This is a reasonably priced, extremely well located hotel right in the heart of Barcelona. It is barely three minutes from the Playa Catalunya. At the outset let me say that my "average" rating for this hotel is only because there isn't a "good" option. It would ideally be "good" in my books.
This hotel has an awesome group of people working at reception - always helpful, always polite and always with a smile. I particularly remember Sara, but that's because I happened to engage with her the most. The others were equally superb in the way they handled any issues I faced. The bellboy was extremely helpful too.
The breakfast is excellent as well, and must be noted. Room service for food or other bits and pieces was prompt and personable. The rooms, or at least the room I got, was a bit squeezed and the view was not great, but I suppose in the city centre, you are not likely to see more from the balcony than other buildings....
The photos on websites of the hotel give the impression that it is grander in terms of space than it actually is, but they really needn't do that because what is actually there is good enough. It is tastefully decorated with that special Spanish sensibility that in its greatest expression gives you a Dali or a Gaudi... This is the general decor. Nothing is spared in terms of functionality. The bathroom is excellent with top of the line GROHE and Porcelanosa fittings, which always make a long stay more pleasurable.
If there is a complaint, it is that the maid service was not great. The turnover of sheets/towels, and indifferent arranging of the room (glasses not replaced, clothes left unarranged) was something I noticed instantly. If the maids who do up the rooms are trained to be as attentive to detail as the reception desk staff are, then this hotel will be a 5/5 - with an overall Very Good or Excellent rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Barcelona, Vincci Gala hotel offers luxurious rooms in a protected 19th-century palace. Free Wi-Fi is available. The orginal facade, floor and central staircase of this unique hotel have all been preserved, creating a balance of traditional arquitecture and modern design. The air-conditioned rooms include a private bathroom with hairdryer, free toiletries, and bath or shower. The rooms also come with a free laptop safe, extra large beds, satellite TV with pay-per-view channels, and a minibar. A restaurant and snack bar are available on-site, and the hotel offers a breakfast buffet. Laundry and car rental services are available at a surcharge, and the property can provide tourist information. Vincci Gala hotel is located opposite Urquinaona Metro Station, 2 minutes' walk from Placa Catalunya Square. There are many bars, restaurants and shops in the surroundings, and you can reach Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in 15 minutes by metro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vincci Gala Barcelona Catalonia