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“Virtually perfect stay”
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K+K Hotel Picasso
Ranked #45 of 519 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2012

This new property has to be considered a front runner in the affordable luxury market in Barcelona. We just finished a trip to Spain in Barcelona and had a virtually perfect stay at the K+K Picasso.

The gorgeous arcaded stone building with iron railed balconies and a Fontsere porch (a recessed front arcade) down the length of Passeig Picasso is very conveniently located between the hip boutiques, bars and restaurants of the Born and the Parc Ciutadella. It is about .4 mi./650m to the Jaume I metro stop (about .5 mi/750m to the Barceloneta stop; 850 m to Arc de Triomf; .6 mi./1 km to Ciutadella Metro). It is about .3 miles to Santa Maria del Mar or the Picasso Museum and about .6 miles to the Cathedral of Barcelona. When the renovations to the Antic Mercat de Born (the massive Born market building) and natural history buildings in the Parc Ciutadella are complete the location of the hotel is going to be all the more desirable. In short, the Barri Gotic, Born, and waterfront area are very close by and walkable for a person in good health but most city sights are easily reached by walking, biking (Bicing bike rental stations are ubiquitous), metro or cab. The airport is easily and quickly accessible by train or cab.

The rooms of the K+K are modern, comfortable and appealing with neutral colors, dark wood, a good bed, and good design with space for clothes and bags in the wardrobe. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the room by frosted glass walls which saves a bit of space and creates a more open contemporary look. The bathroom has stone floors, quality counters, fixtures, and toiletries and a large walk-in shower. Our room faced the Passeig Picasso and had a faux balcony. I call it a faux balcony because it is only a couple feet deep and you can open the balcony doors (windows) just a crack. You cannot go out onto the balcony. The room also had individual control of air conditioning and the windows seemed to very significantly dampen any sound from outside. We had quiet nights which was almost surprising given the nightlife in the area.

The hotel has a very serviceable hotel bar with outdoor courtyard seating, a couple computer terminals near the reception, a small but attractive rooftop deck and pool with outstanding views over the city and a generous and fairly comprehensive free breakfast buffet for guests. There was good free wifi in the hotel. Service was friendly and outstanding across the board with stand out Helene at the front desk who upgraded us to an executive on a high floor so we could face the park. They also invited us to attend a celebration of the new hotel with live music and drinks which was very nice. Another nice feature is that if you are departing before breakfast they will pack a lunch for you (a cheese and meat sandwich and fruit. They had that ready for us before our 4:30am departure.

I had a few minor quibbles. One was that the bed had three pillows for the two of us and two individual duvets instead of one large duvet covering the whole bed. The large square proximity room card must be left at the front desk when you go out (which was really not a problem because its size/shape would make it inconvenient to carry and it has the hotel name and room number on it so you wouldn't want to lose it). The room key also confusingly shows symbols for "do not disturb" and "make up the room" which suggests that the key can be used somehow to give those messages to hotel staff but in fact you still use a traditional door hanger for that purpose. I also thought they could provide more information in the room about room features and hotel amenities and policies.

At 157 EUR/night (about $205), which was a discounted rate for our 4 night stay, the hotel was not fairly called inexpensive but the rate is not far from the average cost of a hotel in Barcelona from what I have been able to determine. I felt it was an excellent value for far above average accommodations, particularly compared with the price of similar accommodations in cities like London, Paris, New York etc. I would most definitely stay at the K+K again and I hope that is sooner rather than later.

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Reviewed 20 October 2012

My husband and I spent 4 nights at this hotel in October 2012 and it was excellent. The location is great, as other reviewers have noted. (There is a small bar behind the hotel - in the same building, called "Incognito", that has the best mojito I have ever had.) The hotel's breakfast buffet is exceptional and the restaurant and bar staff are very attentive. The service at the front desk couldn't be better: they spoke English, were polite, pleasant, and helpful. They ask that you leave your room key at the front desk when you are out, a process that works perfectly. The rooftop pool area is nice. The rooms are not large, but are adequate and nicely equipped; the beds are comfortable; the shower is nice. The hotel is across the street from a very large park, so the hotel is always easy to locate on a map. We will not look for other lodging options in Barcelona in the future; this is perfect for us.

