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“Good Hotel - Covers the Basics, Good Value, Great Location, Excellent Service” 4 of 5 stars
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Silken Concordia Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avinguda del Parallel, 115, 08004 Barcelona, Spain (Sant Antoni)   |  
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Ranked #232 of 518 Hotels in Barcelona
New York
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“Good Hotel - Covers the Basics, Good Value, Great Location, Excellent Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have to give two thumbs up to this Four Star hotel. Conveniently located on Avinguda del Parallel, you are walking distance to many attractions, across the street from the Metro, and the rooms are well organized and very comfortable beds. The staff is friendly and I have to give special thanks to Sara at the front desk who quickly got me and my son into our room after the long flight from the east coast and jet lagged, well before the 3:00PM Check In Time that normally applies. Make sure if you travel and have serious hour differences that you get your room check in when you arrive especially if it is before that 3:00pm timeframe. I would stay at the Silken again for a short 2-3 day stay. The breakfast is quite good, but pricey at 15 Euros per person.

What you do have to worry about are two tourist scams we experienced at certain restaurants along the Avinguda and Las Ramblas. Make sure you ask for prices for beer and sangria before you order it - there is a scam to auto upsell you to overpriced beer and sangria, ie. 9-10 Euro Beer or the 25 Euro Sangria Jar. The second scam is if you enjoy eating ham and pork products, the Jamon Iberico is the very tastiest and most expensive to eat. This is because the ham comes from a select breed of pork and they are fed a primary acorn/nut based diet which imparts an unforgettable and gourmet flavor to the meat. Make sure if you order it, you see the cut before it is served to you. I had one experience along Las Ramblas where I ordered the Jamon Iberico at almost 20 Euros for a portion only to be served the basic ham. I asked the waiter to come over and told him to look at the plate and said to him "Do you take me as a fool? This is not Jamon Iberico". He apologized and said the cook/chef would come out. I had a similar conversation with the cook who apologized and sent me a plate of the real stuff, not the 5 Euro stuff served to me as "jamon iberico". I also realized another mistake. No disrespect intended but the cook/chef was of a religion that does not eat pork, so I asked myself why would they be serving ham or how would he know the difference if he does not eat it in the first place? So the lesson about Jamon Iberico - make sure you see the cut before it is served and if you do choose to eat it, do so at a traditional Spanish establishment.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Please let me be clear. Rating this property as "excellent" is not the same thing as a 5 star hotel. It was excellent as a 4 star. Second, we did not select this hotel; we obtained it as a 4-star near "La Ramblas" through Hotwire. La Rambla isn't just outside the door, but we were happy anyway.

This hotel is "hidden in plain view" on Ave. Parallel, one of the most busy streets in Barcelona. It is very close to Poble Sec Metro station, so if you can get there from the airport, or a taxi only cost us about 27 Euros. We arrived early and couldn't get into a room until after 3, but the front desk staff allowed us to change and stored our bags. The lobby is decorated with a unique display of Zippo lighters! You can walk to La Ramblas in about 10-15 minutes.

Hotel room was clean and decorated in minimalist style. Lots of toiletries are provided. A safe was found in our closet. The mini bar items were expensive. The biggest thing we noticed when we came back the second day was how clean and perfect our housekeeper left our room. It was spotless! Usually, housekeeping doesn't seem too detail-oriented on guests staying more than one night. It was like walking into a fresh hotel room. Again, perfection! Thank you to the housekeeper on the 2nd floor, rear facing rooms! Speaking of rear, our room looked out onto a balcony, but there was no way to get there. Perhaps the closet was once a door to get outside? Anyway, because of this, we heard nothing!The first morning, we woke up at noon due to the time difference!

My husband ventured down to the bar, but never stayed long -- he said it was too hot. We checked out the day the pool was open so never got to see that. We found this to be a charming residential neighborhood. Walking down Parallel towards the city-centre, we found a pedestrian-only street with the best tapas bar in Barcelona, Blai Tonight.The word has obviously already gotten out about this place -- it was packed every night we went. Avoid tapas bars near the hotel that are on Parallel. We sampled a few and found the tapas to be deep fried frozen garbage. Trust us!

Hotel arranged a private car to take us to the airport on our departure. Was private, clean, and cheaper than a taxi. We'll stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2014, 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 June 29, 2014

The Silken Concordia is a Good hotel (verging on very good), in a good location (Poble-Sec Metro station is 30 feet away), with restaurants and nice local shops nearby (Plaza, Museums etc. are 10 mins walk towards Espanya Metro station). NEW small swimming pool area on 5th floor, opened June 2014, which has a nice atmosphere, good sun bathing area. Some good modern services, like FREE Wifi (not always stable). Quality of rooms is good, some wear, but ok. Reception service was excellent, very helpful, especially when we were waiting to catch a taxi to the airport and the main road was closed due to a festival. Reception has good English/Spanish language skills. Some minor things need to be improved (like quieter maids who are aware of their early morning noise, room sound insulation is not good, and doors slam too easily - simple things which can be improved). Saying this, we'd probably stay there again, but maybe try a different room (6th floor was ok). The TRIPLE-SEC bar area was nice, TV, beer and simple food service. -- Things to know - Safe surroundings (just minor graffiti). The nearby "Parallel 91" & "Ballisico" restaurants are recommended for evening meals, beer, cocktails - nice atmosphere. For travel buy a 10-trip Metro ticket for 10.50€ & keep it flat in a wallet, or it can fail to work. Nearby Apolo Theatre has excellent Spanish Flaminco show, very impressive. Beaches are best accessed via Vila-Olimpica or Barceloneta Metro stations (L3, then L4) from the hotel. Best City views are from Espanya Plaza roof terrace (6th floor), or Montjuic Castell. ENJOY!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

clean room and bathroom, very very close to Poble Sec metro station, breakfast is not rich but sufficient, staff is helpful, close to multiple little convenient stores.. I give 3,5 points out of 5......................................

Stayed June 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My partner and I have just returned after spending 3 nights (mon-thurs) at this hotel.

We arrived at 14:10 to check in and were advised that we would have to wait until 3, not really a problem as there are bars nearby just had to change in the toilets.

Location wise if you come out of the hotel and go over the road you have the 'Poble Sec' metro which is Line 3. If you come out of the hotel, go right, cross over a minor road and follow the road along (so you pass La Boheme cafe/pub) you are onto a strip which is fab on the night expecially if you like pintxos, it gets really busy.

The room size was decent and you would be able to 'swing a cat' in ti. Full bathroom with toiletries. Had an issue with the aircon but was quickly sorted whilst we were out. Minibar is expensive. The maids start in the corridors at 9am and they are very noisy!! We stayed in Room 402 which was on the back of the hotel and looed into residential properties out back.

There is a pool situated between floors 4 and 5 on the fire escape, its not very big but has some sunbeds as well as a teeny tini minigolf - it wasnt actually opening until after we left though :(

The hotel has a bar attached which is actually very reasonable costwise.

We would return although maybe with earplugs!

Room Tip: There are roadworks on the main road at present so would maybe ask for a rear room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This hotel is located in a good neighbourhood but it is not a 4 star hotel at all. The internet connection is lousy. There was a smell of cigarette in our room from neighbouring guests even though the hotel is non-smoking. We informed the staff about the smell but they did nothing about it. Overpriced for what you get even after a hotwire deal.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Jose Luis L, Guest Relations Manager at Silken Concordia Hotel, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
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Apreciado Sr Arnavaz,

gracias por su estancia en el Hotel Silken Concordia.

Lamentamos que su habitación oliera a cigarrillo, todo nuestro hotel es no fumador y así se lo hacemos saber a nuestros huéspedes.

Lamentamos igualmente que el Wifi no tuviera buena cobertura durante su estancia. Revisaremos el servicio del mismo.

Agradecemos su estancia con nosotros y su feed-back y esperamos poder atenderle nuevamente en nuestras instalaciones en su próxima visita a Barcelona.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

To me Silken Concordia offers absolutely no surprises and in a sense this makes it a perfect stay. In case you're looking for that type of hotel where you know what to expect and basically what you're gonna get. They deliver on the standard expectations to a business hotel.

What positively really sticks out is the breakfast. Not your typical Spanish breakfast. Lots of choice, good products. A place you like to stay for a while and not just rush it.

A solid choice.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: Avinguda del Parallel, 115, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Sant Antoni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#136 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Silken Concordia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Silken Concordia is situated 800 metres from Plaza Espana and the Fira de Barcelona Exhibition Centre. It features an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, cocktail bar and mini golf. The Silken Concordia's bright, spacious rooms feature contemporary decor and air conditioning. Each room includes free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, safe, minibar and a marble bathroom with a range of amenities. The Concordia's modern, elegant Bistro Triple Sec Restaurant serves typical Mediterranean cuisine, specialising in veal, steak tartar and homemade tomato salad. The varied breakfast buffet includes healthy options. There is also a cafe. Located next to Poble Sec Station, the hotel is a 5-minute Metro journey from Barcelona Port and La Rambla. You can also walk to the Rambla in 15 minutes. Direct airport buses stop in Plaza Espana, a 15-minute walk away. Private parking is available on site for an extra cost. ... more   less 
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