This review if for the GBB Hotel 4 Barcelona, C/ Doctor Trueta, 164 08005 Barcelona.
Firstly the hotel is about a 25 minute cab ride from the airport, secondly it’s located near the seafront in a mainly urban area, which is rather run down, there is nothing in the way of shops, bars or restaurants near by, you'll have to take a taxi into the town for that. (And on the subject of taxi's, I used several over the three days I was in Barcelona, and none of the taxi drivers knew where the hotel was! Thank goodness for sat-nav!)
The hotel itself is smart, clean and very business like in appearance, however, luxurious it isn’t, and I'll be honest I think the ‘4 stars’ rating is very optimistic.
Reception is manned by friendly (mostly) English speaking staff.
The 'Business Centre' on the ground floor is a let down, two old HP pc's running Vista (and remember, its all in Spanish, including the keyboard layout) does not make a business centre, there are no fax or other facilities, just a some tables and chairs - more of an internet room.
The hotel does offer free wi-fi throughout, but be prepared to log back in as the system times you out regularly.
The rooms themselves are spread 26 per floor over 7 floors, the views from the top floor of the seafront are very nice, but be aware, the hotel is situated in front of a very large cemetery!
I booked a superior room, and it was large, well aired, with a very large and comfortable bed, good (if rather complicated) air-conditioning, but alas no bath, what is it with European hotels, showers are great but really, no bath, come on!
And don't expect a mini-bar, or a fridge, or even tea and coffee making facilities, because there aren’t any, which seems rather stingy (for a 4 star hotel) to me.
Food, a very limited menu, repeated each day, so not much in the way of variety there.
A bizarre twist on the ‘room service’ offering, room service that’s only open between 8pm and 11pm, and overpriced, expect to pay twelve euros for a burger and chips.
Breakfast was better, if a bit crowded, and only a two hour sitting so no time to dawdle! The usual 'continental' fare here, but perfectly edible.
On the lower ground floor is a well equipped gym, free to paying guests.
There are also car parking spacing in a lower parking basement under the hotel for guests bringing cars. There are ‘on street’ spaces outside the hotel as well.
To sum up, located too far from the centre of town and attractions to be a true tourist hotel, but also too far from the business area to appeal to business travellers.
To under equipped for those 4 stars so I'm not quite sure what category this hotel falls into, and when I'm back in Barcelona I'll try somewhere else, not because the hotel wasn’t any good, it just wasn’t good enough, with too many annoying little things that add up to a stay that leaves you feeling like you could have had better…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This smart and stylish hotel, opened at the beginning of 2010, is located in the up-and-coming area of district 22, just a short walk from the beach, and Rambla de poble Nou. In Its 142 rooms are equipped with wire less and cable internet connection, outside direct telephone line, air conditioning, full bathrooms with shower or bath tub, and hair dryer. Some of the rooms are with splendid views to the Mediterranean sea. In the same building is the restaurant with local cuisine, a cocktail bar, and the fitness room with steam bath and sauna. Furthermore there is a business centre with pc connected to internet and parking in the same building.The hotel has 4 meeting rooms with audiovisual equipment, natural light, and high speed internet connection. They are the ideal place for the celebration of your meetings, conventions, banquets and all kinds of social events, for up to 120 delegates.We offer highly flexible meeting room capacity. Our highly trained staffs are on demand to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel 4 Barcelona Catalonia