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“Great hotel shame about the staff” 3 of 5 stars
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Ohla Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Laietana 49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (El Barri Gòtic)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 518 Hotels in Barcelona
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“Great hotel shame about the staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Stayed here for a romantic getaway in August. First impressions of hotel was stunning, very modern clean feel to it. The check in service was quick and very accommodating. Rooms again modern and well set out. Location excellent not rough as a few reviewers have said. My biggest complaint the staff. Ok the breakfast was a joke. A few pastries sitting on the bar with help yourself coffee and a supposedly made to order egg list. We had breakfast twice and were never offered eggs once. Second big complaint was roof terrace service. After a wonder about barca before going to our roomto get ready for dinner we went for a couple of cocktails on the roof terrace ie pool bar. The pool is tiny if that matters to you. The service was shocking wait 15 minutes for someone to take your order, another 15 to make your drinks and walk the 5 feet to serve you then Another wait to payyourbill. So me thinking a tip would go a long way tipped the staff. After my meal in the Michelin starred restaurent that wasn't anything great. We went up to the roof terrace for a couple of cocktails. Same staff, same crap service. All in all loved the hotel, loved barca not to happy with the staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

The hotel is in a great position, set amongst a warren of narrow streets with interesting buildings, shops and restaurants. The hotel building itself is beautiful (although I'm not so sure about the additonal eyeball style things stuck all over the outside).
Inside, Ohla is clean, with the modern feel consistent throughout. The room itself was good, comfortable bed and large desk area. Downsides are the bathroom area (open plan with no door) was decorated with black tiles which made the area very dark. Not a problem in itself, but the only mirror in the room was in the bathroom, so a mirror in the brighter bedroom area would have been good. The usual over-priced mini bar was provided, but no complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, which was a shame.
Overall, we loved the area the hotel was in but probably wouldn't go back to that particular hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We booked the Ohla for our 10th anniversary. Not a lot to add that hasn't been mentioned in prior reviews (yes breakfast service was off, location awesome, views and rooftop very cool). We booked the junior suite, and added the rose petal bath/cava/chocolates option (the cost varies by night, so try a few options), which was very romantic, plus they give you a "special" package of sexual baubles to enhance your stay..so we appreciated the grown-up treatment after year after year of kid-focused vacations..best dinners were Sauc, Bar Lobos, paella at Kaiku on the beach, tapas at Rambla de Raval (multiple restaurants)...did a day trip with Explore Catalunya, to Girona, Pals and the Costa Brava, which despite the rainy weather was nice as we got away from the city for a day. Location of this hotel was great for walkers, and shoppers!

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  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

Rooms were awesome! The shower was right in the center of the room and was a very cool change from a traditional hotel room. The toilet in the hidden room was unusual but really cool as well. Rooms were immaculate and the staff waits on you like no other- helped with luggage, calling taxis, making reservations at any restaurant in Barcelona, translating over the telephone for us when we had to call the airline! Breakfast was very good- they actually had American coffee which I couldn't find anywhere in the city, even at Dunkin donuts. A huge plus. beds were super comfortable. A bottle of champagne awaited us, as we were there for our honeymoon. Pool was really cool and different. Overall- we had a really great experience and recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Lovely hotel. Great quirky bar with unusual cocktails. The food in the downstairs restaurant was always good too. Nice pool area on the roof and the rooms were bigger than most others we have had in Barcelona. Very trendy!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Over the last 10 years, there has been an increase of upscale boutique hotels in Barcelona and having wanted to stay there for some time, we had been looking at them in detail. The Ohla looked very good and the price also seemed reasonable.

Upon arriving at the hotel, our expectations were immediately exceeded. The hotel is set in a beautiful corner building overlooking a small square and avenue. Decorated in ultra modern tasteful decor (spanish contemporary) and blacks and neutrals, we were very happy.

