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NH Porta Barcelona
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

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.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

This was a very clean and nice hotel. We only slept there for a short night before flying to Madrid in the morning, but the staff was very nice and helpful and the place was comfortable. If staying in Barcelona for a while, it's not an ideal location- you have to take a train (which is nearby) to the metro, and then into town. We booked here to try and be closer to the airport, but it honestly wasn't much of a difference from a more central location. Nice hotel though, would recommend (if you don't mind the bit of a trek to get into town)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed 5 days in Barcelona in August 2012. Booked hotel quite late; prices for many were high so we ended up booking NH Porta de Barcelona although it was quite far from the center. But it proved to be a very good value for money. We used local bus for transport from the airport and were dropped not far from the hotel. Staff were pleasant, room was very nice and clean. Free wireless internet was available. The only minus was location but a tram station was nearby so it was OK. Definitely recommended for the price we paid.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Clean room, hot water, good bed and friendly welcoming service. Easy to find, free parking nearby and free wifi. Bar is a bit expensive but its a hotel and you expect that. Will definitely stay again when in Barcelona.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
Thank paulonthepc
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We visited Barcelona for 4 days in July and chose the NH Porta because it was great value and seemed like a nice hotel. Hotel was very lovely, well finished, the staff were extremely helpful and friendly all of the time and the free WI-FI offered was fantastic. The room wasnt huge but big enough really, good range of facilities and nicely finished off. Only downside really is that it was about 30 minutes from the centre of Barcelona by bus/tram. But it isnt far from the airport, get the L77 bus from airport - hotel and its 2 euros each as opposed to 25(ish) in a taxi. Camp Nou's also close 10 minutes away. We bought Barcelona travelcards for 25 euros (came recommended) and I must say they werent worth it, they didnt count on night buses or the L77 just daytime buses/trams/metro which was ok. Maybe BCN5 card is worth the extra money and works on these services + discount on museums etc. But on the whole if you dont mind the 25-30 minute journey in (nice to see other parts of Barcelona on the way) this is a brilliant hotel for the price you wont find a better one this close to Barcelona centre. I would definitely recommend it as well as the more expensive Barca travelcard. Barcelona - what a great city

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Typically solid quality NH and very well priced. The area is a little way out of Barcelona centre but there is a tram nearby and if you have a car it is no issue.

No major outdoor comforts like a pool or terrace bar but the interior is light and bright and they have underground parking.

They offered a room upgrade to a suite for 15 Euros. That was well worth it and with the already reasonable price, a suite in a comfortable hotel for circa 100 Euros was fantastic. Free wifi worked fine too.

Decent breakfast and coffee machine.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Just got bak from Barcelona yesterday. I have stayed in 4 star hotels which are similar. Very good overall hotel with friendly helpful staff and a simple 5 minute walk and a stress free tram ride (T3) into Barcelona which is about 20 minutes to Maria Christina Metro Station and simple transfers from there.
Although the hotel was good the staff made it worthwhile.

The breakfast was not worth the 10 euros as the selection of food was quite limited so we only bought one. The food included a choice of coco puffs or corn flakes, some fruit, good bread/toast selection and some small cakes and puddings.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avda. Generalitat de Catalunya, 2-6, 08960 Sant Just Desvern, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Sant Just Desvern
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sant Just Desvern
Price Range: £45 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — NH Porta Barcelona 3*
Number of rooms: 99
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