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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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