We stayed there from 7th Sep-10th Sep, my husband & I, After I had finally managed to get a booking just a week earlier via phone, Since I admire staying in design boutique hotels for their unique character & stylish interior also for the limited number of suites/rooms.
I read so much about it online by simply googling for a boutique hotel in the ruins/historic sites...etc then NERI was there, images online were so amazing, and the person I booked through was also really nice & helpful.
When we arrived in Barcelona, hotel staff were really helpful to assist us direct our taxi driver to the hotel. Once we got there we simply did the checking in procedures and one of the staff showed us around and took us to our suite, it was really lovely, its exactly my taste in furniture and colors, for my husband it was the opposite effect he didnt like it at all, he expects large bright rooms, but he didnt say anything since he knew I was excited about staying in a vintage historic hotel. we had a tiny terrace u can stand out on it but the area itself isnt what you would expect, facing another building, barely 2 meters away from our hotel, and that was one of things that disturbed us both, is having these strange people in the streets doing noise and even people who are simply talking and passing by you could here everything while you tried to sleep (though the bed itself was amazingly comfortable and I can sleep anywhere if my bed is cozy, clean & fresh with big fluffy pillows) if it werent for the drunk workers outside. We also enjoyed their small bar just downstairs from the back entrance of the hotel, around a small fountain, its really dodgy area though, we were having a bite in the outdoor seating area, and suddenly you see 2 drug dealers exchanging stuff probably & you look around thinking this must be a movie!! How on earth are these people doing these things & its in midday! Well, its not a movie, then police 2 seconds later drive through on their bikes, and the guys act as if they weren't doing anything wrong, but people in the restaurant don't dare to say anything, afraid from those 2 men.
So hotel is great but the area even though its behind the cathedral simply steps away, but its full of drug addicts and alcoholics wandering around and its not the Neri"s problem. We didn't have any complaints about anything cause all was working fine in our suite, other than the safe, its basically a box with a password, its separated from the closet, but its inside, but I wouldn't trust leaving my valuables and going out knowing somebody can simply go in our suite and take the safe out with him/her. But we didn't have any issues thankfully! We didnt have breakfast in the hotel but we had a snack as I mentioned down int heir bar. Other than that, there was plenty of good cafes around. We also asked the hotel staff to advise us whats the best way to go to Sabadell, 30 min out of Barcelona, hoping to meet my wedding dress designer, The staff member he was actually from that area and gladly assisted us and ordered the taxi to take us to our destination. Hotel staff were really nice I dont blame people or a hotel for having bad/noisy neighbors. One more thing, The toiletries are really good and all you need to buy is some toothpaste & deodorant! Take the open bus tour if you go in Spring, buy the 2 day access if you're there for a weekend, its really good and worth it, takes you all around the city, up and down hills & mountains, to the sea and to the poor areas also, its interesting to see all this, you can hop on & off anytime, every 15 min another bus passes by at the same stops, it can get really busy so make sure you get there on time so you guarantee to get a seat on the bus!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This chic and exclusive hotel, located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux is set in two historical and aristocratic houses, being one of them a medieval palace from the XII century. The building's original period charm has been preserved and enhanced by the hotel's sophisticated interior design. Its design blends with relaxing music and sensual aromas to create a unique setting in this ancient area of central Barcelona. Set right beside the city's Cathedral, the Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux lies just a short distance from the bustling Las Ramblas, la Boqueria market, the Picasso museum, ... Is the perfect place to discover Barcelona. The hotel has 22 rooms and suites, some decorated with murals on gold and silver, others with balconies or terraces, each room has its own particular charm, although all come equipped with: free Wi-Fi, kettle and herbals teas, a selection of bed linen and pillows, flat screen TV, DVD and movie directory, Bluetooth loud speaker, minibar, safe deposit box, 24hrs Room Service, laundry service, shoe polish. Bathrooms are finished in quartzite - a stone known for its beneficial health properties- and offer eco-friendly Korres amenities, a bathrobe, slippers and hair dryer. Neri Restaurant brings together tradition and modernity in an intimate, noble and welcoming atmosphere exuding harmony, romanticism and magic. A medieval stone wall with two great arches brings us flavors of the 12th century. Its Mediterranean creative menu is designed four times a year adapting to seasonal products. Next to the restaurant, is located the Lounge Bar, right behind the wall arches from 12th century, where guests - in-house or from outside - may enjoy a coffee, cocktails from over the world, cheeses or other aperitifs and snacks. When the good weather comes, the Lounge Bar opens its terrace in the historical Sant Felip Neri square to enjoy tapas or the restaurant menu from midday to the fresh summer nights. At the rooftop of the hotel, you will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Neri Barcelona
- Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux Barcelona, Catalonia