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“Nice hotel; great location; bit old” 4 of 5 stars
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Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plaza Espana 6-8, 08014 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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Ranked #186 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice hotel; great location; bit old”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The hotel is perfectly situated next to the espana circle and montjuic. It's possible to see the fountain show from the hotel's rooftop pool. Service was very good. Maintenance is not perfect as the building is old. Food isn't great but who wants to eat in the hotel in Barcelona anyway?

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Sitja, Director General at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Stayed here 3 nights and generally, our stay here was lovely, considering that the most of the time we were away for visiting Barcelona's beauties.There are positive and negative points. First of all, the location of this hotel is central and with a beautiful sight, if even is surrounded by principal and noisy streets. The beauty of Espana Square, the Magic Fountain, Montjuic... offset all of this noisy inconvenient. We had a room at the sixth floor with the view to this splendid attractions. At reception we was received with politeness and until they verified and prepared our documents, they gave us welcome drinks. (we had some problems with the credit cards, that I will mention at the end of this review.. maybe it help other travelers that encounter same problem). A valet took us the luggage until our room that honestly wasn't a 4 stars room but the beautiful sight from the windows, almost compensated this inconvenience... if at the first look seems to be very chic, at a closer look the furniture is old, we seen the dust that wasn't cleaned up on the floor and table. Found hair in the tub and the sink was not cleaned well. We spent 25 euros extra per day, to have view to the square and to have bathrobe and slippers, a bottle of water, newspaper and chocolate "pearls" :)))) ... I still not understand if should have this "chocolate pearls" the water and newspaper every day or just in the first day :)).... because in the first day we had just a bottle of "hot water" and four little balls of chocolate (that was the pearls :)) ) then nothing till the last day. The newspaper I had it once after two days and some calls and reclamations at the reception. The wine/water glasses, the teaspoons and the coffe cups we found it very dirty and have remained the same, dirty until the last day. But on the other hand, the hotel is nice, with a large reception hall that is elegant. Nice pool with terrace and bar on the roof from where you can see the surroundings of the hotel, nice and large dining hall where can take tasty and plenty breakfast. Free Wi-Fi that was pretty faster in all the hotel.The restaurant is good also. The Spa center is ok... we were at the sauna and the massage was well done .They have fitness center also. Per general the reception staff was very polite but very busy, the hotel is nice with beautiful sight and except for the cleanliness of the room that was disappointing, everything was ok.
Now, an information that maybe it help other travelers... we had a disturbing problem with the credit cards when we wanted to pay our stay, and it was only in this hotel and some other places like the ticket machine and some ATM. For the rest, in the restaurants or other shops we didn't had this problem. So if you have PIN code with five digits like italian credit cards or other , you may be unable to pay because in Spain the credit cards have the PIN code with four digits. So, some POS will not recognize your PIN. For this try to digit only the first four digits and it works. We waited half an hour with some calls to our bank that after some contradictory discussion a lady has the idea of trying to digit only the first four numbers, and it's work finaly and our heart has come back :)))

Room Tip: If the noise does not disturb you too strongly, ask for a room at the highest floor with the view to...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sitja, Director General at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Dear guest,
We really appreciate the time taken to write your comments about our hotel. The costumer’s opinion is a top priority for us and it help us to constantly improve. We take into consideration your review to work in those aspects that need to be changed.
We apologize the inconveniences caused and we really hope that you decide to visit us again in the future, for giving us another chance to exceed your highest expectations.
Yours faithfully
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Charlotte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great, great location. Very nice and POSH. The hotel room, lobby, restaurant, pool area, everything was exceptional. The staff were EXCEPTIONAL too! NO complaints. Very convenient to metro, a few steps from the front door of the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, 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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Sitja, Director General at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
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Thanks you for your comment. We really appreciate, and hope to be able to welcome you again very soon.
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Wayne, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Stayed here 2 days after our 7 day Cruise.
As the saying goes Location is everthing and Catalonia Barcelona fit the
bill very nicely.located very close to the Art Museum and fountains where theres lot of restaurants and things to do.
The staff was courteous and friendly.I even had a staff member on the front desk,remind a lady with bad manners not to cut in front of me.Since I was in line first.
Rooms were nice and a good value for the money.My wife and I would choose this Hotel again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sitja, Director General at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for sharing this extensive review!
I am happy to hear your nice comments about our staff as well as the convenient location of the hotel itself. I really hope you will return to stay with us the next time you are in town so we may show you the complete quality stay you deserve.
Best regards,
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Just arrived home from a 3 night stay at this hotel. We decided to go with a city view room and definitely think that made a huge difference. It was lovely to sit by the window and admire the scenery both during the day and night. Although, it can get quite noisy at night so might not be suited to young families.

