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“More like american corporate lodging” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Aranea
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Consell de Cent, 444 | esquina Nàpols., 08013 Barcelona, Spain (Eixample)   |  
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“More like american corporate lodging”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Spent 4 nights at the property in December during the holidays. While it's close to Sagrada Familia, it's quite the hike to other parts of the city. Worked around it (after having the same taxi trips cost us four different prices....!) by using the affordable and convenient Barcelona Bus Turistic. Hotel staff is cordial, not the most fluent English speakers, but were caring and very helpful. Bathroom smelled dank despite having window open during day. Internet service in room was very spotty; there is a community computer in a more secluded business service lounge. Was concerned about finding dining nearby in the evenings; many of the small places were either closed or pretty sketchy. As a tourist, would probably select other accommodations the next time. When our room wasn't ready for check-in, we had to pay for a locker on the premises to store items until later in the day. hadn't experienced this at other lodging.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and opinions about your visit to this great city and our hotel.

We are glad that your visit has been pleasant and you has had unforgettable experiences in Barcelona. We hope that many travellers will know to appreciate your advices.

Also, we like receiving all this from all our guests and especially from people that like to provide valuable information for us. This helps us to improve our services and facilities every day.

Sincerely,

Jose A Pamies, Director Hotel Aranea.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Aranea and very much enjoyed our stay there. Spotlessly clean, very friendly staff and a lovely large room (double bed). The breakfast was also very nice and served between 0730 hrs and 10.30hrs so you could have a lie-in if you wanted. just a short walk from the Arch de Triumph and town centre. The only downside was that there was no restaurant for lunch or evening meals (which is probably why it is a 3 star and not a 4) however there were several restaurants nearby. I would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to anybody who would like a value for money stay in Barcelona. Thank you!!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your time to send us your comments about your stay. We are glad to hear you have had a very good stay at our hotel. With your help, we can keep improving every day our quality and service.
Hoping to see you again in BARCELONA, yours faithfully.
Jose A. Pamies Manager Hotel Aranea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We travelled last Dec 17-19, I will recommend this hotel to all tourist going to Barcelona, very affordable but an excellent accommodation and accessible to the tourist spots.. Just 10 minutes walk to Sagrada Familia and Metro, it is located centrally so restaurants are nearby the hotel. Mind you there is a restaurant just beside the hotel that serves tasty paella!. The hotel staff are nice, accommodating and friendly especially Sheila, who welcomed us. Definetely if I will come back to Barcelona I will stay again in this hotel. Well done guys!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you very much for your kind words about our services during your stay at the hotel. We are glad to know that you had a very pleasant stay in our city.
We hope to see you soon again.
Sincerely,
Jose A Pamies, Hotel manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Its pretty much a walk away from the main parts of barcelona. It was nice and clean and the staff were friendly. The breakfast was your standard continental breakfast; which I feel is a great way to start your day. Our room also had a safe to store our valuables, and the hotel took responsibility for items stored in it.
As an added bonus, it's walking distance from razzmatazz, a warehouse club in northern barcelona. Amazing!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear guest,
Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences during your visit, we are happy to hear that your stay in our hotel and the city has been great. We hope to see you soon.
Sincerely,
Jose A Pamies, Director Hotel Aranea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This was a very nice and clean hotel near to metro station !you could go on foot to sagrada familia and also to ra lambla!!!it was very quiet location and the rooms very spacious!!!though the breakfast could be much more better!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for sharing your experience in our hotel with the resto of travellers. Your opinions are very important for us. Thanks to them, we improve our services and premises day after day.
Yours faithfully,
Jose A. Pamies - Director Hotel Aranea -
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Four walls and a bed, tiny shower stall with good water pressure. Don't expect Kleenex Tissues, and Mini Fridge containng 4 cans of soda thats not plugged in. And I could not believe that some company still manufactures soap bars that look like tiny chocolate bars about 1/4 inch thick. The last time I saw these had to be 30 years ago at a roadside Motel near an airport.
The restaurant in the hotel is open for breakfast (included and just adequate) and lunch and closes at 16:00 PM
At 17:00 I asked for some ice for warm soda from fridge and was told there is none as their restaurant is closed.
I asked the desk clerk for restaurant suggestions and she informed she she had none as she did not live around there and since it was a Monday Night, most restaurants would be closed.
End of conversation !
As I was staying one night prior to a cruise and was included in my fare, I managed to get by, but certainly would not uses theis hotel if I were staying more than one night in Barcelona. It is like an airport strip motel, but in the city.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Dear Guest,
We appreciate your time to send us your impressions during your visit to our hotel and we regret that we were not to your expectations. We are a 3 star hotel in the heart of Barcelona, offering a service in a facility with a very competitive price. In fact, many customers and repeat visitors visiting our hotel evidenced everyday. Little things you mention as soap or the minibar, we consider a simple matter of personal tastes and opinions. If your perception of reception is poor, sorry, but I can not argue anything about it since I was not present to hear this absurd conversation you mention. Our staff is young, competent, know the city well and speak several languages​​, even a few of them speak Japanese.
If you were actually looking for another type of service, with more facilities tailored to their needs, perhaps our establishment was not right for you. We hope on your next visit to our city you can find other options according to your needs.
Thanking you again for sharing your interest, kind regards from all the staff.
Jose A Pamies. Director Hotel Aranea.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My partner booked the hotel as part of a surprise birthday trip for myself. The hotel was easy to find & only a few blocks walk from the nearest metro station making it a good base for exploring the City. On arrival the lady of reception was polite & helpful & we were able to leave our luggage in a secure room until our room was ready.

Although it was on the small side (we had room 403) our room was clean & had everything we needed as we hardly spent any time at the hotel apart from catching up on some sleep after longs days out exploring. We had a view of the main street at the front of the hotel which was great for people watching & from the roof terrace there's a lovely view of Sagrada Familia.

Overall this hotel is a brilliant base for exploring Barcelona with the Metro close by, polite & friendly staff who are happy to help answer any questions you may have.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your nice comments about our hotel in this specialized web. As stated, the central position of the hotel, greatly facilitates the work of discovering this beautiful city. On behalf of our staff, thank you again and we hope to see you again.

Yours faithfully,
Jose A Pamies Director HOTEL ARANEA
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Address: Consell de Cent, 444 | esquina Nàpols., 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #280 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Aranea 3*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small and cozy hotel located right in the middle of Eixample, just a short walk away from Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gracia. The perfect place if you are visiting Barcelona for pleasure or business The Hotel Aranea have a nice restaurant specialized in Mediterranean cuisine, a business centre with internet connection, two meeting room up to 25 persons each one, TV room and solarium terrace on the top of the building. Parking on requestThe 84 light rooms are equipped with air conditioning, full bathroom with hairdryer, TV with international channels, safe deposit box, minibar, exterior telephone line and wire less internet connection. The meeting rooms “Girona” and “Ático”, are totally sound proofed. They both have natural light, audiovisual equipment and high speed internet connection. They are the perfect place for your business meetings. ... more   less 
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