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Melia Barcelona Sky
Ranked #188 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stayed here recently for my partners Birthday. Very nice, modern hotel with good facilities in a nice location. Some lovely street/bars close by (if you don't fancy the hustle and bustle of la Rambla) and a nice 20mins walk from the gorgeous beach and Olympic Village which has some nice restaurants and bars.
Staff were excellent and extremely helpful; rooms were nice and had a huge bed!!.
Free Wifi in public areas (Bar) although we were told that our room had free Wifi (which incidently didn't work!!)
Only problem with the room (floor 7) was a noise coming from the wall during the night which we sussed out was the sound of the person above taking a pee!!
We thought the Hotel Bar was slightly expensive at E4.5 for half a pint of Heineken

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Had a 5 night stay at this hotel in February and still trying to figure it out. As a solo business traveller I was looking for a vibrant busy hotel. This hotel I had heard was voted the trendiest hotel in Barcelona. My standard room was compact and not at all uncomfortable with a nice view. For me however, the common areas didn't lend themselves to blending in and relaxing. The lighting downstairs and the lounge and bar was very nightclub ambience. I don't think this is a family hotel at all and lacked a welcoming atmosphere - it was also a way out of the city centre and quite a walk to the metro which I wouldn't do when dark.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed here whilst attending the Primavera Sound festival. It was well located for the Parc del Forum - about a 25 minute walk straight down Diagonal.

The hotel itself is a bit tired. We had a good room, on the 17th floor and got a great view of the sea from our bed. The room itself was clean enough but the fixtures and fittings need some investment and the aircon seemed to be ineffective.

As for other things: the pool is small but was fine and the pool area was kept clean and tidy with some nice cabanas for lounging and relaxing, the breakfast was ok but nothing special and the eggs were all pretty nasty with powdered scrambled eggs and very odd fried eggs which had crystallised on top. I stuck with cereal, pastries and fruit.

Basically, if you can get a good deal then it's probably worth it, if not then I would stay somewhere else.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Went for a romantic weekend and paid a bit more for a nicer room on the 27th floor (2 for 1 deal via Mr+Mrs Smith site mentioned in reviews below, thank you). Some stuff included that isn't in standard rooms apparently.
Room was lovely, bed was massive and luxurious, free decent wifi, Nespresso machine, views all across the city really impressive. Tiny negative was the floor showing some scuff marks in places, shower door clearly been repaired, but shower was great.
Included was the Level lounge which was also excellent. Very friendly staff in there couldn't do enough for you and complimentary food and drink pretty much all day was a definite bonus.
Pool area was nice, about 10 loungers maybe not quite enough, but plenty of cabanas. Pool bar itself was being refurbed. Gym was OK, lots of kit but not huge.
Breakfast was good, massive choice, though their idea of cooked breakfast not quite the same as mine. English Breakfast tea should not contain lychee. Loads of pastries, fruit, meats etc. Didn't feel rushed, reception and restaurant staff all friendly, knowledgeable, helpful.
5 mins walk to Poble Nou metro, area felt safe. About 10 mins walk to Glories shopping centre. Few mins to Rambla del Poblenou very nice walk down to the beach, lots of restaurants, bars etc.
Would definitely go back to this hotel, and I find faults for a living.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Ok so after reading some of the reviews on here I got a bit worried about what we would find on checking in.... I shouldn't have worried as we had a fantastic 2 night stay here. (although I will add that if we had been in one of the lower level rooms we may not have had such a great time).

We got a great deal on a mode city view room (think these have now been called the level rooms as the hotel rebranded from ME Barcelona to Melia Barcelona Sky 2 days before our arrival!) and we were on the 27th floor with the most fantastic views across the city with torre agbar and sagrada familia in sight. Loved the floor to ceiling window (be warned if you don't like heights then you might not like the windows quite so much!)

The room was a little tired around the edges but to be honest unless you stay in a hotel that has just opened they are all going to have some wear and tear and the minor scuff marks on the white floors didn't detract from the room which was also bigger feeling than expected. Our room was tucked behind the lifts but there was no noise from them to be heard in the room (and only 6 rooms on our floor so not a high volume of people either)

As others have said the bathroom has a large window by the sink overlooking the bedroom and the shower and toilet are in separate "cupboards" sectioned off with sliding doors. Fine if you are with someone you know well, maybe not so great for mates sharing a room!

We didn't really notice a problem with smell that some reviews have mentioned (yes the surrounding streets can sometimes smell like drains, but we didn't find this an issue in the hotel for our stay).

We had a quick look at the spa area but didn't use it in the end as it was 20 euros per person per day to use the steam room/Jacuzzi/sauna.

Check in was quick and efficient although we did later have to go back and ask about times for breakfast (included on our deal) and about check out times (we were able to have a later check out of 1pm at no extra cost and hotel looked after bags in a safe area for us after check out as we had a night flight home)

We had just got to our room when housekeeping appeared with complimentary bottles of water and a snack for us which was a nice touch. In the evenings when we returned to our room the curtains had been drawn, lights set to low and a little lolly left on each side of the bed, again a nice touch.

