My first stay at an Olivia Hotel and I was very impressed. Like many other hotels in Barcelona and Madrid, this one has been rebuilt within the last decade and is being maintained very well. The black metal window frames and black interior paneling contrast with the white leather furniture in the lobby and bar/breakfast space. The dark wood flooring in the hallways and rooms contrasts nicely with the white walls and bedding and some darker accents. Another interesting room layout, with small toilet in its own closed space, in room sink, and big white shower with a rain head with a glass divider to separate the sleeping area from the bathroom closet area. I left it open and enjoyed the feeling of a big spacious room.
The bar in the lobby is small with just 5 tall chairs, but there are many tables and booths, since this area doubles as the breakfast space. A small but good selection of things to drink at the bar. A nice place to wait for friends, but not a place to be seen or as a destination.
Like many (every) Hotels in Spain, you'll get the up sell for breakfast when you check in. The up sell price is a few Euro less than the walk in rate. In general its an ok buffet with a small but good selection of meats, fruit, breads, yogurt, cereal, and juices. A 2 station Nespresso coffee maker makes good coffee or hot water for tea, but the selection of coffees was limited. Only 3 to choose from, Ristreto, Lungo and decafinato. Nespresso make 10 coffees for this machine, and I would expected to see at least the Espresso Forte, and the Lungo Legerro, if not all ten.
My room was kept clean and everything worked good. But, the staff didn't seem to follow the towel replacement scheme, I was hanging my towels up, but still received new clean towels every day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olivia Balmes Hotel is a modern city hotel, designed and built to satisfy the most demanding guests. With a 4-star superior rating, the hotel has 128 rooms, 5 meeting rooms with capacity for 200 people, restaurant, bar, terrace, solarium, gym and pool. All of these services combined with exquisite guest services from all Olivia Hotels staff will make your stay unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olivia Balmes Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia