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AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paseo Taulat 278, 08019 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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Grimstad, Norway
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“Close to the international convention centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The rooms were nice and of good size and everything was tidy and clean. The minibar has complimentary drinks, but don't expect a lot of stuff in it. You'll need to pay for wifi in the room but can have free access in the reception area.

The selection of food for breakfast is acceptable for shorter stays but might be boring if you stay for some time.

The hotel is very close to the international convention centre but not in the middle of the action if you want to see Barcelona. However - a taxi to the city centre was only approx 10 euros.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

I visited the hotel for a conference. The hotel was quite OK. Nice gym and pool, with spectacular view on the 13th floor. The room was nice and clean.

Across the street there is a big shopping mall. The beach was not too far away, but to get downtown you need to take a taxi or the subway for 8 or 9 stations.

I would choose a different hotel for a holiday, but I had a great stay.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This hotel is away from the city centre so i would advise you to use the Barcelona City Tour Bus which departs conveniently from opposite the hotel. There are lots of taxi's outside the hotel too. It cost 30 Euros for a 6 seater taxi to take us to the hotel from the airport. There's a huge shopping complex opposite the hotel which is not obvious by it's appearance. Lots of top names in the centre and is worth a look if you fancy some retail therapy!
The hotel is very modern. Very clean and most of the staff can manage some English conversation. The rooms are fairly modern. The modern door to the bathroom is not designed well and there's a slight gap so privacy is compromised! There are complimentary drinks in the fridge which is replenished each day. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the room which is a great shame! The sea views are great if you can get a room on that side.
The breakfast is ok. The bacon is tough and there's a poor selection of egg dishes. The bread takes ages to toast!! Lovely selection of juices, cereals, pastries, yooghurts and fruit.It's pretty much a do it yourself breakfast. Staff are present but mainly for clearing tables.
Snacks are available in the very comfortable bar and are very tasty. Hot drinks are only just warm wherever you tend to have them in the hotel. There are several lifts so it's not a problem getting from A to B. The roof top is worth a visit for the views and lovely pool.
I loved our stay there. It was very clean and i would recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My husband and I flew many hours to get to Barcelona. When we arrived we were very tired. The staff at the AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott provided us with accommodations that exceeded our request and expectations. The room was clean, comfortable and had amenities that were appreciated (e.g., the complimentary beverages in the refrigerator). And the view from our window was nice. Any request or question received a quick and helpful response. Free access to the computer in the business center and free wi fi in the lounge were added extras. Nearby was a large mall with many possibilities for dining and snacking. The metro stop was nearby so we never needed a taxi. We were very happy with our choice of hotel in Barcelona.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

The AC was a great base for my family , we stayed for 4 nights in August before we went on a cruise . The breakfast was excellent with a great variety of hot and cold choices but try to get a deal with it included with you room as it is espenceive at €22 .
I had one dinner which was good quality but I was Hungary after it. it was also very pricy.
There was a large shopping mal directly across from the hote which had numerous places to eat like great pasta restaurants and a steak house and Starbucks and Mc Donald's ect.
A €12 taxi ride would get you into Las Ramblas also the metro was close to the hotel. I would be quite happy to return to the A C if I return to Barcelona .

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I've stayed here before for a conference at the Forum, and the great rate I got at otel.com made it sensible to stay again. Mind, if you're wanting to use this as a base to visit Barcelona - be prepared for @20 min ride on the metro/tram or a taxi ride - you are a way out of town.

Still, its only about 5 mins walk from the nearest tram stop and metros - so pretty easy to get about (invest in a multi-journey ticket). Not too expensive (@30-40 euros in Oct 2011) if you wanted to get there straight from the airport by taxi.

I was on the sea side of the hotel this time. So a better view than the top of the Mall which is what you get on the other side. Room was again comfortable if on the small side, although a good sized desk and what seemed like a larger TV. STILL NO FREE WIFI. Disappointing to be honest - a major let down. You can pay, but for a hotel in a mariott chain, where you're focused on business customers - wifi should be freely available and reliable. You can work for free in the business centre - there are about 6 places to sit, printing is available: however I found the wifi connection unreliable during my visit. Disappointing.

Again, I found the staff excellent - friendly, efficient and accommodating. My wife and 12 week old daughter joined for 1 night. Cot was readily available, staff helpful.

No coffee/tea in the rooms, although we did have a free mini-bar, restocked daily with a beer and a selection of soft drinks. Hotel bar is pleasant enough, and not badly priced in comparison to other hotels - and there are a few around to choose from.

Food is excellent, I found breakfast satisfying. We didn't eat there for other meals - if the conference isn't providing food the shopping centre across the road has a wide selection of excellent bars and restaurants for all budgets/tastes to meet up and network/eat cheaper.

I didn't use the gym/pool again - too busy :( Pity - they look very good. Maybe next time I'll get a chance to have a go at the splendid looking runs outside - either along the coast or up the Diagonal.

So - ok for a business person - but needs to up its game in terms of wi-fi access. If you're coming to a conference/business nearby - splendid. If you wanted to see Barcelona.. something more central could be better but you may get a good deal (if there are no conferences on) which would make up for the travel - especially booking in advance through otel.com like I did.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The receptionist authorised our credit card upon arrival although our stay had been guaranteed by a credit card when the booking was made. They don't appear to trust their guests very much.

We were in the hotel as a part of our honeymoon. The honeymoon was announced to the hotel in advance. No-one cared. (The reception staff seemed nervous anyway.) Instead we got a rather small room and one blanket for two persons.

The hotel seems to like communicating with their guests by inserting paper sheets under room doors. We arrived at 2 am and shortly afterwards we were handed two pieces of paper under the door: one, telling us that there was a fire drill the next morning (meaning a very short time for us sleep!), and another one telling us that room cleaning can only happen until 3pm. Thus if you are a stressed-out businessman and need to have your piece and quiet until the evening, then prepare yourself to stay in an untidy room! And also, you will have to pay for internet in the room.

The hotel does have an imposing lobby and we did expect a lot from a Marriott-type accomodation, especially this close to the beach. In the end we were more disappointed and the sea view was not that special either. Bad value for money!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paseo Taulat 278, 08019 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Barcelona
#25 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#126 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#139 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#148 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#158 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott 4*
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