First, the room...perfection. Simple, brand-new clean, wonderful beds, sheets, decor etc. the shower is sinfully inviting and if I didn't feel so guilty for wasting water, I may have stood under the rain shower for an hour.
After leaving another hotel a block away because I couldn't deal with the smoke-filled (supposedly non smoking rooms) I was leery that I might have this experience everywhere in Barcelona, but it just wasn't so here. I slept better in the past two nights than I have in years and later than I have in years.
Sitting poolside this afternoon, instead of wandering the beautiful city streets, I feel like this hotel fills the trip with a beautiful balance of inner city resort meets metro luxury. There is no better location to be in my opinion.
One night there was a thunderous rainstorm and to our delight the hotel restaurant had a lovely menu for dinner. I am traveling with a child, so I was so pleased to have this option rather than walk the city streets in search of a table inside, in the rain.
If I may, take my advice...forget the extra 20, 30, 50 euros that you might save at a lesser hotel in the area and book a room here. The difference it will make in your experience will pay for itself ten fold.
I can't find anything to critique because this is the ideal hotel.
- 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