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Olivia Balmes Hotel
Ranked #16 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Great location”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was a super modern hotel with an amazingly relaxing roof top pool area.
The room itself was lovely but nothing special. We were obviously paying for the location over service.
On two occasions when the do not disturb sign was on the door house keeping knocked and woke us up.
All in all it was a good hotel though and the location was great. Not sure we'd stay again as the price isn't worth what you get.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wappingers Falls, New York
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Stayed here for our first trip to barcelona based upon reviews on tripadvisor. Location is great in the heart of the Eixample. Very close to metro and convenient to most of the city. We arrived in the a.m on the busy holiday weekend, may 1, which is labor day in Europe. Our room was not ready but they had a spare room for us to nap. The hotel is modern and clean and for a city very quiet. Some minor issues we had. A funny noise from the toilet which kept us up one night and the next day they comp'd breakfast for us. Good amenities in the room but no conditioner ( maybe they had it- we didnt ask). Also no clock in the room. Most of the staff spoke adequate english.

A good tip for those who may stay here. If you walk on Carrer Balmes southward ( away from C. Diagonal), you will find small markets/bodegas with water, juices, fruits etc that are very inexpensive.
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Room Tip: The funny noise from the bathroom seems to affect our floor only (6) and its the top floor so I thin...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gulfport, Mississippi
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

My husband and I recently spent a week at the Olivia Balmes Hotel. The hotel was wonderful. The rooms were very clean and modern, something we loved. What really made our trip special was the staff. They were so helpful and friendly. Every restaurant or excursion they suggested was a hit. We hope to get back to Barcelona one day and will gladly stay at the Olivia Balmes again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Great stay funky rooms swanky stainless pool. Awesome service great tips to make our stay better. A plus from us!! Well priced 4/5 star hotel. Room service well priced at 19 euros for a three course meal which seemed like we were fine dining in our room.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

This is a great new hotel, with very friendly staff and great facilities. The room design and decor is unique and modernistic, and is perfect for young couples. It is located very centrally, so walking or taking the metro to anywhere in Barcelona is very convenient. We didn't try the restaurant, but the room service was very good (albeit slightly limited at night).

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The hotel was beautiful from both the outside and inside. The staff was attentive and found us a room despite our early check in. The room was a smaller version of what we had booked, but we were so desperately tired we did not care. The staff gave us free breakfast each day for taking the downgrade.

There seem to be no wash clothes in Spain. This was news to us, but we adapted. The modern style of the rooms was aesthetically pleasing, but the function was less than stellar in the bathroom. I greatly appreciate their concern over conserving water, but the shower head could not be kept on at all or it would flood the bathroom. Also, the shower knobs became incredibly difficult to twist when your hands are covered in soap.

Finally, our shower did break and would not turn off. The staff was great at responding and fixing the issue.

Room Tip: Bring a wash cloth or a poof for the shower.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chamoson, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Very refreshing hotel. Great design, a lot of light and space. Great breakast and very friendly staff. Great location downtown Barclelona. Price a lit bit high though..................................

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Olivia Balmes Hotel
Address: Balmes 117 | Corner With Provenca Street, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Olivia Balmes Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 128
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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