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“Best time in Barcelona ever!!” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C/Pallars 203, 08005 Barcelona, Spain (Poblenou)   |  
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Ranked #290 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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19 hotel reviews
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“Best time in Barcelona ever!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

We stayed with our soccer team for 4 days @ the Holiday Inn. We had a morning training on the beach every day, so the location for that was great, just a 15 min. walk to the beach. The rooms were great and clean. The bathtub was quit slippery, it would be best to do something about that before somebody gets hurt! The service was not that good, since we had to bring our glasses back to the bar to get a new beer in the Hotel Lobby. The lady at the bar was not willing to give us new glasses or to wash the ones we brought back to get a new beer. For a private stay in Barcelona I would take a hotel more in the city center (with a cab it's 8 euros to the city center, which is cheap, but to far to walk) Over all our training camp was a success and with a big group the hotel was fine.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. It was our first trip to Spain and the hotel staff made the transition easy for us. The front desk staff was helpful with directions, maps, and restaurant recommendations. The room was clean and comfortable. It was an easy walk to the beach or metro stop.

The only downside to our trip was not following the age old advice of "let the buyer beware." We visited Park Güell and stopped at a shop just outside of the main gate. We purchased an Romero Britto figurine. When we returned to our great hotel, we studied the statue more closely and saw that it was made in China. Someone had gone to great lengths to cover up the made in China disclaimer on the bottom of the figurine. So, if you must purchase one of the items, order it from the internet. It is much cheaper.

Other than that, it was a fabulous trip in a good clean hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

Hello Readers,

We spend 3 nights in this hotel after reading reviews on tripadvisor. I am really happy with my stay and I will recommed to any tourist who want to stay with family.

Pros:-
- Near to Metro LLuana (2 blocks away or 100 meters from hotel) so you can go to any where.
- Very Clean hotel (except carpet of hallway, but it is toursit like us do this).
- Free breakfast. (Very good food). Kids will love it.!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Both ladies working there works very very hard to make this possible. No shortage of food. Very good supply chain maintain by both of them.
- Excellent rooms for 2 Adults and 2 Kids.
- Very good staff. (Even I checked in early morning they allow me breakfast for free and also store my luggage and help me explaining how to start in Barcelona).
- Near to one of the biggest mall of Barcelona ( 4 blocks or 250 meters from hotel) where you can find Burger King, Mac Donalds, Subway and other fast food. Also one of the big super market is there so you can buy water and other grocery at very cheap rate.
- Also it is near GREEN route (stop #10) of Barcelona Tour Bus(double decker) so you can go there in morning or use it while coming back.

Thanks
KP.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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City22, Director de Recepción at Holiday Inn Express, responded to this review, January 3, 2011
Dear Mr "kenpat123",
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Thank you for your recent review regarding the Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22@. We appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your delightful experience during your recent stay.

We are always pleased to receive praise and acknowledgment of such a positive nature.Your comments have been shared with our entire staff, as reinforcement to continue their efforts to make the our house a leader in excellence.

Once again, thank you for your thoughtful comments. We look forward to the opportunity of serving you in the future. Thank you for choosing IHG.

Sincerely,

Myriam Sánchez
Guest Service Manager
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Versoix
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2010

We stayed in this hotel for almost a week with our son and I am gladly recommend this hotel for a family holiday in Barcelona. I can not say I had a lot of interaction with hotel staff, but my check-in was quick and I saw them providing good advice to other guests of the hotel. Room is typical "new" Holiday Inn, LCD TV, no fridge, small table. Bathroom has bathub with shower. I know some people do not really like these soap dispensers, but I honestly do not care and in fact prefer them - I can use them throughout my stay and just leave Do not disturb sign on the door when I do not need any other things from the cleaners.
While we there during a low season, the hotel was quite busy over the weekend. However, I could not hear any noise from other rooms, maybe just when someone bangs the door too loud.
If you are very light sleeper, ask for the room facing the courtyard, but we were not bothered by some light noise in our room facing the street. As everybody mentioned, metro stop is just a few blocks away and T-10 (or even T-30) ticket is a great value for family or group. And do not miss Rambla Poblenou - some very nice cafes and pleasant stroll to the beach.
It looks like the hotel has raised its price level (understandably),but I can see some great rates of about 55 euros - so I think it still is a great family bargain.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Malta
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

