The hotel is located near metro/train station "clot" (on terminal 1 at the airport take bus transfer to terminal 2, go to railway station and take train directly to clot; you can use a regular metro ticket for the way from the airport; the ticket counter is at the railway station and we bought a 10-ticket package for metro/train for 9,80 EUR). The hotel is about 15 min walk away from Sagrada Familia. We recommend to give the busses a try (it's cheeper than the tourist busses and you actually see something as opposed to metro). Take line 33 in front of the hotel to go to Diagonal street (one of the main streets).
HOTEL AND ROOMS
The hotel is nicely decorated. Quite modern and funtionally just like the rooms themselves. The aircon in the rooms was quiet and you could regulate it yourself from 17 to 23 degrees Celsius. We in advance asked for a quiet room not too close to the elevator and they gave us a room at the other end of the floor (thanks a lot for that). Unfortunately the room was right on the level of the breakfast terrace. Therefore it was noisy from about 7 o'clock in the morning onwards because the staff were setting the tables. After 8 o'clock people were talking, having breakfast, smoking so you had to keep the window closed (also in the afternoon, some people were smoking on the terrace). We therefore do not recommend room 208 if you want to open curtains and windows in the morning (see also picture attached to give you an impression how close people are sitting to your window).
The real downturn however was the tidyness of the rooms. I attached fotos of the bathroom shower. The bathtub itself was clean, but the shower cabin wasn't. The walls in the bathroom and the sleeping room were stained and especially on the tiles in the bathroom they should try to get this cleaned. As you can see on the hotel's website there are black velvet cussions on the beds. Even after we made use of the card to get the bed changed, the black cussions weren't. Unfortunately they always put these cushions back on your pillows when they clean the room. If there is one thing that is important for me, its clean bedlinen. Using (black!) cushions which seemingly aren't cleaned as regularly as the rest of the bedlinen and putting them back on pillows is something I found unbearable. But other people might not have a problem with this concept. We also regularly got half full rolls of toilet paper when ours was empty. One time you could see on the paper that it must have been fallen into water somewhere else. Such a half full roll of toilet paper that for some reason has been wet already from other rooms should not be recycled by putting it into another bathroom! I think this is a nice hotel and if it wasn't for these hygenic aspects we would wholeheartedly recommend it. But cleanness to me is more important than a pseudo-fancy rainshower (with not enough waterpressure anyway).
The breakfast was great. Booking.com did not enable me to book breakfast and when via email I asked for it, I was told that it was included (that was a great advantage). There is plenty of choice: different kind of breads (and a toaster), cheese and ham selection, srambled eggs, sausages, tomato, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, juice and nespresso coffee (takes a lot of time and requires frequent service, but tastes great). What really was impressive was the staff at breakfast. All of them were working hard to set the tables and refill the breakfast. Therefore there was plenty of choice even if you showed up at 9:45. Their speed was impressive and they were really doing an amazing job. Compliments!
The receptionists were also friendly and helpful and helped us by printing out online tickets (DO reserve Sagrada Familia and Picasso Museum tickets in advance, heaven knows why so many people want to queue for hours when you can go in within minutes with an online ticket) and reserved tables in restaurants for us. Thanks a lot for that. Maybe a folder with some more restaurant tipps at the reception desk would be great? They also stored our luggage when we arrived too early to check in and left in the evening. The hotel offers free Wifi, but the connection quite often is terribly slow. If you need to get something done on the internet, don't wait till last minute because it might not work just by the time you need it. There is also a computer available at the first floor with internet access (quite often also slow connection, but it works). Please keep in mind that also on the computer there is no safe connection (as you are told when you use it).
To sum up: we would wholeheartedly recommend the hotel for its modern interior, the location, the staff and the breakfast. We weren't that happy with the room location, but if you have one on the upper floors (there is an elevator), you might be okay. The big no-go was the cleanness of the room. We only subtracted one point, but you should have a look at the pictures and then decide whether this is minus one or more points for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Leonardo Boutique Hotel Barcelona Sagrada Familia is a three-star hotel, ten minutes walking to Sagrada Familia and the future AVE train station. It has a total of 66 comfortable rooms to have a pleasant stay in Barcelona whether you're traveling for business or a family travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Acta Ink 606 Barcelona Hotel Barcelona
- Leonardo Boutique Hotel Barcelona Sagrada Familia Catalonia