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Barcelona Universal Hotel
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Very well located, which is important for me, too big and not very relaxing, too many people everywhere, always crowded. Plenty of restaurants to choose from all around. No tea or coffee facility, difficult parking due to small parking spaces, room not well lit and although beds quite comfortable, the rooms were too small for a hotel of this size.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Marianne W
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Stayed for three nights, whilst on a family weekend to see a match and some of the sights.
We got a good flight and hotel deal with Aer Lingus, great value for money.
The hotel is idealy suited and placed for the city center and the metro line outside the front door takes you directly to the neu camp stadium, and a ten minute stroll to the ramblas
The rooms are very clean and perfectly sized for those who are only planning on sleeping there, with mini bar ,A/C and large flat screen TV.
The staff are very friendly, polite and professional, with perfect english( so no problems with language)
The breakfast is very comprehensive and of a good quality, we pre booked this and it worked out much cheaper.
I would recommend this hotel to all and i will stay again.
In the city becareful of the special offer prices for food, especially in the Ramblas, as the qualiy and amount of meat/fish is very small and then you are charged a small fortune for drinks, bread etc. But this aside i will be back, just much wiser

Room Tip: They say that the rooms at the back are quite, we had one at the front and i did not think the street noise was to load. Pre pay for the breakfast as i will do you for most of the day and saves you money.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank neddyk
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Long story short, definitely recommend staying here. We stayed here for 9 nights and could not have been more happier. We left to Paris for a few days in between, leaving all our luggage and personal belongings in the hotel room, came back and everything was still there! There are also tons of great restaurants/bars just outside of the hotel.

- metro station is right outside of the hotel (stop: Paral-lel)
- 5 minute walk to Las Ramblas
- 5 minutes away to major night clubs (Apollo, The BLVD, The Family, Jamboree, Ocana, many more!). The nightclubs don't start until 1:30-2am. Iif you go before then, the clubs will be empty. Entrance is usually free with the entrance cards, which people outside the club will be handing out, can't miss it!
- 15 minute cab ride to the beach (Beach location is called Port Olympic. Lots of bars, restaurants, and night clubs there, great night life and worth checking out). The tour bus also stops here!
- 7 minute walk to tour bus location (highly recommend taking advantage of the tour bus. A 2-day pass is enough to learn the city, then you can just metro or walk everywhere!) Tour bus passes are sold at hotel or physically in the bus.
- Definitely check out El Born, about a10 minute metro ride from hotel. There are tons of bars and shops there, you can be there all evening (Picasso museum is also here.)
- if time permits, I highly recommend traveling out of Barcelona to a small town called Sitges. It's about a 30 minute train ride from the main train station called Sants Station. The beach there is phenomenal and there are tons of bars and shops. We were there until sunset, it was just beautiful.
- Hotel staff is amazing, they're worth the praise!). This hotel is highly recommended.

To get to hotel from Barcelona airport:
Catch the aerobus (about 5 euros per person) to the first stop called Placa de Espanya. From Placa de Espanya, catch the metro to Paral-lel (L3, green line). You will end up right in front of the hotel! If you plan to use the metro a lot, recommend getting the T10 pass from the machines. This pass allows you to use the metro 10 times. Multiple single passes can get expensive.

Room Tip: The walls are a bit thin, but you can really barely tell. Recommend a room in the back of the hotel if you want a quieter room (streets are always busy!).
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank UB1114
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Nicely situated on a wide Avenue a short walk to Las Ramblas. Friendly helpful staff, very helpful in assisting me put car into hotel's underground garage - garage tight for manoeuvring. Bedroom above average size, comfortable bed, excellent bathroom, poor lighting in main room. As previously mentioned no tea/coffee making facilities, but having had similar experiences elsewhere in Spain we now carry a small portable electric kettle and our own supplies. Had a windowless room but hardly a problem in winter. Good view from rooftop but pool closed for winter. Breakfasts very good, and one dinner also fine.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Bobbio
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stayed Tuesday to Saturday. Hotel in excellent condition and central for a short break. Staff were friendly and helpful and rooms in excellent condition. As stated elsewhere, there can be some noise from outside and sound proofing of windows could be better. We were on 6th floor and only heard some noise on the Friday night.
Didnt eat in hotel or other facilities
Less than 10 min walk to Las Ramblas, 5-10 mins from marina and a metro stop just outside hotel
Would definitely stay here again if in Barcelona

Room Tip: Higher floors will have less noise from busy front street, although we were happy to look onto main street
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2  Thank HonestMFG
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