Wonderful staff and lovley breakfast. The rooms were spotless and the staff was very helpfull. Many thanks!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

Just stayed at the hotel with a large group of friends for 3 nights....must say that we were very impressed by the hotel staff. They were very helpful and polite, especially a gentleman named Jordi, who talked us through things that we could do in the city.
Locationwise the hotel was very good as it was quite close to the centre of the city. we didnt really eat at the hotel other than b/fast, which was OK as they only served continental b/fast. At times the lounge where bfast was served, did get really busy.
The neighbouring area also has quiet a few good bars and the staff suggested an indian restaurant 5 mins. walk from the hotel which was the best food we had throughout the trip.
Overall it was a great hotel with wonderful staff.... will definately go there again
Monty

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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City22, Director de Recepción at Holiday Inn Express, responded to this review, December 12, 2010
Dear "monty7580",

Thanks so much for such a positive review from our house!
It is truly rewarding when a guest recognizes our staff’s efforts and takes the time to say thank you. Your comments are a reinforcement to continue our efforts to make the Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22@ a leader in excellence.

We look forward to the opportunity of serving you in the future.

Kind Regards,

Myriam Sánchez
Guest Service Manager
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jed
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2010

We are 3 adults and 3 children ( 15,11,7 ) The hotel as whole is good clean hotel every thing around you (supermarket and food ).The breakfast is good enough not too much not too little.
The whole staff were queit working hard and polite ( specially the brakfast old lady) . But the problem for me was the unfriendly two ladies front desk who make my check in .They do not nothing about how to speak or deal with customers.They want you only to go your room ang get out of their face as if they pay for your stay.They refuse to put us on two double rooms with sofa bed as we booked and they say that the double room with no sofa bed is good for us( because our children are small enogh to sleep only in one sofa bed!!!) In my booking I asked also for close or connected rooms .But angrily they say no because we have repair work in the hotel so they could not find rooms as our booking. Thank God I have a print of my booking so they agreed to give us the rooms at last after long time.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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City22, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express, responded to this review, November 30, 2010
Dear Mr Oudi,

Thank you for sharing your comments regarding your experience during your recent stay.
We greatly appreciate you taking the time to bring this matter to our attention and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as we were unable to honour connecting rooms as you requested.

Unfortunately, there are times when a hotel is unable to honour some requests (connecting rooms are never guaranteed, always subject to availability) due to unexpected stay-overs or other situations that may arise. Despite of this, our house offered you all rooms (a party of 5 - 2double & 3family rooms) in the same floor and close to each other.
Regarding the family room I kindly inform you that all of them are equal in our house. They all have 1 double bed and 1 sofa bed (which is double too). I am really afraid that it was impossible for us to offer you a room with 4 beds neither moving a sofa from a family room to a twin bedded room as you requested at the check in. Furthermore I might remind you that we did honour you with 2 extra family rooms even thought your booking was made for 2 standard double.

We hope you will understand our reasons and you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back again .

Kind Regards,

Myriam Sánchez
Guest Service Manager.
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Address: C/Pallars 203, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Poblenou
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#181 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express 3*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22@opened in May 2008.A privileged location within the new architectural project 'Barcelona 22@' with easy access makes the hotel an ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers.The Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22@ is located at few minutes away from the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Forum Area and the beach of 'Mar Bella'. The Sagrada Familia, the Barceloneta area, Plaza Catalunya, las Ramblas and all the major modernist Gaudi's buildings such as La Pedrera & Casa Batlló are located just at few metro stops away and the Barcelona`s stadium 'Camp Nou' is located 6 km away.Our 186 bedrooms offer a refreshing modern decor, tea & coffee making facilities free of charge, internet access (WIFI in all rooms as well as public areas), flat screen TV with satellite and pay TV available. We offer a delicious complimentary continental buffet breakfast to all our guests!! We are looking forward to welcome you to the 'Hotel Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22@'. ... more   less 
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