I often work in Barcelona and stay in the Ayre Rosellon near the Sagrada Familia but as my husband was coming out for the weekend I fancied a change and wanted somewhere with a pool so we could chill out and relax during the day. Firstly from a location perspective if you are visiting Barcelona with the intention of site seeing, visiting the main shopping and restaurant areas then this is not the best location for you - it's not insurmountable but will cost you about €10 in a cab each way. Having said that you do get more for your money, we got the room for c€110 a night which is a simlilar to the rate I pay regularly but the facilities are far better, bigger rooms, comfier beds, better public areas, bars and restaurants and a pool. Dos Ceilos if definitely worth a visit, we just went for a drink before we went out for dinner and the view was fabulous and seeing the food come out I would be tempted to have dinner there in the future.
There were however a couple of things I was really not happy with; there was no complimentary water (which there is in the Ayre) this I could live with if it were not for the fact they charged €4.50 for a small bottle, I absolutely expect to pay more for drinks in a hotel but this was the same price as a beer & 50 cents cheaper than a glass of cava - in fact it was cheaper to order a coffee! There is a petrol station just round the corner so make sure you stock up there. I was also disppointed with the pool area, don't get me wrong it was a fabulous space just very small given the size of the hotel - there are 24 floors (excluding the level) and there were no loungers available at all both mornings we were there, although it does seem to get quieter from about 2pm onwards. We were also unfortunate enough to be staying just above the pool area which had been hired for a wedding, on our way to bed we could hear the ridiculously loud music on the way up in the lift and it was still very loud in our room, the hotel clearly knew there was a sound issue as they had left us ear plugs, but a) they were useless and b) if you know it is that much of an issue it shouldn't still be going on at 2am. Thankfully I also had my own ear plugs which were much more effective! Finally, there is black carpet in the hall ways outside the rooms, which I am sure must be a nightmare to keep clean but to be honest I was disgusted by the sight when the lift door opened and I first checked into my room and it was over 24hours before it was cleaned which was inexcusable in a 4 star hotel.
The second comparison I should make is to the London ME which we stayed in several weeks ago and to be honest was one of the main reasons for booking the chain in Barcelona. London is a 5 star vs a 4 star in Barcelona but even so Barcelona is not a patch on it in terms of service or attentiveness I'm afraid, which is a shame given its a Spanish hotel chain, so you would have hoped they would be leading by example.
One last word of advice, if you book through their website currently you get a €20 credit per day, 2 warnings about this, it is per day and can't be rolled over so if you don't spend €20 you will loose it. Secondly, this is not automatically credited to your account and the onus is on you to prove you have booked through the website and qualified for the offer - even though they must have a record of how you booked, fortunately I had a hard copy of the email confirmation but I don't believe they would have given me the credit otherwise. We also never received the free water on the first night which you are meant to get when signing up to the rewards scheme, so make sure you ask for it.
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