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“Functional city break hotel”
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Hotel Gaudi
Ranked #172 of 515 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Just off La Rambla, this hotel is right in the thick of the Barca tourist area. Whilst not having the facilities for an extended stay it works well as a base for a weekend break. It's a little shabby but was undergoing a refurb during our stay. We were upgraded to a fairly large suite as we were travelling with our 2 young children. It was functional rather than attractive but being on the top floor offered great views of the city.
The staff are friendly and helpful and a car park next door is a rare bonus for such a central position.
If your their to see the city and want to do it by foot this could be the place for you. If you're looking for 5 star look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

I have had such a lovely week here at The Gaudi Hotel.
It is directly across the (narrow) road from the Gaudi building and less than 50 metres to the very centre of La Rambla.
An added bonus is that there's a hole in the wall right beside the Gaudi so I felt very safe withdrawing money what with the constant queues waiting to enter the a Gaudi AND their Security Guards!!
I'm told I have the smallest room in the Hotel - well, it's more than adequate for one and - perhaps 2 big suitcases would be an issue -otherwise it would be fine for a couple too.
The staff are a pleasure - they want to help and do so with such grace and courtesy - Reception, Cafe, Housekeeping - all so professional!
The shower (over the bath) is fantastic. Good water pressure and doesn't run hot n cold!!
Breakfast is also more than adequate though I only ever have cereal n yoghurt but people were going back for 2nds of the eggs n bacon so it must've been pretty good. Nice coffee too!!
A great experience. Thank you!!


Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
3  Thank Robyn F
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Reading many of the reviews here, recognise parts of many of them, both good and bad.

We booked Hotel Gaudi based on friends recommendation from their stay last year, including the suggestion that you pay extra to have a room with a balcony and view of Palau Guell. We did, and were on the 4th floor with a large terrace and great view of the roof top of the palace (which is open to the public, so you are also a great view for all the visitors, but we knew that and did not see it as a problem) Also, you spend so little time in the hotel, with so much to see, it does not matter which room you are in really.

Agree with those that comment on the slightly frosty first impression at check in, including the being ushered away from the desk to seats at the back (and then subsequent arrivals being annoyed as they did not know we were in front). However, that was probably the only negative for our stay. The room was very comfortable and bath room very adequate. They seem to have arranged the rooms so there is always a bathroom between the bedrooms, so generally not too noisey, but some mornings it sounded like someone was showering in your room. Agree with other comments about how hard the mattresses are, but good for a back back I suppose.....

The breakfast room was large enough for us to find a table as soon as we arrived on all 3 days, and he selection , both continental and cooked.(small sausages, bacon and eggs which were not quite scrambled and not quite omelette) was great for us, but perhaps not as large a selection as we've had elsewhere in the past.

Other than the initial impression, the rest of the stay was great, the staff very helpful and the room kept in a very clean state.

The location was great, just 100m off the south end of Las Ramblas, but only a 10 minute walk at most up to the top end or to the gothic quarter. Almost opposite the road the hotel is on is Placa Reial, which had some better restuarants than on the strip and was great for a drink at any time.

We did walk to Segrada Familia from the hotel, which was great to see things, but is quite a walk, but there are loads of transport options. Definitely book tickets online first - we did the night before from the hotel and you can colect the tickets at the Caixa ATM opposite the hotel. When we got there for our 12.00 tower entry, they were queuing around the block, but with tickets, you just walk straight in (though did still have a short q for the audio guide collection, so make sure you go in at least 15 mins before your selected time). Incredible place to visit.

Lots to see and we did the hop on hop off bus to see what we wanted to visit in detail. Lots of reports talk about the buses always being full, even when we went (October half term), however we went with the Grayline (red) buses, which seemed far better and we never had a problem getting on any bus. The blue Trouristic bus seemed far busier, which may be something to do with them being the one that all the hotels promote. Both buses are same price and do same routes.

Overall had a great time and would happily go back to Hotel Gaudi on another visit to Barcelona (which we will be doing as 3 nights is just not enough time to see everything).

Room Tip: 4th floor or above have the balconies and view of the palace roof.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Paul D
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Our balcony on the 4th floor overlooked the roof of the Palau Guell, so we had an incredible opportunity to enjoy an up-close look at Gaudi's chimneys. Another party in our group had a 6th floor room with a balcony view of the entire city. The hotel is just off Las Ramblas, a couple of blocks from the waterfront, within easy walking distance of the wonderful streets in the "Old City", and a quick two blocks to the Boqueria Marketplace. There were several convenience stores for drinks or snacks just a few feet from the hotel. The neighborhood was safe, and we were comfortable walking to and from the hotel during the day and night. The hotel celebrates it's relationship with Gaudi - there is a Moderniste fountain in the main lobby. The folks at the front desk spoke English well which made our check in easy. We arrived too early to check in, and they gladly stored our luggage for us. The hotel has two elevators for those who struggle with steps. Our room was clean and the linens were upscale, but not lavish. It had 3 twin beds - all European style, IKEA type furniture. Beds were comfortable, but again not lavish 5 star pillow tops. Like all European hotels I have stayed in, each bed had a duvet, which can be a little warm at times. There was plenty of room to move around the room, even with suitcases. There was a thermostat in the room that allowed us to set the temperature and turn on the A/C if needed. The Bathroom was en-suite, and was modern, with hot water and good pressure. The room had a window that opened onto an interior airshaft for the hotel, so we could get a cross-breeze. Our balcony had French doors which could be left closed or opened safely because the shutters on the outside of the doors could be locked. There were 2 chairs and a table on the balcony - perfect for evening drinks and a snack, and plenty extra space for guests. Dividers provided privacy from the balcony of the room next door. The street was narrow, so we were able to see right into the apartments across the street. We could hear people on the streets until quite late, ( 2-3 AM), but the sound was fairly quiet, and we had no problem sleeping with the balcony doors open. We had a coffee pot in the room with a good selection of caff, decaff and teas. Breakfast was a buffet that surpassed my expectations. 3-4 kinds of cereal, rolls, pastries, fresh fruit, eggs, sausage, yogurt - and of course coffee and tea. The dining room had plenty of room for everyone in the hotel, so we did not feel like sardines. A waiting room off of the dining room provided a large screen TV with news, and 3 or 4 computer terminals for guest use. There was no wifi in the rooms. Unlike most European hotels, it was fairly easy to get ice. All you had to do was ask the folks at the front desk to get it from the bar, or ask the servers in the dining room at breakfast. The hotel had a bar, but we did not visit it.
We really enjoyed this hotel and would be delighted to stay here on a return trip. I would not recommend to folks who prefer 5 star full-service hotels with fancy furnishings and service; this was more like nice new Holiday Inn or Marriott, but with LOTS of ambiance in the lobby and on the balconies.

