you settle in or make sure you book one with a view.

Room Tip: Some rooms have no clear windows, so ask first.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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RobertoCifuentes, Director General at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
For us it is a challenge trying to improve every day. I would like to thank you personally for the time spent writing to us, as well as for choosing our hotel for your stay in the city. Thank you very much.
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Walnut Creek, California
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This hotel was just perfect. Location was a ten minute walk to Las Ramblas. Local bus stop across the street and metro stop on the corner. Staff was wonderful and room was really nice. Breakfast served in morning quite adequate. Rooftop pool was added bonus. Would stay here again. Internet access provided and computer available in lobby.

Room Tip: Had a corner room which was a bit larger than regular.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in this hotel for a week beginning 20th July '13. It was perfect for what we wanted. The room was spacious and spotless, with nice touches like the complimentary care package and free wifi. The pool on the roof is lovely with great views and is great if you want to lounge about or read a book (or drink a mojito!) in the water. However, it's small for a hotel of its size and on the Saturday we arrived it was absolutely packed with people pushing their towels up against other people's deckchairs and lying on the steps. Every other day we managed to get deck chairs and found it much more chilled. It was especially lovely to cool down and chill after a day sightseeing. However, if you have kids or a big party it might be a bit cramped!

Breakfast was lovely; my boyfriend eats like a horse and was satisfied every day! Hot food, continental spread, yoghurts/fruit and sweet treats. We couldn't complain!

Location wise it's spot on. Right next to the Paral.lel metro stop which is on L3, which seemed to be the best line for getting places. Only minutes from Las Ramblas and there are lots of beautiful tapas bars in the back streets (Tonka, Bar Calders) which are lovely and off the tourist track!

My only issues would be that I found reception staff to be a bit abrupt and not as polite as I would have hoped for a 4* hotel. Free wifi is great but if like me you're on an iPhone, you have to log back in every time it locks. Only other niggle was we booked a double room and were given a twin which was annoying. However, as we were on the 8th floor we had a lovely view and noise from the street was dissipated so I'd definitely ask for a higher floor when booking!

I'd definitely return!

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views and even they can be slightly noisy from the road so I imagine lower...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Myself and my husband stayed for four nights our first visit to Barcelona and cant wait to go back!! The hotel is located 5 mins from La Ramblas go out of hotel turn left and take first left. Go out of hotel turn left walk ten minutes to the port. A great location. The hotel itself is excellent the staff were friendly and the rooms were cleaned to high standard every day. When we visit Barcelona we will stay here again. We had room on the eighth floor and it was perfect. The only criticism I would have is that they have a pool bar and many times we had to go down to reception to ask someone to serve us. A great place!!

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RobertoCifuentes, Director General at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Continuous improvements in the quality of our facilities and the service provided are our top priorities. Your feedback helps us continue maintaining the facilities in line with the service. Thank you. We are very pleased by you choosing us for your stay and the fact that you enjoyed your visit.
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Property: Barcelona Universal Hotel
Address: Avda Paral.lel 76-80, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#38 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#60 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#101 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelona Universal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located just a five-minute walk from Las Ramblas, Hotel Barcelona Universal grants its guests easy access to all parts of the city. Metro lines 2 and 3 stop just outside the main entrance, at “Paral·lel,” and nearby buses can take you to the beaches of Barcelona, Park Güell, and anywhere in between. A stroll from our hotel near Las Ramblas will take you to some of Barcelona’s favorite tourist attractions.Hotel opened in 2001 and renewed in 2011.Hotel Barcelona Universal has 167 rooms, each equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet. Three “Barcelona Skyline Suites” feature a Jacuzzi and private terrace. Families and larger groups may be accommodated in triple or superior rooms. ... more   less 
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