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Grupotel Gran Via 678
Ranked #138 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
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“Excellent room”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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grupotelgranvia678, Director General at Grupotel Gran Via 678, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thanks for your comments. We are glad that you were fine with us, but we are surprised with your opinion about our location, as we are located 300 m. Passeig de Gracia, near the center, but in a more quiet and elegant area. We'd love you to come back to our hotel on your next visit to Barcelona. Best regards.
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Me and my Son enjoyed our stay very Much. Good location, close to the metro.
Clean room and bathroom, good shower, internet includet, parking is extra.
Breakfast is good. Youg Children need a larger pool.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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grupotelgranvia678, Director General at Grupotel Gran Via 678, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our hotel and that you liked our location, facilities and breakfast. The pool is the biggest thing that we have built, but being located in the center of the city our size is limited. See you soon. Greetings.
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Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Overall 'excellent' and would definitely recommend this hotel. Stayed here in July for one week. I found the staff very helpful, friendly and professional at all times. This hotel has very good standards, the rooms are clean, spacious and modern. The breakfast bar substantially full all morning with a variety every day. The excellent customer service and spacious ground floor with its charming terrace makes this hotel worth considering. Not a pool person but there is one on the roof terrace.
It's not expensive to stay here but its a little tired and will need some investing to freshen the look particularly of the lounge area. That is not a reason to walk on by ..... The free wifi didn't work well in our room but was good on the ground floor.
The location is good too. Not too far to walk to the beach ... 35 mins if you don't stop half way. It's also a 15 min walk from the Ramblas areas. During our stay the evenings were spent at the Paseig de Gracia area where there are many quality restaurants within 5 to 10 min walk. Not disappointed with location but if your walking a fair bit during the day you wouldn't want to at night as well. If you go to the beach invest in a beach mat, the price of loungers etc are extortionate. I really enjoyed saying in this part of town. It's less bustle at night but not far from the shops or beach for day.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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grupotelgranvia678, Director General at Grupotel Gran Via 678, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you very much for your opinion so positive. Our Hotel is located near the center, but it is located in a more elegant and quiet area. We're glad you enjoyed the terrace and pool. We take note of your suggestions and will work to further improve our facilities and services. Hope to see you soon. Greetings.
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

A lovely very friendly hotel with very helpful staff especially on reception. We asked for recommendations for restaurants and we were not disappointed , well worth asking . The rooms were very clean and bright and the breakfast was great, so much choice and excellent coffee ..we were lucky to get our breakfasts for free as we booked on the hotel website and they had it as a promotion.
The hotel is well positioned for a lot of the sights and great just to walk to the Ramblas and Gaudi houses and restaurants etc. We are glad the hotel had a pool even though it was very small but was great to have a dip in it after a morning sight seeing....
It was also nice to relax in the bar area after coming back from dinner... it would be better in the bar area if the lights were dimmed, but we still enjoyed sitting there . All in all a great little hotel to stay in , I totally recommend it !

Room Tip: over looking the pool the rooms are v quiet
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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grupotelgranvia678, Director General at Grupotel Gran Via 678, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your opinion and assessment. Our staff is happy to help our customers on their visit to Barcelona and to recommend the best places in town. We are glad that you liked where it was located the hotel and facilities and services. Our pool is an added value that makes the stay more pleasant, especially in summer. Hope to see you soon. Best regards
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Lovely hotel on Gran Via about a 10 min walk from Catalunya Square. Although in a very good location it is not right in the middle of the action and you must walk to get anywhere. It is a 2 min walk from Girona metro station where you can get the metro to Barcelonetta and Jaume (the stop we went to every night for the lovely bars in the Gothic Quarter and El Born). This area is within walking distance but its a fair way - 25 mins. The hotel is also 10 min walk from passeig de gracia where there are some nice restaurants. We paid the extra for a superior room with terrace which was fabulous! The terrace got the sun from about 3pm until it went in so we could sit out and have drinks before we went out. Barca is very expensive for drinking out in bars however local drinks such as cava and sangria are very cheap in the supermarkets (less than 2 euros per bottle!). Breakfast was quite varied with decent coffee.
I would say that the major strength of this hotel is the impeccable customer service. All staff at reception were extremely professional and helpful at all times. I emailed the hotel in advance of going and their response was very quick and helpful.
The only reason i've given this hotel a 4 and not a 5 is because the pool is tiny (&m x 2m and only 1,5 deep) and although the hotel has a small bar near reception it lacks a roof top which many of the hotels in barcelona have.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a superior terrace room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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grupotelgranvia678, Director General at Grupotel Gran Via 678, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thanks for your opinion. We are glad that you value our staff and that you liked our hotel. The Terrace Room is a good choice and always advise our customers to reserve this room (well worth it). Our pool is in our building and being in the center of the city do not have much space as we would like, but we hope you liked it and you enjoyed the water. Kindest regards.
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Ljungby
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for the first time in 2011, found it very good and went back again in August.

I tried to book the hotel at their own website and pay with my Amex which didn't work since the website only accepted Mastercard and Visa so I phoned their reservation and the lady I spoke to was very kind and helped me to make the reservation with the website special offer which included free breakfast and pay at the hotel !

When we arrived we had a welcome drink, a very good cava.

The room was ready for checkin and just like last time we got a very nice room, decent size with fresh flowers in the bathroom !

The breakfast was even better this time, a lot of fresh food both warm and cold to choose between, cava every morning if you liked.

I can really recommed this hotel all the staff are really kind and they help you to find your way around all the time !
I will definitely go back to this hotel again !

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel the traffic is disturbing in the front rooms !
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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grupotelgranvia678, Director General at Grupotel Gran Via 678, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your review and for choosing our hotel again during your stay in Barcelona. We are very happy knowing that you feel comfortable with us. Our job is to improve every day. Rooms at the back are quieter, but all of our windows are insulated so that our customers can rest. Pass on your comments to all staff. Hope to see you again with us. Greetings.
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

What a great spot. Very central, great staff. Cant find fault with anything. Rooms lovely. Staff very welcome. Breakfasts very good. Stayed in a room overlooking Gran Via and rooms were very well soundproofed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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grupotelgranvia678, Director General at Grupotel Gran Via 678, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for your review and for choosing our hotel for your stay in Barcelona. Our hotel is very quiet, even in rooms with views of Gran Via, due all the windows are insulated. We are glad that you liked our breakfast and our staff. Hope to see you soon
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Property: Grupotel Gran Via 678
Address: Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 678, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#97 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#98 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#100 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#133 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grupotel Gran Via 678 4*
Number of rooms: 98
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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