We booked the Axel as we were offered a good deal and were looking to spend 5 days in Barcelona before heading to Sitges.
The location is excellent. Set in the heart of the unofficial gay part of Barcelona, you are close to the bars, clubs and shops (ES swim/underwear) which are the usual destinations for gay travellers to Barcelona. It is also very close to the heart of the city with easy access to the metro and shopping centres and within easy reach of El Prat airport.
The room was clean and tidy with a big shower, cable TV, wi-fi and fridge. There was no real view from the room we were in but the ceiling to floor windows gave a lot of light. I would have liked tea and coffee facilities or at least a kettle but maybe that;s just because I'm English and miss my morning cuppa. The decor was basic but adequate.
We didn't use the restaurant but I have heard it is very good. The rooftop bar however, is an essential destination for evening meetings and finding friends. It's spacious with a small pool, jacuzzi, reclining loungers and benches. It also has nice views of the city and is the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a drink in hand - try the Aperol. It's a bit pricey but the location is premium.
The staff were professional, kind, courteous and helpful.
The hotel offers a spa service which I didn't use. I did however, make use of the hotel gym which was pretty good with a variety of machines and equipment. No pool though.
Overall I would recommend this to any gay traveller who wants to be in the heart of Barcelona and be within easy reach of the attractions. It is also a great location for non-gay travellers too who don;t mind the liberal atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Faithful to the concept and style of Axel-design, comfortable, cosmopolitan atmosphere, is a good value for price. The 105 rooms combine the touch of decoration from Modernism with the warmth and elegance of the Mediterranean. New spaces at Axel Hotel Barcelona, will become the urban meeting point of the heterofriendly. ... more less
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