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“Terrific Staff”
Review of Catalonia El Pilar

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Catalonia El Pilar
Ranked #1 of 78 Hotels in Zaragoza
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“Terrific Staff”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

I stayed two nights at this hotel, which was wonderfully located near El Pilar Plaza. The room was fine (once the AC managed to get it cooled off--took 12 hours), but the man behind the desk on the Sunday morning when I checked out was what made my experience at this hotel and in Zaragoza so positive. I was trapped in the city by a marathon that was being run that morning and was going to miss my visit to the Dali museum in Figueres. The gentleman behind the desk that morning saved the day for me. He went far above and beyond the call of duty, kindness, and helpfulness. The hotel is in the historic district, so it's a little difficult to get to (my GPS kept "recalculating" over and over), but it's a great place to stay.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Although the building is historic, first built in 1903, it has been completely renovated over the past few years so that rooms and services are all 21st century. The location is very good, right in old town, behind the Pilar Plaza, but in an area where it isn't so noisy (and Zaragoza can get noisy at night!). There seems to be a lot of bachelor and bachelorette parties taking place in Zaragoza, and I wouldn't want to be in a hotel where they are staying. There were none at this hotel, fortunately.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We recently stayed one night at the Catalonia El Pilar and regret only that we could not stay for longer. Conveniently located in the heart of the oldest part of Zaragoza, this very modern hotel was very pleasant and welcoming. The desk staff could not have been more welcoming or helpful with restaurant recommendations and other helpful information. The price was very reasonable for the room and the breakfast (only 8 Euro) was the most extensive we have seen in all of Spain.
We arrived in Zaragoza on Good Friday which was a day of extensive semana santa processions. Much to our good fortune, the balcony of our hotel room overlooked the processions, giving us a unique aerial view of the impressive and inspiring proceedings. I would like to return to Zaragoza and definitely will stay at the Catalonia El Pilar.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Witney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Stayed here for one night recently and was very impressed. Location is excellent, right in the heart of the old town. It is easy to get to from the railway station - take bus 34 outside the station and get off at Mercado Central from where it is only a short walk to the hotel. The hotel is in easy walking distance to the main sights, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. Room was spacious, staff were very helpful, breakfast was very good. A very enjoyable stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

The hotel is in the heart of old Zaragoza. Well appointed modern rooms in an older heritage building. Very friendly and helpful staff. The hotel is well located between the main historical sites and the more modern shopping areas. The hotel served good food and the breakfast spread was great. Very competitively priced. Would strongly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Clean, lovely rooms, courteous, helpful staff, and excellent complimentary breakfast. Best hotel we staying in, while in Spain. It is also a great location for sightseeing. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Stayed for two nights in work, found the hotel very good with a great location, right in the midle of the comercial city center.
The rooms are nice, with free wifi, Good breakfast
However be advised if you travel by car you should add 20eur per day for car park on adjacent parkings.
If in Zaragoza I will stay again at El Pilar

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Property: Catalonia El Pilar
Address: Calle Manifestacion 16, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain (Formerly Catalonia Zaragoza Plaza Hotel)
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Location: Spain > Aragon > Province of Zaragoza > Zaragoza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Zaragoza
#1 Romantic Hotel in Zaragoza
#5 Business Hotel in Zaragoza
#6 Family Hotel in Zaragoza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Catalonia El Pilar 4*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This magnificent hotel is situated in the historic centre of Zaragoza, a few metres from the Basilica of El Pilar. It is situated in a modernist building from the beginning of the 20th century. Besides offering guests a very pleasant stay, the hotel is considered as a tourist attraction in the city. It has 3 facades with decorative elements in wrought iron. The walls are made of brick, except for the lower part of the building, which is made of stone. ... more   less 
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