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Hotel Aranea
Ranked #237 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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“Good place to stay in Barcelona”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Stayed at this hotel for three days in mid February 2014. Staff were absolutely brilliant; friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and kind. The rooms, although a little small were clean, comfortable and airy. The location was near to a metro station and the blue tourist bus route, and about 10 minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia.
A great hotel for the busy sightseer and would definitely recommend it.
Anne

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind experience during your stay in Hotel Aranea.
We recommend you to visit our official website and get our best rates for your next trip to Barcelona.

Sincerely,

Josep A. Pamies. - Director Hotel Aranea -
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I have just returned from a weekend away booked via Groupon to Hotel Aranea. After reading some of these reviews I was a little nervous due to the very good deal we got, I assumed you get what you pay for, however I was pleasantly surprised by my experience.

When booking I explained I didn't mind whether we had a double or two single beds, on arrival we found two single beds pushed together, it wasn't a problem for us but I would imagine couples would prefer a double. I would say the beds are on the firm side however comfortable enough, I am a bad sleeper away from home and managed to sleep well both nights. The bedding was clean and comfortable.

I was more than happy with the amenities in the room, the bathroom was immaculately clean, the shower was easy to use and surprisingly powerful, as was the hair dryer provided in the room. Along with this was an supply of ample clean towels and to our surprise, emergency toiletries including a razor, shampoo, shower wash, toothpaste (in case you forget the essentials).

There is a cable tv provided in the room, the majority of channels are in Spanish however we did manage to to find a few programmes in English - we didn't consider this to be a problem though as we were there to see the sights not to watch tele! The safe was easy to use and I didn't feel the mini bar prices too extortionate.

We found all members of staff were very friendly with excellent English. The continental breakfast was included with the group on deal we booked, it was typical continental breakfast, nothing to sing home about but satisfying enough for a long day out and about.

One of the best things about Hotel Aranea is it's location. I like the fact it is a little further out of the city centre, it makes it quieter at night time whilst still very accessible. You can be at La Ramblas within 20 - 30 mins via the metro. The hotel is located in between two metro stations, Girona (L4 Yellow) and Monumental (L2 Purple), both are a very easy 10 min walk away. The metro is very efficient and I would recommend the T10 ticket which allows you to make 10 journeys on the metro/buses over 3 days, I think we paid around 10€ which was very reasonable. It's a pleasant 10-15 min walk to Sagrada Familia from the hotel.
There are numerous local supermarkets, bakeries, bars and pharmacies nearby if you don't fancy heading into town every night.

All in all I was pretty impressed with our stay here and would defiantly return for another short break : )

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind experience during your stay in our hotel. This helps us to improve our services day after day.

We recommend you to visit our official website and get our best rates for your next trip to Barcelona.

Sincerely,

Jose A. Pamies. - Director -
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Very good and friendly hotel in the beautiful city of Barcelona, at about 7 minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia - The Must See from Barcelona. The hotel looks better from inside that from outside :) (outside it looks below average in a city with very beautiful buildings, but inside it is very nice and friendly). We were surprised when being asked to pay 2 Euro to keep our baggage until the room was ready for check in...
Very good breakfast, nice and very helpful personnel. Clean everywhere in the hotel. Excellent bathroom, in very good condition, clean, large and a lot of natural light (still, keeping the privacy :) ) The room was very good and nice, even not so big.
There are little restaurants and supermarkets close to the hotel. Metro stations at 5-7 min. walking.
We would stay again in hotel Aranea, since we had very good time there.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind experience during your stay in Hotel Aranea.
We recommend you to visit our official website and get our best rates for your next trip to Barcelona.

Sincerely,

Josep A. Pamies. - Director Hotel Aranea -
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Platt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2014

We used the Aranea for 2 days in January before embarking on a cruise. The price is extremely reasonable for a fairly basic but clean and comfortable hotel. It's any easy walk to local metro stations and about 20 minutes to the "centre". Rooms are well equipped and comfortable but the hotel facilities are pretty much non-existent other than the concierge service. However, the hotel is surrounded by cafes, bars and "open all hours" supermarkets so the lack of facilities isn't an issue. After all, you get what you pay for and the value for money was very good.
we would certainly be happy to use the Aranea again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind experience during your stay in our hotel.