Room Tip: If you want a great view of the roof of the Palau Guell - you need to be on the 4th or 5th floor in...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We stayed in a suite at the Hotel Guadi for a week and had a great time ,the location is very central and the service we received was fantastic.

The air con worked really well and our balcony overlooking the back of the hotel was really cool ,as we got to see how people live in this fun city.

Breakfast was great and the hotel wifi worked very well.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

The Hotel Gaudi is right off Las Ramblas, but I found it to be quiet and safe. (My companion heard some noise, but I slept right through it.)
At first the staff seemed preoccupied and cool, but they warmed up as our stay progressed.
Our room, on the 5th floor, was all right. The beds and bedding are due for an update but seemed clean enough. And if you walk ten miles a day, you'll fall asleep just fine.
Nice deep tub and shower.
But the terrace! Oh, my dears, the terrace is spacious and comfy and looks right across at the rooftop of the Palau Guell, with all-day-long views of Gaudi's whimsical mosaic towers. There are two chairs, a table, a lounge, and a big bench. Wind down with wine and crusty bread and gaze to the horizon, the main element of which is the blue Mediterranean.
We had the 11 euro breakfast one day only. The room was disorganized, the food was lackluster, and the solitary attendant had trouble with the coffee machine. Not at all recommended. But no worries! Sweet little cafes abound where you can start your day with cafe con leche and a croissant for less than 5 euros.
Yes, I would stay again at the Hotel Gaudi.

Room Tip: Ask for view of the Palau Guell. We had room 519, but 518 and 520 looked equally appealing. In fact...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank shmatta
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Stayed for two nights prior embarking on a Mediterranean cruise. We arrived at 10.00pm. after being delayed at the airport due to missing luggage and a mix up with our airport transfer.
We were checked in by a rather reserved gentleman at reception. I was somewhat annoyed to be charged an additional small fee at check in despite having booked and paid for our accommodation, 6 months in advance. This nominal additional charge was apparently a "municipal tourist tax" levied by the city council. It wasn't the amount that annoyed me but instead the fact that we had to take their word that this was a legitimate charge and not a scam, with no alternative but to pay it, if we wanted to stay there.
Having checked in, we were shown to our room on the second floor by an enthusiastic and helpful bellboy. We travelled to our floor via the goods lift as the normal hotel lift was so small that it could not accommodate the two of us plus the bellboy and our luggage. The goods lift was shabby to say the least and the use of it was not a great way to welcome new guests to the hotel.
When we arrived at our room, the bellboy showed us the "features" of the room and provided us with directions to a "good" restaurant where we could be served a meal at that time of night. We suspect that it may have been his uncle's restaurant. The room itself was located just down the corridor from the lift and we later discovered was affected by noise both from the lift and people moving along the corridor. By European standards, the room was quite a good size with a spacious bathroom that housed a toilet, bidet, shower over the bath-tub and hand basin. There was an electronic safe in the wardrobe (according to other reviews, this is apparently unusual for this hotel with most rooms containing older style key operated safes). The air-conditioner in the room worked efficiently. We were disappointed to find that there were no refrigerator nor any tea and coffee making facilities provided in the room. Unfortunately the queen sized bed's mattress was like a slab of granite. It was only marginally more comfortable sleeping in this bed than it would have been, attempting to sleep on the bare floor.
When we woke on the first morning of our stay, we were uncertain what time it was as the room was still dark. We later discovered that this was to be the case for the entire day as the only window opened into some type of light well and very little, in the way of natural light reached our room.
Breakfast which included in our tariff was served in a large dining room on the first floor. There was a reasonable variety of cooked and breakfast food available in a self serve buffet style. Adequate but not all that exciting. Tables were cleared regularly by an efficient dining room staff.
The hotel's location was a big plus being located only about 50 metres from the main tourist drag Las Ramblas. We later discovered that it was only a £10 taxi fare from the hotel to the cruise ship terminal. When we walked down the street in the opposite direction from Las Ramblas, we encountered a plethora of cafes, bars and mini-marts.
On the morning of our only full day in Barcelona, another reserved gentleman at the reception desk provided us with some helpful information in relation to the hop on, hop off tourist bus services that operate around Barcelona. Amongst the information provided was the fact that if you bought a bus pack from the hotel for £4 each, this would provide a significant discount when you purchased your ticket on board the hop on, hop off bus. This indeed, proved to be the case.
To summarise, if you are after 5 star luxury, don't stay at this establishment. If you are after just a well located place to lay your head (on an exceptionally hard mattress) in between your busy days of doing all the touristy things in Barcelona, then this may well be the hotel for you.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front of the hotel over looking the street.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Nou de la Rambla 12, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#107 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#138 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £73 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gaudi 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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