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Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites
Ranked #14 of 732 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Our family of five travelled to Barcelona on a city break and stayed in Erik Vokel apartment.
We enjoyed specious rooms, wide beds (even the sofa-bed in the lounge is quite big) and overall cleaness of the apartment. We didn't have any problems whatsoever as everything was to the highest standard. After all day walking and exploring the city we relaxed in our apartment either watching DVD, surfing the internet (WiFi is free) or planning tomorrow activities.
We dream to one day come back to this magnificent city and if we are lucky we'd like to stay in the same apartment again!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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ericvokelbcn, Gerente at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2014

Dear Guest,

Fist of all we would like to thank you for letting us know about how your experience with us was.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and that everything was to your liking.

Thanks again for choosing Eric Vökel as your accommodation in Barcelona and we look forward to seeing you again.


Best regards,

Òscar de Jesús

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

The Eric Vokel Gran Via is an excellent place to stay while visiting Barcelona. The apartments are well stocked, clean, and very modern. Alex and Carlos (reception) are just in one simple word FABULOUS!!! I have only good thing and high praise for this property. Viva Eric Vokel Gran Via!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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ericvokelbcn, Gerente at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2013

Dear Linda,

Thank you so much for a such reveiw, we are glad to hear that you really loved your stay with us.

We hope that you enjoyed the city and had a nice birthday with us!

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you want to visit any of our other locations and we will offer you our best rate.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kindest Regards from Barcelona,

Alexandre Petignot

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We have just returned from these great apartments and I cannot recommend them enough. Although we did have a bad start as we booked a shuttle transfer from the airport , the driver dropped us off at the apartments but didn't wait for us to enter the building . We rang the buzzer but there was no reception person there ,we managed to get in by pressing different numbers as you had to enter your last 2 digits from booking reference ,this was 20.30 at night so it was dark and quite difficult to see . When we got inside it was an automated check in system , we entered our reference only to be told there was no booking , you can imagine we were not best pleased as we had no idea where we were etc. There was a 24 hour phone by the side of check in machine so I picked it up and a male answered , I told him there was no booking for us and he was asking me where I was it took a couple of replies before I realised we were in the Eric vokel boutique appartments not the gran via , the fool had dropped us at the wrong place . The man told us to wait there as he was sending a taxi for us , wow wat a relief . Only problem was we were annoyed that we had already paid for transfers and even gave the driver a tip ! We kept the receipt as I was going to complain when I got home but we needn't have worried because when we arrived at gran via we were met at reception by Carlos who could not have done enough for us and even paid us the money back for the taxi . Excellent service , we were checked in a couple of minutes and were given room 12 which was ideal as it was on the first floor so no need to use the tiny lift .
The apartment was fantastic , we booked for 2 person so we're very impressed when it turned out to have a separate bedroom and also another double bed through the dividing partition and a sofa bed too . The place would sleep 6 . I had read reviews which said there was quite a bit of road noise from the apartments at the front of block but this was not the case as the main bedroom was towards the back with the patio opening out to the courtyard and electric shutters , it could not have been more quite it was great . The apartments are extremely well equipped with everything you need for your stay in Barcelona , you even get a little cleaning pack with dish soap , clothes washing tabs, scourer and wiping cloth. There is also a toaster, kettle , coffee maker , hair dryer and the apartment is a very generous size too.
These apartments are in a fantastic location for seeing all the sights etc as they are located on the main through road which leads directly from the airport . Gran via is the huge long road which leads right to the centre of the city and all it's attractions.
I must also say that before visiting Barcelona I was warned several times about the pickpockets. Obviously you need to have your wits about you and be on your guard as you would when visiting any major city , we had no problems with regards pickpockets or any one else but it takes away the experience a little bit because you are constantly on the defence and really you shouldn't be because there are some lovely people there and I also saw a few locals warning people that they had left their bags open.
Also we used the metro which is so easy and convenient to use , there is a stop right across the road , get a T10 ticket which gives you 10 journeys and if you are a couple you can use it between you , it really is so easy. There is also a lovely patisserie next door and also lots of bars and restaurants along the road , also quite a few supermarkets.
We booked to go to camp nou with Carlos at the reception who was most helpful . All the staff at the gran via are the most helpful I have come across in a long while in the hospitality industry they truly are a credit to the Eric vokel group. Without hesitation I would defiantly stay here again when visiting Barcelona. Thankyou so much for a great few days and in particular a big thankyou to Carlos.

