The Azul is easy to find, as it is lit up at night in bright blue, as the name implies. Our room was quite large for Europe (apprx. 350 sq feet). It had a separate room for the parents, with TV, safe, and closet; the main room had a pull out sofa sleeper and separate single bed. The bathroom was spacious. The main room had a refrigerator and TV, although the main TV satellite channels didn't work. The one in the bedroom worked fine. Go figure. The staff were pleasant and helpful with typical tourist questions.
The best feature about the Azul was the value for a 3 star in Barcelona. It was E125 per night for the quad, and we added on a third night that was down to E99 due to the rooms being widely available (March - off season). It is located on a fairly noisy main street. We had to open the windows in the evening to cool them down since they hadn't yet turned on the air conditioning. So it was loud while the windows were open. But it cooled off quickly and the noise wasn't too bad with them shut for the night. There are several bar/restaurants nearby, and a combination grocery store-fresh meat market (fish, beef, chicken, flowers, wines) is located 2 blocks behind and 3 blocks south of the hotel. The Metro is 1/4 mile up the boulevard. You can also get a bus at the Metro entrance that will go anywhere in Barcelona.
Overall it is a good 3 star hotel, although it isn't centrally located and lacks the inherent benefit of being right where the A)action or B)old Barcelona is. While it only takes 5 minutes and 2 stops to get down to Las Ramblas, you feel like you could have found something else had you kept looking. I would go back to the Azul but only if I couldn't find something right by Las Ramblas first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Azul Barcelona is a family hotel located in the center of Barcelona, at the foot of Montjuic and next to Plaza of Spain (Plaza Espana), 200 meters from Barcelona's Fair. It offers elegant accommodation, a rooftop terrace, a reception open 24 hours and free Wi-Fi in all the hotel. In one of the best connected parts of the city, by metro, bus, airport bus (direct to the airport in 15 minutes), railways ... Can be reached by metro to Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter of the city in less than 10 minutes. Also we are in a booming area and recently renovated shopping center called Las Arenas, the Magic Fountains of Montjuic or MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia). Our rooms are spacious (25-50 m2) and have a very colorful decor. They feature wooden floors, air conditioning, heating, flat screen TV with satellite channels and a work desk. Ideal for families, groups and business people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Acta Azul Barcelona Catalonia