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“Friendly Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Novotel Barcelona Sant Joan Despi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Carrer de la TV3, 2, 08970 Sant Joan Despi, Spain   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sant Joan Despi
London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Friendly Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Hotel is located just outside the edges of Barcelona. Nearest convenient transport is the tram a few minutes walk from the hotel.

Staff on check in were gorgeous and friendly. Spoke clear and fluent english. Patient for a group that had plenty of children in tow. Kids love their play area with x-box foot ball game and other toys.

Parking was a bit pricey but safe. Rooms were big and toilets had bath tubs and clean. Not much views but the view from room 710 to the motorway was good enough for me. Airtight windows prevented any noise from coming in.

Lobby and toilets were clean. Pub lent me some small plates and spoons for kid's tea biscuits, very considerate, thank you. Had wanted to try their bar area but were too exhausted and rooms too comfy to make it downstairs once we were in the rooms.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We booked this hotel at a good rate from the internet. Breakfast was not included the first time but service and room was exceptional so we booked it on the second leg of our trip and breakfast was included then. Breakfast buffet was good though lunch and dinner menu items were limited.
The hotel itself is in a suburb area of Barcelona but bus and tram are located nearby so is a hospital if there is cause for an emergency. Supermarket is close by if you are traveling with kids and forget some essentials. The towels were not great and they gave 3 bottles of shampoo but no lotion but we were not complaining as they provided excellent service otherwise. Remember, this is Europe so rooms and bathrooms will be considerably smaller and you have to ask for iron and international chargers which they give you free of cost. You can also check your email for 20 minutes everyday though the Wi-fi system was not that great and we had trouble downloading on our Ipad. Other than all these minute flaws, i give this hotel 4 stars !

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Southampton, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

The hotel is a relatively new addition to the Novotel chain, and would appear to have been built to take advantage of the proximity of businesses and the Nou Camp stadium of FC Barcelona, as opposed to close proximity to the city itself. In order to get into Bareclona, you need to take both tram and Metro, which are both regular, and in the case of the tram (T3), pick-up points are very close to the hotel (Get a 2-3 day travel card which gives unlimited travel on bus, tram, tube and train). The hotel facilities are clean, modern and the rooms are well equipped and spacious. There is a pool (a bit too chilly in March for a swim!) and a medium sized "garden" area which is a real sun trap and ideal for chilling out if a city trip is a little too much to bear.

There is a small childrens play area adjacent to the reception area, so under reasonably constant observation by hotel staff, and an equally small "internet cafe" area with a couple of Macs, plus an xBox 360 should you want to play games rather than get out and be a tourist!!

The bar is open plan, is overlooked by a large screen TV, which seems to be almost constantly tuned to a sports channel of some sort or another. The restaurant is ok, again open plan with a variable layout dependent upon time of day and (I presume) occupancy levels in the hotel.

Prices for beers, wines, and main meals (our deal included breakfast, whcih was well worth trying) are what you would expect from a Novotel, not cheap, but not hyper expensive (given there is little choice in the vicinity of you want to try alternative catering arrangements).

The hotel staff were universally cheerful, helpful and (mostly) able to converse in English (even though, as mentioned earlier, the hotel is well off what you might call the regular tourist beaten track), and happy to help wherever possible

So, in summary, a well appointed hotel, staffed by friendly, knowledgeable and approachable staff, off the beaten track, so not subject to some of the less attractive traits (particularly of the Brits who go to Barcelona for the stag do's!), but with excellent transport links to both Barcelona and the airport (bus to and from the airport (L77) stops and picks up less than 2 minutes from the Hotel reception).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The hotel is good value for money and is clean with nice rooms and good showers. I wouldn't recommend the food I found it overpriced and greasy. There are good transport links to the centre of Barcelona but it is around a 35 minute journey. Personally this wasn't great as a business traveller as we were travelling to and from the conference and then back in to the city in the evening for dinner as there weren't many restaurants in the local area. Not bad for the price and if you are planning to stay out for the day it is fine but not somewhere to stay if you want to be able to pop back to your hotel at leisure. Can't fault the hotel for value and room cleanliness but would recommend a closer hotel as this one is a little out of the way.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

If you are looking for an affordable hotel in the vicinity of Barcelona, with an excellent public transportation connection to the city, this is it. Still new and clean, not crowded, excellent service and 45 minutes by tram and metro from Placa Catalunya (9.80 EUR for 10 rides). Good breakfast, pleasant bar and comfortable rooms. Free wifi in the room. When we stayed there, the power fell out a few times, but I assume the hotel was not to blame and they did their utmost to restore it as quickly as possible. Most staff speaks good to excellent English.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carrer de la TV3, 2, 08970 Sant Joan Despi, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Sant Joan Despi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sant Joan Despi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Barcelona Sant Joan Despi 4*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4 star hotel with 161 airconditioned and soundproofed rooms. Located next to the AP2 B23 motorway, 3 km outside of Barcelona and the Avenida Diagonal, it is easily accessible on the T3 tram line (at Sant Marti de l Erm) and on bus routes 78 and 157 as well being just 15 km from the airport. The hotel features the Claravia restaurant, a bar, meeting rooms, play area for children, outdoor swimming pool, a terrace area, private parking and WiFi Internet access. ... more   less 
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