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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We stayed over New Year - fantastic hotel! Great central location just off Passieg de Gracia. Check in was prompt, staff were knowledgable and couldn't do more for you. The room was big and stylish with complimentary mini-bar and impeccible cleanliness. The spa was small and there were only two loungers but great for a dip after a long day sightseeing. The check-in/concierge staff knew the local area inside out so be sure to ask them for restaurant and bar options as they will give you good advice! In all, one of the best hotels I have stayed in worldwide. We will return to Barcelona in the near furture and when we do we will stay at the Alma because I don't think there is any way it could be topped!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We stayed at the Alma for just one night before flying back to the UK after 2 weeks in the Emporda region. The staff on main reception were both welcoming and very imformative with regards to restaurants and made a few bookings for us. Due to our short stay we had time for 2 lunches and one dinner - all of which we enjoyed. Great tapas for lunch and seafood for dinner! The room was spotlessly clean and had a view into the gardens at the back of the hotel, so lovely and quiet. Comfortable bed, great bathroom and very good location. We visited Casa Batllo - one of the Gaudi properties which was amazing. We loved Barcelona and would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Just before New Year we spent 4 nights in this beautiful hotel which deserves the best reviews. The front staff who we saw most deserves a very big "thank you". I have rarely experienced a stay in a hotel where the staff is so professional, so kind and so smiling at any time of the day. We really felt like home and were always greeted no matter what time of the day/night and how many times we left or came back to the hotel. (Dear Staff, it is thanks to your excellent work that your hotel will not only reach the top ranks of Tripadvisor but also stay at the top). The hotel is contemporary and very quiet which is must for us. I loved using my fingerprint to open our room door. This is such a clever idea and it so convenient not to carry out a key or a card. Our room was very spacious and simply decorated but with much taste. Our bathroom was big but did not have a door which means that you do not have much intimacy, but the goods news is that we had a separate toilet which is very unsual in a hotel room and again a bright idea. The hotel location is perfect for shopping, sightseeing, going out to restaurants, etc. We took a bus shuttle from Barcelona airport to Plaça Catalunya which costs 10 Euros for a return ticket. It is a 15 min. walk to the hotel, but there also plenty of taxis waiting at Plaça Catalunya if you do not feel like walking and/or if you are travelling with heavy luggages. We will definitely stay in our Spanish home next time we visit Barcelona. Viva Alma, via Espana!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

we stayed as a couple for 4 days and enjoyed it very much. The serenity of this place and the kindness of the personal was extraordinary. We will definitely return to the hotel even if there is nothing else to do in Barcelona. I hope that this place stays as cool as it is now.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We arrived in Barcelona very early in the morning the day we were supposed to check in. Having just landed after a red-eye flight, my husband and I were swaying on our feet as we arrived at the hotel. I figured if they couldn't get us into a room early, we might just be able to have our bags secured. One of the concierge workers had us sit down as she worked to arrange an available room for us. While we were waiting another worker whisked our bags upstairs. I was truly amazed and thankful that she did that for us. We went up to the room, took a much needed shower, and slept the day away. The room was gorgeous, modern and spartan. I need to alert travelers though: even though there's a partition between the room and shower, the shower is very much open! This is fine for couples but is not very family-oriented. There was a black-out door which was lovely considering we just needed sleep. We heard absolutely no noise...and we were facing the courtyard where construction was going on in a neighboring building.

There are complimentary beverages in the fridge, water and some lovely juices.
The next morning we ate downstairs for breakfast. It was a great spread, but very pricey. It was an enjoyable laid back feel, and in better weather it would be nice to eat out on their patio.

As we were checking out, they quickly arranged for a taxi to the port.

Our short stay here was absolutely wonderful and if and when we return to Barcelona, I'll be sure to keep Alma in mind!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

we spent 4 nights at alma and enjoyed it every minute. the whole service was wonderful and never intrusive. if we come back to lovely barcelona we will stay at alma! thanks for all the effort! and by the way the fingerprint security system is perfect for not having to worry about keys and the search for them:-)

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Though a bit pricey, especially on weekends, this hotel rocks! It's on a quiet block in a great area of Barcelona, nearby tons of ritzy shops (Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Chanel, etc.) and the metro and two gorgeous Gaudi houses. The staff is wonderful. They're totally nice, very well-spoken and give great restaurant and sight-seeing tips. Thankfully, they advised me to buy tickets to Sagra Familia online the night I checked in, so that we could enjoy the cathedral and skip the lines. Every restaurant they recommended was great. There's a sauna and hot tub, which I never used, and a small gym, which I did use. The rooms are a bit dark, but beautfiul and tastefully decorated in contemporary style. The beds are super comfortable. I'd stay at Alma again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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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:
#2 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#3 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#4 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#14 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $241 - $986 (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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