My boyfriend and I have just returned from a 3 night stay in this hotel overall a great few days!
We booked a transfer and it took about an hour from the airport after 2 drop offs. We did begin to get a bit concerned when we drove out of the city centre into what looked like a really run down area and then were dropped off outside the hotel in what appeared to be the middle of of a ghost town. However over the next few days we discovered that this was actually a great area once the shops and bars were open, and the hotel is just round the corner from the Rambla de Poblenou, a long, tree-lined street with numerous bars, restaurants and shops.
We had the best Paella of the trip in small place up here, and also some amazing tapas (plus a few sangrias!). We didn't use the metro / taxis at all and decided to walk into the centre each time - this does take long time, probably an hour to get to La Ramblas which is at the far end of the seafront, however it's a really nice walk, either along the seafront stopping off at the various bars, or along the Av Diagonal (Rambla de Poblenou meets this at the top - turn left onto the Rambla from near the hotel (right for the beach)).
The hotel is also really close to Port Olimpic, around 15 mins walk, where there are some great looking bars and restaurants. If you turn right here and head straight up the road between the two towers, you'll get to the Sagrada Familia around 15 mins later.
I wouldn't have chosen this hotel if I had realised how far out it was beforehand, however we really enjoyed the location as we felt we got to see parts of the city we wouldn't have otherwise seen, and saw areas other than the traditional tourist parts. Lots of work was going on and I expect in another year or two it will be even better round here.
The hotel looked new and modern, really clean and minimalist decor. We were on the 7th floor with a sea view, we could also see the edge of the Port Olimpic. While this was great, I'd opt for a city view next time, the Torre Agbar looks amazing lit up at night, as does the rest of the city.
We had the breakfast in the hotel which was buffet style, loads of choice and the staff were friendly.
The pool was open (early May) but cold! The terrace was lovely.
Hotel felt safe, you need to use your key card to operate the lift.
Be aware that on check out you may have to pay City tax - I wasn't aware of this although it may have been in the small print - this was circa €7.
Amazing place, we walked around it a lot but also took the Bus Tourisme on the first day to get our bearings. This wasn't cheap at €26 each, however we saw parts of the city we wouldn't have walked to inc the Olympic Park and montjuic with fantastic views. We ate and drank a lot, anywhere on La Rambla is pricey, but it was nice, also pricey for a drink around the major attractions. Plan well what you want to see! So much to see and do there's always something you'll miss.
Weather fantastic, generally felt safe, and it is a beautiful place.
Ask for a high floor, with a city view if poss - Torre Agbar and La Sagrada Familia are well within...
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