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“September holiday” 4 of 5 stars
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The Urban Suites
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Sant Nicolau 3 - Rector Triado 50, 08014 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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Ranked #21 of 723 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
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Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
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“September holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had a wonderful stay in Urban Suites beginning 12th September to 17th September'13. The room was nice, spacious and clean. It was already ready when we arrived (it was an early check in). The staff was very helpful and friendly, especially Raquel who helped us with everything, from guiding on the locations,how to travel, taxi fares, nearby metro stations, booking tickets for attractions, etc etc.
It's beautiful city and probably the best weather to visit. I would recommend this apartment for people travelling with families, because of it location (proximity to Metro stop Terragona which has a lift) and main attractions like Espanya Square, Magic Fountain, Museum of Art, Monjuic, Olympic stadium and also the beach (which is 3 or 4 stops away).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you are not into branded hotel accommodation like us, then read on.... This review is long overdue as we have been travelling for five months. I'll try to be as brief as possible. We stayed at Urban Suites (April 2013) based on the feedback of fellow Tripadvisor travellers. We arrived in Barcelona by train and took a taxi to 'The Suites' not appreciating we could have walked faster if we knew where to go. After that, everything you see on the website is delivered in terms of the accommodation. The apartment we had was spacious. So, the place is great, bed great, bathroom great, kitchen great...... get the picture? BUT!!! The big thing that isn't really spelt out, until I read a few other recent reviews, is the fantastic location of the Urban Suites. As a traveller who loves to get amongst a neighbourhood as opposed to the tourist who lives in a hotel box, this place is a gem. Urban Suites is located in a neighbourhood with real people so you do get a chance to savour life in Barcelona as well. As such, you also have access to local shopping precincts like Hostafrancs where the market gives you a wonderful opportunity to try local produce. Plenty of restuarants in close proximity. The metro is the way to get around Barca and this is really a location spoilt for choice. You have access to two different metro lines within walking distance (Tarragona is the closet metro station 150 metres) and 800 metres to Baercelona's main railway station which is perfect for those day trips beyond Barca itself. As we were on a big trip the (complimentary do it yourself) laundry at The Suites is a big bonus. Security is excellent, access to an ATM is on the ground floor of the Urban Suites building. Restaurants in the same street (don't blame me if you get take away from the Pizza shop across the road) with Mayo being a real gem if you want to try authentic cooking. The neighbourhood itself is also quiet. My last words are dedicated to the staff of The Urban Suites. Check in was a breeze, Isa made us feel most welcome was extremely helpful every time I needed assistance. Racquel you are a sparkling diamond, so passionate about your customer base, so passionate about Spain and so passionate about the Urban Suites. Last, last words are for Barcelona itself. Don't shortchange your stay in Barcelona. We were there for over a week and it just wasn't long enough. It is everything you hear about and more, so is The Urban Suites. Hope to be back again soon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Isabel_Direccion, Public Relations Manager at The Urban Suites, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear Amayzing1,

We would lie if we said that we have not been touched by your review. But we were more touched by your personality and Glen´s, both of you are wonderfull people, plenty of light and positivity.

Thanks a lot for chosing us, thanks a lot for the review, for the visits to the reception and for everything. It was wonderful to host you Robert, you really touched us, very much.

We know that you love Barcelona and have the hope that you will come back to visit us :)

Big big hug and best regards,
Raquel and Isa
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Urban Suites is located near to Barcelona Sants train station and Tarragona metro stop. We found it easily after arriving by train to Barcelona Sants from the airport. We received a very friendly, warm welcome that made us feel at home straight away and were given information and tips on what to do whilst we were in Barcelona. We were shown round to our studio apartment and given all the information we needed about the apartment itself.

The studio apartment was well equipped with combination oven/microwave/grill, electric hobs, kettle, toaster, juicer etc. Plates, bowls, plates, cutlery, pans etc were also provided - in fact the only thing we thought was missing from the kitchen was mugs for tea or coffee (although to be fair I'm sure if we had asked at reception about this it would be have been sorted out).

There was a big flat screen TV in the living area, with DVD player and sound system. The bedroom area had sliding door panels so you could close it off from the living and kitchen area and had a smaller flat screen TV in as well as drawers and a hanging rail for clothes. There was also a safe in the bedroom. The bathroom was functional with shower, basin and toilet. There are minimal toiletries provided. There was a good range of towels provided - these are not changed daily (unless you pay extra) but you can change them every 3rd day, which I thought was more than enough. There is air conditioning in the apartment that you have full control of and free Wifi available.

There is a roof terrace that is shared amongst all the apartments with sun loungers and a table and chairs. We found this a nice place to relax in the evening after exploring Barcelona during the day.

There is a supermarket a short walk from the apartments where you can stock up on pretty much whatever you need. There are some great restaurants within 5 minutes walk of the apartments - filled with the locals and away from the tourist traps. The Arena shopping centre is also a 5-10 minute walk (you can go to the top for great views of Barcelona) and the Magic Fountain not too far away either.

Check out was smooth and efficient - remember you need to pay the Barcelona city tax (although this is really not that much at all).

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay in The Urban Suites. It made a great base for us as it was well connected with the train and metro station and actually within walking distance of a lot of attractions (depending of course on how far you like to walk - we walked to Montjuïc Castle one day!). It was also away from the hustle and bustle of places like La Rambla and The Gothic Quarter so it was quiet and relaxing when we wanted some down time but we also felt safe in the area at all times (even when arriving back late in the night). The staff were lovely and very accommodating.

We would definitely return again next time we visit Barcelona!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Very high standard apartements, very clean, great people and nice location. Underground stations are very close. Every suite has its own kitchen, which allow you to prepare any meal you would like to. Isabel, the director and her team are very helpfull, offering nice welcome and great support. Very good quality/price ratio.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Urban suites are in a fantastic location, 5mins from sants train station which takes you all over Barcelona, the apartments are clean ultra modern and have laundry facilities in the garage. They have washing machines and tumble dryers, we stayed in one bedroom apartment which was more than sufficient for to people, we stayed for 3 weeks in August which I would recommend as this is fiesta time.there were parties and live music all around the area.
There is also lots f restaurants supermarket and shops within 5 min walk of urban suites.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Great location, well appointed and great people. We would stay there again in an instant. Easy access to the train station and the Metro, you can be on the water front on the Rampla in less than 15 minutes. The Metro is very easy to use and clean. Close to Hop On Hop Off stops. We were three adults and the accommodations were just great, clean, modern and secure but we saw lots of children there too. The rooftop patio is just great for end of day relaxing and if you don't want to cook, there are many good restaurants nearby. Thank you for helping make our trip Great!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Isabel and her team run an excellent set up, combining the warmth and friendliness of a b&b with the efficiency and modern amenities of good serviced apartments. Its very conveniently located for the metro network and for Sants (if you're taking a train out of Barcelona). It was perfect for our purposes of having more space than in typical hotel rooms, and also the convenience of a kitchen and washer/dryer. We'll certainly stay here again, when in Barcelona next.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Address: Sant Nicolau 3 - Rector Triado 50, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 723 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Urban Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Urban Suites is a building of holiday apartments in Barcelona, situated 5 minutes walking from Spain Square and 5 minutes walking from Sants Station. It has four metro station very closed ((Tarragona, Espanya, Sants Estación & Hostafrancs), that´s why is very well conected to La Rambla, Camp Nou and Sacred Family.The Urban Suites is very well communicated to the airport. The airbus stops in Spain Square and the train from the airport in Sants Station. ... more   less 
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