The power of the front desk! My review may be coloured by the fact that we had one of the most pleasant welcomes I have ever had at a hotel. It doesn't take much but it makes a huge difference.
We had a triple room which was very spacious and much less cramped that I have experienced with 3 in one room. On the 8th floor, you could hear the traffic if you listened closely for it. The bathroom was large and had a bath and a separate shower. The roof terrace was impressive (it has several separate areas) with a pool that was a reasonable size. In fact, I think their photography has done the hotel a disservice as I was suspicious that the pool was going to be minuscule when it was adequate and the terrace/ solarium areas were much larger than I expected.
The location is good. It's about a 10 minute walk to La Rambla and the Placa Reial. There is a metro station very close by and taxis can be easily found sitting outside the hotel itself.
I would recommend it and I would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically located just a five-minute walk from Las Ramblas, Hotel Barcelona Universal grants its guests easy access to all parts of the city. Metro lines 2 and 3 stop just outside the main entrance, at “Paral·lel,” and nearby buses can take you to the beaches of Barcelona, Park Güell, and anywhere in between. A stroll from our hotel near Las Ramblas will take you to some of Barcelona’s favorite tourist attractions.Hotel opened in 2001 and renewed in 2011.Hotel Barcelona Universal has 167 rooms, each equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet. Three “Barcelona Skyline Suites” feature a Jacuzzi and private terrace. Families and larger groups may be accommodated in triple or superior rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Universal Barcelona
- Hotel Barcelona Universal
- Barcelona Universal Hotel Catalonia