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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
Vilnius, Lithuania
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“4stars sharp”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

The advantages:
Very helpful and polite staff, everyone seemed friendly, the building itself was stylish and nicely decorated, everything clean, comfortable beds and wide range of pillow selection. Perfect location.

The disadvantages:
We had stayed at the room suitable for handicapped people (which we didn't need at all, and of course that was not what we ordered). For this reason, we got a very uncomfortable bathtub instead of a shower. The glass wall did not cover anything so after each showering we had to sacrifise a towel just to mop the floor. The room was rather small, too small for our preferences. There was no coffee at the room (not a five star thing) and no ironing possibility at the room itself (once again not a really five star thing). The breakfast selection was not wide, but it wasn't a big issue as we had been staying only for 4days.

Overall, not the worst experience, definitely. The hotel has its pros and cons, just please note that it is not a five star hotel, well at least not a 5star hotel in British or Scandinavian level. Seemed more of a 4star hotel to us. Pretty reasonable prise, though.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Montrose, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Lovely old building beautifully updated. Great rooms (except for the lighting controls which were weird), excellent service, terrific bar, wonderful staff, excellent breakfast (included) and fabulous dinner restaurant. The hotel is not cheap, nor is the restaurant, however, it is an exceptional place and walking distance from EVERYTHING in the Gothic Quarter (old town). The Concierge was wonderful, friendly and highly knowledgable; he got us tickets to several things on-line right at his desk. I cannot imagine, unless price is a serious problem, that you can do better in Barcelona (a magnificent city, by the way, with great people).

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Pure pleasure: beautiful place decorated with elegance and style, very kind thoughts, perfect location in the heart of Barcelona...
We had a really good time staying in this hotel, enjoying the atmosphere of the room, admiring Barcelona's rooftops from our bed (btw: soooo comfortable) through the big windows... I wish I were still there !

  • Stayed February 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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England
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Very stylish building, very friendly staff and personalised service. We had booked a junior suite which had a great view and was well equipped. Unfortunately the mattress was hard so i cannot say it was extremely comfortable. Facilities great but breakfast poor. it was cold when we were there so the pool was a no no but it has a wonderful view and lovely cabanas to sit in which would be great to sit in with some sun!
Fabulous location for exploration.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 February 9, 2013

The Ohla Hotel occupies a great location between the Passeig de Gracia area & Barri Gotic in Barcelona. It's an old Gothic stone building from the outside but completely W-ized on the inside, if you know what I mean. Lots of black. The elevators are do dark you can barely see the numbers for the floor you want. The rooms have lots of black too. The most interesting feature is the glass-enclosed shower - which is in the middle of the room & gives about as much privacy as a goldfish gets in an aquarium. Not for the modest - or, I would suggest, families! Comfy beds, but some rooms get street noise from busy Via Laietana outside. Safe neighborhood with a large police station almost next door. Breakfast was good, not great.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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White Plains, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We absolutely loved this hotel. It's very modern in design and is in a lovely neighborhood, walking distance to many attractions.
The hotel also has a great gastro restaurant with some wonderful tapas. The bar is also known for making the best cocktails in town. They are known for their gin and tonics. Not being a gin drinker I decided to try one of their other specialties and I wasn't disapointed.
The rooms were very spacious, clean, and had a nice area with a big shower with a waterfall shower head. Amazingly beautiful.
Make sure you go up to the roof top bar and pool. It's a small pool, but it's a pool! The view of Barcelona lite up at night is breathtaking.
Breakfast was included with our stay and it was bountiful. Jamon, fruits, eggs as you like them, and much much more offered to you by a very polite and friendly staff.
My only complaint is that we only stayed at the hotel for one night.
We are planning another trip to Barcelona this summer and this hotel is on my list! I loved it!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

Great hotel in the heart of Barcelona! Booked on hotels.com and got an amazing Deal in a huge room with free breakfast + loyalty scheme Welcome Rewards credits. There is a Michelin starred restaurant and a gastro-restaurant whose head-chef is the same plus one of the best bars in the world, Boutique, according to the Sunday times. Amazing :)

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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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
#30 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#39 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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