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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #20 of 516 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 10, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in October and couldn't have been been treated better. The experience started with a glass of cava at check in and a finger print option for opening your room. The rooms were very quiet and had a peaceful grey toned theme. It is modern but had a rather zen like feel which is wonderful after a day of city life. Terrific location, would return in a heartbeat!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

The staff were extremely helpful to us. The check in experience was very, very good. The hotel is very pretty but if you don't like modern properties you might find this hotel a little spartan for your taste. Being fans of modern, contemporary styles, we liked it very much! And the location is PERFECT for anything you care to see in Barcelona

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank manfrommars
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

I booked this hotel through Expedia for 2 nights. We got a fair price for what was supposed to be a 5 star hotel. The exterior is so "understated" that we often had difficulty finding it when we returned after sightseeing!
We checked in at 10:00 a.m. after a long flight from the states. We were exhausted and were told that could not get into our room until 2:00, regular check in time. Fair enough, I suppose. I was able to find a loung chair on the patio where I napped until then.
The interior is very modern and sparse. Also very dark. the floors were a dark, laminate which seemed cheap to me. The walls were dark gray, with black accents.
The front desk people were young and friendly; although, they could not help us on recommending a restaurant in the near vicinity.
Our room was fine. Again, very sparse, dark, and minimally furnished. The whole atmosphere, to me, was of pretension with no real luxury or accoutrements. They did offer a "free" minibar bar, with colas, juice, and, I believe beer.
At the end of our stay, our bill was a good bit higher than quoted by Expedia. I believe that the difference was an approximate 50€ vat tax per night, of which we had not been advised of earlier either by Expedia, nor the hotel. This made the hotel not such a good deal, at all!
The location of the hotel is very central and convenient. The bedding was comfortable.
They had a bar and patio which were fine. Nothing special. We did have lunch at the bar one day and paid 27€ (over $37 pp for a small plate and a glas of cava).

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank georgiagir
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almahotels, Director General at Alma Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2013

I am pleased you have shared with us your experience at Alma Barcelona, however it does sadden me to hear that we have not fulfilled your expectations in every way.
Alma Hotels is characterized by its simplicity, sobriety, and high quality products, offering our customers an unperceived luxury and comfort, hence perhaps the feeling of having difficulty in locating our hotel.
The same goes for the somewhat minimalist decor, faint dark colors and possibly the low light in some of the areas of the Hotel, however the idea is to always cause a sense of calmness and unnoticed luxury.
Regarding the check-in time, it is officialy at 02:00 pm, however we always do everything possible to expedite the check in time of our customers. I am deeply sorry if we could not check you in before time due to the high occupancy at the moment.
The price of our buffet breakfast is 25.00 euros/pax so I understand that the extra cost of 50,00 euros corresponds to two breakfasts.
Rates do not include breakfast, as per all our booking confirmations. Again, accept my apologies for this misunderstanding.
Please feel free to contact me directly on your next visit to Barcelona as it would be my personal pleasure to greet on your next stay at Alma Barcelona.

Amaya Guisasola
General Manager

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Great stay at the Alma. Friendly staff and we were given a room straight away even before normal check in time. Room had a great view of the Casa Mila rooftop.

The light switch took a while to get used to and the pillow a little too soft an the tv signal fuzzy at times. Other than that nothing to complain. Hotel location was superb.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mhom
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is a lovely hotel with beautiful furnishings. The service, however, still is a bit uneven and doesn't warrant the price. The food was OK but again, didn't warrant the price. The staff were highly variable - some super competent and very friendly; the others were vague, snooty and perfunctory. One morning reception person was downright unfriendly - I think she felt being pretty was sufficient. The rooms were well appointed but not having a door on the bathroom was awkward as I was traveling with a family member. They might think about sliding doors. Also, we had a kettle and teacups the first day and then inexplicably they were gone that afternoon - rather disturbingly, while we had the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. Finally, we had some weird confusion about our bill - we had been told as we'd checked in that our breakfast was included. It turned out they weren't - at 50 Euros a pop. Might have been useful to understand that before we cheerfully turned up for breakfast every morning. All a bit misleading because there's a little card left in the rooms requesting a "reservation" time for breakfast and then a distinction is made between in-room service (25 Euros per person) vs. downstairs in the lobby (no price). Something the management may want to clarify . . .

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank TallSuzy
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

A one night stay; very good. Great style with charming and attentive service from the front desk. Spa good but small with good massage service. Excellent beds. Super location.
Minor niggles:
- Ultra modern design with hard floors throughout meant that we were kept awake early in the morning with someone above or next door walking around, presumably in high heeled shoes!
- Open rain shower in the bathroom was enjoyable to use, but meant that the floor in the bathroom by the wash basin was all totally wet.
Cafe Emma nearby, recommended by one of your earlier reviewers, was first class for breakfast.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

we just stayed at the Alma Barcelona for 5 nights. The positive: clean and large rooms, friendly, attractive and helpful staff, well-located. The negative: DARK. The lack of lighting made me very uncomfortable. I felt I could not see in the room or in the reception area. I like having more amenities like a tea kettle or coffee pot in the room, apples at the desk, snacks served at cocktail hour. For $250 euros per night, one might expect a few extras. Too sleek, too cool, too hip for this babyboomer.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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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: $230 - $420 (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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