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“Lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Astoria

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Hotel Astoria
Ranked #139 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
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“Lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed 10 days (broken into 7 and 3, allowing us to see two rooms) at Barcelona's Hotel Astoria in July. It's an easy walk to the metro, to a main shopping road, restaurants, and to many good sites. The hotel lobby is nice and staff are friendly, helpful, and welcoming. We were greeted every time we walked into the building, and when we checked in we received maps and were directed to the display of local attractions. The rooms presented well, and to reduce sounds at night from the hallway and bathroom, there was a much appreciated sliding wooden door. (Especially appreciated late late Friday night when the revelers returned to the hotel.) Otherwise, our rooms were pretty quiet, facing the backs of buildings so the view was pitiful, but we appreciated not facing the main street. There were a few minor issues with both rooms: in the first the drains in the sink and tub were painfully slow and the safe stopped working and needed repair; and in the second the toilet made an awful sound after it finished refilling. Other than the safe, none of the issues were important enough to mention to staff until we checked out. Beds were very comfortable, though pillows were flat and I didn't discover the extra pillow until the last day. Breakfast is nice, but not worth the money they charge unless you're a really big breakfast eater. Better to spend 3 euros on a good cup of coffee and a croissant at one of many places nearby. Note: If you do want their breakfast, we were offered nearly half price when we checked in, but the condition was that we all had to eat it everyday. We took them up on it. The one day we ordered eggs and a Spanish sausage (the name of which I don't recall), the order was forgotten and we had to repeat it to another waitress. So we didn't order again, just ate the bread, cured meats, cheeses, lettuce, and fruits at the buffet. The pool isn't really a pool, it's about twice the size of a hot tub and a nice place for a refreshing dip after you've been in the sun. Unfortunately, the pool is on the top floor and the bar is on the bottom floor, so it took some effort to have a glass of wine at the pool. As drunk as a couple of the people in the pool were, it didn't seem to bother everyone. Overall, it was a nice stay; I'd rate this as a nice 3-star hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Astoria, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for writte your opinion in Tripadvisor about our Hotel Astoria.
We try to give the best to our clients this is our aim and we will try to be better in the future.

Next time will be a pleasure to know you and if is possible to give you some recomendations about my citty : Barcelona.

Thank you so much and see you soon.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Astoria.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

We spent three nights there in June. The location is good - walkable (20-30 minutes) to Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter, not far from the subway, and several very good restaurants nearby. Our room had a good view onto the street below, but motorbike noise at all hours was an issue. The lobby is lovely and our room was large and comfortable, yet the price was much lower than what we paid for smaller rooms and less central locations in Paris and London. I'd give an excellent rating if the front desk staff made more of an effort to be helpful. They checked us in without smiling or offering local maps or advice, as should be routine in such a hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Astoria, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Dear Customer,

thank you for your opinion about the Hotel Astoria.

For all the staff is a pleasure to know that you had a nice days with us.I will try to do our service the best .

Thank you and see you soon.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Astoria.
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Pescara, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

This hotel is good, but it's not amazing. It does have a nice little terrace on the roof, which was the reason we chose to stay here, but the claims of a swimming pool are a tad misleading. It's more a plunge pool, which is very welcome after a little time in the sun. There was no bar upstairs though, so to get a drink you had to go from the 8th floor to the bar on the ground floor.

The room we were in was large, but very sparsely decorated. However it seemed that was being remedied as someone came in and out up a mirror on the last day we were here.

One big complaint that we had was that there was a safe in our room but when we asked for the key we were told that they didn't have it, they offered to keep things in the safe at reception for us, but it seemed more inconvenient to us to have to go to the front desk every time we wanted to get iPads or cameras, so most if the time we just carried everything with us.

Service was hit and miss. there was a lovely guy who was very helpful, but most of the time it was very curt and to the point.

Before we booked we saw a lot of reviews saying more like a 4 star. I would say not. It's definitely a 3 star hotel, but that's not a bad thing, and it's a good 3 star hotel.

The location is good by the way, your a way back from the center of Barcelona, but there is still quite a lot going on, the local streets are packed full of great restaurants and bars which serve a lot better food at cheaper prices than you'll get in the center. I heartily recommend Brunch and Cake, which is about a 15 minute walk down Enric Granados. Best food I had while here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Astoria, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for your opinion about the Hotel Astoria.

We will try to solve the problems you had but I want to tell you that we had safety box in all the rooms and I will check what happened.
In the pool we have a phone that you can used if you want to contact with the Bar all the time.

