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#9 of 353 condos in Barcelona
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Ideally located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, alongside the city’s essential sights and cultural attractions, the Hotel Arai is in an historic 18th Century building
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Rooftop pool
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Rooftop terrace
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Soundproof rooms
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Romantic
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Nestled in the Gothic Quarter, Aparthotel Arai is celebrated for its superb location, offering easy access to beaches and attractions with excellent metro connections. Guests have called out the hotel's spacious and charming rooms, although some find them on the smaller, noisier side. While opinions on noise levels vary, the enchanting atmosphere and historical elegance consistently impress. The hotel's cleanliness receives high marks, with special nods to the immaculate bathrooms. Amenities like kitchenettes and a rooftop pool add comfort, but the pool's size and temperature may not meet everyone's expectations. Despite some concerns over value and room size, the staff's commendable service is a recurring highlight.
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Laura C wrote a review Mar 2024
Atlanta, Georgia6 contributions2 helpful votes
So many things I enjoyed about this hotel - staff was excellent, bed comfortable, location was perfect. What sets it apart is the small galley kitchen, with a fold out table and chairs, where we enjoyed having our breakfast and a take out dinner when we needed a break from running around. We stayed in a deluxe room on the 4th floor overlooking George Orwell square. With the windows closed, noise was never an issue. In the evenings we opened the windows, and had a glass of wine on our sofa and enjoyed the lively feeling of the square. My only issue was very little counter space in the bathroom. I used a shelf in the kitchen and it was handy enough for my many items. I really loved it here and would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Laura, Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to learn that our dedicated staff, comfortable bedding, and prime location in the heart of Barcelona contributed to a memorable experience for you. It is delightful to hear that the unique features of our deluxe rooms, such as the small galley kitchen and the folding table and chairs, provided you with the convenience and comfort to enjoy breakfast and a relaxing dinner. We are also pleased that the tranquility of your 4th-floor room and the vibrant views over George Orwell square added to the enjoyment of your stay. We appreciate your comment regarding the bathroom counter space. While our historical building offers a certain charm and character, it does sometimes present spatial limitations. However, we are glad to know that the shelf in the kitchen served as an effective solution for your needs. Rest assured, we constantly strive to improve our guest experience and your feedback is invaluable to us. We all look forward to the pleasure of seeing you on a future visit. Best regards, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Emma F wrote a review Feb 2023
Plymouth54 contributions23 helpful votes
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We loved this stylish Aparthotel and it’s location in the Gothic quarter. Las Ramblas, the old town, the cathedral and the seafront are all within a short stroll. There is a nearby metro to go further afield and we found this very easy to use. The reception staff were so friendly, welcoming and super helpful. Special thanks to Albert 😊 We were in one of the smaller rooms which was absolutely fine for one week, well-equipped, clean and comfortable. There is some noise from the George Orwell square especially at weekends, but it didn’t bother us at all and I always travel with earplugs anyway! The roof terrace with pool is gorgeous, has great views and a perfect place to relax with a coffee. Room 51 is a penthouse with its own sunny roof terrace and jacuzzi … that would be amazing if budget permits! We weren’t brave enough to swim in the rooftop pool, but were very tempted on our last day when the sun was baking hot for early February! We ate at Palosanto next door to the hotel a couple of times and the food was delicious and very good service. We had breakfast a couple of times in the square in the February sunshine which was also lovely. All in all, we thoroughly recommend this fab hotel and we will definitely be returning for another visit.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Responded Feb 15, 2023
Dear Emma, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It is very rewarding to know that we were able to meet all of your expectations during your stay. Furthermore, we are happy that you received friendly and professional service from our team members and that you appreciated our location with easy access to the city as well as public transport. Moreover, we are glad that you were able to unwind by our rooftop pool and hope on your next visit you will be able to have a refreshing dip. We all look forward to the pleasure of seeing you again on a future visit. Best regards, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Debra S wrote a review Mar 2024
