We just came back from a family trip to this wonderful hotel. It is my first review for a hotel and I am struggling to say how good it was. We went there with our 4 year old son. we have been upgraded to a superior room who was great for our family. Large and very spacious with an on suite just for my son...
Facts: hotel is simply incredible in term of quality and service. No matter how hard I tried, could not find faults or very little. The size of the room, attention to details, furniture, spotless clean and the kindness of the people working there. The breakfast was very good and refined. You can have it in the dedicated area or outside.
The level was well above five stars hotel for a very good value. In fact, it basically set the benchmark how hotels should be in Europe and beyond. Let me explain why?
The owner lives in the first floor and you feel like you are invited in the house of a very refined and and caring guest. The free bar in the room and common area is real and well appreciated in hot Barcelona. The lobby is the place where even my son appreciated stopping after a long walk in Barcelona. It is decorated with taste and very very intimate. You don't feel a second in a hotel, more a VIP guest somewhere exclusive. Once again, it is not about impressing you like so many hotel try to do but trying to make you feel at home...in that, this hotel is unique in my books.
some practical facts: hotel is not in the centre but a very short train journey by train. You arrive at airport and take the aerobus (less than 10 euros return). You cross place Catalonya (terminus) and look for L6 train (orange link sign). You need to buy a t10 ticket (little less than 10 euros and to be used 10 times. You have one hour use for each tickets so can start with train then bus) or t70 if you stay longer and have a big family (valid for all the family so you use same ticket several time on bus, train,... Turn journey for 3 people takes 6 so goes quick and children pay from 4 since this summer :-(). The t50 is for one person only.
You stop at tres Torres in the L6 going to Reina elisenda. Hotel is 5 mins walk and very close.
The area is posh and highly residential. I had to walk around to find things. The main road to eat and shops called Mandri which is 10 mins away. Small supermarkets, pizza place, some good restaurant. The gem was finding bus 14 that takes you straight to the sea area and el borno which was the highlight if our adventure.
Buses are great and complement very well the train. I highly recommend using them as you see the city. We could not afford expensive restaurant too many times so eating cheap was important. Trio advisor help us find the pedreta (you choose your fish and Hamas which are grilled on the spot. A dream at a very good price...a must see just close the station the Francia bus stop line 14 or barcelonetta. Bo de b gives you the best sandwich ou can get in Barcelona...doesn't look the part but don't be fooled. for fideua and paella , go to restaurant el Fondo which is in estrella very close to placa real. Very nice fr 8 euros Per Person. There's also a family friendly pasta place 30 m further on the same street. My wife found a vegetarian restaurant near placa Catalonia, the restaurant is called Teresa Carla I think (simply incredible and impossible to find without trip advisor review. I am not vegetarian but quality was out of this world. So impressed we have eaten there several times).
All in all, can't recommend enough this hotel which was far beyond what we expected. You are not in the heart of the city but so happy to come back to the safe heaven of the hotel. If you want the sea, you may want to see closer to el borno area. Otherwise, very hard to find better in Barcelona. I wish there was a hotel like this in every big city. Hotel stay will never be the same...that's how highly I rate this hotel.
When I read other reviews before I went, I was skeptical and not sure what to expect. I will simply say that most people were spot on. I just tried to add more practical dimension to this hotel in term of gong around. Lots of buses and rain to go anywhere direct. Use them and enjoy your stay...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Primero Primera has recently opened its doors in Barcelona. It is a 4* boutique hotel which offers a relaxed and quiet atmosphere and the comfort of a private home. Located in the residential area of Tres Torres-Sarria, just 10 minutes by metro from the Barcelona's city center. Its 30 spacious rooms are all exterior and carefully decorated with all sorts of details. It has a cafe with access to the terrace, a 24hrs snacks corner, free refreshments and honesty bar service, a cozy lounge with fireplace and comfortable sofas and a fitness. Outdoor swimming pool & garden. ... more less
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