My wife and I stayed at his hotel for one week for our honeymoon, and we absolutely loved it. It was my second time in Barcelona, so I had a good idea of where I wanted us to stay. First of all, getting there from the El Prat airport was almost too easy: just ask where you can take the bus that takes you right to Plaça Catalunya. I believe the ride was 5 euros a person, so have some cash ready. A short while later we were getting off the bus and crossing the street to our hotel.
Upon walking in we were greeted by only smiles and polite people. The bellhop helped us with our luggage to the room and gave us a little tour. We were on the 8th floor with views to the courtyard. I was hoping for street views, but I was actually very well pleased with the views that we got over the city roofs to the beach. I can't say how happy we were with the workers at the hotel with one exception (I'll get to that). To give some examples, we brought cava back to the hotel to drink in the courtyard which I then spilled all over the place; the bartender heard and rushed with towels to clean it up and extra ones for us. Also, the bellhop who was patient enough to let me practice my Catalan with him and give us the 411 on attending the Camp Nou for a match (I got tips on that too, if you want them). Everybody tried their best to answer our questions and were very helpful. My only complaint was that the cleaning ladies could get pretty loud outside our room when we wanted to sleep in. That only happened a couple times, though.
As far as the room goes, we were very pleased with it. We got a triple, which included a sofa-bed that we sometimes used to watch tv. It was all very clean and neat. The layout of the room was unique and had a very efficient use of space. We loved the shower, although you can't leave the door open with the shower head running, or it could spill out of the shower. No bath tub, but we didn't miss it. There were some imperfections with the construction of the room, but you had to look pretty closely to find them, and they didn't really affect us at all. I will say that the lights took some practice to figure out what each button did. I did love, however, that I could raise the blinds with the push of a button in the morning without getting out of bed. One thing that did bug us, however, was the wifi connection which was very weak. They should do something about that.
As far as the location goes, well you really can't beat it as a tourist. Las Ramblas is literally around the corner and Passeig de Gracia is across the plaza; those two streets have very different feels, so each night we could easily decide which feel we wanted for our dinner. The buses and metro are also so close that you'll feel spoiled. If you want to do some grocery shopping to save on meals, go to the bottom level of El Corte Ingles, which is also on the plaza, and eat on the plaza or take it back to the nice lounge in the hotel on the 2nd level. And for the Americans that get really homesick, there's a Burger King and a McDonalds also on the plaza. We found it perfect for grabbing something before heading to Barça match.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, and would definitely love to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olivia Plaza Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel located on Plaza Cataluna in Barcelona, in the heart of the city. It's the perfect choice to be just moments away from Modernista Barcelona, Las Ramblas, the financial and shopping districts and the best museums. This modern, urban building opened its doors in February 2006. The Hotel has 113 rooms, each stylishly decorated with special care and good taste. The hotel combines style, comfort, quality and personalized service to provide all guests, whether business or pleasure, with the best possible service. Its privileged location allows guests to walk to Barcelona's most emblematic monuments, as well as to the city's best shopping areas. Likewise, it is very close to many public transport options so guests can move around the city or to and from the Barcelona Airport, with the Aerobus just outside the hotel. At Olivia Plaza Hotel, YOU are the center of Barcelona. Olivia Plaza Hotel belongs to the Olivia Hotel group, alongside Olivia Balmes Hotel, in the center of Barcelona in the Eixample, and the Cava & Hotel Mastinell, a 5-star enotourism hotel in Vilafranca del Penedes. All of this combined with exquisite service from the Olivia Hotels staff will make your stay unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olivia Hotel
- Olivia Plaza Barcelona
- Olivia Plaza Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia