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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Astoria Barcelona, Catalonia