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“Nice, but noisy”
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Villa Emilia
Ranked #42 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice, but noisy”
Reviewed 24 June 2012

We stayed in this hotel as part of our honeymoon last month.
The hotel is really nice and comfortable, however our room was located in a noisy position near the lifts and stairwell.
We are not sure exactly what we heard, but it could have been a mixture of the lifts going up and down, and people walking up and down the stairwell.
Generally however, the hotel would be a great place to stay.
Its modern, and has all of the essentials for a short stay.
The staff were brilliant, and would go out of their way to help us, making reservations for dinner or recommending excursions.
The location of the hotel wasnt too bad- it was about a 15 minute walk from Barcelona city centre or Las Ramblas, and we would probably prefer to stay a little closer to the action next time.
It is really close to 2 train stations, and would be very easy to get around.
A must whilst at this hotel however, is to have a drink at the hotel rooftop bar!
The view of Mt Tibidao is stunning when all lit up and it really is surprisingly quiet.
And you must try the hot chocolate, it is hot and thick and ridiculously chocolately....

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Suffolk, UK
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

We booked this hotel partly based on previous reviews and we weren't disappointed. The hotel was easy to find and only a short walk from Rocafort metro stop on L1. We took the airport train to El Clot and changed to the metro there - it's a smaller station and not as busy. The hotel is walkable from the city centre but much easier to take an air conditioned train.

The hotel is very modern and the staff were very helpful and thankfully spoke good english. The room was a decent size and very clean. Our room was at the back of the hotel and didn't have a great view but that couldn't be helped. The benefit was that there was no road noise at all.

The hotel offers free wifi and will supply a username and password for the duration of your stay. They also provide complimentary tea and coffee for guests at certain times of day which is nice after a long day on the tourist trails. We only had breakfast at the hotel but the food was great.

All-in-all a highly recommended hotel!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

Booked the hotel for our June stay and glad we did.
Positives
-clean modern room that is not only clean but smells clean.
-ac works well! For anyone that has traveled around europe..this is not easy to find
-room is spacious enough for 3 beds. The bed is a little hard but the pillows and comforter are comfortable
-roof top terrace/ bar is cool and open till 1 am with a std set of tapas
-wifi is free and reliable. Not speedy but does not disconnect frequently. They were also accommodating when we requested more than 1 wifi id.
-staff speaks English and is not stuffy-always someone at the front desk.
-area is pretty safe to walk around at night
- breakfast is pretty good-included items such as smoked salmon, different types cold meats, boiled eggs,yogurt, cereal, bread/jams, various pastries, and fruit.
-and for girls, includes a hair dryer :)

Negatives
-not central to la rambles but close to metro/subway and it's inexpensive to get there.
-bathroom door doesn't close -sliding door and no vent in bathroom
-we had a view of a building wall

Would stay here again if back in Barcelona.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

I have now stayed at Villa Emilia 3 times. All were positive experiences. The most recent time, we visited Barcelona in summer time, and was able to utilize, probably the coolest part of the hotel, the roof top lounge and patio. We had a romantic drink late in the evening under the warm Barcelona summer air. It was wonderful.

The decor of the Emilia is definitely modern. I do find that they balance it out with some soft pastel colors to make it more welcoming than traditional modern design. Staff was friendly and helpful. While it is not in the most posh neighborhood, it is close to the Roquefort subway station which touch the major lines.

All in all, taking into consideration the lower rates, it is the best value for your money.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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manchester
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

Like other reviewers have said, this hotel really delivers in every aspect. There isn't a single thing you could fault and I think anyone who does is being unbelievably picky and I would love to know where they usually stay.

The staff are brilliant and really stand out. Lovely bar with grand piano. Rooftop terrace is amazing - there was a DJ playing chilled out music on the Wednesday night with a chef cooking on the grill. It was one of our best ever hotel experiences.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2012

We loved our stay in Barcelona. We were there for only one night and wish we would have stayed longer. Everyone at the hotel was so helpful. They held our luggage until our room was ready so we were able to explore the city. They gave us a map of the city and directions to plaza espana which is the closest attraction as well as instructions on how to get to the metro. The room was very modern and had a very spacious bathroom. My only complaint was the bed was hard. Since I was so exhausted from the entire day of roaming the city, I didn't have any trouble sleeping. In the morning we had breakfast in a nearby cafe on the same street. The food was yummy and a prertty good deal. All in all Barcelona was awesome and I can't wait to be back!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reigate
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

My wife and I had three excellent nights. Like previous reviewers have mentioned the staff are amazing; all very friendly and willing to help make your stay even more enjoyable. This is a modern boutique style hotel that has a fantastic roof terrace bar, serving great cocktails and food. The rooms are clean, modern and comfortable. Our room overlooked the road but we were't disturbed once. We were really pleased with the location as it is outside of all the busy areas but close enough to walk to La Ramblas and the metro was only 2 mins walk away.

I can't praise the hotel and it's staff enough. When we return to Barcelona this is be the hotel that we stay at. Definitely worth the money.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Emilia
Address: Calle Calabria 115-117, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#38 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#42 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#58 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Emilia 4*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Villa Emilia is a modern property situated in a prime location in the heart of Barcelona, perfect for business travelers and holidays trips. Its 53 double guestrooms are fully equipped and decorated with exquisite taste. Guests can enjoy Mediterranean food in the Zinc-Bar, lounge on our famous Terrace, enjoying live DJ/music and cocktails, or organize special events and meetings in the Salon Rojo and El Privat. ... more   less 
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