Ok so after reading some of the reviews on here I got a bit worried about what we would find on checking in.... I shouldn't have worried as we had a fantastic 2 night stay here. (although I will add that if we had been in one of the lower level rooms we may not have had such a great time).
We got a great deal on a mode city view room (think these have now been called the level rooms as the hotel rebranded from ME Barcelona to Melia Barcelona Sky 2 days before our arrival!) and we were on the 27th floor with the most fantastic views across the city with torre agbar and sagrada familia in sight. Loved the floor to ceiling window (be warned if you don't like heights then you might not like the windows quite so much!)
The room was a little tired around the edges but to be honest unless you stay in a hotel that has just opened they are all going to have some wear and tear and the minor scuff marks on the white floors didn't detract from the room which was also bigger feeling than expected. Our room was tucked behind the lifts but there was no noise from them to be heard in the room (and only 6 rooms on our floor so not a high volume of people either)
As others have said the bathroom has a large window by the sink overlooking the bedroom and the shower and toilet are in separate "cupboards" sectioned off with sliding doors. Fine if you are with someone you know well, maybe not so great for mates sharing a room!
We didn't really notice a problem with smell that some reviews have mentioned (yes the surrounding streets can sometimes smell like drains, but we didn't find this an issue in the hotel for our stay).
We had a quick look at the spa area but didn't use it in the end as it was 20 euros per person per day to use the steam room/Jacuzzi/sauna.
Check in was quick and efficient although we did later have to go back and ask about times for breakfast (included on our deal) and about check out times (we were able to have a later check out of 1pm at no extra cost and hotel looked after bags in a safe area for us after check out as we had a night flight home)
We had just got to our room when housekeeping appeared with complimentary bottles of water and a snack for us which was a nice touch. In the evenings when we returned to our room the curtains had been drawn, lights set to low and a little lolly left on each side of the bed, again a nice touch.
Breakfast was plentiful and tasty - everything from bacon, sausage, egg, cereal, yogurt, meats, cheese, fresh bread. croissants, pastries to chocolate cake! Word of warning though, like most of Europe they just don't get my obsession with tea!! I asked for some and was served an English breakfast tea which tasted slightly odd and on closer inspection at the packaging I saw it had lychee extract in it! odd! Never mind, just meant I switched to coffee the next day.
The pool bar was shut during our stay (being refurbished) but the pool areas itself was open. While too cold to swim, there were a few other people taking advantage of the sunshine with us using the loungers/cabanas. Towels are provided. For the size of the hotel it is not a huge area so may get very busy in the summer. It is on the 6th floor and has quite high walls which although mean you don't really get a view, it does keep some of the wind out - it was very breezy during our stay!
The hotel itself can be quite dark in the reception area and bar and as others have mentioned there is a lot of metal/mirrors on the walls everywhere. Didn't really mind it ourselves.
One of the best aspects of our stay had to be the Level lounge on the 25th floor. This is a private lounge that certain rooms have access to (and the staff will check!) and has an area with tv/wii, computer with internet connection (wifi was free in our room and throughout the hotel), various papers/magazines (in Spanish), and a lounge area with a free bar and free snacks/tapas throughout the day. The two girls working here throughout our stay were lovely and friendly and a real credit to the hotel. They also helped us find out train times back to the airport and gave us info on the free museum night in Barcelona.
Location wise it is a little out of the way but easily accessible by metro and tram. (nearest metro poblenou and nearest tram pere IV) About a 3-4 min walk to the metro. Buy a T-10 card at the airport (more than one person can use it at a time, you just validate it as many times as you have people on the way in) and this will get you to the hotel using just one journey on the card. The area itself is still undergoing regeneration and there are some building works half finished nearby (no work going on when we were there) but it felt safe walking around, just not as busy as the main tourist areas. The Ramblas of poblenou (3-4 mins from hotel, turn left as you exit the hotel and keep going straight till you see the ramblas cutting across that road) is lovely to walk down in the evening, plenty of restaurants and cafes too and a great ice cream place El Tio Che (if near Barceloneta beach also try Dinos for ice cream). You can walk all the way down to the beach here (about 10 mins stroll).
Fab stay, would definitely return and recommend staying in one of the level rooms as the service we received was fantastic.
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- Architecture that staircases the sky; a beacon watching over an energetic cityscape-ME Barcelona Hotel offers a new interpretation to contemporary design, international cuisine, and the urban experience; fusing personal and professional into one emblematic hotel! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Me Barcelona Hotel Barcelona
- Sol Melia Barcelona
- Me Hotel Barcelona
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