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U232 Hotel
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Hotel is located very close to the Metro and Red Tour bus line which is a great option for exploring this city. The double room we stayed in was spacious and well laid out including an excellent bathroom. Reception staff were very polite and heplful.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chilli-Pip
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

After researching hotels for Barcelona for a little over a week, my wife and I decided to book the U232 hotel based on the reviews of other TripAdvisor members, and based on the hotel's location (that's right, we knew it was outside the "center" but close to the metro). Upon returning from the hotel last night, here are the highlights.

Pros:
1. The hotel is in a clean, seemingly safe, and quiet part of town. There are plenty of local (dare I even say great) restaurants (Maitea Taberna, Paco Meralgo, Igueldo), stores, and easy access to the metro. The hotel is a a short distance from the main thoroughfares of the city (Garcia, Las Ramblas, etc.), but the walk , which is about half a mile, is enjoyable, as you will pass many cafes and shops along the way. If you are not a walker or in town and the weather is not permiting, the metro provides easy and cheap access around the city, and is two blocks from the hotel.
2. Housekeeping - Outstanding and timely. Not one time did we return to our room and it was not spotless.
3. Check-in/Check-out - Quick and efficient. Upon arrival we received a friendly and courteous greeting, and our room was ready and waiting for us (which after 14+ hours of travel due to a delayed connection was a welcome relief).
4. Rooms - Similar size to other hotels in major European cities (Rome/Paris), well decorated, and comfortable. Free wi-fi a plus for those traveling with wifi devices. If not, free computer/printer downstairs in business center.
5. Staff - Always friendly, always greeting upon entering/exiting hotel, fast with recommendations. We did not encounter one staff member who was not accommodating from the front desk, to the bartenders to house keeping.

The Cons (THESE ARE MINOR!!!! and probably me being more nit-picky):
1. No iron in room. Perhaps this is becoming more common, and to be fair, my wife and I did not ask if a free one was available, but we did note that an "Iron or Wash" option was priced on the laundry charge list, if that service was desired. Having traveled a fair amount, perhaps we became spoiled when an iron was included. Nonetheless, for this trip, I really didnt need it (and as noted didnt as for one), but have become accustomed to just having one in the room.
2. Bar Prices - A little steep (16 euros for a vodka with OJ, 10 euros for a "signature" martini), especially considering the prices of drinks in nearby establishments.
3. Breakfast - Unless included in your room rate, costs 14 euros/per person if you desire to have at hotel. We did not - which is why PRO #1 above is so great. Dino Pan about a 20 second walk from the hotel has an excellent cheap breakfast for 3 euros total for 2 people.

Overall, my wife and I found the U232 to be a very friendly, relaxing location with excellent service.

Room Tip: Ask for the best room.
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank akdaley2003
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Reviewed 18 May 2011

Having stayed a couple of times at this Hotel, if offers great value for money, very stylish accommodation, however some of these are internal so no real daylight but fine if you want to party all night and sleep in late. The hotel is a little distance away from the tourist sites, but it is close to the Hospital Clinic metro station, so getting around Barcelona is easy. Some rooms even have 2 bathrooms, great showers, beds might be a touch too hard for some travellers, best rates I have found was booking through Expedia.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

We stayed in Barcelona U232 hotel for the first leg of our honeymoon. We loved this hotel! Good location (close to metro, away from the touristy area, nice restaurants around, great cafe/bakery less than a block away).

Getting there
Took the rail line from the El Prat BCN Airport, Transferred to the L5 at Placa Sants station (about 40 min commute). If you land in T1, take the free shuttle to T2 (about 10 mins).

Hospital Clinic station was easy, two short blocks away - don't even have to cross the street if you leave from the correct exit. We arrived at the hotel around 9:30 pm on a Monday, felt safe.

The reception staff was very helpful, check-in was painless and quick. They spoke flawless English, and even helped us book a restaurant in the neighborhood for us very helpful.

The room is exactly as the webpage portrays. Fantastic bathroom, large for a Euro-hotel, comfortable king. We had a courtyard room on floor 1, which was great- the main street -Urgell is very loud in the mornings especially on the weekdays as its a main street buzzing with traffic. Its good to avoid the view and opt for the quiet courtyard.

Location was fantastic!
We took a peek into the hotel breakfast and decided to go local instead. We skipped breakfast at the hotel - and went to my favorite place in all of Barcelona - Dino Pan (a chain bakery) on the very same block as the hotel down the street. GREAT VALUE. We grabbed breakfast here EVERY day.

Lots of good restaurants in the area -Vinya Roel ,La Mamasita, Balthazar (2 to 4 blocks away). Good bars in the area for tapas hopping if you wanted as well.

The neighborhood is very local and safe - We don't like the crowded tourist areas and we just want to experience the culture of every day life when we travel. The close metro stop will help you get to the main sites of Barcelona with an easy transfer. For all my friends who visit Barcelona, I will recommend the U232. Great hotel. If we ever return - I will not hesitate to book again and not shop around. Great place!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SnLTravel
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

We just love that Hotel,
People were so so so so and so so friendly and warm...We couldn't believe how easy it was to get a taxi, without waiting... The room was cleaned everyday and very well, it was just a pleasure to be there, i can't wait to go back again, surely next year we'll be back.
Karelle and Graham

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KARELLE23
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