Room Tip: Pick a room on floor 1 as you won't have to use the tiny lift
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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ericvokelbcn, Gerente at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2013

Dear guest,

First of all, I would like to thank you for the very positive comment about our apartments Eric Vökel Gran Via Suites. We are proud to see that our work meets all those visiting our apartments. It is really nice to receive such a good review about our apartments thank you so much for taking the time to write this comment.

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and that it was great and also you could quickly forget the incident for the first night. Our work goes beyond the care you may need, so I would pay a taxi again or would do everything in my power to solve any kind of unfortune sorprise you might have. Eric Vökel has a great team of professionals ready for do anything.

Thank you so much for your nice words to myself. It is a really honor for me to receive comments so rewarding, it's been a pleasure dealing with you, I look forward to see you soon in our apartments, we will be more than happy to your welcome.

My best wishes,

Carlos

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

We wanted a few days in Barcelona before joining our Cruise and wanted some degree of Luxury and space without the high price of hotel suites. At a price below that of a standard hotel room we got an apartment much larger than most hotel suites. Beautifully clean, separate bedroom with dual built in closets, king sized bed, electric blinds, large bathroom with walk in glass shower, fully functional full kitchen with freezer and refrigerator, full dining table with 4 chairs, large wall mounted flat screen TV, coffee tables, sofa and chairs with comfortable seating for 4 and even another sofa that could convert into a single bed.
The apartments seem to be individually designed in a very stylish way which is so much more exciting than bland hotel rooms. There are very good pictures on the web. They are very quirky and very attractive. There is an old 1930s style lift which is enough to save carrying luggage up and down stairs but could become an issue if everybody left at the same moment. It seemed to work fine for us.
The location is very close to a subway station so you can get about very easily. It would be possible to get to the location from the airport on public transport if you needed to. We took a cab for 30 euros. It is also possible to reach the cruise terminal in the same way. We took another cab there too so I did not need to carry our luggage. When you reach 60 you want somebody else to do the heavy lifting! This is not right in the centre or in a noisy location. You are about 6 stops from the Rambler but you could enjoy a 40 minute walk there rather than a 10 minute ride. 10 Euros gets you a 2 day travel pass and I guess you could use that to get too and from the airport and even to the cruise terminal - we didn't, but we got all over the city with ours.
There is no room service, bar or restaurant but there is a bar next door but one and a great place to eat breakfast in the sunshine 40 yards further on just by the subway. There are 6 further restaurants and a 7-11 grocery store within a block but with the subway so close we ate elsewhere each night.
There is no swimming pool or fitness centre either but I never understand why you would want one in Barcelona!
We enjoyed our stay and will use this location again I am sure next time we visit Barcelona.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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ericvokelbcn, Gerente at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Mr.Neil,

First of all let me thank you for letting us know about how much you enjoyed to lodge at Eric Vökel Gran Via Suites.

We are glad to know that you likedthe facilities and the style the accommodation is set like. We also know how quirky our lift is and we want to let you know that it will get an upgrade real soon.

Thanks for choosing Eric Vökel as your accommodation in Barcelona and we hope to see again very soon.


Best regards,

Òscar de Jesús

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Eric Vokel Gran Via Apartments. The apartment was spacious, clean and comfortable. The personnel was very friendly and helpful. We would recommend this accommodation to anyone.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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ericvokelbcn, Gerente at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2013

Dear guest,

In the first place we want to thank you for commenting about your experience with us at Eric Vökel Gran Via Suites.

We appreciate that you could make good use of both our rooms and our staff's charm and professional experience.

Thanks again for sharing your opinion with us and we hope to see you again very soon.


