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Alma Barcelona
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We are a couple in our 70's. We decided to stay at the Alma Barcelona in October, 2013, because of its location in Madrid and the positive reviews it had received in TripAdvisor and elsewhere. Overall, we were quite happy with our choice. The location was everything we had expected, the service was excellent, and our room, facing the courtyard, was quiet.

However, some of the features of the hotel were just beyond us. The preferred way for guests to enter their rooms is via fingerprint (recorded at check-in). At our age, fingerprints are no longer legible so we had to use a single large room key that needed to be left at the front desk every time we went out.

Also, we never figured out the light-switch system in our room. Switches are located just inside the door and others are on a row above the bed. Some of them turn on a single light and others turn on a group of lights. Combinations of switch settings in the two locations have unpredictable results. One night we wanted to turn out all the lights so we could go to sleep, and it was difficult to figure out how to do that.

And inexplicably, there is no place to put things in the bathroom. Two hooks next to the shower provide a place for bath towels, but there are no hooks for hand towels, bathrobes, or other items, making it necessary to drop these things in the bathtub or let them lie next to the sink, where they invariably get wet.

All in all, the Alma Barcelona scores high in the "hipness" factor but not so much in the "practicality" dimension.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank caravanseri
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

We booked this hotel based on reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. We loved everything about the hotel.
Check in was very easy and after traveling from the US, we very much appreciated this. We enjoyed a glass of Cava and then went to our room. We booked a room overlooking the garden. It was just as pictured on their website. The room was very comfortable and the bathroom was beautiful and well appointed.
Because we were so tired, we decided to have dinner at the hotel. I haven’t seen much about the restaurant on TA, but I would give it a 5 rating also. We ate outside in the garden. Our waiter was so helpful and obviously proud of the regional food. Everything we had was delicious and very well prepared. It was a perfect evening.
After returning to the hotel on another evening, we found a bottle of Cava in our room with a nice note wishing me a Happy Birthday! We do not recall ever mentioning it was my birthday but somehow they knew; perhaps they noticed when they took my passport. Everyone at the front desk was so helpful. They gave us some great dining recommendations.
We just cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay at the Alma Barcelona.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Rosie010
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

This modern and stylish boutique hotel is located in the heart of the high end shopping area. So the location is great, between very nice stores, cafes and restaurants. In addition, its a short walk to major land marks of Barcelona, and the metro station.
The hotel is clean, modern, stylish, comfortable and sleek. I like that you can access your room with your finger print, not needing to carry a key or a card.
Concierge service was AMAZING, ask for Mariella or Satay, they both spent the time and gave us great recommendations for sight seeing, restaurants, cafes, and shopping areas. Every meal we had was great because of their recommendations. Although we are so picky we were very please with all of the recommendations, they were like reading our minds.
The breakfast buffet although not too huge, but very variable, fresh, and ingredients from the region. The hotel also has a very cute courtyard, its very peaceful and serene, where you can have a meal or enjoy a drink in a hidden garden in the heart of the city.

Room Tip: A room on the courtyard would be nice!!
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ANSQ8
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Quite honestly, the best city hotel I have ever stayed at in my life. My husband and I are very well travelled and have stayed at multiple five star hotels and resorts and we can honestly say the service, facilities, food and location of this hotel cannot be beaten. I wish we could live here! In the booking process, email responses were quick, friendly and informative. Upon arrival, our bags were whisked away and we were seated at a stunning reception area and offered sparkling wine while we checked in. We were provided a brilliant map and restaurant recommendations (try La Cerveseria Catalana, a five minute walk away and Ciudad Condal, a 15 min walk away. Also, an amazing restaurant with Spanish/Japanese fusion called Topik was fantastic). When we saw our room (grand deluxe) we were blown away. Absolutely beautiful, modern, clean, large and with an amazing view. The staff at Alma are just fantastic, brilliant attitude, very friendly but also very efficient and knowledgable. We were so impressed with them all. Food at the hotel is also outstanding. We sampled room service which was wonderful , had drinks in the courtyard. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance to it as well. We found the food and wine prices very reasonable. We also tried the spa treatments which were amazing. It is also notable that while we stayed at the hotel, the Grand Prix was on, so the hotel was at full capacity but in all cases the service was outstanding. Definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NB_86_13
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

My husband and I thought the Alma hotel deserves a 5 star rating. The location is perfect both for walking ( and public transportation) to restaurants, shopping and Gaudi works the beach, and old city.
The reception area which includes concierge, check in, and bell boy is fantastic. They are very helpful suggesting restaurants that are tasteful, local with top of the line decor. They keep a profile on each guest so they know whst reservations have been made for you during your stay.. The hotel has a beautiful patio in the backyard, which is quiet and retreat like. They serve meals there as well as drinks.

Room Tip: We had a room on the street side. I would ask for a room facing the garden next time.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gail F
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