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Reviewed 19 October 2012

The staff is very helpful and the service excellent. The location is fantastic - close to public transport and walking distance to La Rambla, the harbour and city center. The hotel is in the El Born area. A delightful place filled with bars, cafes and boutiques.Breakfast was a feast.The rooms are large, clean and very cozy. The beds insure a good nights sleep. The walk-in bathroom has a frosted glass seperation. The satillite TV offers channels from a wide range of countries. There are four computers with free internet service in the lobby as well as free internet outlets in the rooms - but if you're too lazy to log on the staff will look up any information at your request. For those who didn't bring an umbrella the hotel provides you with one.

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Reviewed 18 October 2012

My husband and I stayed at the K & K and it was wonderful! The location could not be better. Close to everything and a great area for shops and restaurants. The front staff is unbelievable. They were all very informative, kind and helpful. Mario, Javier and Katerina made our stay! The rooms are very comfortable and the bathrooms large with great showers. The breakfast buffet was by far the best we experienced in Europe. A huge selection of fresh fruit, breads, eggs, sausages, beverages etc. We will definitely recommend this hotel! Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable.

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Reviewed 15 October 2012

I have already stayed in several K+K Hotels, but this is simply the cherry on top. Hotel is very modern yet the atmosphere is cozy like in the other properties of the chain. I love the bathrooms with the walk-in shower and the frosted glass separation from the room as well as the attentive staff at the reception. I work in the tourism sector and I´m really stunned with the whole reception and service team - fast, efficient, not short on restaurant and bar suggestions and very friendly.
The location of the hotel is superb - just 10 minutes away from Las Ramblas and the old harbour, the area around the hotel (El Born) is filled with cute Tapas Bars and boutiques - sooo great for shopping! I knew the breakfast buffet from other K+K hotels and this one was just as good.

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Reviewed 14 October 2012

I have traveled all over Europe and stayed in several nice hotels. This one ranks among the top on my list for several reasons:

* Fantastic location: Right across Parc de la Ciutadella, and very near Santa Maria Del Mar. A short walk from La Rambla and easy access to the Arc de Triomf station on Red Line. Its in a great part of the city.

* Nice Rooms: are top notch. I usually prefer staying on the top floor to avoid road noise but I got a room on the 2nd floor and there was no noise with the Windows closed. A/C works well. There is a nice desk, bed, wardrobe, safe, TV and free wi-fi. Couldn't ask for more.

* Great Breakfast: is excellent and open until 11:30 in the morning. So no need to rush if you wake up late after a long flight. Eggs, cereal, cheeses, meats, coffee, champagne, fruits ... you can make it a brunch.

* Excellent Service: The staff here is really nice. The airline lost our bags and the hotel staff were very understanding and hospitable. Even otherwise, they had great recommendations for places to eat and things to do in Barcelona. Special props to Helene at the Front Desk for making our stay wonderful!

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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Stayed at the Picasso for 4 nights. Were given a room on th 4th floor overlooking the park as requested. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who were friendly and efficient. The room was about the average for a city hotel but well appointed with excellent beds and spacious bathroom.

The hotel is perfectly situated if you want to be able to walk directly into the Born area which is full of bars, restaurants and quirky shops. The nearest Metro stops are Jaume1 or the Arc de Triomp, both 5 - 10 minutes away. Port Vell and the beaches are just 10 - 15 minutes away too.

Our rate included breakfast which was consistently good and served up to 11.30 or midday weekends! Handy for getting up early and coming back for a spot of brunch - the buffet was always refreshed an of a high standard.

Will come back the next time we're in Barca

Room Tip: Rooms facing the park are nicest.
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Address: Passeig/Paseo de Picasso, 26-30 | El Born, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Barcelona
#7 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#7 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#40 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £84 - £253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — K+K Hotel Picasso 4*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the vibrant neighborhood of El Born in the center of Barcelona, the K+K Hotel Picasso is destined to be one of Barcelona’s trendiest first-class hotels. The Picasso Museum, the Ramblas, the traditional tapas bars of the Gothic Quarter, designer boutiques and countless historic sites are a leisurely 10-minute walk away. Within the beaches nearby, guests can enjoy both a beach holiday and a city break for a perfect blend of business and pleasure. The hotel features a rooftop swimming pool, a restaurant and stylish rooms with complimentary coffee and tea facilities and free Wi-Fi. Our guests have free access to the Business Lounge. ... more   less 
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