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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 #17 of 516 hotels in Barcelona
richmond hill
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“absolutely stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

really luxurious care close to all the major areas.the concierges really run the ambience of the hotel. they greet you and do everything to make you comfortable and at ease. they can organize so much its amazing. i felt i had to give them all a good tip at the end. the rooms are great. shower in the middle is spacious. beds so comfortable. room so clean. clean staff respectful. breakfasts were amazing. all juices, coffees, eggs, cheeses, pastries. dinner looked good and popular too but we explored rather.
reception check in/out is in a small area but you dont see the front staff other than that,
the pool is small and area on the roof quite hot...but then again when in barcelona no need to spend time at a pool...there is so much to do and see.
this hotel is worth the extra fee for sure. recommend+++++++

Room Tip: we had design deluxe. i think thats best option. we didnt need suite
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  • Stayed June 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My boyfriend treated me to two nights here- best treat ever! We checked in, were given a glass of cava and took it up to the rooftop bar- the view and rooftop pool was truely breath-taking.
Nothing to fault about this place at all- we were treated like Royalty from start to finish. Lovely little touches like chocs on the pillows at night.
Staff excellent and told us where to go for amazing food.
Great location too for all the sights.
Everything spotless, lovely and unusual decor
Would love to go back sometime.

  • Stayed June 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I stayed here in May for 1 night and had an ok experience.
I arrived at 10am much earlier than the designated 3pm check in time, so the receptionist said he would call me when the room was ready but I never received a call, even though I was back after 3pm and the room was already ready. Anyway, no big deal, but I would have appreciated a call as I was quite jetlagged and was just killing time until the room was ready.
Another slip up was the "thank you letter from management" I was given by the receptionist at check in, was addressed to another guest name instead of mine. Once again, no big issue but it just adds on some careless service qualities.

Pros: Location was fantastic, right on the main road and just a few blocks to gothic quarter and eixample shopping area if you are happy about walking everywhere. Taxi drivers know the hotel well so there was never any issues communicating the destination.
Cute upstairs lounge area - looks a lot smaller than their photos but the views are lovely and by 4pm it was completely full with no sun beds open.
Chocolates at turndown was a nice touch :)

Cons: One thing I really had to complain about was the room had a LOT of perfume sprayed all over the sheets and pillows to the point that it was really suffocating. They must pump it throughout the hotel because the corridors all reeked of the cheap (sorry!) smelling air freshener. Imagine the strength of perfume in the Abercrombie store - on steroids.
Apparently you can ask room service not to spray your room but I think they are going a little overkill on it imho.

Shower had a funky smell like - cat urine.. it went away after I really washed it down.. could have just been my last guest... or lack of cleaning. Also, shower is right bang smack in the middle of the room with glass walls and no protection so don't stay there with shy friends!

Overall was a good hotel - If you are only in BCN for a short time, its a very basic and conveniently located hotel on a busy main street which felt safe even late at night on my own and it is rather affordable rate but perhaps not as glamorous and fine-tuned as the website depicts it. Didn't get to eat at any of the restaurants.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Great stay, good hotel, the rooftop pool was a world apart from the hussle and noise of the city - it made our mini break very special. The gastrobar on the ground floor served the best tapas I have ever tasted and the staff were very friendly. The rooms nice, with no wall between the bed and the bathroom plus a glass shower in the middle of the room, it felt larger than the small room it actually was. I would certainly recommend this hotel but next time I would splash out on a larger room.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This boutique hotel has nice sized rooms and the location within easy walking distance to attractions, restaurants and shops. We were greeted warmly and our room was very clean and nicely appointed. Morning breakfast is typical Spanish with a large selection of cheese, meats, fruit, breads, and made-to-order omelets. Only negative is lighting in the bathroom area could have been better as the walls were black. Wonderful staff and location.

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We went to Barcelona and were scared by so many bad hotel reviews in Tripadvisor. Then we found Ohla...It was everything they promissed and more. The service is perfect, the room very nice and spacious (ok, perhaps you do not like black walls in the bathroom, but it is VERY nice and elegant). Well located in the Gothic so you can tour the port and the Gotico by walking. A metro station just across the street.
Then, a Michelin starred chef with a restaurant AND a tapa bar in the hotel!!
Shame we had to leave....

  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

WOW, we arrived early and after great concierge service and extremely polite (if somewhat OTT) checkin we had to wait - after camping upstairs on the rooftop bar with a couple of drinks, who cared!

The Suite was fantastic, clean modern and spacious the only downside was a slow leaking bath plug but hey!

The Bar was great and I have to say one of the best Cocktail maestros in residence made the stay even better.

Great location and friendly service - all round an enjoyable stay and would reccomend to anyone (and I'd stay again!)

Room Tip: Rooms facing the street are noisier but have better views than those at the back - higher up and no...
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  • Stayed May 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
    • 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:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#16 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#27 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#36 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ohla Hotel 5*
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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