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“Good Value and Comfortable Accomodation for 4 people and 2 dogs.”
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Hotel Balmes
Ranked #127 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Birmingham, Alabama
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“Good Value and Comfortable Accomodation for 4 people and 2 dogs.”
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights in April while touring around Barcelona. We were a party of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenage daughters) along with our 2 medium size dogs. We drove from Germany and parking was a necessity. Balmes has parking available just next door but you must reserve in advance.Our room was on the ground floor. It was a split level with a loft bedroom upstairs and double size pullout couch below. The best part was the small patio off the sliding glass door. Here we could let the dogs move about. There is a minibar frig in this unit as well. The 2 twin beds upstairs were comfortable but the pullout mattress was a bit uncomfortable for the teenagers. The bath was nice and about average size. The hair dryer was a bit weak so we used our own. The water had to be run for quite some time before the hot water started fowing but with 4 of us showering we did not run out. The hotel staff would answer any questions you had and were pleasant, however, not overly-forthcoming with an abundance of information about the area. We did not take advantage of breakfast so I can't speak to that. The worst part of our stay was the noise. The pool/ jacuzzi is located just above and in the adjoins building and the pump or something klunked all day and night. The walls were extraordinarily thin and we could hear even a clearing of the throat and the screaming children who arrived at 10:00pm and screamed until well after 11:00. We have had small children before do I know it's not easy but it was ridiculously loud. Even soft voices could be heard next door. I'm not sure if this was because of the location of these rooms or if it is a Hotel-wide issue, but pack earplugs. Aside from this I would stay there again when watching our budget. The location is really nice and the area seemed safe at night. There was always a clerk at reception. We ate at various restaurants around town so we didn't stay near hotel for that, but there is a small grocery nearby and pharmacies. Enjoy Barcelona- it is an amazing city.

  • Stayed April 2013
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Balmes, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for your words about the Hotel Balmes.

Is a pleasure to know that you had a nice days in our Hotel and we will try to do the things better is possible.

Thank you for help us and we will give the best.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Balmes.
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Spent six nights recently, just before Easter 2013. Good location, good deal, but let down by indifference?! Had to wait on arrival while rooms were found as, despite having booked online, and had confirmation, the hotel had not got our booking. We were given Room 415 and 515 respectively. Despite other comments, for a single room the size is perfectly adequate. Sound-proofing, however, appears to be non-existent!
Where the hotel lets itself, and guests, down is by doing nothing to fix the air-conditioning that frankly does not work so that each night was spent with the window wide open as the rooms were much too warm and the control did not seem to respond. On our departure I spoke with the concierge who confirmed that the matter had been brought to the attention of management but it was then down to them to speak to the owner(s). When booking, make sure you ask for rooms away from " the central core." Clearly, this is a long-standing problem which they are obviously aware of.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Balmes, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for your opinion and for coming to the Hotel Balmes.

We will change the things that in your opinion are not good, and if is possible to do our service better.

Thank you, and I hope to see you next future.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Balmes.
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Recommended to stay here during a recent business trip. The hotel is very central and ideal for getting around the central areas of Barcelona. It seemed very quiet when I arrived and I could not see any activity in the bar or restaurant. Don't worry because there are loads of great places outside the hotel within 2 minutes walk. Great value for such a central location. Room very comfortable and clean. Had breakfast in the morning which was on par with every other breakfast served in Spain. It feels very safe in the district its in and I would have no hesitation returning or using this hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Balmes, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for your opinion about the Hotel Balmes , and we are happy to know that you had a nice days in our Hotel.

I hope see you next future and if is possible I will give you information about Barcelona, my citty.

Thank you so much.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Balmes.
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

lovely hotel
i loved everything about it
room type, hospitality, cleanliness, type of food
everything was great in this hotel as usual
this is about my 10th time in Barcelona and i love to have the stay in this hotel
totally recommended for those who love to be in the center of cities but far of any noisy scenes around

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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3 Thank mahmoudmbm
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Balmes, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Customer ,

Thank you for your opinion about the Hotel Balmes and for coming with us.

For all the staff of the Hotel Balmes is very important to know the opinion of our clients.

Allways we try to give the best to our clients, this is our aim and our way of work.

Thank you for all and I hope to see you next future.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Balmes.
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Berlin
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I would recommend this hotel for those who want to live close to the city center but to avoid tons of tourists. the rooms was big enough for a city hotel. we did not take braekfast because next to the hotel there are plenty of cafes and bars.
however, do not expect a lot from the sauna...we did not go there as we had seen it

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Natascha K
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Balmes, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for coming to our Hotel Balmes and for your opinion.

Is very important for us to know that you spent a nice days in our Hotel Balmes and in Barcelona.Next time I would like to know you and to give you some recomendations about Barcelona : restaurants, places, etc.

Thank you so much and see you soon.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Balmes.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2013

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights in january, arriving late in the evening. The hotel reception staff were excellent and arranged for us to have a room on a high floor as per my booking request. The room was clean and comfortable and the housekeeping for the 2 days was to a good standard. I did have a problem obtaining the free wi fi but the reception staff helped me and it was probably down to me recently purchasing my first I-phone and having teething troubles.

The staff were very helpful with directions etc and advice about were to eat and we bought a voucher for the tourist bus enabling us to get the ticket at a small discount which was helpful. The reception staff explained that the ac only worked to heat the room at this time of the year so to leave it off if too hot and open the window to cool down if necessary which was not a problem.

The location is about a ten to fifteen minute walk to placa catalunya ( slightly downhill going/uphill coming back) and there are many bars and restuarants to eat in nearby.

We didn`t eat at the hotel but did use the hotel bar one evening which was not overpriced. Our room was on the fifth floor overlooking the garden and we had no noise from the street, but occasionally heard noise from other rooms which did not trouble us.

All in all I would happily stay in the hotel again in the future.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank roybWarwickshire
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pepe066, Director General at Hotel Balmes, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for coming to the Hotel Balmes.

Is a pleasure for all the staff to know that you had a nice days in Barcelona and in the Hotel Balmes.

If you return in the future will be a pleasure to inform about the citty, restaurants, etc.....

Thank you for your words.

Pepe Camps.
Director Hotel Balmes.
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Property: Hotel Balmes
Address: Mallorca, 216, 08008 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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#86 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#95 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#103 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#113 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Balmes 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Balmes is a modern four-star hotel just steps away from Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal in the city's Eixample neighborhood. Minutes from Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel combines its central location with the tranquility of its pool and interior garden. An oasis in the heart of Barcelona's shopping district with a sauna and exclusive services. With 102 comfortable rooms and a range of tailored options, from double and family rooms to exquisite suites and luxurious apartments, guests are ensured the perfect stay for either business or pleasure. In addition to its function rooms and one-of-a-kind dining options for groups and events, the hotel also features a collection of African art that showcases three-dimensional wooden African masks and sculptures from different sub-Saharan African countries. ... more   less 
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