Stayed there for 3 nights. Was visiting Barcelona for the first time and did a lot of sightseeing during the day. Hotel was mainly to sleep during the evenings. For this purpose, Barcelona Universal fit the bill perfectly. When I arrived, the front desk pointed me to a few interesting areas around town to visit. For me, a lot of them were walkable - maximum about 20 minutes one way. If you're too tired at the end of the day, a quick train ride to Parallel train station will bring you back to the doorstep of the hotel. :)
Room wise - it comes with the standard fittings. You can also get internet access from the rooms. Connections are ok. I note that it's not common practice in Spain to provide drinking water in the room so we had to scout around for a supermarket to buy drinking water.
As for dining, I didn't see any interesting options immediately around the hotel. From the hotel, I walked several evenings to The El Born and La Barceloneta areas for dinner. It's manageable in the cool evenings - but the walk takes probably about 20 minutes one way along the sea front promenade.
- 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