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Alma Barcelona
Ranked #18 of 515 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 3, 2014

The staff was wonderful. The room was very well appointed. The entire space and experience was fantastic. It is situated in a part of Barcelona that is very laid back part of the city. This is our second visit to Barcelona and the west side of town and in particular Exiempla and Gracia are the best locations. We would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

We booked the Alma suite for two nights (27 & 28 June). The taxi ride from the airport was about 15 minutes and the hotel itself is nestled in an ideal location, about a 15 minute walk from Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in one direction and the unique walking/people watching area of las Ramblas in the other. In addition, the hotel is located right next to (literally) the Calle de Gracia which is Barcelona's upscale shopping district where you'll find high-end retail chains like Louis Vuitton and Gucci for those who like to shop. Our luggage was lost in route from the U.S. and we were more than a little frustrated as a result. We were greeted by Michael upon arrival at the hotel who was extremely helpful in orientating us on our first stay in this amazing city.

The Alma suite is spectacular. An enormous living area, a large bedroom, a very comfortable terrace, and the largest and most spa-like bathroom I've ever seen in a hotel. The décor is modern, but warm. It's clear that the hotel partnered with an excellent decorator. We personally liked the fingerprint door entry at our suite. In contrast with other reviewers, the technology worked perfectly for us every time.

As we went to and fro the hotel, the doorman Marcos was also especially helpful, recommending places to go (and avoid). In fact we didn't come across one rude staff member throughout our stay and I would describe the customer service as "excellent" and "very welcoming". Breakfast downstairs is a little on the expensive side, and the food spread is typical European continental with a variety of meats, cheeses (good selection), and breads. Staff member will make you an espresso, cappuccino or café au lait upon request (done very well). There's also an outdoor garden which is very peaceful in this busy city. We didn't visit the spa.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank MJJ917
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Excellent hotel, within close walking distance to Case Billo, La Pedrera, and Sagrada Familia. Hip and modern yet professional. Excellent breakfast (though you'll pay a lot for it). Beautiful workout facility with steam bath and lap pool. Very easy for English speaking tourists.
My only real complaint: their "fingerprint" key system just doesn't work. It is way too sensitive; someone invested a lot of money in a system that is a white elephant. Were it not for that I'd have given it 5 stars

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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4  Thank HooferNewYork
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

If minimalist is your cup of tea, stay in this hotel.

Location: perfect in the main shopping area, just opposite to Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, but still quiet.
Reception: very friendly and efficient. Introduce a lot of Barcelona sights.
Room: reasonably sized, clean and modern. Though simple, you can see the quality of the furniture is very high. Free mini bar is a very welcoming treat. The only negative side is the small size of working table.
Bathroom: the shower is VERY large with high ceiling. Excellent water pressure. Very conformable.
Swimming pool: located in the basement and feel isolated. Dont want to stay nor swim here.
Rooftop bar: perfect view for the city.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Eternalblue
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

I spent a lot of time reviewing what hotel to stay in for two nights before we went on our cruise of the coast of Spain. I made the right choice. This hotel is just what the reviews said. Very service oriented and extremely professional. We were greeted by a doorman and offered a beverage on arrival, cappuccino was great! Our room was ready at 9 am (upgraded without a request) when we arrived for a short nap and on to take in a few sights. Room was very clean and sheik. Cool shower and sink. Perfect location to shopping area of the locals, not touristy at all, which is what I was looking for. A short walk and there are several breakfast venues if you want to spend less money. Did not have a dinner in hotel so I can not comment. Overall very nice hotel.

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2  Thank Kristi E
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

During a spring break trip to Barcelona, we had an occasion to stay at the Alma. The hotel is well situated for restaurants, bus transport, subways, and walking to sites. It is a modern, clean hotel, with minimalistic furnishings. The staff was exceptionally well-trained and patient. However, we did not heed the warnings posted on trip advisor prior to the trip about the lack of privacy in the bathrooms. Truly, this was a negative. The first bathroom was not a room, but a space situated behind a folding wooden screen. We asked for another. We ended up in a corner room designed for wheelchairs. The bathroom had no door. Water splashed everywhere - there was no shower door either. It is NOT for everyone. Given all the positives of the hotel - sure hope that they make adjustments based on feedback that they hear about their bathroom set-up.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank freetobe50
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Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is fairly pricey but well worth the money if you can afford to spend it for a bit of luxury. The staff are amazing and very helpful. Your greeted by a doorman sometimes a woman and served with a glass of cava whilst checking in. The room was very clean, the bed is so comfortable it made us envious. The food there was superb and on a different level - the beef melted in the mouth. The mini bar is free and re stocked once a day. The location is great for seeing the sights if you haven't been before and the metro is very close (it puts the English tubes to shame - clean, quick, reliable and air conditioned. Get a T10 ticket that enables two people to travel for 5 trips each. Or walk and enjoy the sights as the stations aren't far apart, the ticket can be used on the Renfe trains (again puts English trains to shame) and the local buses. Overall an excellent hotel and great staff.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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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:
#2 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#4 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#4 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#16 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $240 - $417 (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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