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Hotel Ohla Barcelona
Ranked #41 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Tarragona, Spain
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136 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“luxury in the heart of Barcelona”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

From the start of checking in with a glass of cava to departure this hotel was a delight, just wished we could have stayed longer than one night. Situated in the heart of Barcelona within easy walking distance to everything, this is the perfect location. Staff are extremely friendly & helpful. Huge comfortable bed. The only problem we had was that the shower down didn't close completely & therefore water from the shower leaked out under the door into the area where the sink was. Not the end of the earth, but we mentioned this to staff, who assured us that they would look into it - which I have no doubt they will. Breakfast was lovely, though their scrambled eggs were more like chopped up omelet !! They've obviously been watching BBC1's James Martin & his Saturday Kitchen as they were cooked the same.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights right before New Years Eve. What we liked best about the hotel were the helpful staff, especially Edgar at the front desk; convenient location to tourist sites and metro stop; excellent breakfast; stylish rooms and comfy beds. The only drawback was that we could hear/feel the subway from our 3rd floor room. It was subtle, but not acceptable given the cost of the room.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

I chose the Ohla for our long weekend in Barcelona during which time I would celebrate my 30th birthday. We mentioned this to the hotel, who left a complimentary bottle of fizz and glasses in our room which was a nice touch. Couldn't fault the service, it was great from the moment we arrived and were offered champagne at check in, escorted to our floor in the lift and until we checked out.

The location is very good, a short walk from Plaza Catalunya and the nearest metro station and within walking distance of the old quarter with many sights, bars and restaurants. One day we walked from the hotel to the beach and whilst it was a good walk, it wasn't really too far.

Our room was nice, it was on the third floor facing a side street and part of the main street, but there was no noise. I wasn't particularly keen on the arty kind of minimalist styling of the room, but it was fine.

The rooftop pool is a nice place to hang out, though on some days of our stay there were lots of children in the pool splashing about which made it a bit less relaxing. I think this annoyed several older guests who had obviously chosen the hotel, like us, for a luxurious break. Also you needed to get there early, or wait around for a sunlounger as there weren't many. One thing to watch at the pool was the price of drinks - they were relatively expensive during the day, but after about 5pm, the menu switched to evening prices, which was greater still. That is fine if you order the drinks after 5pm, but if you order earlier in the afternoon but pay after 5pm you many be charged the higher price, which happened to us, so be careful. Reception were happy to amend this for us on checkout though, so it wasn't a big problem.

Breakfast was included in the room rate and served at the tapas restaurant adjacent to the hotel. Whilst it was a little minimalist and fancy for our tastes, it was fine and there were lots of cold buffet options in addition to the hot dish.

Finally, Barcelona tips - don't miss Park Guell, Casa Batllo or the authentic hole in the wall tapas places in the old quarter. My favourite was Sensi, which has great reviews on here.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

We had a great 5 days in Ohla Hotel. We booked the junior suit and it was perfect. Helpful staff, good breakfast, great location. The bar is a nice place to have a cocktail; they make the best Dry Martini!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Stayed three nights over new year. We have visited Barcelona many times and this hotel is definitely in the best location for getting around Barcelona.
Very stylish hotel with staff that seem happy in their work and are consequently good at it.
Slick trouble free check in. Breakfast served until 11.00am with a good choice of food on offer...hotel provided us with two bottles of complimentary Cava on two evening, one being New Year's Eve .The hotel has a great bar and the bar tender, Guiseppe makes some really great signature cocktails...
The only thing we found disappointing was the fact that there wasn't any in room movie channel and a limited choice of international channels for overseas travellers. Overall we had a very relaxing stay and when next in Barcelona in March we will return.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

First, it is important to note that this is only a two year old hotel. Some cabs don't even know how to get there, so be prepared with the address or simply tell the cabie that the hotel is across from the palace of music in the gothic quarter. Location wise, the hotel is ideal. It is right smack in the middle of everything. You could walk almost anywhere, but I suggest a cab for the famous cathedral and gardens.

The hotel itself is very friendly and professional. It's a very modern decor boutique (small) hotel. English is not a problem. The staff will bend over backwards for you. Their suggestions are good ones and they will make reservations for you.

