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“Classic old world with mod cons”

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Gran Hotel La Florida
Ranked #204 of 517 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 27, 2013

I discovered this hotel about three months after it opened and it was absolutely marvelous. Refurbished old building that had previously been both a hotel and a hospital apparently, it has rustic wood floors and a blend of old world and new. Clearly a lot of money spent originally to compliment spectacular views of Barcelona, a high end restaurant and beautiful indoor outdoor swimming pool. I have noticed that over the years some of the wear and tear is beginning to show. Here and there un repaired cracked tiles or stonework in the bathrooms, one room with noisy pipes, recently had to call down after having just checked in to have hairs removed from the shower room, etc. Service generally good but the hotel has just a hint of neglect which is unfortunate as it has such 5 star potential having qualified in that category for me for years until recently. Other little things like the tasteless scrambled eggs in the buffet breakfast - better to order an omelette or eggs freshly made in the kitchen as they are far better. On more than one occasion the mists shrouding the Tibidabo upon which the hotel is built creates a wonderfully spooky atmosphere, as though you are checking into an old world hotel in the middle of nowhere. However, despite some of the minor flaws which with a little attention are easily fixable, this hotel is most definitely worth a visit and is good value for money despite the extra cab ride to and from the city, and I will continue to stay at this atmosphere-laden hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I stayed here for a business conference and the hotel is immaculate, the views from my room overlooking Barcelona and the see were out of this world. the staff were friendly and always asking if you were well and the rooms were clean, very comfortable and spacious.

I will be returning to this hotel for a pleasure visit as I would love to experience the full use of the hotels leisure facilities, the hotel is on top of a hill which gives you views that you would not experience by staying in the city.

Would like to have Coffee facilities in room instead of going to the bar or ordering room service but full minibar is available in all rooms

Room Tip: ask for higher floors as the views are greatly improved and also looking over the sea
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is an excellent hotel with stunning views, attentive staff and beautiful rooms that are spotlessly clean. It's a little out of town and for me, that is the charm. You go into the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat to the tranquility of the hills, with the hotel set in a very quiet peaceful location. If you want to party down the Ramblas 24/7 don't come here. If you grumble about things being expensive , don't come here. The only complaint I had was the buffet breakfast had cold things that should have been hot. I just had an omelette instead, freshly prepared from the kitchen and washed it down with a few glasses of bubbly to help with hangover that was earned the previous evening sitting out on the terrace until past midnight savouring the wonderful view of Barcelona at night. We will be back. You must try the Tasting Menu with wine flight, great food and excellent wine at a very good price for a hotel of this quality.

Room Tip: Room 307..... 2 balconies with different views.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

This is a great hotel, amazing value for money. Pool, steam room etc great. Views were amazingt and the staff excellent. Chose room only rate as headed in to the city for breakfast most mornings. Yes its a not centrally located but we had a direct bus or metro +taxi options. Couldnt fault it for the money.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Situated high up on the mountain, a short walk from the magnificent Tibidabo area, the hotel has either a perfect location or dreadful location depending on your perspective. Certainly, it's not easy to get in to the city, but then part of the appeal is being out of the city...

It's an oasis of calm after a busy day of sightseeing or a quiet corner to relax in after hours of meetings. Step in to your room and you're presented with a minimalist, almost rustic, look with plenty of space to unwind in. A huge and comfortable bed ensures a good night’s sleep, while the bathroom is as big as my first apartment. Hardwood floors complement light walls, while big windows bring in the Spanish sun. A large balcony leaves you with the entire city of Barcelona spread out in front of you, looking beautiful in bright sunlight or twinkling with streetlights at night.

Outside there's an indoor/outdoor infinity pool that runs alongside a bar area, the perfect location for a warm summer's evening dip and drink.

It's nearly perfect, with nothing but a handful of detail points that stop it getting the full five-star treatment. Some of the staff are perhaps a little stern, with snappy answers to simple questions, but I could put that down to a language barrier. Its isolation means there's little life around the hotel, apart from the Tibidabo theme park. This 1920's throwback is beautiful to walk around but presents a little extra noise during the day than you might wish for. Finally, the food and drink options are very expensive, even for simple things like a club sandwich.

You're a captive audience on that mountain, and the hotel knows that.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This place is located in the tibidabo mountain, with a spectacular view to the city.
We took the junior suite, which is a pretty large room, with the view to the city.
The shower and bathrooms where large and included an abundant supply of towels and spa robes.
The room is made twice a day, during the day for clean up and at night time for nigthly arrangements which is great.
If your looking for a get-away and not planning on visiting the city this is the place to be.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

This hotel is located high on the mountains on the outskirts of Barcelona and overlooking with a spectacular view the city , harbour and beaches . The valley rooms with view over the city are strongly recommended.
Instead of taking every trip to the city a taxi , a bus and the fenicular are as fast , comfortable and at a fraction of the costs.
The spa area is very nice and a must visit

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gran Hotel La Florida

Address: Ctra Vallvidrera al Tibidabo 83-89, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#57 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#131 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#137 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $145 - $316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Gran Hotel La Florida 5*
Number of rooms: 70
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