We recommend you to visit our official website and get our best rates for your next trip to Barcelona.

Sincerely,

Josep A Pamies. - Director Hotel Aranea -
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edinburgh uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014

we were booked in here for a pre -cruise 2 night hotel stop over in Barcelona
the hotel is about 15 minutes walk from the nearest tube stop and about 30 minutes from the cruise terminal with one change
apon arrival its clear the hotel is very clean and has very good English speaking pleasant staff
the room its self is immaculate if a little small double
no satellite English speaking television ,free wifi unlimited very good and fridge
bathroom with bath and shower with a pack should you have forgot your toothbrush/paste shaver etc-excellent and free

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind experience during your stay in our hotel.

We recommend you to visit our official website and get our best rates for your next trip to Barcelona.

Sincerely,

Jose A Pamies. - Director Hotel Aranea -
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2013

A group of us stayed here for a few nights in November, we had three rooms. The hotel is small, away from the tourist areas. It is a short walk to the Sagrada Familia, and if you're up to for it, a manageable walk to the beach and port. The rooms are small but well appointed and the bathrooms are quite modern, it was a pleasant surprise for such a reasonably priced hotel. There is a breakfast buffet, mostly cold cuts, sone fruits, cereal, cheeses and a few beverages, but they dud serve an excellent potato omelette. The staff was extremely pleasant, although not necessarily knowledgeable. For example, we were directed to visit a restaurant that was closed. We were all pleased until an iPad was stolen from one of the rooms. At that point, the friendliness and pleasantries ended. The staff told us all they could do was wait until the morning to speak to the maid, and refused to assist us in calling the police to file a report. No one from the hotel followed up with us and phone calls were not returned.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

We appreciate your time and interest in sharing in this specialized web your travel experience. We thank you for your kind review about our services.
Only note that we are not aware of any complaints about the disappearance of your iPad as you wrote. We understand your discomfort, but you will understand that the hotel is not responsible for valuables that the customer has not saved in the safe deposit box or has not given into custody at reception. If you are sure that this was subtracted from your room, you must make the complaint to the police by yourself.Then both the hotel and the police will do their own research and could find out what happened with your Ipad

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Jose A Pamies - Director -
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West Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Stayed here for three nights . On arrival Ivan was on reception. He checked us in quickly
and was soon in our room. Unfortunately the safe in the room was broken as was one of the
bedside lamps. After going down to reception was told the hotel was full and another room wouldn't be available until the next day !! Ivan sorted out another room for us and even though the room was the same size etc. was much more comfortable and fully functional .
Room was a decent size , very clean, great individual a/c and the shower was out of this world . The beds were very comfortable and room very quiet. Flat screen t.v. with BBC news and euro Sport.
We didn't have breakfast in the hotel (12euro) but went to a local café across from the hotel.
Had bacon , eggs , toast, jam and coffee for 3.50euro and it was great ! Sat outside in the
sunshine to eat ...nothing better.
I would recommend this hotel. It was were the locals live so cafes etc. very reasonably priced plus near to La Sagrada Familia to pick up the city tour buses .

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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HOTELARANEA, Gerente at Hotel Aranea, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind experience during your stay in our hotel.

We recommend you to visit our official website and get our best rates for your next trip to Barcelona.

Sincerely,

Jose A Pamies. - Director Hotel Aranea -
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Property: Hotel Aranea
Address: Consell de Cent, 444 | Esquina Napols, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #237 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Aranea 3*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small and cozy hotel located right in the middle of Eixample, just a short walk away from Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gracia. The perfect place if you are visiting Barcelona for pleasure or business The Hotel Aranea has a nice restaurant specialized in Mediterranean cuisine, a business centre with internet connection, two meeting room up to 25 persons each one, TV room and solarium terrace on the top of the building. The 84 light rooms are equipped with air conditioning, full bathroom with hairdryer, TV with international channels, safe deposit box, minibar, exterior telephone line and wire less internet connection. The meeting rooms "Girona" and "Ático", are totally sound proofed. They both have natural light, audiovisual equipment and high speed internet connection. They are the perfect place for your business meetings. ... more   less 
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