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Hotel Barcelona Catedral
Ranked #51 of 515 Hotels in Barcelona
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Reviewed 29 January 2008

My husband and I stayed here for our first wedding anniversary from the 4th to the 7th January. At the time of booking we didn't realise that it was in fact the Festival of the Three Kings in Spain and so were slightly worried that it would be very busy. This was certainly not the case. On the eve of the Epiphany the streets became crowded with families watching the parade but apart from that it was pretty quiet for the rest of our stay. Despite the fact that it was a public holiday, all bars and restaurants were still open for business too.

The hotel seemed quiet although we did use it as a base only and had all our meals out and about. We were very impressed by the size of the room. The room was spotlessly clean and we had fresh towels every day. Huge, super king size bed, the down side being that it was extremely hard and uncomfortable. The bathroom was large too with extra toiletries if needed. There is a hairdryer supplied in the bathroom but the one in ours didn't work although I'd taken my own so it wasn't a problem. Again, a slight criticism was that the tea & coffee supplies are for your arrival and not topped up during your stay. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful too. We flew to Gerona airport and then arrived in Barcelona by coach so on our departure, the reception staff very kindly printed out a timetable for the Gerona coaches so that we didn’t miss our flight home!

The location of the hotel is perfect. You are a 5 second stroll from the Cathedral Square and only 5 minutes from Playa de Catalunya and La Rambla. Probably only a 20 minute walk to the Barcaloneta area and the beach which is well worth a visit. We did the cable car ride which has the most amazing views over the city. We also purchased a one day tourist bus ticket (in hindsight should have got a 2 day!) which we used to explore the north of the city. Stopped off at Sagrada Famillia and Park Guell which were amazing.

We were very lucky with the weather whilst in Barcelona too. On arrival in Gerona it was raining but then you are close to the mountains. Once in Barcelona we had our first day at about 16 degrees and then the last two it was 20 degrees and sunny still at 4:30 in the afternoon! We did feel very strange though as for the locals this is still cold. So whilst we were wandering around in jeans and t-shirts, they were wrapped up in thick coats and scarves! I really did feel like saying that this was better than our summer of 2007!

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2008

The hotel is well located just north of Central Ramblas, situated across the courtyard from the Catedral. It is extremely easy to walk to Barcelona’s many attractions from this hotel. The courtyard has several restaurants with a great crepe shop on the corner. The staff is pleasant and well accommodating to your needs and the rooms are clean and chic.

Now the bad news. Or it depends how you look at it. For the money and after traveling much of the world, this is a pretty good deal if you are on a Euro budget, or want to consume more wine or tapas (which is myself), but if you have an excess of Euros, and want something a little grander, you may be disappointed. Although the bed looks lovely, the mattress and pillows are rock hard and in serious need of replacement. The walls are paper-thin and I could hear the TV and conversations in the next hotel room. Lastly, a good majority of the rooms face the alley and unless your a hard sleeper or hard of hearing, you will hear all of the end of the night goodbyes.

I like the hotel, just be a wise traveler and know what to expect.

Ted

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Dr.Papenhagen
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Reviewed 1 January 2008

Great hotel just a few strides from the square in front of the old cathedral. A short walk from all means of transport. Surprisingly quiet considering it is so close to the hustle and bustle of central Barcelona. The hotel itself was very good and we would have awarded it an excellent if it had been a little warmer. The weather was cold when we visited and a few more degrees of heat would have been nice although it certainly wasn't enough to spoil our time there. The bedrooms are well set out and the bathroom was lovely with a 'proper' bath and shower. Excellent safe (no extra charge) and plenty of clothes storage. We didn't use the restaurant so can't comment but the bar area was comfortable and the drinks were reasonably priced and actually cheaper than some of the bars surrounding it! The staff were very polite, courteous and helpful and the maid service unobtrusive. Whatever time we left, the rooms were always cleaned, tidied and re-stocked with towels before we got back. One whinge - tea and coffee is only provided for your arrival further supplies have to be bought from the room bar/fridge.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank H009
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Reviewed 29 December 2007

