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Hotel Miramar Barcelona
Ranked #165 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Amazing hotel”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

I spent a long weekend with my girlfriend here in June. Upon arrival it was clear that the hotel was going to be something else and it didn't disappoint. At check in there was a slight confusion on which room I was to be allocated as I had requested a certain type which wasn't originally given. The staff handled this and in no time we was changed to another room (101) which was everything I could have asked for. Many people had complained about the location of the hotel I had noticed but found myself that the location could not have been better. The views are breathtaking overlooking the harbour and it takes a 5 minute walk to get into the heart of the city. We choose to get taxis which where relatively reasonable and perfect for going there and back. The pools, both indoor and outdoor, where fantastic. As well as the spa and gym facilities.

Overall this hotel is fantastic and definitely one I would recommend. What really made our stay special was the member of staff at the front desk Paula! Every problem or question I had, she was always willing to help and always went out of her way. She helped in sorting out our room and making sure everything was perfect for our stay. At dinner time, I went to her for advice on places to eat and she always made it her business to help and make reservations for us on the places she suggested. It was no surprise that the places we went where exceptional!

I would definitely recommend this hotel and I hope to get back in the near future!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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H0telMiramar, Director de Recepción at Hotel Miramar Barcelona, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Thank you very much for your amazing review! We really appreciate your opinion and we are truly grateful that you shared your experience with us!
We are looking forward to host you once again during your next trip to Barcelona. The Hotel Miramar staff will be waiting for you!
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Spent a long weekend here in June.
Lovely rooms, more like a suite really.
Very quiet and peaceful.
Only ate breakfast in hotel which was nice Good variety and buffet style.
Bit of a walk into town centre, fine on the way down but taxi back a must!!
Drink prices not too bad.
All in all, great for a short break

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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H0telMiramar, Director de Recepción at Hotel Miramar Barcelona, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Thank you "MacAlfie" for choosing Hotel Miramar for your stay in Barcelona! We really appreciate your positive comments on Tripadvisor.
We wish you all the best and we hope to welcome you again here at Hotel Miramar Barcelona.
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Stayed in lots of Barcelona 5 stars but this was brilliant just for one night before joining a cruise
Wish we have had a week at the mirimar stunning location stunning views rooms exceptional and a brilliant pool in the grounds

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank you "Nigel P" for your amazing review! We really appreciate your opinion and we are truly grateful that you shared your experience with us!
We are looking forward to host you once again during your next trip to Barcelona. The Hotel Miramar staff will be waiting for you!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2013

The unbeatable location is the best reason for staying here, although that also has its slight downside. Hotel is an extended former luxury villa perched on the Montjuic hillside above the heat and noise of the city, in quiet parkland where galleries and the 1992 Olympic stadium nestle in exotic gardens. Views from the hotel terraces over the sea and city are breathtaking. Inside, public areas are clean and smart. Rooms have pros and cons. Good size, amply furnished, excellent beds, super aircon, balconies, all bells and whistles. But trendy bathroom design may not be to all tastes. A third of the room is curtained off to hide a large freestanding bath which looks a bit like a beached rowing boat minus the oars. Shower (fiddly to operate) and loo are in separate glass cubicles. Downside of this cluttered arrangement is that someone wanting to use the loo at night has to turn the lights on and wake others up or take a header into the bath. All a bit too design-crazy for my liking although others may love it. Housekeeping, alas, not quite up to standard: Inconsistent and sometimes eccentric: a large florescent light bulb left abandoned one day on a bathroom floor, turndown some days but not others, bizarrely only one side of the bed turned down, confusion over requests for replacement items. Only small niggles, sure, but not really what you expect at this level, although in fairness rooms always well cleaned. Also, despite the outward appearances of splendour, some doors and wardrobes becoming a little battle-scarred with dents and scratches. Outside, the pool is welcome after a hot day in the city but the tranquility is disturbed by the bam-bam-bam from a gun club behind the hotel and the relentless europop music played by the pool (presumably to drown out the gun club). Sun beds run out quickly at busy periods. But for all that, the pool is lovely and a rarity among Barca hotels. Staff are very pleasant and helpful, particularly front desk. Be aware that getting downtown and back is not quite as simple as it might seem: it's a 20 min walk downhill to the centre, or a 10 min walk to the nearest Metro connection. Few are likely to walk back at night (not dangerous, just too hot up a steep hill) but cab fares are remarkably good value ( five or six pounds mostly from city centre) so don't let that worry you. Be aware, though, that there is nothing on your doorstep apart from the hotel's own snack bar (which does have brilliant views). As for food, we ate out all the time apart from a few sandwiches and coffees so cannot comment. So overall, a very smart, clean and comfortable hotel with a gorgeous location that perhaps tries just a little too hard to be uber cool and not quite hard enough on getting it right in the rooms area. Very much worth considering, particularly for a short Barca break, and it is well worth paying the small premium for a sea-facing room at the front.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 26 July 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located high above the city, but a nice walk down (and a cheap taxi back). A found the staff to be extremely friendly, the food excellent and the rooms and bathrooms were large and comfortable. Some of the technical aspects frustrated a little. Tricky plumbing and a lot of messing around with resetting room keys for the two interconnecting rooms. However, next time in Barcelona, I would back to the Miramar without question.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Otterbach, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2013

