In some countries, I'm not sure Hotel Derby would quite live up to its four stars, but all things considered, my friend and I found it to be a pleasant stay for our four nights in Barcelona.
Overall - it's clean and safe, beds were comfortable, and although it's not right in the centre, we got around just fine. The building is modern and the receptionists were friendly and helpful. Our twin room on the 5th floor was cool and relatively spacious. There was the added perk of a very small pool and sun deck you can use at the sister hotel across the street, and there were little things like a turn down service.
The biggest downside was as other have mentioned, the walls are pretty thin! In the mornings, we could hear what I presume was the cleaning staff moving around beds, closing drawers etc. Also, the wifi was a bit dodgy. There were also little things like our shower made an irritating screeching noise whenever we used it and a couple of (admittedly discreet) gentleman's clubs are in the area... but maybe that's just what Barcelona is like because it felt like a very safe area!
A note on transport - If you're coming in from the airport without much luggage, you can take the train to Barcelona Sants Station and walk about 15 minutes from there. I would probably hop in a taxi if you've got a heavier load. And, if it's already dark when you arrive, I'd suggest taking a taxi. There were some interesting characters on the main road from the station (i.e. a lot of people digging through bins) and as two girls, my friend and I discovered that the best metro to use at night was Hospital Clinic.
Overall: I'm not sure how much it would have ended up costing us per night, as we booked through a British Airways deal, but based one what I estimate we paid, I think it was a really good deal and for the right price, I'd happily recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A four-star hotel located next to Barcelona's Diagonal commercial and business area and just 10 minutes away from the Sants AVE station.Because of the peace and tranquillity of its location, its connection with the rest of the city and the internal distribution of its guest rooms, Hotel Derby is one of the best options for accommodation in Barcelona, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure.Located on an almost completely pedestrian street, Hotel Derby has 115 guest rooms, 3 function rooms and the Epsom Restaurant for groups.Services115 guest rooms: 17 single rooms, 92 double rooms and 6 junior suite roomsEpsom Scotch BarEpsom Restaurant for groupsThe Times coffee shopBreakfast buffet24-hour room service and mini-barBusiness centreWi-Fi in all areasFunction rooms and spaces for eventsLaundry and ironing serviceSmall dogs allowed ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Derby Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Derby Barcelona, Catalonia