We spent four nights at the Claris at the end of March and we thrilled with the property. Our group book four different rooms, from the Duplex Jr Suite to a standard room and each one had unique properties.
We were upgraded from the Duplex to a Full Suite. The suite include a full sitting room with TV in the front of the room and a separate bedroom with a beautiful bathroom. Each day, housekeeping would convert our couch to a bed for our son. The conversation was a little more difficult than a normal sofa bed, so we weren't able to switch it ourselves in the morning. There were a few negatives about the room. There are no hooks in the bathroom for towels or robes and the light is more limited, because the window in the bedroom is smaller. However, we found the overall quality excellent and loved the space, especially for a European Hotel.
The standard room and the deluxe room we very similar. I was surprised how big a standard room was, given typical European hotels. Both room types included a nice sitting area but the deluxe rooms had both a larger sitting area and much larger bathroom. All the rooms had the same bath products (nice), robes/slippers and turn-down service.
We were greeted warmly when we arrived by Roberto, who noted on our reservation that we had multiple bookings. As he checked us in, he call Maria Rose, the deputy manager to greet us. I am not sure if that is standard procedure, if it was because we had so many people at the hotel or because of our booking with WhatAHotel. In any case it was a very nice touch. Maria Rosa when through all our rooms and the extra amenities we were receiving with the booking. She apologized that the rooms weren't all ready, which we didn't expect as it was 10:00 a.m. And she shared her card so we could call her with any questions or issues.
The staff at the hotel was mostly excellent. We were greeted, by name by most people, every time we returned. When we ran into Maria Rosa in the hotel, she always stopped to see how our trip was and if we needed any help. The restaurant recommendation the hotel gave was was excellent and we were even treated to a complimentary glass of Cava at the end of the meal. (And it was a very local, inexpensive place where dinner was 105 Euros with drinks).
Also, the hotel location was excellent. The local neighborhood had tons of reasonable restaurants and bars. There was a public market just down the street (and way less crowded than the Rambles one). We could walk to Sagrada, Las Rambles, and the Barrio. We also had both bus and subway just two blocks away.
I cannot image a better hotel or location in Barcelona.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel in the centre of Barcelona is ideal for a few days of relaxation or work. Boasting comfort and high-quality service, the hotel enjoys the best location for discovering Barcelona and taking advantage of all the tourist and leisure activities the city has to offer ... more less
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- Hotel Claris Barcelona, Catalonia