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“A Lovely Hotel With A Crazy Charge For An Extra Bed”
Review of Casa Fuster Hotel

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Casa Fuster Hotel
Ranked #72 of 519 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 May 2010

This hotel can be extremely expensive. I saved a lot by booking through Booking.com rather than using the hotel's own web site. This put me in a good enough frame of mind to pay the crazy 128 Euros per night charge for an extra bed for our small daughter. This extra charge, more than many hotels charge for a whole room plus breakfast, didn't even include breakfast!

The breakfast was expensive, good though not top rate. It suffers from being in the basement. This is an interesting Modernist room but it is still a basement and correspondingly gloomy. One day they had the breakfast on the ground floor because of some special event in the basement. This was far better, though the lovely head waiter still apologised that it wasn't sunny. The food is good but I've had better.

The staff are terrifically keen and friendly. Some of them made a point of remembering my surname. There were plenty of friendly greetings. It was always easy to catch their attention if we required anything. But when I asked the concierge whether 9 year old children travel free on the Metro, he admitted he didn't know and guessed that they did. I think he should have gone and found out, particularly as his guess was wrong. Children over 4 have to cost the same as adults on the Metro.

Our room had a lovely view down the Passeig de Gracia. This made a lot of difference to our enjoyment. I would say the hotel is well placed but a little out of things. Without the lovely view, we'd have felt a bit cut off.

The bathroom was terrific: better than I've had in any other City hotel and only equalled by one or two country hotels with space to do something interesting. It was very big with a door to separate the bath and toilet from the rest, of required. The fittings were excellent and the design had successful Modernist touches.

The bed was good. We didn't sleep too well though because the air conditioning was quite noisy and kept switching off and on in the night, waking us up. With the air conditioning off, the room became unpleasantly hot in the night even though the weather was cool.

The interior decoration is a bit boring but luxurious and in very good condition. The building itself is a rightly celebrated example of Modernist architecture.

The restaurant was almost empty on two out of the three evenings we went there. We had expensive but good meals each day and friendly converse with a waitress on the two quiet days. If these staff aren't genuinely pleased to see the guests then they certainly put on a remarkably good act! The restaurant is a fine room that they should consider shifting their breakfast to.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 May 2010

We stayed here for two nights following a cruise which ended in Barcelona. We had transferred onto the cruise at quite short notice due to the volcanic ash, so we hadn't researched Barcelona hotels with the detail we normally would. I looked at the Mandarin Oriental, but the prices for the nights concerned were exorbitant, but then came across the Casa Fuster and decided to give it a go based on the reviews on tripadvisor.

We went for one of the standard rooms given we didn't spend much time in the room. To be honest we were glad we hadnt paid 50% more for a higher grade of room as this was a decent size, very well furnished (contemporary but making use of classic features) and quiet. The bathroom was particularly good (although the shower always leaked over the floor).

We didn't eat or drink in the hotel, but we thought the front desk and concierge service was excellent. We were allowed to check in when we arrived at 10am and the concierge made some excellent recommendations for dinner and gave us some other helpful advice.

Overall, I'd recommend this hotel for a relaxing city break in a not too stuffy five star hotel. Yes it's a bit further up the hill than some of the other hotels, but we walked everywhere in Barcelona (including down to the beaches) from the hotel fine.

Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

I visit Barcelona often and have stayed in many of the good hotels there but this was rather special. At the very top of Paseo Gracia just around the corner from the bustling district of Gracia, this is a stunning hotel.
We got a great deal and stayed in a junior suite with a great balcony and a view straight down the paseo. Great bed, bathroom and shower. The staff were delightful. We didn't eat in the restaurant (apart from breakfast, where, shockingly for Spain, they knew how to fry an egg) but am told it's very good. The bar is wonderful with live jazz on a thursday.
The pool on the roof is very small, a plunge pool really, but there's lots of room to stretch out. There is a snack bar and gym also on the roof.
Ca't recommend this hotel enough, it really is rather special.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nick P
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Reviewed 16 April 2010

Casa Fuster is a small 5* hotel close to a number of the gaudi designed houses and only about 300 yards from La Pedrera. The hotel is also only 300 yards from the tourist bus stop for both loops, one covering the 'Gaudi' tour and the other Montjuic and the seafront. The rooms we were given were spacious, clean and full of the luxuries you would expect. There was a very comprehensive turn down service and the reception staff and conciege were extremely friendly and helpful. If you can get a deal, I would certainly stay here again

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2010

We stayed here the first night of our honeymoon and they were LOVELY to us. Gave us a bottle of champagne and plate of petits fours, lovely room etcetc. Hotel was gorgeous, in fab location and the hotel bar is rather wonderful too!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

I had to stay for business. I picked it 'cause it was one Leading Hotel of the World, which got me a view upgrade thanks to my status. Nice view then but the hotel is not outstanding in any way. Service is not very helpful. Hotel has a nice exterior but is lacking some charm and the price is super high. Stay away from the in-room breakfast: it cost me more then 60 euros because they counted every single request as an extra with a crazily expensive price list.
Overall, the prices at this place are not reasonable.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

We, including a kindergartener, stayed there for 3 nights during Christmas Holidays 2009.
Now I believe the ranking of this hotel in TripAdvisor is much under evaluated.
Never miss this 5 star grand-monument hotel engineered by Lluis Domenech i Montaner famed for Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de la Santa Creude Sant Pau.
The renovated interior of the hotel was very cool and worth paying the money for their service & hospitality.
The staff were all kind enough to us. They really know how to accommodate their guest.
Please note that their breakfast at decorative -1 floor was so tasty.
Never forget to go up to the roof. You can take a view of Mediterranean Sea and El Temple de la Sagrada Familia because the hotel is located at the top of Passeig de Gracia!!
Major Metro station is about 3 min. walk from the hotel. Very convenient to go everywhere.
I visited a chapel just behind the hotel on Dec 24 midnight. Many locals got together and I could listen to hymn tune outside (because I am Buddhist).
We found a good restaurant near the hotel named "Shojiro" (Ros de Olano, 11 Tel [--]), just 5 min. walk from the hotel, which serves Mediterranean dishes and run by Japanese. It was so nice.
I will never fail to stay here again when I return to Barcelona!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Thank TKYNG
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Address: Passeig de Gracia, 132, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Gracia
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:
#16 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#39 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#59 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £122 - £1,662 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa Fuster Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Barcelona, on Passeig de Gràcia, this genuine gem designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner symbolises the spirit of modernism in its maximum capacity. Hotel Casa Fuster has traditionally been a meeting point for guests, artists, intellectuals and locals who look for a quiet and unique place for business or pleasure. The superior terrace with swimming pool has become a unique lookout point above the whole Passeig de Gràcia, the Mediterranean Sea, the Tibidabo mountain and the Sagrada Familia. It also has a reading room that is perfect to relax while enjoying a good book. ... more   less 
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