My wife and i stayed at the hotel catedral for 2 nights in december 2007. The location is superb, situated on a quiet street within sixty seconds walk of barcelona cathedral, and within five minutes walk of the ramblas.
On arrival by taxi our first impressions of the reception area were very impressive. The decor was very modern and contemporary and looked brand new !! The bedroom was also very contemporary with wooden floor, wall mounted lcd television, and ultra modern light fittings etc. The bathroom offered a wide selection of complementary tolietries including toothbrushes and even a razor.
Breakfast offered a wide selection of various cereals, bread, fruits, yoghurts etc. Followed by a full cooked breakfast. The breakfast menu also stated that the hotel would try to serve any additional breakfast requests.
Altogether we had a fabulas stay at this hotel and would recommend it to other travellers.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 December 2007

My wife and I stayed here for a three day break from Friday to Monday. The hotel is really well located in a central location that is very convenient for walking to all the main tourist areas and about 7 minutes walk from where the airport bus terminates in Placa Catalunya.

The staff were very friendly and helpful in what is a modern but attractive hotel. The rooms are really well designed with a king size bed and very large bathroom. Our room overlooked the internal coutyard and whilst not an amazing view, it meant that it was very quiet for a location so close to the busy Cathedral area. We didn't have breakfast as at 15 Euros each it seemed a bit excessive and there are plenty of cafes around where you can get a fruit juice, coffee and croissant for under 5 Euros. Similarly loads of places to eat around and about, all of which were very accommodating and explained their menus etc if needed.

Barcelona was a great place to visit for a long weekend. The Metro is very cheap and easy to use.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2007

Hotel was wonderful. It was at the back of the cathedral in the old town, which is a lovly area to exploir and is quiter than the other areas. the rambellers is a 10 min walk and all the majour sights are sign posted. The hotel wave very clean lovle sixes modern rooms all newly decorated. the staff are so helpful and friendly. the pool is small but it is lovly to sit on the roof looking out onto the rooftops ..
Go to a football match if you have time gat tickets from easyjet internet bar on rambellers it is on right hand side heading to harbour.
The harbour is beautiful place to go also.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2007

Excellent modern hotel in a superb location and well worth the high ratings given by others, which we used to help us select it. The location close to the cathedral (obviously!) is a prime postion for all attractions/tourist and transport links. Rooms were spacious and had bath/shower (over) and king size beds. Bar was excellent and not over expensive - didn't try the restaurant as there were so many places close by for food. The gym and swimming pool were an added bonus. There were 3 internet terminals available to residents at no charge. We were in a party of 8 and the only negative comment was that one couple were charged 1.50 Euro for some additional teabags. Thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with friends
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Address: Capellans, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Barcelona
#23 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#32 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#45 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#63 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £101 - £236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Barcelona Catedral 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Valued as excellent for 95% of its clients, the Barcelona Catedral Hotel, 4* Boutique, has an unbeatable location in the Gothic, next to Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. The Barcelona Catedral Hotel is exclusive, modern and comfortable. It has swimming-pool, gym, terrace-chill out, parking, restaurant with outdoors terrace and smoking area, free Internet on business centre, free wifi, meeting rooms. Its restaurant 4 Capellans, offers Mediterranean cuisine, a la carte, lunch menu, banqueting, coktails, catering. An spectacular outdoor terrace is the perfect place for events and celebrations. SPECIAL MENUS FOR COELIACS AND OTHER DIETARY NEEDS. Cultural activities: Every Wednesday night and Sunday morning, the hotel proposes complimentary walks through the Gothic quarter, Legends and Secrets. Gastronomic activities: Cooking lessons, Cooking Team Building for companies and wine tasting. Wifi INCLUDED for ALL Hotel guests Barcelona Catedral. ... more   less 
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