Firstly there is some confusion in previous reviews as this hotel is a 1 star near to Passeig de Gracia and there is a similar named 4 star hotel in another part of Barcelona near Parel.lal.
This is a budget hotel (hostel) which is accessed by a door to the left of a Bank and the rooms are on the second floor where there is a small hotel reception. I travelled with 2 friends and stayed in a triple room which was a bit small for 3 adults but it was clean and beds were made each day. There are no other facilities and definitely no rooftop pool.
The location is very good, being about 10 minutes walk from Las Ramblas and very near to Passaig de Gracia which is an upmarket shopping area.
If you are travelling from the airport I would suggest you get the airport train (0.80 euros if you buy a T10 card) as it stops immediately next to the hotel.
Staff were friendly and the room had a safe which you could use for a refundable deposit of 10 euros.
Barcelona was lovely although there is the ever present threat of pickpockets - we saw 2 women have bags taken whilst we were there although we were are very careful and had no problems ourselves.
We went to watch Barcelona which was great and tickets are easy to get unless it is a really big game.
Overall this is a reasonable, cheap option for a group of lads, although I think the wife would have wanted somewhere more upmarket!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Barcelona City Hotel- Hotel Universal!Barcelona City Hotel is a hotel located in Barcelona center, a few meters away from Passeig de Gracia. Our hotel offers you value for money just two blocks away from the Placa Catalunya, where the Gothic Quarter and the famous Ramblas of Barcelona begin.Enjoy the city and relax in your room with free wifi, flatscreen TV, private bathroom, air-conditioned, heating... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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