Thank you and I hope to see you next future in Barcelona.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Astoria.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is a great location if you want to enjoy the local activities and not get bogged down with a bunch of tourists and tourist traps. Location gives you plenty access and various travel options to include walking to many shops, genuine cuisine and very helpful English-speaking staff who's willing to give you great advice on where to eat and be apart of the culture. Beyond the hotel's location, be warned.....do not stay on the 1st floor. We had a terrible time getting sleep or rest from the day's activities due to the hotel's kitchen is just below the 1st floor. We heard conversations, banging pots and stacking dishes from 2am until breakfast. Then, you hear the breakfast crowd. The hotel's staff were pleasant, accommodating and hospitable willing to assist with any and all our requests except for switching rooms. I believe it is a 4 rating if we were on a different floor, but all I can go by is my experience and not expectations.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Colby L
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Astoria, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for your words about the Hotel Astoria.
We try to give the best to our clients and this is our aim.
Thank you for the information and we will try to solve the problems that you had.

Thank you so much.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Astoria.
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Richmond, North Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

My Hubbie and I booked into the Astoria only a couple of days prior our four night break. We generally research extensively but on this occasion it was a last minute unexpected treat. We were not disappointed. The hotel is an excellent 3 star hotel, it has beautiful architecture, fascinating pictures on display (some could make you go red!) and is generally clean. The pool area is small and has limited seating which was a little frustrating after a long hot day. But generally we would wait maybe 30 minutes and seating would become available. The pool is on the roof, bar staff were more than happy to bring drink orders. This is fine however on occasion younger residents were a little rowdy. I feel if staff were present in the area it would minimise any general disruption. This is only a small gripe. Overall a very enjoyable stay. I would recommend the Astoria to friends and family.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Astoria, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for coming to the Hotel Astoria.

We celebrate that you enjoyed in our Hotel .We like to work for our clients, we enjoy with them.

Thank you and I hope to see you next time in Barcelona.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Astoria.
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atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

The area of town is great and highly recommend. Not far from La Rambla but not in the heart of the tourist part. Great restaurants and shopping nearby. The hotel appears nice in the lobby but the rooms are tiny and our view was to the dirty inside of the hotel building face a dirty building wall. Bed was not to comfortable. Did not know until the next morning our room was located next to the maids closet which was in full use and slamming doors starting early in the morning. Not the most pleasant experience and there are many hotels in the same area that potentially are nicer. I stayed at the sister property Hotel Balmes and would choose that first before this one.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Astoria, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your words about the Hotel Astoria and for coming with us.

We will try to corretc the things that in your opinion are not good.

Thank you and see you soon.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Astoria.
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Barcelona, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

Generally a fine stay and breakfasts made all the more pleasant by the waitress staff who smiled and made my day. NB Breakfasts seemed to include cooked eggs/bacon and chorista (mild chorizo - this is a must) but not every day was there a little card on the table advertising this but staff were happy to make up the hot plate every day.

Room OK but being used to peaceful surrounds there is some clatter from the marble halls and next door but to be honest its a city, I was on holiday and after walking 7 hour days it meant nothing (at the end of the day .. sorry terrible expression).

Room furnishings good (standard room) and lighting OK but a little dark and the reading lights were not directing light at a book but at the bedside table. Not major but when researching a new destination the next day a bit of a pain.

Free exhibition of Opisso's work in reception area absolutely brilliant and we visited this several times so now very interested in his work. Reception and breakfast area tasteful

Taxi rank outside v.useful and area safe and easy.

I asked for a room facing a sad 'courtyard' really an exadurated central utility shaft but not interested in complaining as no desire to stare out of a window in Barcelona but I think this makes it quieter than a room overlooking the main road. All roads in Barcelona rumble and scream with cars and bikes more than in London but I got used to this so it's not problem.

Generally a good stay but if anything exists in the Barri Gothic (old city) where the streets are filled with walkers and not cars only I would try this next so I could have a view and limited noise.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank JwithT
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Astoria, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for your words about the Hotel Astoria and for coming with us.

We try to give the best service to our clients and this is our aim.Our idea is to be better if is possible.

Thank you so much and I hope to see you next future in Barcelona.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Astoria.
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Property: Hotel Astoria
Address: Paris, 203, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#106 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#108 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#126 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Astoria 3*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you looking for an elegant, central and modern hotel for your business trips or relaxing getaways? Hotel Astoria, a classic among the hotels in Barcelona, is one of the best the city has to offer. It is a three-star hotel located just a few metres from Avinguda Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia offering first-class service.The hotel is located in a building in Barcelona's Eixample district, with architecture typical of the beginning of the 20th century. Among its distinguishing marks, the frescoes, Art-Nouveau busts and fine Lalique crystal are of special note. The walls are decorated with interesting Art-Nouveau posters.Hotel Astoria has a terrace and an outdoor swimming pool, function rooms, a restaurant and a museum dedicated to Catalan illustrator Ricard Opisso.Facilities114 guest rooms: 25 single rooms, 48 double rooms and 41 Superior roomsAstor RestaurantBreakfast buffet24-hour room service and mini-barBusiness centreWi-Fi in all areasFunction rooms and spaces for events: Astor room, París room and the terrace-swimming pool area, located on the hotel's rooftop, and the Astor RestaurantGym and saunaOutdoor swimming pool and solariumOpisso MuseumLaundry and ironing serviceSmall dogs allowed ... more   less 
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