We arrived at the Claris on a Friday evening and were met from the taxi by a bellboy who took our luggage. Inside our check-in was handled swiftly and efficiently and we were given maps of the city and local information without asking.
The room we had booked was a duplex, which was on the second floor. It did seem strange however that upon entering you find yourself in the bedroom and then have to go up the stairs to the living area. Most duplexes I’ve had in the past have the bedroom upstairs which tends to make for far better use of this type of space.
The next thing you notice is how dark these rooms actually are due to the small window on the lower level while on the upper level there’s no natural light at all. The window overlooks a busy main road and doesn’t open. Traffic noise was evident throughout our stay. While the décor is pleasant the furniture and fabrics are rather on the worn side. The bathroom is very small and rather old fashioned. The shower is extremely powerful but always flooded the floor due to inadequate screening. The bath products were of the cheap un-named variety. Disappointing for a hotel that’s supposed to be 5* Gran Luxe.
The worst aspect of this room was the very hard and uncomfortable bed. The mattresses are the sort that cave in the middle slightly from overuse. The bed linen is actually real linen, which is a nice touch, but what good is that with a bad mattress? And why no duvet / comforter? Just a cotton bed cover, which again didn’t help. The air-conditioning vent for the bedroom was situated directly over the bed and even on the lowest setting resulted in wafts of chilled air over one’s head while trying to sleep.
Breakfast was served in a lower ground floor room and was a buffet. Plenty of variety and attentive service.
The small roof top pool wasn’t anything spectacular and with six people around it seemed rather crowded. The adjoining bar did seem to have good views of the surrounding area and I’m sure would be a great drinking venue at night if busy.
All in all a decent hotel with good service. However the very uncomfortable beds let the property down.
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- 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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