We chose this hotel based strictly on Trip Advisor reviews and stayed there for the 3 days prior to our Disney Mediterranean cruise. The hotel met and surpassed all of our expectations! We arrived early in the morning, before 9AM local time, after an overnight flight from the US. We were able to check right in which was great as we were exhausted for our flight. Our taxi was met right out front and bags were held and then promptly taken up to our room. Check in was quick and efficient and we were given a map of the city which we found very helpful. Everyone we encountered (housekeeping, restaurant staff, front desk/concierge) spoke sufficient English to assist with our "No habla espanol"! The room was great. We had what they referenced as the Executive Suite and it was very spacious with a separate sitting area located on the other side of a room break formed by the large armoire that housed the 2 TV's, mini fridge and drawers for storage. As I assume is a European thing, the mini fridge was stocked with water, juices and soda which was wonderful. The beds were very comfortable and although the floors were hardwood and kind of chilly the provided slippers (and robes too) helped with that. The bath was very large with a wonderful tub, separate shower and double sinks. The towels were very plush. The toilet and bidet were enclosed which offered some privacy. The only complaint I might have about the room would be it was a little "dark" even with all lamps burning. But that was not really a huge issue to us as the bathroom was very well lit. We did have breakfast and dinner both at the hotel and enjoyed both. We had never been to Spain so we were unsure what to expect but were pleased with both meals and the price seemed comparable to other restaurants we visited while in the city. I would term breakfast as a buffet with multiple stations with both cold and warm items as well as juices. It was a little pricy but we enjoyed it as well as the convenience of it. Dinner was ala carte and enjoyable. At both meals they were not very busy and it seemed that maybe the staff was a little overwhelmed as only one server was handling everything but it could have just been the difference in European vs. American. The hotel is very centrally located to the main thoroughfare of the city with stops for the hop on/hop off tourist buses very close by. It is within walking distance of the Placa de Catalunya and there are many stores, restaurants and attractions in the area. The front desk/concierge staff were very helpful with questions about the area and things to do. Check out was again very efficient and they had a taxi ready and waiting by the time we had settled our bill to take us to the cruise ship terminal. I was very pleased with our stay and although not much of a European traveler I felt that we got what we paid for as far as quality and service. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the Barcelona area!!
- 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