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“Comfortable, Friendly Hotel, Bring your own kettle!” 5 of 5 stars
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Barcelona Universal Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avda Paral.lel 76-80, 08001 Barcelona, Spain (El Raval)   |  
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Ranked #46 of 518 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“Comfortable, Friendly Hotel, Bring your own kettle!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Nicely situated on a wide Avenue a short walk to Las Ramblas. Friendly helpful staff, very helpful in assisting me put car into hotel's underground garage - garage tight for manoeuvring. Bedroom above average size, comfortable bed, excellent bathroom, poor lighting in main room. As previously mentioned no tea/coffee making facilities, but having had similar experiences elsewhere in Spain we now carry a small portable electric kettle and our own supplies. Had a windowless room but hardly a problem in winter. Good view from rooftop but pool closed for winter. Breakfasts very good, and one dinner also fine.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stayed Tuesday to Saturday. Hotel in excellent condition and central for a short break. Staff were friendly and helpful and rooms in excellent condition. As stated elsewhere, there can be some noise from outside and sound proofing of windows could be better. We were on 6th floor and only heard some noise on the Friday night.
Didnt eat in hotel or other facilities
Less than 10 min walk to Las Ramblas, 5-10 mins from marina and a metro stop just outside hotel
Would definitely stay here again if in Barcelona

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  • Stayed November 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 November 17, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights while in Barcelona. The hotel front desk staff were very friendly, very willing to answer questions and offer tips for getting around. The triple room was excellent, beds very comfortable, large bathroom and immaculately clean. We didn't eat at the restaurant in the hotel, instead walking over to La Rambla (about a 10 minute walk) and finding lots to see, do and eat. The Metro is literally right outside the front door, with easy access to Playa de Cataluyna where a lot is going on (Hop on buses, Hard Rock cafe, etc). You can also catch the funicular to Montjuic from across the street. This hotel has good location, great staff and wonderful rooms. The only drawback for us was not having a coffee pot in the room.

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  • Stayed November 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

I stayed for a week and loved this hotel. The only problem was that the first room we were given had it's window onto a sort of ventilation shaft. This shaft has little or no light and amplifies any noise. This kept me awake all night and made the room feel claustrophobic. I think the hotel should tell guests, in advance, if they are getting these rooms and charge less for them. I had us moved when a room with a window came available.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Asked for room with outside view didnt get one,no coffee or tea making facilities other than that great room ideal location near everything,very good.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 November 13, 2012 via mobile

Wife had some concerns given the negative reviews, but after our stay she told me: "This was definitely the right hotel."

Friendly staff that spoke English. At check in they worked out a nice map for us of nearby places. They have been great trying to advise and help us out through the transportation hassles caused by a general strike that's set for 11/14/12.

Easy 8 minute walk to Las Ramblas, steps from Metro. Although a busy street if you are in an upper room the noise is not an issue at all. We stayed on the 9th floor, got a jacuzzi tub and a terrace with a lovely view of the city. Drinking cava on your balcony while making dinner plans on free wifi = happy visit. Big comfy bed, Europe style bathroom, bidet, short shower stall, but good water pressure and hot water, the aforementioned jacuzzi tub a nice bonus. Did not eat at restaurant. Recommend Dino's across the street for breakfast --good coffee and chocolate croissants!

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Address: Avda Paral.lel 76-80, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
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:
#33 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#36 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#41 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#77 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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Also Known As:
Universal Barcelona
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Barcelona Universal Hotel Catalonia

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