We stayed at the Porta Fira hotel last weekend. It is an impressive looking building and the interior is immaculate. Although out of the city centre, transport into the city and to the airport is easy and cheap (see below for my own transport guide). The staff are very friendly and speak excellent English. The rooms are lovely with great views of the city outskirts. We were on the 13th floor. The corridors are very quiet and there was next to no noise from the roads outside. We had no problem sleeping. Breakfast was excellent!! Great choice! A few wonky table legs though so watch for that.
The only issue for me was that the toilet/shower area in the room is only boxed in by frosted glass panel. It is not in its own room (like a usual an en suite). As a result, there is next to no privacy when using the toilet or having a shower. There are also gaps in the glass panel so even with the doors closed over, there is no privacy. I wouldn't share a room with anyone other than my partner put it that way! Also, no kettle, tea/coffee or complimentary water in the room which is always a bug bears of mine.
To get around follow my guide: When leaving the airport terminal take a right along the walkway until you reach the bus stance for service '46 Barcelona'. It's 2 euro and get off at the stop directly outside IKEA on the main road (should take 15 minutes). The hotel is just round the corner from IKEA. To get into the city use the 'Europa Fira' Metro Station. Come out the hotel, turn left, cross the road and you'll see the stairs leading down to the Metro. Use the ticket machine (which can be read in different languages). Buy a T10 ticket at 9.90 Euro. This will give you 10 trips on the Metro. Each trip is considered as 75 minutes. So for 75 minutes you can use the metro's as much as you want and only lose 1 trip from your ticket. It should last you a while and is great value. You will have to get off at 'Espanya' stop and transfer to another metro line to get into the city centre 'Catalunya'. This will only take you around 20 minutes in total. To get back at night, just reverse the process. The metro is really simple and the hotel has metro maps. To get back to the airport, cross over the main road at IKEA and there is a bus stop. Get the service '46 Airport' which arrives every 25 minutes.
We did loads in Barcelona including the football, so any questions give me a shout.
- 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