The location was excellent with a metro station just outside and a big shopping centre with many restaurants. For that reason we decided against eating breakfast at the hotel and went to a nice cafe serving croissants, fruit etc. We were able to use the metro to visit Camp Nou, the beach, Sagrada Familia, La Rambla etc., which were at most a 20 minute journey away.

The pool area was a nice area to relax. We liked how the area wasn't too busy and sun loungers or nearby seats were available on our visits at 9am and later in the afternoon.

One disappointment though was that we had been told before arriving on more than one occasion that it would be possible to extend our check out time from 12pm to 6pm. On arrival we were told to return on the day of checkout to confirm this. However, on this day we were informed that the hotel was fully booked and that this would not be possible. It wasn't too much of an issue in the end as we were able to leave our suitcases with the hotel until our flight in the evening. A warning in advance would have been helpful though.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sitja, Director General at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Dear guest,
We really appreciate the time taken to write your comments about our hotel. The costumer’s opinion is a top priority for us and it help us to constantly improve. We take into consideration your review to work in those aspects that need to be changed.
We apologize the inconveniences caused and we really hope that you decide to visit us again in the future, for giving us another chance to exceed your highest expectations.
Yours faithfully
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Hotel have wonderful location on Plaza Espania. Rooms are clean and comfortable, breakfast is excellent. Big problem is noise of traffic, you can hear ambulance and police almost every night. As hotel is big, is normal that all the time there are many people in the lobby. Unfortunately it means: prepare your self and be patience, as you have to wait for any question on lobby desk at least 10-15 minutes.
What to be careful!!!!: During my staying (4 days), two persons were robbed in the lobby area:
both men, wear jackets: one man approche and tell you- you jacket is not clean (as before he put some white stuff on your jacket), please i can clean it for you. As the thief wears nice dress, people think he is hotel employee. Result: your wallet is gone! I think hotel management should take care for security. People who were robbed told us that in the hotel.

Room Tip: not on the main square side
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sitja, Director General at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Dear guest,
We really appreciate the time taken to write your comments about our hotel. The costumer’s opinion is a top priority for us and it help us to constantly improve. We take into consideration your review to work in those aspects that need to be changed.
We apologize the inconveniences caused and we really hope that you decide to visit us again in the future, for giving us another chance to exceed your highest expectations.
Yours faithfully
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

As it was my first visit to Barcelona I will say staying at the Plazas was a very good choice if you are not familiar with the city nor traveling with someone who is. It is located in the center of Plaza de Espana one of the many city center plazas of the town. From the airport you take the L3 bus from A1 to the plaza and it is right across the street from the bus stop in the city center. And once you leave the the bus stop back to A1 is literally right outside the doors of the hotel. Super easy!

It seems to be a popular stay for tourists from all over the country. If you walk outside and turn right there are streets full of markets and great shopping. Not to mention the Soccer arena\mall is across the other way which houses many restaurants atop the roof. From there you will see a gigantic building that resembales a cathedral that is right down the street on another one of the turns inside the plaza. A very short walk and a few escalator rides to the top and you find it is a museum. Great place for lots of pictures! Not from here is the La sagrada de familia as well and the gottic park. The metro has multiple entrances outside the hotel which is the best means for traveling farther than you are comfortable to walk but be prepared to walk regardless.

As far as the hotel itself it was not as modern looking and new as the pictures online make it look. The lobby is pretty and they have lots of restarants inside and around the corner as well but the room was smaller than appeared online. Though I'm sure many are. It does have wood flooring throughout all of the halls I guess that's where the modern comes in. And if you like AC this one is cold! Constantly. The bathroom was a pretty decent size with a good size shower as well. While over seas you are not expecting to be in the room much however so size isn't too much of a problem.

Like I said great location for new bees!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Sitja, Director General at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Dear guest,
We really appreciate your positive comments about our hotel. The costumer’s opinion is a top priority for us and it helps us to constantly improve. I would like to use this opportunity to say that we would like to welcome you again in the future.
Yours sincerely,
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Address: Plaza Espana 6-8, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#115 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#116 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#130 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 347
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This imposing hotel is situated in Plaza Espana, next to the Fira de Barcelona facilities and Montjuic. Guests can enjoy excellent connections with every means of public transport. It has its own parking facilities and offers ideal accommodation for business trips or short breaks. The panoramic terrace and most of the rooms have unbeatable views. The gardened marquee, which is located in the central courtyard, creates an ideal atmosphere for cocktails and dinner parties. We also offer you our 12 meeting rooms, where you can organise business meetings, conventions and family celebrations. ... more   less 
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