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Barcelona Universal Hotel
Ranked #76 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
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Selden, New York
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“Great Pre & Post Cruise Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed before and after our cruise. Location was very good as La Rambla was a short walking distance away. The hotel staff was extremely helpful and courteous and took the time to give us good suggestions about local nightlife, the hop on / hop off bus system and got us transportation to the cruise ship and airport. The room was nice size and clean and comfortable. I would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Stayed at Barcelona Universal for 3 nights, 19th Nov till 22nd Nov. Room only. While we did not eat or drink there, we found this hotel great in all other aspects. Good friendly staff. Very helpful with suggestions for tours and night life. Rooms very comfortable and clean. Well stocked bathroom. Great location. Short walk to La Rambla`s. We would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gulfport, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Location is walking distance to La Rambla..5 to 10 mins. Safe walk, also metro close.
We stayed in a corner room on the 8th floor. Room was large, bathroom was also very clean and large as well. Since we were up high, we had no problem with traffic sounds when we closed the windows. The reception staff very helpful with printing your boarding passes as well as answering any questions about the area. We came here for 3 days last week and returned again this week, for another day, prior to returning to the USA.

Room Tip: Higher floors less street sounds. Room 802 was home for us!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Located close to La Rambla and the harbour the hotel was an ideal place to stay for a 2 day pre- cruise visit to Barcelona. The staff was very helpful with tour ideas and general information with good, clear directions given when asked. The room was not huge but had all the amenities needed and was clean and comfortable. It was away from the street side so also quiet! We had breakfast included and it was a very good buffet. Lots of off site options for breakfast about 2 minutes away. We could walk either to La Rambla or the harbour in about 10 minutes and there is a metro station just outside the hotel. We felt quite safe walking in this area in the evening with the usual common-sense precautions and nowhere had to worry about unlit streets. Would definitely stay there again.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

The remarks made by many others are generally positive with a great location and a easy walk to the main attractions of the city and this I agree with however the only thing that spoilt our 2 night stay was that the street facing rooms are so noisy it is amazing!

The Avinguda Para-lel is one of the city centres main roads and is active 24/7 as are the locals who seem to enjoy the night life until around 0500hrs, myself and the 2 others I was travelling with commented on the fact we had endured disturbed sleep due to the lack of sound proofing, Please Universal consider another layer of secondry glazing. The wifi was about the best I have had in a hotel for a long time. Apart from the noise its a good place to stay in Barcelona.

Room Tip: Romms to the rear are far quieter
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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London, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

It may only have been for one night but my stay here was, well, unremarkable.

It's a good modern business hotel. It has a great location, friendly and helpful staff, a perfectly adequate comfortable room and bathroom. The wifi works. The six-languages of TV work. The breakfast is OK with standard range of hot and cold choices and fruit.

The thing is...it's going to be all rather forgettable. Nothing really stands out.

Sure, I'd recommend it. But it lacks any personality or Catalan sophistication.

Anyway..it was only one night. An unmemorable one.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stayed four nights pre cruise and one night post cruise.
Our room was clean and suited our needs.
Requested extra towels and soaps which were delivered promptly.
Breakfast buffet was lovely and convenient before starting long days away from the hotel base.
The hotel was a little far from La Ramblas and Gothic Quarter for us as we didn't want to use our energy and time walking to the meeting points so we took a cab.
There is a great Moulin Rouge type night show across the road called El Molino which was so much fun!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Barcelona Universal Hotel
Address: Avda Paral.lel 76-80, 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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#38 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#57 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#101 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelona Universal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 167
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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Universal Barcelona
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Barcelona Universal Hotel Catalonia

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