Having been to Barcelona many times--and having always stayed around the Bari Gotica part of town--I decided to try something a bit different this time. I'm an Accor frequent guest member, and there's lots of properties from which to choose in BCN. I chose this one because it's on the main métro line, only a few minutes from the Plaças Espanya and Catalonya, in a more residential, local area.
The rooms are typical of newer Novotels: good size, great bathrooms, nicely structured. Little things like blackout curtains are pluses; a shortage of proper drawers to put clothes away into (I was there for nearly a week) a tad bit annoying. The wifi was adequate, barely, but it is also free. But doing a Skype video call was dodgy--really expect more from Accor (and the hotel has acknowledged this and is working on improving the service).
One of the great thing about the property is the roof deck. There's a gym, a pool and a wading pool for kids (I thought it was a jacuzzi, but it's not). There are some nice lounge chair and from noon onwards a café service. But the chairs get grabbed early and people tend to park themselves for hours if you want a lounger. I had several hours from check out until my flight in the evening, so nabbing a lounger and spending the afternoon up there was niiiiice.
Staff are multilingual and helpful. Not 5 star service, but it's not a 5 star hotel. No complaints there. I did not do the breakfast buffet, which seemed overpriced at €18. From 08h onwards there are several cafés in the area to get some breakfast--this is Catalonia so things are open late and therefore don't open up very early. Including many international brands like Starbucks and McDonalds. So us northern European early risers struggle a wee bit. ;)
The hotel is across Avenida Diagonal from cc Gloriés, one of the newer shopping malls in town. There's a Carrefour hypermarché and many international brands there--very convenient. Walk 5 minutes down Avenida Diagonal (away from the city centre) and you come across the rambla for Poble Nou, which is much more "real" that the main Rambla in the centre. Head East on the rambla and you hit a great beach/seawall area (one part nude, if that's your thing) in less than 20 minutes.
When I go back to Barcelona I'd certainly consider staying there again.
- 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:
- Novotel Barcelona City Hotel Barcelona
- Novotel Barcelona City Catalonia