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“Handy Barcelona” 4 of 5 stars
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Barcelona Universal Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avda Paral.lel 76-80, 08001 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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Ranked #47 of 518 Hotels in Barcelona
Glasgow
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“Handy Barcelona”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I had booked a twin room at the Universal Barcelona for 4 nights. I had requested a higher floor and this was accommodated. The hotel was only 15 mins from the airport and very central only a few minutes from La Rambla and the Columbus statue. The metro and funicular to Montjuic was outside the hotel door.
The hotel and room does not have the character facade or interior of some of Barcelonas older buildings but is a great and comfortable base for seeing Barcelona.
The reception was swift and helpful ( it's not a large area ) we were given the free wi fi code and a barcelona map that was very useful.
The room was an adequate size ( I've stayed in a lot smaller ). The decor was nice - browns ,beige with lovely solid honey wood doors. The bathroom was a good size with a long narrow bath with a good shower over it. A nice personal travel kit had sponge,comb dental kit etc. The towels were changed daily. There was adequte wardrobe space with enough hangers. The beds were firm but comfy. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean. I was at the front of the hotel on the busy Ave. Paral.lel and although double glazed the road noise was noticeable. The room was very hot ( use the air con. ) The breakfast was fine- cereal,fruit,cakes/pasteries,cheeses/meats. A buffet cooked breakfast was available - a bit lukewarm. The breakfast coffee was better than average. Breakfast ran till 11a.m. and was busy 9-10a.m.
A secure luggage room is available on leaving. The bar area is small and only serves till 11p.m.
A big plus is the roof pool, gym and sun deck. You get great views of all the Barcelona sites and after a day sightseeing it was nice to get some rays.
As a central base for sightseeing in barcelona I would return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RobertoCifuentes, General Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
First of all let me thank you for the confidence you placed in our hotel. Thank you very much for your comments which will help us improve our work performance. With your permission I will pass them on to the staff to share them in the most appropriate way. We appreciate your comments.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I was in Barcelona for 4 days and stayed at this hotel, we had a standard room which was very modern. The hotels clean and the staff are very friendly, the rooftop pool looked fantastic but I didn't venture in during this stay. If I was in Barcelona again I would defiantly consider staying here again. The only down side was the rumble of the metro every now and again but we where I the first floor

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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RobertoCifuentes, General Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you very much for spending time and writing your opinion. On behalf of our staff we appreciate your words; to us they are helpful and allow us to assess both: quality of our facilities and the service we want to offer to our customers. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon among us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This hotel is conveniently located right beside a metro station which will take you to the very center of Barcelona within 2-3 stops. It is also about 15 minutes walking distance to the Ramblas so the metro is not even necessary if you're going in that direction. In other words the location is very, very convenient.

The rooms are quite spacious and so are the bathrooms. The rooms are very clean and the beds are big and very comfortable. We asked for a room facing away from the main street and this guaranteed a quiet stay. The sleep quality was so good that we overslept every day :-)

The hotel has a roof terrace with a small swimming pool. We recommend this terrace if you want to catch some sun - there are lounge chairs and towels available for guests.
The staff is also very friendly and helpful. You can feel they care.

We didn't try the breakfast at the hotel, but there are many places around the hotel if you need a cheaper or more local eatery.

Bottom line: stay here and you'll not be disappointed. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: for quiet sleep get a room high up and with windows facing the back of the hotel
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Your feedback is important and of great value to us. It helps us to assess our work trying to improve ourselves and set new targets.
I sincerely thank you very much.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I shared a twin room with a friend for 5 nights. The rooms are modern, extremely spacious and clean with comfortable beds. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to La Rambla. The staff were not particularly friendly, but they were polite and efficient. We did find the hotel room to be quite noisy and could clearly how our neighbours come home in the early hours of the morning. We ate in the hotel one evening, and the food was good, although very overpriced for what it was. Apart from the noisy neighbours I had a very comfortable stay here, however I felt the hotel seemed like a business hotel. If you like character in your hotel, this place isn't for you, but if you are looking for somewhere comfortable, clean and spacious, this hotel will meet your needs.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Had a 3 night stay recently and used the hotel as a base for our first trip to Barcelona. Service and room we received were first class. Room being on the quieter side of the hotel.
Chose to eat outside the hotel due to huge selection in Barcelona so it's not fair to pass any judgement
However when we return to Barcelona this hotel will be our first port of call.
Close enough to walk to La Rambla if you choose but right next to Paral-el metro for all other sights. Port Vell easily walkable and we found plenty decent restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RobertoCifuentes, General Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Once again thank you very much for your writing. It is very important to us that our guests are satisfied and their acknowledgment helps us keeping this mission. We appreciate your words and thank you for choosing us for your stay in Barcelona.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

Plusses: Good standard, breakfast and very good service, excellent pool/relaxation area on the roof, really close to metro station and walking distance to La Rambla. Minuses: Rooms could be bigger, not so nice neighbourhood.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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We use our best efforts so that our guests are satisfied during their stay. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with other people; this is the best gift we can ask for. Best regards and thank you from the entire staff of our Hotel. (Thank you.)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The staff are very nice and helpful, the rooms are clean but a bit small, with inadequite space for clothes. the breakfast was ample and decent, but my biggest issue was the street noise! It literally sounded like the windows were all open, and none of them were!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avda Paral.lel 76-80, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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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 ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#40 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#41 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#60 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelona Universal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located just a five-minute walk from Las Ramblas, Hotel Barcelona Universal grants its guests easy access to all parts of the city. Metro lines 2 and 3 stop just outside the main entrance, at “Paral·lel,” and nearby buses can take you to the beaches of Barcelona, Park Güell, and anywhere in between. A stroll from our hotel near Las Ramblas will take you to some of Barcelona’s favorite tourist attractions.Hotel opened in 2001 and renewed in 2011.Hotel Barcelona Universal has 167 rooms, each equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet. Three “Barcelona Skyline Suites” feature a Jacuzzi and private terrace. Families and larger groups may be accommodated in triple or superior rooms. ... more   less 
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Universal Barcelona
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Barcelona Universal Hotel Catalonia

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