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.
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Barcelona
- Gran Hotel La Florida Barcelona, Catalonia