This is pretty much your standard European holiday inn express--so you should know what to expect.
We liked it for the value and the price, especially for the Barcelona area. I believe we paid 59 Euros per night for two adults and a teenager including breakfast and free parking, in a safe area, that's very hard to beat. Therefore, I would definitely stay here again.
To be more specific about our experience: Our biggest problem was finding the hotel. The directions given by the hotel are frankly entirely worthless. They make it appear it's right off the exit of the autoroute, it's not at all that simple. It's "hiding" in an industrial zone and can't be seen from any of the main roads in the area. We had googled directions but since none of the roads are marked, it was still difficult to locate. In 6 weeks in Europe, this was the most difficulty we had finding a hotel. There are no signs and few road markers, other than a tiny one close to the hotel. By the time I saw that sign, I could see the hotel itself. It doesn't help that everyone notes that it's right by the entrance to the racetrack, there are multiple exits to the racetrack. We found it eventually by going from entrance to entrance, trying to get back to our printed google directions.
Check-in took a long time, but this wasn't the hotel's fault since the party in front of us was holding things up by literally taking up a money collection to pay their bill. We had reserved on line and the hotel found our reservation with no problem. The front desk staff was very friendly and great to interact with.
We rented a room for three. You may want to note that in this hotel, all triples are on the first floor. I am not a big fan of staying on the first floor, since it's usually noisier. But voicing our concern, we were given the room at the very end of the floor, furthest from the reception area and facing the rear parking lot with only the linen room on one side, and it was reasonably quiet at night. The room was clean, the bathroom was nice and clean. Excellent TV with channels in all kinds of languages. The air conditioning was not very efficient, we could barely feel it. Internet is available for a price (not worth it in our opinion) Like other travellers have noted, breakfast was a bit underwhelming. The hotel ran out of some items, there was little service or clean up. But we still had yoghurt and a few different types of bread, meats and juices. We received a filling meal. For the price, I don't feel like I can really complain about breakfast. Close to the hotel was a fast food place called Viena that might have served the best fast food I have had anywhere. It was mobbed with people, even late at night and I could see why. I recommend the Bratwurst and the Iberian sandwich.
While the hotel is certainly a distance from downtown, I don't agree that it's hard to get to Barcelona from this hotel. We didn't find it hard at all. We purposefully stayed a little out of town, to avoid the Barcelona traffic and outrageous parking fees. We simply wanted to avoid the headache of taking a rental car into downtown Barcelona (and we were also concerned about having our car broken into or stolen after reading some of the horror stories on trip advisor). My husband was also thrilled to see the race track, he is a big Formula 1 fan. The front desk clerk had an excellent map of the immediate area (I wish I would have had that before I got there) and explained to us in detail how to get to the nearest train station in Granollers, just a few miles down the road. If you are not traveling by car, I believe you can take a bus there. She also told us where to park our car in town. We parked alongside local commuters at no charge, right outside the train station. It felt very safe. The train station was super clean, we bought a return ticket to Barcelona and the air conditioned train whisked us to the city center in 20 minutes. Tickets for 3 people were still considerably cheaper than parking in Barcelona. Trains run until late into the night from several stations in Barcelona and even though we speak no Catalan, we had no problem buying the tickets and finding the right train. It's all clearly marked and easy to do.
So to sum up--it's not a bad place to stay for the money. Just make sure you get directions on how to get there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 5 minutes from the AP-7 highway, our family-friendly hotel is a handy stop on your drive from France to southern Spain. Holiday Inn Express Barcelona-Montmeló is 40 minutes by car from Barcelona El Prat Airport, separated by woodland from Formula 1 races at the Circuit de Catalunya. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Express By Holiday Inn Montmelo Hotel Granollers
- Holiday Inn Barcelona
- Holiday Inn Montmelo
- Express By Holiday Inn Montmelo Province Of Barcelona/Granollers