First off, this review cannot hope to do the B Hotel justice...you really just have to go there and experience it for yourself. From the friendliest staff I've ever encountered in my many travels, the comfortable beds and incredible view from the negative edge pool at the rooftop...this hotel is just as close to perfect as one can get. And for the price (approx. $160 when I stayed in May 2012) you just can't get much better.
The hotel has all the essentials down pat - clean bathrooms, sharp looking and comfortable (read big) beds and nice tv/couch work station. The downstairs reception is nice and en vogue...the second floor brunch is nice and serviceable for a start to the day.
The location is perfect for the traveler who wants to be close to some sights - sits upon the place d'espana and a stones throw from the ave reina Maria christina (and former 1992 Olympic stadium). The open air bus tour ride disembarks a block away and the world famous las ramblas is a 2 or 3 subway stop away. If you don't want to feel claustophobic for the tourists on las ramblas and the other über touristy areas, then the b hotel is for you...
For people going on cruises, it is oly a 8 to 10 euro can ride to the port and very convenient.
But what put me over the top was the friendly and lively staff. From the moment I arrived I felt like I was at a friends house where any question I had was enthusiastically answered (staff speaks english very well) and even some nice strategic suggestions were provided without any request. Forninstance, After returning to Barcelona after a 5 day mediterranean cruise, I had about four hours to "'kill" - not enough to travel far away from the city centre and see sights I missed in my first go around, but too early for someone like me to sit in an airport. So I figured to cab it from the port to the b hotel and leave my luggage and sight see for just a little bit. Upon the doors opening to the reception, Cecilia the receptionist on duty, smiled brightly and said "you're back!". "I told you I would but unfortunately, only for an hour or so...." I replied. When asked if I could leave my bags while I toured the city, she said of course and then proceeded to help me print out my flight itinerary to Paris (the hotel has superb free wifi access) and navigate with me the entire web site (which was in Spanish w Iberia airlines). The entire process took 10 minutes or so but she patiently and enthusiastically assisted me in what could have been a taxing experience for this former 5th grade spanish graduate. Instead, she was happy and eager to help- and learn some more about my holiday- in the process. I couldnt be more pleased with my experience at the B Hotel.
In fact, i am so impressed with the time here that I am sitting in their lobby writing this review so I do not forget to write it later. Heck w touring for an hour..,as I told Cecilia, I'll be back!
Thank you b Hotel (and you Cecilia) for making this traveler a believer....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B-Hotel is the one of the best places to stay while visiting Barcelona. Less than ten minutes from the Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya, the beach, and the museums atop Montjuïc, its location within the most exciting area of the city and its proximity to the major conference centers have made B-Hotel a favorite destination for travelers on business or pleasure, as well as a key gathering spot or meeting place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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