We visited Barcelona for the first time during the Easter Holidays and I was a little anxious following some of the reviews.
We visited as a family and took two double rooms on the fifth floor.Overall, I would summarise by saying that the hotel was perfectly fine and some of the extremely negative reviews slightly overdid some of the negatives.
Location - a 10 minute walk to Las Ramblas and the marina (the walk is reasonable, but I would say that at times, and certainly late at night, a taxi may be more appropriate as the area can be a little intimidating at times)
Value - The hallways and general surrounding within the hotel was nice, and I found the hallways particularly well decorated. The rooms were comfortable and the shower was fine. The TV was a modern set with a good picture. One tip is that a number of the foreign channels are multiple language, so you can select the english version or the spanish sound, which increased the number of english channels to c.8 and a reasonable selection of US comedy and film channels. There is a button that you press on the remote, but the instructions do not make this clear!
Breakfast - It is worth getting a deal with breakfast included. If not, it is about Euro9 per person for breakfast, but children under 11 eat for free with paying parents. The breakfast was a reasonable choice of cooked and parties etc and the staff friendly and attentive.
Room cleaning - the cleaner was very hardworking, efficient and friendly. She made a real difference and she should be commended by the hotel on her pride in her work.
A few people commented about the noise and certainly on the Sat night, event on the 5th floor, the noise at c.2-3am was very loud in the street as local clubs emptied out. The other nights were a lot better. Not much the hotel can do about this really.
The bar area for an informal drink is in the reception and it was not a very comfortable or nice place for an evening drink. Surprisingly, the hotel has a nice bar on the 1st floor, which looks comfortable and well decorated, but they seemed to only use this for conferences, rather than guests. I think they are missing a trick here.
We did not do this, but I noticed some guests ordering a dial a pizza and getting it delivered to the rooms and the hotel seemed fine with this.
The hotel is right near a tube station and during the night, it seems to be a magnet for drunks and slightly odd members of the community. Unless you plan to be roaming the streets at 3am, this should not be an issue, but worth keeping in mind. Taxi rank is right outside and for a family, we found taxis were cheaper than the metro.
Slightly unusually, we were leaving at 4am the next day and reception would not allow me to settle the bill the night before we left (something to do with a tax that is applied at midnight). This meant an extra 10 minute hassle first thing, that would have been nice to avoid.
Wifi - not great in terms of speed (not sufficient for movie streaming etc) and you need a different code each day, but included in the price, which was fine.
It is a reasonably priced hotel in a good location. We enjoyed our time there and felt comfortable in the hotel generally. I would probably not stay there again, but only for the reason that I spotted some very nice, much more expensive hotels that I really liked the look of and would probably go to Barcelona for a shorter period in the future and go up the luxury curve, but as a family base for a 4-5 day holiday the hotel was perfectly fine. We almost changed our booking based on some of the reviews, but I am pleased that we did not.
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