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This hotel is in a great location in the Barri Gotic. The hotel staff are friendly and available 24/7. There is no restaurant on site, so breakfast is delivered to your room (which we didn't do and decided to eat at local coffee shops/cafes). There is a rooftop with a pool, but it was cloudy and/or rainy the entire time we were there so I can't comment on it. We stayed on the 5th floor in the Jewel suite - very nice 2 bedroom, 2 bath room; this could work for 2 couples, as there is a main door for the suite and then 2 separate hotel doors for each bedroom/bath. Note though that the second bedroom is 2 twin sized sofa beds. Also, the main bedroom only has a queen bed that is very firm. There is a lot of noise outside (the main bedroom is off the street and the twin bedroom off the square with restaurants; however, the sliding doors are pretty soundproof and the AC works great! The terraces were lovely for each room. We enjoyed them even though the hot tubs for each could not be used due to the drought. Both bathrooms have hand-held shower nozzle and rainfall showers. Bath products are provided, but note that there is no separate hair conditioner (only a shampoo with conditioner), so bring your own if you have curly/frizzy hair like me!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Debra, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant stay with us and that you received such courteous and professional service from our team members. We are, however, sorry to hear your bed wasn’t up to the standard you've come to expect from us. Please do not hesitate to bring any issues or concerns to our attention at the time, so that we may take action. We all look forward to the pleasure of seeing you on a future visit. Best regards, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Escape637259 wrote a review Mar 2024
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If I come back to Barcelona I will definitely stay here again. Quiet but central between the older part and las Ramblas. The building itself was very beautiful and authentic. I would make one small suggestion. To have a card that is easily identifiable in the room showing the faciltiies and reception number etc. I think there was one but it wasn't obvious to me. But absolutely beautiful place. And great coffee pods!
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tranquility and central position of our location, nestled between the charm of the Gothic Quarter and the vibrancy of Las Ramblas. Your kind words about the beauty and authenticity of our building fill us with pride, as we strive to maintain the historical elegance of our property while providing modern comforts. Regarding your helpful suggestion, we will certainly consider making the information about our amenities and reception number more prominent for our guests' convenience. Your feedback is invaluable to us in our ongoing efforts to enhance our guest experience. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again on a future visit. Best regards, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Happy Traveler wrote a review Mar 2024
Denver20 contributions5 helpful votes
The room was gorgeous, with double pane windows that keep it quiet at night. Plenty of room for three of us and a delightful staff. The location is ideal for the beach, Picasso Museum, the Art district and the quaint Jewish Quarter. We will stay at Arai on all future stays.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. We're thrilled to hear that the room met your expectations and provided a quiet haven during the night, thanks to our soundproofed windows. It's also wonderful to know that our team's efforts contributed to a delightful stay for you and your companions. We take pride in our prime location that allows guests to easily access the city's cultural hotspots and charming quarters. We are always here to ensure our guests have an exceptional stay, and reviews like yours make our commitment even stronger. We hope that you will be able to return for another great experience. Kind regards, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Kim T wrote a review Mar 2024
Cirencester, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
excellent facilities , great room in a beautiful building in a really good location. We had an executive room on the first floor which was located above a square at the back of the hotel. The soundproofing in the room was pretty good and the room was very comfortable with a nice sofa too. The staff were professional and very helpful and responsive. The facilities were really good. White company toiletries were a nice touch.
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for this review of your recent stay. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the exquisite charm of our historic building and found the executive room to your liking, especially its comfort and the added luxury of White Company toiletries. It's also wonderful to know that our staff's professionalism and responsiveness contributed to a pleasant stay. Your commendation of our facilities is greatly appreciated, and we take pride in maintaining the high standards that you experienced. While you've not mentioned any specific concerns, we always strive to perfect our guests' experiences in every possible way. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Take care, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Lilyan30 wrote a review Mar 2024
Swindon, United Kingdom1 contribution
We absolutely LOVED our stay in this beautiful hotel. the location was amazing and so was our room. the staff were so so helpful with everything and made our stay so much better. One thing i would say is that the breakfast is not with the money as there are many places you can go for breakfast very near that are better quality, this didn’t affect our stay though i would still highly recommend this hotel.
