This is a new hotel situated perfectly in a quiet area of L'Eixample but only 2 blocks from shopping on Passieg d'Gracia and a 10-15 min walk to Las Ramblas. We had a balcony room, which is in a corner. The room was spacious and the design is clean and minimalist. The bed was comfortable, the linens were plush and clean - however we both thought the pillows were a bit thin - perhaps offer alternatives? The shower was huge with a wonderful shower head and great water pressure. We enjoyed the indirect lighting throughout the hotel. The staff were top notch. We arrived at 10am and our room was not ready, but by the time we got our bags stowed and used the complementary internet to figure out which direction to do, it was ready.
Only real negative for us was a bit of noise from closing doors of nearby rooms. We only really noticed this around 8-10am or so - perhaps it is the staff? Maybe some softeners to close the doors properly but more quietly? Also occasionally some noise from what we assume was "swiffering" of the hardwood floors above us in the morning. The floors and wood finishings are gorgeous, but not a lot of sound-deadening.
The pool level is fantastic - would love to see the fake grass replaced with the real stuff over time. Staff was helpful and gracious. Lots of great neighborhood restaurants nearby (turn left on Provenca to go deeper into the neighborhood, turn right to head towards shopping).
- 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