The room itself overlooked the square at the front of the hotel and even considering we were surrounded by buildings, the detail in the surrounding architecture was fascinating in itself. Furnishings in the room were plush and upscale and the bathroom design was both functional and minimalist modern.

We ate in the hotel's tapas restaurant and we were impressed with the food. Service was sharp and thorough, and we weren't waiting long for our food. The tapas were delicious and very authentic with a few outside influences on the menu.

We also visited the hotel bar on the other side of the hotel. The bar was, to be expected, also modern contemporary in style and was surrounded in glass from top to bottom. We were very relaxed there and enjoyed a few cocktails, which were the speciality of the bar staff there. The bar also attracted a fair amount of passing trade.

One of the main attractions of this hotel was the rooftop pool. Innovatively placed against a wall, the pool was a kind of fish-tank style which allowed for a good sized pool on the roof of this old building. There were lots of sun loungers around the roof in different locations and a bar of course for some mid summer supping and evening relaxation. The way they have managed to get this pool onto the roof is quite amazing.

Location-wise, hotels around there seems to be marked upon proximity to the Rambla. The Ohla was around 10 minutes stroll from there through the windy Barcelona passeigs to the middle of La Rambla. Plenty to see on foot in the area including Barcelona Cathedral and enivirons. The Sagrada Familia around 10 mins by cab, Parc Guell around 15, and the nightlife in Barceloneta less than 10 mins.

We are planning on returning here next year and thoroughly recommend this as it's great value for money.

Room Tip: Facing out the front of the hotel probably has the best view.
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

i went to Barcelona to celebrate my wedding anniversary. I chose the Ohla for the location, which in fairness it is probably the most central you can imagine. The experice was quite weird, you go in and on the right there is the concierge desk but no reception. You need to walk up half a floor to find a very trendy receptions which consists of separate office desks. It fells like you are going to book a holiday rather than checking in an hotel. Our room was the deluxe on the 6th floor. Very nice room, the glass shower is really cool, Toilet is hidden away. We had a balcony but it was locked (a shame). apparently no guests have the abiltiy to go on balconies. Room was clean, spacious, and nicely decorated. TV was big. I ordered a bottle of Cava, strawberries and chocolate ... i was expecting to find it in the room but the reception called me after a couple of hours to find out when i wanted it delivered. i actually preferred that. Gym is very small, there is a small sauna and treatment room. The sky bar on the 8th floor is really nice. The space is small but the pool is funky and unusual. Views from there are excellent. One thing to say is that we came here a few times and every time we had to walk up to the bar to order. Waiters were there but were just talking to each other... not expected in a 5 star hotel.
Breakfast is nice, good selection but again, service is very poor. My wife waited over 30 min for an omelette and i waited over 40 min for a hot breakfast at which stage i decided to cancel. The following morning we also had an issue with the coffees ... didn't arrive at all. When i enquired they were there in 30 sec. So we came to the conclusion that the issue was with one single waiter who kept forgetting things and didn't seem to bother. This was the only negative thing i can say about this hotel.

overall judgement is good. Nice building, fenomenal location, nice room with cool shower, small SPA, small gym, nice rooftop bar and pool. Need to improve service. If i went back to Bcn i would probalby try it again to see if they picked up on the reccomandations.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Laietana 49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Barri Gòtic
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#21 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#31 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#40 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ohla Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ohla Hotel is a new five-star hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, an ideal setting for tourists, shoppers and businesspeople offering a world of experience, service and wellbeing. The calmness and serenity of the hotel combined with the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Barcelona offers a unique blend. The Ohla Hotel is built on the site of a former Roman water canal and the palace of the first Count of Barcelona, Guifré el Pilós. The current building dates back 20 years and was initially the site of Barcelona’s first department store (Casa Vilardell). The building was renovated under the direction of Alonso, Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados with artistic assistance by Frederic Amat. During the renovation, the historical building façade and other historical elements of the initial building have been preserved in their entirety, whilst the interior design of the building is avant-garde in its approach, combining different white and black textures with oak wood. ... more   less 
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