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Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pau Claris 122, 08009 Barcelona, Spain (Formerly Diplomatic Hotel Barcelona) (Eixample)   |  
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Ranked #58 of 516 hotels in Barcelona
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“Excellent hotel, great location & staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Stayed one night in late August on Marriott points. 2 rooms.

As others have said this hotel is in a great location being in easy walking distance to Placa Catalunya and from there Las Ramblas, etc.

I'm a Gold Marriott member so we all got free wifi and a free breakfast. Breakfast was pleasant enough with a decent buffet spread.

Rooms were up to Renaissance standard and we didn't suffer from thin walls or other such issues.

Hotel staff were very helpful. Front desk excellent. The Concierge likewise gave us some excellent recommendations.

Would happily stay again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We spent 3 nights there, paying in Marriott points. Flew in overnight and there was no problem with our requested early check-in. The room was quiet, the bed was comfortable, and there was plenty of water pressure. The iron and board in the room actually came in handy. Only one small complaint in the room - the lighting around the sink wasn't good - ok for drying hair but not so much for putting on eye liner. The hotel was located near the metro and train systems, though most of the usual tourist attractions are walkable, and the staff gave excellent directions and suggestions. There is no free wifi in this hotel, but they provide 2 Apple computers in the lobby. So as long as you're flexible on when you check your mail etc. you're OK. If the last person who used Facebook before you was French, however, you may have difficulty figuring out how to switch to English. Lobby wifi would be the one thing they could add that I would really have appreciated. I'd stay there again in a flash, though.

Room Tip: We had no difficulty with noise on a mid-level floor. Ask for early check-in in advance if you know...
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights and room was perfect, design and comfort was superb! Location was excellent! Service at front office can be further improved. Everything else was a perfect 10! Highly recommended! Thanks for making my first visit to Barcelona a memorable one!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

This is a nice hotel in the heart of the city. What I liked about the hotel
1. Nice room with modern bathroom
2. the hotel had more channels than any hotel I have ever stayed in my life, including about 10 English channels
3. Platinum and gold members get free internet
4. Platinum and gold members get free breakfast, and the breakfast is pretty elaborate
5. The staff are generally nice and helpful

Room Tip: Make sure you write the address down, most taxi drivers do not know this hotel by its current name
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Over all it is just an ok hotel I have stayed 45 nights at Marriott properties this year and his was not high on the list. In fact I will be back in Barcelona in December again for work and I will find another hotel.

Ok the Pros and Cons:

Pros:
Good location just on the edge of the busy must see areas.

Nice Breakfast all though on one busy day I could not get a cup of coffee....They are under staffed for a big crowd.

Hotel is fresh just redone.

Cons:

For Gold and Plat no Executive Lounge.

Room 425 at least smells like sewer gas at times.

Walls are thin and not well insulated. I could hear the people brush their teeth and "other things” in the next room.

Some people have said and I don't think it’s a big deal buy the guys AKA “security” in the lobby eyeball you like you just shop lifted something.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Stayed hear on holiday, using points. Since our kids were along, they could not put us in one big suite, but did give us two adjacent rooms, with one of them being an executive room.

Very nice, clean, helpful. Staff was attentive and professional. Breakfast was a platinum amenity, and it was quite good. Location is central, a couple minutes from the Passeig Gracias, with plenty of shopping and dining, or about 15 minutes' wakj from Barrio Gotti and El Bord.

Room Tip: A very nice terrace, with a bar and snacks, is a good place to sit and plan your evening before sett...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I stayed here for two days prioer to departing on a cruise from Barcelona. This is an outstanding Renaissance Hotel that had the feel of a real boutique hotel. I loved the room and bathroom and was totally impressed by the lobby, bar and terrace. It is located two blocks from most of the action, shopping and restaurants in Barcelona. I arrived at this hotel before 9AM in the morning yet was immediately checked into my room. The staff was totally accomodating. I could find nothing wrong with this hotel and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Barcelona.
One caveat, however, when I arrived from the airport the taxi fare was 27 Euros. As I was walking thru the lobby at check out a well dressed man approached me to ask if we needed transportation. He informed me that he was affiliated with the Hotel. As I have stayed in numerous Marriotts that offered this transportation I took him at face value. This was a major mistake. I was was traveling to the Port with my son and two bags. This is a distance of maybe 2 miles from the Hotel. This trip in a Van cost 60 Euros. I was astonished and argued with the man. He claimed that it was a Sunday and a Holiday and that was the rate friom the Renaissance. Well, there is simply no way that can be the case. I paid him and chalked it up to another lesson in life. As a comparison, the return trip from the Port to the airport on a Sunday was 32 Euros. I would urge the Management of the Renaissance to take whatever necessary steps to stop these predators from using their lobby. It is an extremely small lobby and the Security and Staff had to know of his existence. Otherwise, this is an Excellent Hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Pau Claris 122, 08009 Barcelona, Spain (Formerly Diplomatic Hotel Barcelona)
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#43 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#51 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#52 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Renaissance Barcelona Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Renaissance Barcelona Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and just steps away from Paseo de Gracia shopping district and Plaza Cataluña. The hotel is also just minutes away from famous cultural and historical sites such as Las Ramblas and Sagrada Familia, but also surrounded by many little hidden treasured away from the main stream tourist attractions.This ultimate full-service lifestyle hotel offers 211 contemporary guestrooms. The hotel features 7 meeting rooms with almost 500 m2 ideal for corporate meeting and social gathering, and also the outside venue “La Terrassa”, available for private functions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ac Diplomatic Hotel Barcelona
Renaissance Barcelona Hotel Catalonia

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