We recently stayed at the hotel and although I don't know that I would stay again there were certainly some nice pluses with this hotel.
First of all the location. It is very well located, a short walk to Las Ramblas and a 10 minute bus ride to Sagreda Familia. Lots of shops and restaurants in walking distance. About a 20.00 euro cab ride from the port and about 35.00 euros to the airport. The hop on/hop off bus service has a stop right in front of the hotel and it's a great way to get around and see Barcelona.
From the moment you arrive at the hotel the staff is wonderful- from the bellman, doorman, reception and concierge. Very welcoming and helpful and eager to ensure that you have a good stay.
Security is good- you need a room key card to operate the elevator. Nice bath amenities and linens, free wifi, as well as bottles of water at the Concierge desk to take when you leave the hotel.
The rooms are an average size. They have that black and white minimalist look (which you will either love or hate). I have to say the beds were comfortable- the pillows were as hard as rock. Order extra or softer ones from housekeeping. The room was very clean,.
I hated the bathroom. Sliding doors which didn't shut all the way and no tub- just a black glass shower. The rain showerhead was nice but there were no instructions on how to turn it on so you got soaked with cold water turning it on.
The bathroom was very dark, even with all the lights on. And no sound proofing (lol). The amenities were nice but the towels were hidden.
The television had a lot of channels but very few were in English- and they were just news networks. A pay movie was 21.00 euros. Far too expensive, even for the Mandarin.
We had breakfast in the Blanc Brasserie and Bistrobar, A bit of a misnomer because although it is located in the "basement" of the hotel the ceiling is incredibly high and has glass block insets that let in natural light. Not at all like a traditional brasserie. There is also a gallery from the main floor that looks down into the restaurant. It is mostly white and very light. You could order from the menu or visit the buffet, which had a nice selection. Wonderful croissants! Coffee/cappuccino could be hotter and the wait staff could be a little more attentive. There is a fabulous cream carpet in the restaurant- in desperate need of cleaning (who puts cream carpets in a restaurant?) The white leather chairs could also use a polish.
The indoor pool (lower level) and spa were very nice. There is also an outdoor terrace on the roof that serves snacks and has a lovely shallow pool that would be nice during the day.
In conclusion although the hotel is well located and the majority of the staff is great this is not at all like the elegant Asian-themed other Mandarin Hotels that I have stayed in. A bit of a disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is an elegant, contemporary hotel in the heart of the avant-garde city's celebrated Passeig de Gracia. Located in a renovated mid-20th century building, this 120-room hotel, offers exceptional services and facilities including an award-winning spa, innovative dining at BistrEau by Angel Leon and two Michelin-starred dining by Carme Ruscalleda, within an exquisite interior created by world renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. ... more less
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