I stayed here last week of Feb. 2013 for Mobile World Congress. Great staff, exemplified by the fact that I reserved one too many nights: I called on my flight over during a layover in Miami and they said, "no problem, the room will be here for you" (NOTE: my employer paid a deposit which probably helped in this situation). I arrived after a hellish flight, tired, ready to collapse - the checkin process was quick, friendly and efficient. Room itself was large (for Europe) with nice en suite bathroom. Beds are firm (because they are thin) but again, this is normal for Europe. By European standards it was a very nice large room with modern amenities. My TV's remote's battery had run out -- I bought the remote by the front desk and a handyman came by with the remote with new battery in a matter of minutes. Same thing when I requested an iron and ironing board. My rate included breakfast, and this was definitely a highlight! Plenty of fresh Jamon, cheeses and pates of various kinds, fresh breads, croissants, eggs (scrambled and over easy), coffee (Nescafe) and fresh juices. The breakfast was awesome - and if it wasn't included I would have gladly paid for it -- it was that good! I also ate dinner twice on site -- their newer tapas style platter was very good. I ate lunch in my room twice with mixed results: Burger was not that good. But the Club sandwich was however. I also used the laundry service with excellent results. If you stay here, go to the 10th floor and check out the awesome view of Barcelona. There's a pool up there that, when there's nice weather, must be awesome to hang out at (alas, it was 20 C and cold/rainy most of the days I was there -- no pool time for me...).
As for the area itself, I wouldn't say it's run down -- it's not tourist-heavy like the Las Ramblas area, that's for sure, but that's doesn't mean it's bad or awful. It struck me as very domestic (lots of high rise apartments/condo buildings) among some industrial shops. There was also a high school and preschool nearby. Middle class is probably best way to put it. There's a very nice mall called Diagonal Mar within a 5-10 minute walk depending on how fast you walk. Very modern with all kinds of stores as well as a great Costco like grocery store where I picked up some good food (the rooms have fridges to store stuff in). The Selva del Mar metro stop is near the hotel also, and from that tram you can reach any other Metro stop in Barcelona. I was able to be at Las Ramblas in about 20 minutes. I also went all the way to Fira Gran Via where Mobile World Congress was in about 45-50 minutes. In terms of cabs, the cab drivers all knew where the hotel was and I never had to try to explain to them -- I just showed them the address on Google Maps on my iPhone and they knew where to go. Cab fare from El Prat airport is about 25 Euro.
In sum, I'd come back to Condal Mar Hotel - think it's a nice place at good price with excellent staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Tryp Condal Mar Hotel Barcelona
- Vincci Hotel Barcelona
- Vincci Hotel Condal Mar
- Hotel Condal Barcelona
- Tryp Condal Mar Barcelona, Catalonia