The Praktik Rambla, located a stone's throw from Plaza de Catalunya (which is to say, 2 blocks north) on the much more quiet Rambla de Catalunya, is fantastic (and you're a 5 min walk from the airport bus). The entrance to the hotel and the design in and around it is great and modern but with a rustic feel. The staff (and I think we met about 3 different front-desk-clerks) was all amazingly friendly, always cheerful and happy to help and were fun to joke with (I prefer fun staff instead of purely professional staff, these were both). And should they be busy with another guest, sit like a king in the "Princess chairs" in the lobby while you wait.
I read all the other reviews (for this and the top #30 hotels in Barcelona) before deciding on this one, and as I've now been there, I can say they are nearly all spot on. Those who got unlucky with some aspect of the hotel staff or cleaning, probably got just that, unlucky, happens at any hotel. I saw some less-than-accommodating guests who gave the staff a hard time over literally nothing (directions to a Museum for example), and they treated that person like a king regardless. That's good service - and it always came with a smile.
The room was surprisingly small (not much space beyond the bed) but tastefully decorated with bold but neutral colors and (very) high ceilings (they should almost make some pully-system for hoisting up your suitcase into the air). The bathroom was in contrast very big, and decorated with funky green tile and the shower-head is the biggest I have ever seen, you'll love it! The only drawback to the room was that it felt slightly cramped at times and there was no good place to put your suitcase, and clothing storage was also scarce. That said, after the initial "surprise", we made it work just fine and thought no more of it. There's also an in-room safe that's quite large (although beyond a 15" laptop you won't fit it). The room got cleaned to perfection every day, and the "Spa products" (shampoo etc) are truly top notch, I think every guest "steals" a few of those.
If you plan on spending lots of time in your room, this is not your hotel, and probably not your city either for that matter, for any other type of trip, this is a brilliant hotel.
The beds are very comfortable and the pillows are great (this goes a long way in my book), and in our case the room (number 311) was quiet and we slept with the windows open (there is an A/C as well if needed, in April the nights are still slightly chilly).
The back patio of the hotel (first floor) is wonderful, with loads of comfortable lounge chairs and sofas and is very secluded. There's no pool, but if you're in Barcelona for that kind of activity, just go to the beach instead. Instead, buy some Cava (Spanish Champagne) and some Chorizo (spicy sausage) and take a siesta on the deck, that's what we did. The restaurant next door serves as the "hotel restaurant", but in Barcelona you really don't need a restaurant in the hotel, there's food to be had literally everywhere. That said, the restaurant next door serves excellent food, their egg-based breakfast tapas are amazing, try one.
All in all, we loved the hotel, the staff (A+), the location, and we were happy to come back to it after trekking, eating and shopping all over Barcelona. Will definitely come back to this hotel if I have the option & the money to do so.
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- Praktik Rambla embodies a new boutique hotel concept, an excellent combination of exquisite design, chic comfort, authentic local architecture and the best possible location, all at a low price. A unique place, square in the middle of the Example district, where you will find everything you're looking for in Barcelona, at a modest cost. ... more less
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- Hotel Praktik Rambla Barcelona, Catalonia