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Barcelona Universal Hotel
Ranked #79 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Swansea Wales
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Absolutely Brilliant”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Last month we were lucky enough to book into this hotel and what a find. It was my friend's 70th so I wanted it to be special and it certainly was. The hotel staff were SO friendly and helpful making us feel very welcome. Everything we needed was within walking distance and although the main road was noisy this did not cause us any problems. Our rooms were spotless and very spacious and the air con in the room was a welcome addition. The breakfast was excellent and set us up for the rest of the day. I have already recommended the hotel to my friends and we look forward to returning to Barcelona in the future and will certainly stay in this hotel again.

Room Tip: Quieter rooms at the rear of the hotel away from the main road and on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Had a wonderful 4 night stay at the Barcelona Universal Hotel. Hotel in perfect location, away from the rabble of Las Ramblas, but close enough to walk to and also a metro stop outside the hotel to connect you to anywhere you need to go. Also walking distance to the Columbus statue which is a point for hop on/off tour buses and handy for the port as well.
We were given a room on the second floor which had a patio & loungers. The hotel could be a bit noisy, but there was building work going on outside which could contribute to this.
Rooftop pool area was also a plus for a relaxing hour or so after a day of sightseeing. Pool not large enough for a decent swim, but nice area with bar to chill out.
Breakfast was included in our stay and had a good selection of hot and cold dishes with plenty to eat. On until 11am - great for late nights. Check out at the hotel was 12, also a plus.

We had a great long weekend in this nice comfortable hotel and will definitely return. Loved Barcelona. So much to see and do and hope to return soon.

Room Tip: Room with a patio a must.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2014

The Barcelona Universal Hotel is a stylish, modern and comfortable hotel but it is the professionalism and helpfulness of its staff which are its strongest feature. They were always willing to give helpful tips and advice and they have pride in both their hotel and their city. The rooms are large and well designed with a stylish decor. They are maintained and cleaned to a high standard. It is well located 15 minutes from Las Ramblas and the Gotic quarter. There is a Metro station a few steps away from the front door. If you are a reasonably confident traveller and arrive by train it is a straight forward trip on the Metro to the hotel. The Metro is shallow here so only a few steps with your suitcase up to the street and the hotel entrance. The funicular to Montjuic leaves from the same Metro Station and meets the cable cars which take you to the Castel at the top and the panoramic views of the city. The hotel faces a major road but within a block behind it are some fascinating multi-ethnic neighbourhoods.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This hotel is very central, just five minutes from the Rambla. The rooms are spotless and modern if a little soulless. The staff were friendly and helpful and this was certainly somewhere that I would return to. The breakfast was excellent but dinner a little unexciting. The staff though were perfectly happy when we arrived in the restaurant at 10.45pm, restaurant closure was 11.00pm and the food was freshly prepared and very tasty. I was slightly surprised that the waiter and manager spoke very limited English but I was delighted to be able to try out my Spanish, and their English was better than any foreign language spoken by most staff in British hotels!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Stayed at the Barcelona Universal Hotel for three nights and we found the hotel very good. It is in a great location metres away from the Parel-ell Metro stop and an easy walk into the Ramblas. The room had two single beds together but there wasn't a gap and it was comfortable. The room was an average size and pretty good for a european central hotel. The bathroom was clean and functional. The breakfast was okay, a little hit and miss. The fruit juices and fruit were very good. The pastries were sometimes a bit disappointing. Overall a very pleasant and good hotel choice and we would return and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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RobertoCifuentes, Director General at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Dear Sirs;

Thanks for your writng, for us it is helpful to know all the feedbacks from our customers.
We will do our best to improve the breakfast service.

Best ragards.
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We had booked somewhere else for one night that was totally unsuitable. We came here and luckily they had a room. It was absolutely gorgeous. Clean and fresh, lovely comfy bed. Free wifi. Air conditioning. The hotel staff very helpful. Breakfast was amazing. Will definitely stay there again.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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RobertoCifuentes, Director General at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Dera Sirs;

Thanks for your feedback it is really important for us.
I will share it with our staff.

Best regards.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed at the Barcelona Universal Hotel In July, 2014. We found the hotel to be comfortable and the staff to be very accommodating. All employees were the most friendly and helpful I've seen in a while - from the front desk to the doorman to the maids. Over and over again, we got good advice from the employees at the front desk and they went out of their way to help us find great restaurants and attractions. They even convinced us to use the city's metro and bus system to certain attractions, which we found easy, convenient and money-saving! They gave us little tips that made traveling around the city easier and warned us about areas where we needed to be extra-aware of pick-pockets. Wonderful stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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RobertoCifuentes, Director General at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Dear Guests;

We apreciate your review thank you very much.
Regards.
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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
#61 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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Hotel Barcelona Universal
Barcelona Universal Hotel Catalonia

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