If only the rooms were as perfect as the staff and the view (sea side)...I am surprised that this hotel is "a prestigious member of the group small luxury hotels". I have been in less" luxurious" hotels with a more luxurious feel.
Our premium size room would have been too small for us had we brought a suitcase and terribly small had we brought 2 suitcases. The bed was extremely comfortable and we both slept very well. The view from our balcony was fantastic, the garden furniture comfortable. The refrigerator well stocked. Free Wifi easy to access. Later a welcome letter with some cookies. I did not need it, but stationery and envelopes are something I always find in a hotel. There was only a tiny block of paper.
Written instructions pertaining to accessing the swimming pool would be highly recommended. We were told at reception that the outside pool is on the 3rd floor and the inside pool on the 2nd. This is also clearly shown in the elevator. After a long day of walking on Montjuic, I wanted to go to the pool,my husband not. We found the entrance on the 3rd floor, but saw that to return through this door would not be possible. Because I was exhausted, I just did not feel like asking reception how to get back into the hotel from the pool, so I skipped the pool.. The next day we asked and learned that returning to your room is only possible through the 2nd floor. It is simple as long as you know it.
The sofa at the foot of our bed had spots on it, which gave a shabby feel to the room.
But our main complaint is the bathroom,which may have seemed ultra modernly designed, and although the shower and toilet sections are separate and practical in this respect,it is lacking some very essential features. First of all, the floors are very slick,especially when a little water splashes on them. Actually, it is almost necessary to wear the slippers provided to avoid falling,but barefoot in the shower? The shower was very complicated and although there are 3 functions, they cannot be used separately, because one of the other functions leak at the same time. Was frustrating to manipulate. I have NEVER been in a hotel without a shelf for the shower gel and shampoo. Quite a balancing act to reach down on the floor for soap,trying to avoid falling on the slick floor. Almost worse than the shower was the Bidet. No towel rack with a small towel to dry off with. The only option is to go into the sink area after using the bidet (picture this!) and try to decide whether to use the hand towel under the sink or the large bath towel. Ugh!
Every single member of the staff was cordial and friendly. The restaurant staff was also very pleasant and professional. The dinner was very expensive, with small portions, but nevertheless very good. The breakfast was exceptionally generous. The hotel lobby was spacious and elegant, with a luxurious feel.
We definitely WILL COME AGAIN. We will ask for the same room, bring little luggage,hope the sofa has been recovered,check the bathroom for a shower shelf and the bidet for a towel rack with small towel, will wear the slippers except in the shower, will go to the pool through the spa and change into our bathing suit there. (the pool situation really needs to be explained. For example, that you cannot go to the pool from the 3rd floor in bathing suit and bathrobe, because when you come back through the spa on the 2nd floor, you have to cross the upper portion of the lobby!)
I hope the management will take my complaints seriously. Even if it might be a year until we return, complaints from future guests could be avoided.
All in all, the hotel room was a disappointment for a 5 star hotel. And we will only return because of the fantastic location and the very satisfying service provided by the staff. They deserve to be complimented.The location should not make up for the qualities lacking. These qualities should not have been lacking in a hotel of this category.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

I travel to various places in Europe quite frequently and this hotel had the largest and most amenity-filled rooms I've ever seen in Europe. Spacious room with separate sitting and work areas, comfortable beds and a large "full-service" bathroom with double sinks, bathtub and separate shower and toilet areas. Also, because much of my European travel is for business purposes, the quality and cost of WiFi is very important. This hotel offered free WiFi and the speed (at least at my room location) was excellent. The only potential negative with this hotel is its location, as it is located atop a small mountain top (called Montjiuc), which is a good 15 minutes walk down to the city (e.g. to Las Ramblas area). However, if you like a somewhat remote location, then that would not be an issue. There is also a sky tram boarding stop just outside the hotel which provides scenic skyline views and ends at the beach. Overall, an excellent hotel worthy of its 5-star rating.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Hotel Miramar Barcelona
Address: Plaza Carlos Ibanez 3, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Montjuic
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#24 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#65 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#77 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#78 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#121 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Miramar Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 75
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