My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights at the beginning of June 2014.
The main reason we chose to stay at this hotel was its location, which is superb. This hotel is just on the west side of Las Ramblas (technically in the Gothic Quarter) but on a quiet side street, making for a peaceful environment with nightlife easily accessible. It's about a 5 minute walk to Las Ramblas, as well as the historic parts of Gothic quarter (which you could explore for days on end), and within 10-15 minutes walk of almost all the other big attractions (Picasso museum, etc.). Metro stations are easily accessed if you want to get a little further (for La Segrada Familia for example).
When we checked in we were greeted by very friendly front desk staff who spoke English very well. They were very helpful and because our room wasn't ready yet we were given drink vouchers and directed to the bar. We had a nice glass of cava and then headed to our room within 30 minutes.
My small issues with this hotel primarily involved the room:
First, when we walked into the room (which is generally very well situation and perfectly clean) there were 2 double beds. Traveling as a couple, this was NOT ideal. We asked for a different room with one large bed in it, and we were told that that required an upgrade which would be 60 euro per night. For a 4-star hotel to only have the 2 double beds option unless you're willing to upgrade just does not seem right. The ladies at the front desk did offer to have the housekeeping staff put a "connector" on the beds to make them essentially into one big bed, but they offered to do it the next day. This was the first night on our romantic vacation together and we didn't want to be sleeping in separate beds. Unfortunately it took quite a bit of conversation and goading before they finally gave in and had the housekeeper connect the beds that afternoon for us. I just really didn't appreciate their hesitancy to fix the problem for us right away in this 4-star hotel. So, beware the bed situation. It is NOT advertised that that's the basic room set-up!
Secondly, and this is a small issue but surprisingly irritating, the bathroom doors do not have any sort of latch. In fact they're more like swinging public bathroom doors in that the bottom of the door doesn't even come close to the ground, and there's no way to actually close it. Just an odd set-up in my opinion but we dealt with it.
Other than those two things this hotel was pretty comfortable. The bed (once put together) was comfortable, the rooms were clean, and there was a mini fridge which we used to put some drinks etc in. The front staff was helpful with maps when we had questions. They helped us book our visit to La Segrada Familia and even printed our tickets for us.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced, comfortable, and VERY well located hotel in Barcelona, this is a great one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Barcelona, Vincci Gala hotel offers luxurious rooms in a protected 19th-century palace. Free Wi-Fi is available. The orginal facade, floor and central staircase of this unique hotel have all been preserved, creating a balance of traditional arquitecture and modern design. The air-conditioned rooms include a private bathroom with hairdryer, free toiletries, and bath or shower. The rooms also come with a free laptop safe, extra large beds, satellite TV with pay-per-view channels, and a minibar. A restaurant and snack bar are available on-site, and the hotel offers a breakfast buffet. Laundry and car rental services are available at a surcharge, and the property can provide tourist information. Vincci Gala hotel is located opposite Urquinaona Metro Station, 2 minutes' walk from Placa Catalunya Square. There are many bars, restaurants and shops in the surroundings, and you can reach Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in 15 minutes by metro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vincci Gala Barcelona Catalonia