The hotel is in the best location in Barcelona, trust me. It is near Passeig de Gràcia, the shopping district of Barcelona, and there is a metro exit just outside of the hotel.
We stayed here for 4 nights. The room was nicely decorated and is a comfortable size for the 2 of us.The beds and pillows were very comfortable, to the point that I went to take a peek of the pillow label so that I can buy it for myself!
The hotel has a terrace on Level 1, and they offer tea & coffee between 5 to 7pm with light snacks (which cost around 1 or 2 Euros).
Free wifi is available too, and the connection is strong.
Okay, so thats all for the good stuff. The bad:
1) No tea making facilities in the room. So if you need some hot water, don't bother calling the reception because they don't offer room service. You will be told to go to Level 1 (the terrace) and ask the staff.
2) On our 2nd night, the bathroom lights flickered so we called the reception. A young chap came up to see the flickering lights, but he said that there's nothing they can do, we've just got to wait till the next day for the technician to come. Fair enough, but I don't understand the point of coming up to our room when there is nothing he can do about it.
3) On our 3rd night, we came back late to the hotel after the Barcelona-PSG soccer match, only to see a notice pasted on the lift to say that the hotel is out of electricity due to some construction work at the next building. Stuff like this is beyond the control of the hotel, that is for sure and I totally understand that. So we bathed in cold water, in the dark, in the middle of Dec.
4) Hotel does not have a torch? I needed to find something in the room, so I walked down to the reception to borrow a torch. However, I was told that they don't have a torch. For real? A hotel without a torch? While I was heading back to my room I saw what looks like a torch on the receptionist table in the lobby. What a liar. If he didn't trust me with the precious torch, he could have escorted us up to our room to search for my item.
5) Housekeeper threw away some of our personal belongings. We went shopping and left a paper bag in the room containing all other paper bags nicely folded up and a few Barcelona magnets which we bought as souvenirs. It was neatly placed beside our luggage at a corner which is not at all near the trash bin. The housekeeper threw it away on the 3rd day. We were not very happy about it but did not inform the reception.
In conclusion, this is a nice hotel, but the management has to be better prepared in situations such as blackout, perhaps to ensure that they have enough torch for guests; and to train its housekeeping staff not to throw away things that are NOT in the trash bins.
I am also not too sure about the reason for the lack of tea making facilities, but the management has to consider providing an electric flask in every room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Granvia, a historical manor built in 1870 and totally renovated in 2013, offers 53 completely unique rooms, including triples and family rooms. A lobby featuring elegant 19th century styling, a business center with free Internet access, and a splendid terrace boasting 500m² of gardens make the hotel an ideal place for enjoying Barcelona in high season.Strategically located in the heart of Barcelona, just steps away from Plaza Catalunya and the Paseo de Gracia, Hotel Granvia it is surrounded by some of the city’s most emblematic and impressive architectural structures, among them the Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Palau Robert, Casa Fargas, and Casa Ametller. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Granvia Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Gran Via
- Hotel Granvia Barcelona, Catalonia