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Le Meridien Barcelona
Ranked #114 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin
1 review
“Nice, but not 5 star”
Reviewed July 31, 2008

All and all a nice hotel, but lacking the extras that make a 5 star hotel by US or EU standards. I would stay again, but would not pay the advertised tariffs.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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31 reviews
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Reviewed July 25, 2008

There is so much to like about the Meridien, from its central location on the Ramblas in Barcelona to the friendly staff. But there is almost as much to disappointment, from poorly maintained rooms (I had two major water leaks in my two visits) to its lack of a pool and terrace, which are important in a city that boasts 200-plus days of sun a year. And the rates at this hotel are astronomical when compared to its rivals nearby. Try some of Barcelona's fantastic -- and far less expensive -- boutique hotels.

  • Stayed June 2008
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Odessa, Ukraine
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,547 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2008

When making the reservation I thought it's good to take a hotel directly at the Rampla - but it's not! The Rampla is full of tourists, homeless and by far not clean. So the location of the hotel already has been the first problem. Better to stay at a relaxed and green area of the city and take a taxi down-town if you want to go there.

As a Platinum SPG member at first we got one of the quite small standard but renovated rooms. They try to make it "design" but with grey/brown/red they got it quite 80's style... red leather armchair...

After I complained about the room and pointed to my Platinum status they gave us a quite shabby unrenovated suite (also withou any view) on 6th floor. The most amazing point of the room was that there's a window from the hall to the bathrrom where you can directly look to the toilet. Whos idea was that??? Imagine the maid comes in...

Another problem of the hotel is the internet connection. In the room it's € 20,00 plus tax (I really ask myself for what some hotels still charge money for internet access). In the business center it's free - but the computers are often occupied by children. WiFi exists at the lobby and at the business center, that's it - and it costs € 20,00. Thanks a lot!

Another issue is breakfast. While staying at Sheraton (and some Westin) for SPG platinum members breakfast (or lounge access) is included at the "Le Meridien" it's not. I really don't understand why SPG can't unify their goodies for all Starwood hotels.

Well, we reduced our stay from 2 nights to 1 night only and were really happy to leave.

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2 Thank HONkiev
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Rochester, NY
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2008

Nice hotel and location but was awaken every morning at 6:00 AM by construction renovation next to my suite. It is a beautiful hotel with all the amenities and unfortunately we picked the wrong time to stay here. I would stay here again but would make sure beforehand that there is no constuction next to the room. I didn't ask to be moved as it was an excellent suite and we were all unpacked and settled and had overheard the receptionist tell another guest that the hotel was full. I don't like to complain and we were only staying for 3 nights.

  • Liked — Luxury and Location
  • Disliked — Construction noise next to suite
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Conesuslk
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2008

Excellent 5 star hotel, can't fault it. this is my second stay and I will come back for sure. Great location, nice new rooms, friendly staff!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Loud music in elevator at times
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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Thank globetrotterboy
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Boston
1 review
Reviewed July 9, 2008

I ended up staying at the Le Meriden because my first choice, a private resident near the Central Station immediately turned out to be a bad choice: The private residence I had originally booked was smaller than advertised, on the busiest and nosiest street in Barcelona (and lacking the double pane noise proof windows you normally find in Paris) and the internet did not work.
I packed my bags and left for a more expensive but rewarding hotel stay at Le Meriden. For the average traveler Le Meriden Barcelona is an EXPENSIVE hotel at lowest $350 average per night. But the location is a gem. Close to public transportation (the Catalunya railway and metro stations are but a 100 meters from the hotel) and right at the doorstep of La Rambla, a long series of streets that lead from city central down to the harbor filled with restaurants and shops and entertainment venues. La Rambla is a wonderful place to people watch as city workers and locals mix with tourists.
The building itself has the reserved modernist style of its 1950s origins but the interior is composed of that unique Barcelona strain of decoration that includes ultra modern furnishings with Catalan colors and styles with a retro sense of history.
My room was large with a wonderful bed and everything was very clean and professionally prepared for my arrival. Internet in the business center and for laptops was free, a great find as most European hotels charge extra for internet access. The staff was friendly and professional.
Because of the central location to art museums and tourist attractions, La Rambla, the harbor and subways and buses this is a highly recommended hotel.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank bro1041
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Boston
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2008

This is a fine hotel, with a perfect location (on La Rambla). But what really made this hotel special was how they treated us when we arrived.

Unfortunately, my daughter's pocketbook, including her passport, was stolen on the way to the hotel (the theives in Barcelona are quite clever). And none of my family speaks any Spanish.

Upon our arrival, we explained what happened. The front desk staff, including Marco and a woman whose name I cannot recall. were amazingly helpful. They placed calls for us to credit card companies, helped us with the police report, and contacted the US Consulate. Without their amazing help, our vacation might have been ruined. Instead, we did our best to forget about it, and had a wonderful stay there.

  • Liked — front desk staff
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Thank paulbo
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Property: Le Meridien Barcelona
Address: Ramblas 111, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#45 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#56 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#64 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#84 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 231
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly positioned for discovering the rich artistic heritage represented by Barcelona's museums, music and architecture, Le Meridien Barcelona is a five star hotel located on the city's most famous street, Las Ramblas. With examples of Gaudi's architecture, the Liceo opera house, MACBA and the Gothic Quarter, all main attractions within walking distance, guests can immerse themselves in local culture. Throughout the hotel art and architectural detailing catch the eye. In the central lobby is Le Meridien's HUB, a perfect place to rendezvous with friends and family. Furnished with contemporary designer pieces and decorated with specially curated art installations. The Hub is a great place to meet and offers a stimulating and fascinating environment. Each of the 231 rooms and suites combines comfortable living with art and design elements, including original works by contemporary local artists. Sublimely comfortable Le Meridien furnishings and multiple entertainment options ensure a relaxed stay. The Longitude 02º 10' Bar in the HUB is the place to enjoy a delicious Illy coffee, fresh cakes or a glass of wine or cava. Alternatively, CentOnze Restaurant offers great views of Las Ramblas along with the gastronomic creations of Chef Eugeni Cortes who reinterprets local cuisine using fresh ingredients sourced from the nearby Boqueria Market. Le Pop Cocktail Bar stimulates your senses with an exciting blend of cocktails, music and vintage savoir vivre with a modern twist. Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, the Explore Spa Studio is a blissful oasis of relaxation offering treatments and therapies based on renowned French Cinq Mondes beauty products. Open to both guests and members of the public who, in consultation with a beauty therapist, can choose from a range of offerings designed to aid skin rejuvenation and promote personal wellbeing. ... more   less 
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