Stayed here on the back of the glowing reviews and certainly wasn’t disappointed. I went for the ‘basic’ room (Grand deluxe) which has plenty of space, one of the comfiest chairs I’ve ever sat in, a large bed and big walk in shower. The toilet is separate, a nice feature, and, by having an open shower/sink area, the room avoids the classic hotel design issue whereby you walk into the room down a darkish corridor because they’ve carved out a separate bathroom. However the open plan sink/shower might not be for everyone. The staff are every bit as friendly and helpful as the reviews suggest and, without exception, spoke great English. Finding an adapter for my 3-pin plugs was no problem and, having hung my rain-marked shoes on the door at night, a shoe-cleaning fairy returned them to me pristine (and without charge) by the next morning. My room at the back of the hotel looked out at the Gaudi chimneys a block away and was perfectly quiet: I suspect rooms at the front on Carrer Mallorca might be noisier. Otherwise the room could have been lighter – reading in bed was fine with a bedside spotlight on a bendy stem. At a pinch that would have lit up the comfy chair too, but anyone with an elaborate make up routine would have struggled with the rather dim lights over the bathroom mirror. The spa is a nice feature – didn’t try the massages etc, but the pool was good for a wake up dip. I tried the 25 Euro breakfast because by day 3 I was itching for something with more roughage than a croissant but the only museli option came with bits of chocolate – a Spanish feature I think. The many local restaurants and cafes offer better value if not great health benefits. Finally the English language TV options could have been better: the BBC news channel had a wobbly picture and jumpy sound so I watched news of Mrs Thatcher’s death on Al Jazeera which came through perfectly! As I could get Radio 4 through the free wifi I didn’t care enough to whinge but it might be more important for others.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alma Barcelona Hotel Barcelona
- Alma Barcelona Catalonia