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“A small nice hotel in the heart of Barcelona”
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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #20 of 517 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 25, 2012

One of the reasons we chose Alma Barcelona was a lot of thumbs up reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed. The hotel itself is a very interesting building from the interior design point of view, with a grandiose atrium yet a very nice and cosy reception area where attentive staff is looking after your every need. We did like the fingerprint entry system to the rooms all the more so as I was travelling with my 11-year old son who thoroughly enjoyed such innovative way of entering the room. The room was nicely appointed in the grey-brown-and-white palette with designer furniture which in fact turned out to be convenient. I commend the hotel for offering to chose how many if at all breakfasts to take, and the quality of food was without any flaws. I d like to comment on the shower system in the room we were staying. It appeared to be working at its own pace: when I wanted to make the water warmer it was turning biling hot, and the next thing when I was trying to reduce the temprature it went back to stone cold. With a few stryuggles like that we eventually mastered the system but my suggestion to the hotel is to check it (I was scared to turn on the overhead shower :)), also but this is purely subjective the glass door or better call it wall was the only thing separating the shower area from the water dispenser area, it is great from the design point of view but not so practical.
To sum it up: a very impressive and affordable nice boutique hotel in the center of Barcelona with a very attentive and efficient staff. We give you a thumbs-up :)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We enjoyed our stay from the beginning till the end. Very kind people and nice room. Next time in Barcelona it will be Alma again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We are just back from Barcelona where we had a family meeting and loads of fun. Since over 20 years we go at least once a year to this vibrant and stimulating city, but we never found a "preferred hotel", so we tried a lot of "upper-bracket" lodgings. Palace, Meridien, Omm, Grand Florida, Arts, Abac to just cite a few. The only one which came close to the Alma was Abac, a much smaller charming newcomer with a fabulous restaurant, but without the location. The Alma is right spot on where you want to be based (Mallorca and Passeig de Gracia).
Very nice rooms and bathrooms, comfortable bedding, good tech equipment like reliable and free wi-fi (when will luxury hotels finally understand that a free wi-fi is part of a modern hotels basic equpment???, look at Alma as an example please), spectacular and pleasing modern design, which works and "cool" foyer, restaurant, bar, terrace et al.
But what puts this hotel in a different category is it's employees. A smile on their lips at all times, really helpful, eager to please and competent. Particular mention for the ladies and gentlemen of the reception staff who function as hosts, concierges and friends in the same time and really find the right balance between friendliness and efficiency. There are a lot of "design hotels" in Barcelona which exude hipness and a cool attitude, but the coolness also comes with a cool reception towards their guests and a lack of hospitality which by experience permeates the entire hotel and restaurant industry in Barcelona.
Thank you for changing this and be sure that next time we are in Barcelona we shall come back to our new favorite hotel.
Let me mention as well that during our stay the hotel was fully booked and that at no time this has diminished the quality of the service or the helpfulness of the staff.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

My Husband and I stayed here on the 25th March for three nights. We came here on business,and it was also our first time to Barcelona.
The hotel is small and intimate and seems to attract business type people. I think children are welcome,but it is really an adult type retreat.

It's very modern and chic and the room was really trendy with little mod con's (suite),we opted for finger print entry-so no need to worry about losing your room key.
The room had the best bed Ive ever ever slept in,the huge bed had two seperate duvets so my husband and I did not fight over a duvet all night. I want that bed!
Our room was divided in two by a room divider which has an integrated wardrobe and drawers,a TV either side for the bedroom area and living area,and also a mini bar.
Bathroom was large with twin sinks,shower cubicle and bath tub,with a seperate wc.
Bvlgari bath/shower products and also a hairdryer.

Staff from the moment we got out of the taxi were excellent,very polite and spoke great English.
Truly five star staff.
We would definately stay here again and would definately recommend it.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

The Alma was our base for 3 days and 2 nights and the first time we've not stayed at Hotel Arts in the City. Its location is great and the whole place very high quality, clean and cool. The staff are helpful and the ambiance is terrific. We'll be back.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Truly fantastic from start to finish. Staff were welcoming, kind and patient throughout our stay - particularly the front desk, doormen / bellmen and housekeeping. I travel a lot and have never been made to feel more welcome in any hotel. The staff at the front desk knew our names, always went the extra mile to be helpful and made wonderful recommendations for restaurants and great activities for children.

The hotel room was quiet (we were on the garden side), large (very) and clean. The hotel has a subdued, calming style and feel to it. I found this quite enjoyable. I really liked the fingerprint key system which worked perfectly and eliminated the concerns related to losing keys or demagnetization. The breakfast was good (best fresh squeezed orange juice we'ver ever had), dinner was light and tasty and the free mini-bar was a nice plus. In addition, the location is fantastic and we were able to walk almost everywhere. My only constructive comment would be to program the in-room heating to enable guests more flexibility to make the room cooler.

Over all, I would absolutely positively recommend this hotel and will happily stay at the Alma for our next visit. Five well deserved stars!

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

We moved to the Alma after a disappointing stay at a hotel around the corner. Reception was fast friendly and efficient. The suite was large well decorated with a beautiful bathroom complete with Bvlgari goodies. This was a hotel worth mentioning and returning to

Stayed: September 2011
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Additional Information about Alma Barcelona

Address: Mallorca 271, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#6 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#18 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $231 - $419 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Alma Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The AlmaBarcelona hotel is housed in an elegant building which dates back to the start of the 20th Century. Located right in the heart of Barcelona, just a few metres from the famous Passeig de Gràcia. With its proximity to the Batlló house, La Pedrera, Las Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona Cathedral, Palau de la Música, L'Auditori and numerous other popular tourist attractions, the AlmaBarcelona has one of the best locations in the city. Its 72 rooms are separated into classical and modernist accommodation, providing an interior unlike any other. ... more   less 
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