We booked at the HIE as it was one of the few hotels near Barcelona that offered quadruple family accommodation at an affordable rate. Our other options were self catering apartments - something we wanted to avoid as much as possible. Well absolutely no regrets about our choice! This hotel is close to the tranquil suburb of Sant Cugat on a newly built business park. We were fully aware that this hotel was away from Barcelona, but given we had a car we didn't bother as much.
Rooms are a bit small for a family of four but nonetheless suitable and functional. No balconies. Impeccably cleaned everyday and appropriately replenished with linen and towels. Free secure parking on the premises was another plus. The complimentary breakfast was quite okay, however after 9am the queues could get forbiddingly long. The 24hr reception staff was helpful and efficient. All spoke fluent alternative non-catalan languages (English-Italian-French), something amazingly rare we've discovered when around Barcelona / Catalunya!
The (now customary) lack of a mini bar or refrigerator inside the rooms was a bit of an awkward situation. We needed to keep some medicines cool and this meant having to fetch ice-buckets from the lobby twice or three times a day.
Wifi is available but not cheap. There is no pool or fitness centre, but who cares - we weren't after them anyway. There's also a restaurant at the hotel but didn't bother to try it as we were away for most of the time.
The hotel is well positioned 5 minutes walk away to Sant Juan railway station with excellent connections to Placa Catalunya (approx 25 mins ride) and hence the metro of Barcelona. We found the railway the best option to visit Barcelona as it takes away the hassle with the traffic / parking. The last train back is at 23.50, and even frequency wise the service is well served.
Our choice at this hotel was spot-on. It's a hub whereby you can easily reach Barcelona and other interesting places around Catalunya. HIE ticked all of our requirements. Considering the price we paid (less than EUR 500 for eight nights), I think the place offers tremendous value. I can recommend this place anytime, and will surely reconsider it on our next visit to Barcelona.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Barcelona-Sant Cugat Hotel Sant Cugat
- Holiday Inn Express Barcelona-Sant Cugat Sant Cugat Del Valles, Province Of Barcelona