The main restaurant is good, but pricey. Not really worth the money in our opinion, but we were also there when the menu was fixed and quite unique. Look it up online and see what you think of the menu. You'll have breakfast and/or lunch in the smaller restaurant. Breakfast was a nice spread of meats, cheeses, breads, fresh juices, coffee, tea, etc., plus you get one hot dish included and made to order for you (e.g. eggs). The bar/lounge is another small space. The drink menu is extensive/impressive and the presentation is lovely, but be prepared for $10-20 dollar drinks (each).

The rooms are spacious enough. Most come with a completely glass (aka completely see through) shower that is right in the middle of the room. If you're traveling with a friend, parent, etc., you might want to mention this and choose a different room when booking. My husband and I have known each other for 20 years and we were still a little shy about it.

Negatives/needs improving:

- Water temps are not constant; you're always adjusting
- No vent in the toilet closet
- The lighting is unique and usually adequate, but which switch controls what is very confusing
- Ladies, the lighting in the bathroom is dim. Not great for putting on make-up
- The english speaking TV channels are very limited and are mostly news related; bring your own enterainment
- The beds are hard and the pillows are very soft, which can make for an interesting/frustrating night's rest
- The windows do not open for those who like fresh air, though the air-conditioning and heating are both great; we were told that it was a safety concern
- There was really only one great concierge (left him a big tip). There was one that was completely misleading with his information and was a little rude.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel and I would stay there again. However, I agree with a lot of the reviews here that I probably would have given it four stars instead of five. It's missing the polish that you would expect of a five star, but I think it has potential.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marbella, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

I had high expectations, apparantely the Ohla bar is one of the places to hang in the summer months. The design, they said, was really cool and something else.
When we arrive we wondered if we were in the right place but it did say Ohla by the entrance. No recpetion to be seen and noone around, after looking around and asking another guest told us that the reception was on the first floor. So we went up. Waited to check in while the couple infron did the same whilst enjoying a glass of champagne. When it was our turn we were told our room was not ready yet (which was ok, it was only 12.30) We did the check in procedure anyway but were not offered a glass of champagne... I did not really want one but it makes you feel awkward when you are not even offered a glass. The elevator did not work for our floor so we always had to get off at one floor below and then walk. The room as such was rather spacious and bright, lovely bathroom but the room as such felt like a 3 star standard very boring room. We paid 285 Euros per night for 4 nights and I feel that the standard should have been corresponding to the price tag. It si in a great location so you can walk everywhere but I do not see who would stay there when there are true 5 star properties available at roughly the same rates and paying this kind of money one really wants to get the 5 star feel!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Ohla Barcelona
Address: Via Laietana 49, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#26 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#38 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#43 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Ohla Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ohla Barcelona Hotel is a five-star boutique hotel located in the historical center of the city Barcelona, surrounded by three of the city's most popular sight-seeing and shopping areas: the Gothic Quarter, the Born and the Eixample. Inaugurated in February 2011, its location is perfect for tourism, shopping or business, with a fusion of calm serenity and the bustle of downtown Barcelona. The project has left untouched the building's historical facade from 1920 and other listed elements, including the main staircase, while giving the establishment a cutting-edge, minimalist interior design that combines various textures of black, white and oak wood. The building stands out for the sculpture on the facade by world-renowned artist, Frederic Amat. The hotel has 74 rooms, all equipped with a 40-inch TV screen and satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, telephone, safe box with room for a 17-inch laptop, adjustable lighting, individual thermostat, Egyptian cotton sheets, robe, slippers, kettle and minibar. Its culinary spaces are one of the highlights of the hotel, which locals consider great meeting points: Caelis restaurant, awarded with a Michelin star; La Plassohla, 'tapas' and small plates and Vistro 49, a boutique bar specialized in wines and cocktails. The terrace and the enclosed pool, the only one of its kind in Barcelona, have been called one of the best places to relax and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Meeting rooms, gym, sauna and massage room, internet corner and parking garage are just some of the other services the department of Public Relations can offer to even further personalize each guest's stay and ensure it is an unforgettable experience. In short, a world of experiences that the whole Ohla Barcelona team offers guests looking for a hotel with charm and personality in the center of Barcelona. ... more   less 
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