This is a good, clean and economical hotel in central Barcelona. As long as you dont mind a walk, you can get to the cathedral in 15mins, and to Las Ramblas in about 30 minutes.
Close by you have some great value authentic restaurants where you wont get ripped off. If you stay here you must try Recasens (see my review on this) and the 100 year old icecream shop Granissats, both of which are within walking distance. In fact this is one of the things that make this hotel location so good.
I'd avoid eating in the tourist area around Las Ramblas - where yuou can expect to pay complete rip off prices (e.g. 8 euros for a beer; or 55 euros for 4 slices of pizza with 4 drinks).
We were there for a birthday celebration and they immediately changed our room to give us a tower view on the 18th floor. Truly spectacular (photo uploaded).
One reason for choosing this hotel was the availability of family rooms where a fold down sofa bed was in the room, ready made.
The only downside was that the pool was closed. We visited in March and the temperature was 21 degrees C / low 70's F and it would have been great to dip into the spectacular rooftop pool. The staff said that is ios closed in winter because it is not heated. This should be on their website (kids were disappointed). However the pool bar area on the rooftop will be spectacular in summer, though note the pool is very small.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star Novotel Barcelona City Hotel has 264 rooms (including 22 suites) and is located right in the heart of the city on Avenida Diagonal (one of the city's main streets), next to Plaza Glòries and 55 yards (50 m) from the Jean Nouvel Tower. The hotel features a Claravía restaurant, a bar, 6222 sq. ft (578 m2) of meeting rooms, an outdoor pool on the terrace with panoramic views of Barcelona and a fitness center. Easy access to the hotel via Ronda de Dalt and Ronda Litoral. (The swimming pool is open only from 1st June to 20th September 2011) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Novotel Barcelona City Catalonia