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Lilyan, Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. We're thrilled to hear that you adored your stay and found our location to be superb. It's wonderful to know that our rooms met your expectations in terms of comfort and aesthetic. Our team's dedication to service is something we take great pride in, so your compliments are especially appreciated. We note your thoughts on our breakfast offering and understand that while our convenient boxed breakfast service is appreciated, you found more preferable options nearby. Rest assured, we strive to provide a variety of options to suit all our guests' tastes, which can be ordered and customised to be delivered fresh each morning. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Barcelona. Best wishes, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Gastro-intro-writers wrote a review Feb 2024
Bologna, Italy8 contributions
Lovely boutique hotel right in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and a stones throw from La Rambla. The reception team could not be more helpful with suggestions for breakfast stops and restaurants. Rooms are very stylish and full of beautifully restored original features. Would certainly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Feb 29, 2024
Dear Guest, We appreciate that you took the time to share your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you appreciated the boutique charm of our accommodations and the prime location in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, just a short walk from La Ramblas. It is wonderful that our reception team's recommendations for breakfast and dining spots enhanced your stay. We also take pride in the stylish restoration of original features that contribute to the unique atmosphere of each room. The entire team look forward to welcoming you back on a future trip. Kind regards, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Tedspex wrote a review Feb 2024
West Harptree, United Kingdom12 contributions
Fantastic hotel . Perfect location - you can walk everywhere from here. Really helpful staff. Lovely room with plenty of space for our family of 4 . Nice rooftop area. Surrounded by great places to eat and drink .Soundproof room . Would highly recommend
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Feb 25, 2024
Dear Edward, Thank you for such a positive review. We are thrilled to hear that our location served as the perfect base for your family to explore the city. It's wonderful to know that our team was able to assist you effectively throughout your stay. We are also delighted that the room met your needs for space and comfort, and that you enjoyed the tranquility of our rooftop area. Your recommendation is greatly appreciated and speaks volumes to the efforts our team puts forth in creating a memorable stay. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit. Best wishes, Greg Behn, General Manager
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Abe H wrote a review Feb 2024
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Nice rooms in a building with character. We stayed in a family room which had everything we needed. The location in the city and surroundings is the best thing about the place. We had the misfortune to have some cockroaches in the bathroom. According to the staff, we were the first to have it there. Which was unfortunate for us. There are a lot of cockroaches in the older areas of Barcelona but this is the first time we have experienced it in a hotel or any kind of accommodation in all the years we have been there. The next day we got a new room. The staff changed rooms as soon as one was available but generally there was a lack of engagement from the staff. One of the more passive interactions we experienced in Barcelona. We talked to them before we left and I think they understood it and promised to go through their routines if more people get cockroaches.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Feb 21, 2024
Dear Abe, Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the presence of cockroaches during your stay in our charming, character-filled building. While we strive to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness, we understand that occasional issues may arise, especially in the oldest areas of the city. We truly regret that you had to encounter this problem, as it is not reflective of the experience we aim to provide. We're glad to hear that you found your family room accommodating and that our location added to the enjoyment of your stay. We apologize if there was a lack of engagement from our staff during your interactions. Providing exceptional service is a top priority for us, and we will certainly review our procedures to ensure that all guests receive the attention and assistance they deserve. Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention, and we appreciate your understanding and patience. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future and provide you with a much-improved experience. Best wishes, Greg Behn, General Manager
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$289 - $449 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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SpainCataloniaProvince of BarcelonaBarcelonaCiutat Vella (Old Town) / Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic) / El Congrés i els Indians
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32
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aparthotel Arai
Which popular attractions are close to Aparthotel Arai?
Nearby attractions include Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) (0.1 miles), Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar (0.3 miles), and Handmade Barcelona (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Aparthotel Arai?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Aparthotel Arai?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Aparthotel Arai?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Aparthotel Arai?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aparthotel Arai?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bodega Biarritz 1881 Tapas bar, Bodega Oliva, and Viana.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Aparthotel Arai?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Aparthotel Arai have airport transportation?
Yes, Aparthotel Arai offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Aparthotel Arai located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Barcelona.
Are any cleaning services offered at Aparthotel Arai?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Aparthotel Arai?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.