If pristine is what you're looking for, then, perhaps, the BCN Events Hotel isn't for you. If however you're looking for a good family hotel for a city break that involves a bit more travelling than staying in the centre, then this is certainly an option.
It's probably more suitable for families with teenagers rather than young ones but the pool makes it an attraction especially if you're not trekking into Barcelona on a daily basis. The pool isn't in an idilic setting so again don't necessarily have high expectations. Planes rumble regularly overhead and traffic can be heard through the hedges surrounding the pool area. The bar and restaurant are good and breakfast plentiful.
Being out of town (a few stops from the airport with a change on the metro) means that the cost is lower and there's the option of travelling down the coast too. A 'T10' train ticket allows ten journeys and was 10.30 Euros. Good value if you're not hiring a car.
The walk to Castelldefels station is probably 20 minutes (with teenagers) and involves some crossing of roads. Allowing time to get to the station is key and at the end of a long day taking in the Gaudi architecture or touring Camp Nou, the walk back to the hotel can seem quite long. Not sure how far one journey takes you but is fine for into Barcelona and to the airport. We ventured further by train to Sitges and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere and the attractive Victorian architecture.
Another option is to go down to the coast of Castelldefels. We spent a short time on the beach one day and the beach seemed clean. My swim was rather truncated because a jellyfish got rather close but the water was warm and clear as you'd expect. Another brief word of warning was the nude sunbather. Not sure if this is commonplace but maybe not what Brits expect especially if they have younger children. Some good local eateries down on the beach front which seemed worth investigating.
Eating in the Barcelonetta area of Barcelona is worthwhile especially if it's Paella. A good atmosphere but again probably best with teenagers as, I'm sure you're aware, things don't really liven up until later in the evening.
The best restaurant, Un Posto al Sole, however wasn't found until the last evening and is fairly close to the hotel (Av. Constitucion 89) on the way into Castelldefels. It's a pizzeria (popular the world over with the kids) and is owned and run by a couple (I think) from Napoli. They are friendly, generous and seem to love doing what they do. We couldn't believe there weren't more people eating there. It was busier when we went back the following day for lunch, and we were welcomed with open arms and more generosity. We couldn't speak highly enough of the food or of the patrons. Would highly recommend it.
So - the hotel in summary. Good for a short city break if you don't mind travelling in to the city each day. Facilities fine, staff fine, rooms clean enough and generally okay. Low points - not in scenic area, close to road and airport (which might also be seen as good points), not pristine in its decoration. Our rooms were at the back of the hotel and noise wasn't a problem. Can't comment on the front rooms but the views would be better. Having read some of the previous reviews, we were concerned what we were going to find when we arrived but generally we were happy.
This has turned into more of a journal than a review so apologies for that but I'm writing this while my thoughts are fresh so hopefully you'll get my immediate impression. The hotel allows variety, with opportunities to visit the coast, rather than a full-on City break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Hotel SB BCN EVENTS es un hotel de cuatro estrellas situado en Castelldefels, a escasos metros de las playas de Gavà y Castelldefels. Un hotel en Castelldefels especializado en eventos y convenciones, con 212 habitaciones y salones de gran capacidady a tan sólo 15 km de Barcelona. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apsis Bcn Events Castelldefels
- Apsis Bcn Events Hotel Castelldefels
- Hotel SB BCN Events Province Of Barcelona/Castelldefels