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.
- 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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- K+K Hotel Picasso Barcelona, Catalonia