I'm going to start with points and then i'll elaborate underneath for those who think more information is better.
-Better suited for a business trip. Not suited for couples or family holiday longer than a couple of days.
-Had two seperate beds pushed together.
-Laminate flooring and thin walls means you can hear everything that goes on in the hotel.
-The TV was all Spanish channels except BBC world news, CNBC and CNN.
-Theres no pool.
-Surroundings are quiet. Hotel is so out of the way theres no shops or anything to do close by.
-Hotel itself is difficult to locate once off the L77 bus from the airport.
-Positive. The resteraunt food is really lovely.
-Theres parking outside and underneath the hotel if you traveled by car or rented a car.
-The aircon works on and off from 21.30ish.
-There is free wifi, for 24 hours from when you type in a code (that they provide you with) however if you do use it, it kicks you off. So you have to keep logging back into it all the time.
Ok let me elaborate.
1. This hotel is better suited to those travelling to Barcelona for business because theres no pool or evening entertainment. If you were a family travelling with children theres no way to keep them entertained while you relax.
2. For a double room it was a good size, wardrobe, bedside tables, nice bathroom. Although, the beds were two single beds pushed together. The floors being laminate and the beds having wheels meant they were forever sliding apart.
3. Keeping on the subject of the floors. Being laminate and the walls being so thin you hear everything. From about 21:00 till 02:00 its constant noise. Snoring, people showering, then drying their hair, people laughing and talking walking back to their rooms. And at that sort of time when everyones sleeping people enjoy dropping every heavy thing they've brought with them.
4. The hotel hasn't got a pool (as mentioned earlier) but there is a spa which is a jacuzzi and a sauna. There is also a gym in the same room. There are beaches but where the hotel is located it's over an hour and a half to get there. I think there was a bus turistic tour thats goes round different beaches which i think is around 65€ but im not 100% on that.
5. The surrounding area is pretty dead so your going to have to travel to get to anything. Theres the T3 tram which is up the road which can take you to L'illa diagonal which is a shopping centre. Some nice shops in there and lots of cafes. Then theres the 63 bus which you can again get on round the corner from the hotel and it'll take you to the centre of Barcelona, from there you can get to La Rambla and lots of other shops, it's also the last stop so you don't have to worry about pressing a button because it will take you straight there. So for public transport access the hotel is ideally situated but if you wanted a more central, city experience then pick a different hotel.
6. It's easy enough to get to the hotel. You get the L77 bus from terminal 2 it costs 2€ and it's the last stop you want. It's difficult to find from there (we got lost) so it's easier to just cross over to the taxi bay and get a taxi to the hotel. It costs about 4/5€ so it's well worth doing that instead of trying to find it whilst getting used to the hot weather and lugging around your suitcases.
7. As mentioned earlier, the resteraunt was really nice. The food was tasty as well as the staff being friendly. You get a choice of bread roll with your meal but oddly no butter. We had room service on our last night too which was really nice and good portion sizes too. The Telepizza menu in the room i would not reccomend. We had that the first night and it just tasted weird.
8. The room does have air con, but from about 21:30/22:00 it starts to go on and off throughout the night. I'm not sure if thats the same in all hotels but we found this pretty annoying. And it's not a regular on and off it's totally random. We opened the window the first night but found this too noisy.
9. There is internet. They give you codes on arrival, on request. Although we found, watching a couple of 20 min youtube videos was enough as it would then kick us off.
Overall the hotel was nice but if i had to go to Barcelona again, i would stay in a different hotel. You get what you pay for here.
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