I have stayed at this hotel a number of times while attending exhibitions at the Fira (opposite) since it first opened. By taxi it is about 17 minutes from Barcelona airport (approx 25 euros with tip). There is a shopping centre very close to the hotel, with a huge supermarket, shops and fairly basic restaurants.
Remember this is not a city centre hotel. If you want to go to the centre, there is a metro (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat) a few minutes walk away, with trains to Placa Espanya (approx 8 minutes transfer time) from where you change to numerous metro lines (there is also a shopping centre with a good selection of restaurants here if you cannot be bothered to hike into town)
Purchase a ticket for 10 journeys if you are staying a few days or there is a group of you (we purchased a T-10 zone 1 multi person ticket for 9.80 euros the tickets and just handed the tickets on to each other as we travelled) The nearest station to the hotel and the city centre metros are in Zone 1. If you want to go to the city centre by taxi an average cost would be approx. 12 euros without a tip – depending on traffic this can take from about 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
The hotel reception/bar area is large and airy. The bar does get busy while exhibitions are on. Wine, beer and soft drinks are reasonable but the cost of spirits seem high about 14 euros, but the measures are enormous!
Rooms are bright and very clean. The bathroom is glass (modesty glass panelled) and very well lit, with a large mirror - great for putting your makeup on! Good range of channels on TV (including main news channels) and free wifi. Rooms on the upper floors get some good views back to the city if you are facing that way.
Downside - no kettle - I now take my own, but if you like an early morning coffee/tea you are disappointed. I did not have room service this time, but in the past this has been fine.
Breakfast is ok, although the hot food is not always hot - this has been a recurring problem, but there is a good selection, and the early start time 6.30 for breakfast is good if you need to be at the exhibition venue early.
Food served in the bar area is fine and reasonably priced. The restaurant does more formal eating, again not used this time, but have done so in the past when the who tabled opted for a set menu which was good.
Staff at the hotel are polite and friendly.
Like anywhere always ensure your bag is with at all times, a bag was stolen in the bar, and on a previous visit a bag was stolen at breakfast time. Just don’t give thieves a chance – they are very professional and this could happen anywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Santos Porta Fira**** is a work of the famous Japanese architect Toyo Ito, well-known for creating other designs including the extension of Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via. In 2010 the hotel won the prestigious architectural “EMPORIS AWARD” for being the best skyscraper in the world. The modern and cutting edge building which simulates a lotus flower, has 24 floors and a height of 110 meters thanks to which it is recognized as one of the architectural icons of the city and part of the Barcelona skyline.Our clients can expect 311 modern designed and spacious rooms, the restaurant “Spiral” offering finest cuisine and a wellness area.Our meeting rooms with a highly multifunctional plenary room offering a well-lit space of 800 m², which can be divided by panels and a height of 5 meters, are making the Hotel Porta Fira ideal for hosting any type of event. Thanks to its features but also the proximity to the airport El Prat and the fairgrounds the new property of the Santos Hotels range has a major attraction for the world of business. ... more less
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- Hotel Porta Fira Province Of Barcelona, Spain