Breakfast was plentiful and tasty - everything from bacon, sausage, egg, cereal, yogurt, meats, cheese, fresh bread. croissants, pastries to chocolate cake! Word of warning though, like most of Europe they just don't get my obsession with tea!! I asked for some and was served an English breakfast tea which tasted slightly odd and on closer inspection at the packaging I saw it had lychee extract in it! odd! Never mind, just meant I switched to coffee the next day.

The pool bar was shut during our stay (being refurbished) but the pool areas itself was open. While too cold to swim, there were a few other people taking advantage of the sunshine with us using the loungers/cabanas. Towels are provided. For the size of the hotel it is not a huge area so may get very busy in the summer. It is on the 6th floor and has quite high walls which although mean you don't really get a view, it does keep some of the wind out - it was very breezy during our stay!

The hotel itself can be quite dark in the reception area and bar and as others have mentioned there is a lot of metal/mirrors on the walls everywhere. Didn't really mind it ourselves.

One of the best aspects of our stay had to be the Level lounge on the 25th floor. This is a private lounge that certain rooms have access to (and the staff will check!) and has an area with tv/wii, computer with internet connection (wifi was free in our room and throughout the hotel), various papers/magazines (in Spanish), and a lounge area with a free bar and free snacks/tapas throughout the day. The two girls working here throughout our stay were lovely and friendly and a real credit to the hotel. They also helped us find out train times back to the airport and gave us info on the free museum night in Barcelona.

Location wise it is a little out of the way but easily accessible by metro and tram. (nearest metro poblenou and nearest tram pere IV) About a 3-4 min walk to the metro. Buy a T-10 card at the airport (more than one person can use it at a time, you just validate it as many times as you have people on the way in) and this will get you to the hotel using just one journey on the card. The area itself is still undergoing regeneration and there are some building works half finished nearby (no work going on when we were there) but it felt safe walking around, just not as busy as the main tourist areas. The Ramblas of poblenou (3-4 mins from hotel, turn left as you exit the hotel and keep going straight till you see the ramblas cutting across that road) is lovely to walk down in the evening, plenty of restaurants and cafes too and a great ice cream place El Tio Che (if near Barceloneta beach also try Dinos for ice cream). You can walk all the way down to the beach here (about 10 mins stroll).

Fab stay, would definitely return and recommend staying in one of the level rooms as the service we received was fantastic.

Room Tip: One of the level rooms, city view is great at night to see Barcelona all lit up.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Ok the hotel is not what I was expecting after seeing all the funky pictures!!

First, the shower door was broken (looks like others had the same problem reading some of the reviews below). The shower/bathroom area is separated from the main room by a see through glass, this may be nice if you are on a romantic holiday, not so romantic if you are out with the lads!!

The shower itself was virtually useless. It had a very “and I really mean very” large shower head which made the flow of water very weak.

Now to the biggest problem, when you book a twin room, you would expect 2 physical separate beds right? Wrong! You actually get one double bed that is split up in half. Basically you get a tiny single bed that is almost impossible to separate away from the other bed.

The corridors/external room doors were plain stainless steel from top to bottom which gave the hotel a “prisony” feel. There was also bad smell in the area which spilt into the hotel. I can’t see why the hotel couldn’t use some good air fresheners to get rid of it.

Although the reception staff were very friendly and welcoming, the reception area is dark and uninviting, definitely not what you would expect from a hotel advertising themselves as 4.5 or 5 star!!

Breakfast was way too expensive (22 Euros per person per day) so we never tried it.

Despite all the negatives above, I would still say it is an ok hotel and I would probably stay again (considering the W Hotel was more than twice the price) and the Me hotel was a short walk away from Metro and Tram stations, a large supermarket, a Subway and a Burger King!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Friends and I went to stay in Barcelona for 3 nights arriving 5th May. On our arrival the first impression of what was advertised as a 5* hotel, was quite sad. Reception area totally uninviting and not that of one rated 5*. The first greeting was a smell of what can only be described as a dirty dish cloth. This smell continued into the elevator and then into our room, which had silver fish in the bathroom. Nice!
The link for the hotel described rooms as having tea and coffee facilities, bath robes and so on. On inspection our room had none of these. I asked reception why I had no coffee and tea facilities and was promptly told that this was only applicable to certain rooms. However, if I wished to have them, I could at a charge. Once expressing my dismay, and the condition of my room I was given the facility. The hotel is not handy for the city centre, so we had to result in catching taxi's to and thro. All in all loved city. Hated hotel. Wont be going back. Reminded me of a Madams Boudoir.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Melia Barcelona Sky
Address: Pere IV, 272-286, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Poblenou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Barcelona
#130 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Melia Barcelona Sky 4.5*
Number of rooms: 258
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Architecture that staircases the sky; a beacon watching over an energetic cityscape-ME Barcelona Hotel offers a new interpretation to contemporary design, international cuisine, and the urban experience; fusing personal and professional into one emblematic hotel! ... more   less 
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