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“It's like a basic airport hotel - but next to the train station instead.” 4 of 5 stars
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AC Hotel Sants by Marriott
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Passeig de Sant Antoni 36-40, 08014 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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“It's like a basic airport hotel - but next to the train station instead.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Quick recap - It's a one minute walk to the main train station so fantastic if you arrive really late or need to leave early by train. Rooms are small and sparse but very clean and comfortable with fantastic huge walk in showers so fine for a short business trip but not at all a place to stay for a week long vacation. Air-conditioning does not really cool the rooms properly :(.

Pros -
Location, if you need to be near the station
Fantastic showers
Friendly, English speaking staff

Cons -
Air conditioning does not really cool the room properly (to typical American standards) - although this seems to be almost an entirely system wide problem with all AC Hotels

Full comment:

I've stayed here twice, both times for one night. First time was because I arrived very late at night and was checking into the Arts the next day and did not want to spend 500Euros for a night at the Arts, arriving at 10PM (ridiculously cheap, I know :). The second time was for an early morning train to Malaga.

The first time I had a room on the first floor and the air-conditioning system cooled that room well. My second stay they tried two different rooms on the fourth floor and neither room was able to get even remotely cool. They GM was excellent, who took my concerns very seriously and eventually upgraded me to a junior suite. It took until 2AM for the room to really cool down, but the gesture was appreciated.

I would never even consider this holiday as a vacation hotel and during the summer months would never consider it for more than one night because of the AC problems. But during winter months it would be fine for a several days business trip with easy access to all of Barcelona and all of Spain via the station which is just a one minute walk away.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Great location away from the hussel and bussel of weekend tourist in Barcelona. Just fifteen minutes from the airport on the mainline into the city and above the metro that links all parts of the city. Just follow the taxi signs, exit the entrance turn right and ramp to entrance to hotel on your right hand side. The metro costs two euro per journey be it one line or multiple lines. Speedy and efficient no more than four minute wait on any of my twenty trips. Was concerned by previous review of noise from trains asked for quite room. Given the seventh (top ) floor, room spacious , bed oversized and multiple channel tv. At 60 Euro per person excellent value. Staff very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Oakland, CA
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I stayed here for both vacation and business. It works.
This hotel is right at the train station and could not be easier from the airport.
The train station is also a subway point, so it becomes easy to tour Barcelona from here, even though it is not in the center of the most toured areas.
The staff is thoughtful.
The breakfast area works.
The workout area is marginal, but allows a decent work out.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manila
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

For a Marriott hotel, this hotel is a disappointment. My room does not have a remote control for television. When I requested for one from the front desk, there wasn't even an apology for the oversight. It also took them a long time to give me the remote control. The door to my toilet was also not closing properly. There was no sink in the toilet. You had to go out in order to wash your hands because the sink is across the bathroom. The only free internet/ wifi was at the lobby.

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

the hotel is new with a nice modern design.
i loved that its located near the main station were you can get anything from there. right across of it there's a hop on and hop off bus station ( red line ) that takes you around Barcelona. we used that tour line to come back home rather then taking the metro.
there's nothing much around the hotel, but the train station has some restaurants that we went to for emergencies.
the only thing is there's no privacy between the room and the bathroom. its 90% exposed. so just keep that in mind if your traveling with a friend or have kids.
i loved the cleanness and the helpful staff.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Room was spacious and very near the Sants. Breakfast was ok. 1. Shower had clogged drain 2. No soap dish in shower 3. No water heater nor coffee maker inside the room 4. No free internet inside the room 5. Map in hotel not useful for Gran Via conference tourist attendees 6. Front desk personnel also not useful for Gran Via conference attendees. I cannot believe it's Marriott!

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Hotel was just few steps from Sants station which is a major us point.
Simple basic clean rooms . No frills . More business like and very convenient especially if you are going to be out all day and arrive at the hotel late at night. Decent breakfast as well.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about AC Hotel Sants by Marriott

Address: Passeig de Sant Antoni 36-40, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#175 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — AC Hotel Sants by Marriott 4*
Number of rooms: 78
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Also Known As:
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Ac Sants Barcelona
AC Hotel Sants By Marriott Barcelona, Catalonia

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