Regards,

Òscar

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

we are a family of four and stayed in both the BCN Suites and the Gran Via location and loved both of them. the locations, apartment designs, and full set of appliances and kitchen ware made our stay comfortable, fun, and super enjoyable. the staff was extremely helpful and communications with the hotel via email prior to our trip was excellent. there was no problem with the 9-6 reception hours - the night before our departure the hotel staff ordered a taxi for us that arrived at 4am in order for us to catch our morning flight. we will always stay at eric vokel for future visits to barcelona and will try them in other cities as well. one note - the free breakfast offer does not apply on sundays as the partnering cafes are closed on sundays.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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ericvokelbcn, Gerente at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2013

Dear guest,

First of all I would like to thank you for sharing your opinion with us.

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our accommodations and we take into account your note about the sunday breakfasts.

Thanks again for having chosen Eric Vökel and we hope to see you again very soon.


Regards,

Òscar

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We stayed here at the Gran Via Boutique apartments on our recent four night trip to Barcelona and needless to say I was generally impressed with our choice of accomodation!

The apartments are located on the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, a short walk from Pl. Espanya train station and the big square. So if you are intending on booking accomodation here, you could either catch a train from the airport or catch the A2 bus which drives right past the hotel.

Reception staff are very helpful and friendly, were always willing to assist with any tourist inquiries we had; make sure you ask them about booking tickets to an FCB game if you get the chance, I regret not asking but I am sure that there would not have been any games on that would have fit into our schedule. They do offer stadium tours tickets at a discounted price though, along with the hop on-hop off bus service, so make sure you ask them.

The rooms are quite lovely, recently renovated with all the mod con fittings. We were upgraded slightly so that we had a terrace apartment, which had a massive outdoor area where we were able to sit in the afternoon sun after a long day of hiking Montoserrat, and there's also plenty of space to hang some washed clothes if you are so inclined.

The apartment we stayed in included a full size double bed, a proper double bed not two singles jammed together, so if you're like me and you like to get up close and personal with your girlfriend, you'll be pleased at that! Plenty of storage in the very large built in wardrobes, there's a room safe as well. Rooms have roller blinds and the sliding metal security blinds as well, so if you have trouble sleeping in a light room you can instantly convert your bedroom to a dungeon if need be.

Bathroom is nice, full size shower, toilet and a sink, they include some towels and some toilet paper but not much else; nice heated towel rail too - handy if you have wet clothes to dry should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Kitchen and dining is very spacious, there's a decent fridge and freezer, microwave, oven, dishwasher if you need it and sink. The rental company includes some basic utilities for cleaning etc such as washing up detergent, plenty of towels etc. Plates and cooking utensils as well. TV is good, has quite a few channels if you want to catch up on the news etc.

Apartments are accessed via either the stairs or an elevator - not much room in the elevator for a large group of people, but not a problem really, I have been in far worse elevators in Italy.

All in all, I think this hotel apartment was probably one of the best bookings we made on our massive trip around Europe, and would definitely recommend it to any travellers thinking of staying in Barcelona for a few days and would like a little bit of normality for a change rather than stay in a hotel. The location is excellent, the rooms and amenities are perfect, the staff are lovely, I was sold. Boom

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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ericvokelbcn, Gerente at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2013

Dear Evan,

First of all let me thank you for sharing your experience and your opinion about our accommodation.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay so much but we are sorry that you did not ask for more information at the front desk, remember that we are here to wise you up about any trouble you may have about the city.

Besides I want to let you know that our quirky lift is going to get an upgrade soon enough so it is not that cramped.

Thanks for having chosen Eric Vökel as your place to stay in Barcelona and we hope to see you again.


Sincerely,

Òscar

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Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 454, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #14 of 732 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: $141 - $307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - Gran Via Suites 4*
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Eric Vökel Gran Via Suites has been personally and decorated by Eric in a style that is a unique mix of functionality and the beauty of Nordic design with all creativity and spontaneity of Mediterranean design.Light and confort create the spaces in the apartments and have the highest level of ecological efficiency and confort, providing every convenience to make the stay as pleasant as posible. This building is located very close to the city center, Plaza Catalunya and Ramblas is the Eixample neighborhood. Furthermore, it is very easily communicated by public transportation from the airport. ... more   less 
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