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“What every hotel experience should be”
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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #17 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
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“What every hotel experience should be”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This hotel hits every nail on the head. Friendly staff, comfortable rooms and clean and modern design. To top it off, it is in an excellent location. Highly recommended and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Schaan, Liechtenstein
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Everything about our stay at the Alma Hotel in Barcelona was simply perfect. Getting there from Plaça de Catalunya where all Aerobuses stop was easy and fast (an about 10-minute-walk) and the welcome was friendly and warm. Greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and given all the necessary information for our stay, we got to our spacious room on the top floor in less than 15 minutes.
The room was spotless and nicely furnished (if you like the minimalistic style). The mattress and pillows were of excellent quality and we had a wonderful view of one of the famous Gaudi house rooftops and of mount Tibidabo.
The food at the restaurant was also really nice and reasonably priced. The garden - although a bit chilly in the evenings for the time of year - looks really relaxing in the middle of this huge city. The rooftop terrace unfortunately closes at the end of September so we never got to see the view from up there.
Last but not least, the location of the hotel couldn't be any better. Right next to Passeig de Gracia and on Carrer de Mallorca (same street as Sagrada Familia), it's about 15 minutes from most important places and sights (Sagrada Familia, ocean, Ramblas, Barri Gòtic, Picasso museum, Cathedral, Palau de Musica, 2 Gaudi houses right next to it, shopping in front and all around hotel, ...).
So, all in all, well worth the money and a haven of relaxation and quiet while visiting this really fantastic and colorful European city.


PS: Leaving and getting to the airport by aerobus (Euros 5.90) was very convenient, fast (the trips takes around 30 minutes) and reasonably priced.
PPS: Get the tickets for the Sagrada Familia online before your visit. The lines of people waiting to get a ticket in front of the basilica are very long. The same goes for most other places of interest.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

In spite of arriving late, we were offered a welcome glass of cava , and our room overlooked the pedrera chimneys. The complementary drinks in the room and turn down service was a nice touch and the bar was reasonably priced. Recommend la tegliatelle over the road for lunch and we found de tapa madre a few blocks away served the bast tapas! The hotel is located off the main shopping street and we walked to most attractions. All in all superb.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

A first class experience from start to finish and one which reinforced all of the positive reviews previously posted. The location, service, atmosphere, and the physical feel of the hotel were all of the highest order. I must make particular mention of the concierge/reception service which was exceptional and their helpful and well informed recommendations for trips and cafés/restaurants played a significant part in our enjoyment of our 3 day stay. You could pay a lot less for a more basic hotel and we thought the breakfast was a tad overpriced but the hotel staff were happy to make recommendations of cheaper local eateries. If there is one thing we would suggest it would be to provide coffee making facilities in the rooms. If you want to have a special stay in a special city then I would thoroughly recommend the Alma.

  • Stayed October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

It isn't obviously a hotel from the outside - and from the moment we crossed the threshold, this establishment continued to surprise us, in the most positive way. At reception, we were welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and invited to relax while everything we needed to know about the hotel and places to visit was explained to us in an efficient and friendly manner. We opted to use the finger-print method to access our room and spa, which was a novelty we hadn't previously encountered. Our room on the 5th floor was stylishly designed and well equipped (lacking only a shower cap and cotton wool pads - are these no longer routinely provided?), and the bed wonderfully comfortable. Drinks in the mini-bar (non-alcoholic) were free and replenished daily. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Location was excellent, just a few minutes walk from key attractions and the bustling city, but the hotel itself was an oasis of tranquility. We ate in the hotel one evening, which was very relaxed. On our second day (my husband's birthday), reception had booked a local restaurant for us, serving Catalan specialities. When we arrived back in our room, a bottle of champagne and chocolate gateau had been left with birthday greetings from 'the team'. We were bowled over by this unexpected thoughtful gesture. Attention to detail was exceptional in every area and made the ALMA stand out as truly special. We would recommend it, without hesitation, and hope to return again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013

If money is not too important, then this hotel is worth a go. I booked late and could only get a Deluxe Master thingummy (I forget). It was a very large room with lounge area. Whilst almost everything was great, it was not perfect. Eg. the toilet is separate from the bathroom. I know some people actually like that. The massive shower (could squeeze a Hockey Team into it) was great, but so open, that it splashed into the living area (slightly). The wash basin is in the room although screened off. Windows did not open, so you were at the mercy of the A/C, which did work fine. Bed very comfortable, pillows ok. Nice turn down service too. You also get slippers, robes etc.
Breakfast was very good, but squeezing more than half a cup of coffee from the staff was a challenge. Coffee pots do not exist in Barcelona I think.
Staff were helpful and courteous.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Angmering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Difficult to know how to write this review without writing outstanding or excellent in every line. So here is a shortened version of what I could write a whole chapter on.
Greeting, ambience, décor, room (junior suite room 201 on front of building), bed, shower, towels, robes and sandals, courtyard, staff, all outstanding in every way. An utter joy to stay there, simply superb.
Our room at the front of the building had no road noise at all that we could notice.
I would not hesitate to recommend this wonderful hotel for anybody looking for a few days 'inner peace' in a tranquil location in the centre of a busy and vibrant city.
Thank you, this was Spanish hospitality at its very best from exceptional staff.
The owners should be extremely proud of what has been created here.

Room Tip: I can only speak for the junior suite we had, it was excellent for us at the front, but no road nois...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Alma Barcelona
Address: Mallorca 271, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#3 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#4 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#15 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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