This is one of the best run hotels I have stayed in. Our triple room and bathroom were large and airy, with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. There was a fridge, safe and plenty of toiletries. We were on the first floor at the front of the hotel, but had no problems with road noise from the Gran Via.
The staff were really friendly, giving advice and making bookings etc. The breakfasts were good, with lots of fresh fruit and desserts as well as cooked options. The bar area was a bit quiet and sterile - "happy hour" did not live up to its name! Perhaps some lively music would break the ice? There are a couple of computers there - very useful for catching up on emails and visitor information.
The only downside for us for the location - really good if you are mainly visiting the Gaudi houses and posh shops, but we found we preferred the Gothic quarter, the Ramblas and el Raval areas. It was quite a long walk to these, okay once a day but too far to pop back to the hotel.
We used the Aerobus to get to the hotel - it's okay as long as you don't have much luggage and don't mind the walk from the Plaza Catalunya.
Barcelona is a brilliant city - like Paris but more exuberant. Despite a reputation for crime, we felt equally as safe here as in London or Paris. The Parc Guell was the highlight - when you arrive don't be put off by the crowds around the entrance, as the park is spacious and tranquil. We also enjoyed the cable cars to Montjuic. I really wanted to go to the Funfair at Tibidabo, but it's only open at certain times, so if you want to do this plan your stay around a time when it is open. If you are into Spanish or baroque music it is worth checking in advance what is showing at the Palace of Catalan Music. We used the open top bus for sightseeing - it was absolutely brilliant and stopped at all the main sites.
There was not a great choice of restaurants around the hotel. Casa Alfonso was okay (more fun at the bar than in the stuffy back room), El Glop was okay one night, spectacularly bad on a second visit (the stuffed aubergine is nice). There were better places in the old town area - our best meal was at el Portalon, just off the Ramblas. We also went to the Hard Rock Cafe at the request of our son - great fun and really good steaks and burgers.
We will definitely be returning to Barcelona, but would probably stay around the old town. If the location here works well for you, I would definitely recommend this hotel in all other respects.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This new 4 stars hotel is located at one of the main Barcelona’s avenues, only 350 meters from the distinguished Paseo de Gracia, Plaza de Cataluña and Ramblas. The Grupotel Gran Vía 678 emphasizes by its modern facilities and its stylish decoration. ... more less
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