We booked a Junior suite (204) for four days to celebrate a special occasion. The Hotel met all our expectations and I am surprised at some of the more critical reviews on this site. The Hotel is small about 25 rooms and this adds to its charm. It is comprised of two historic building tastefully converted into one Hotel. The feel is modern and contemporary with a very high standard of interior decoration and styling. Rooms and public areas have quality artworks and quality furnishings.
The Hotel is not in the nicest of streets, but the area is characterful and has some interesting boutique type shops. It backs onto a particularly historic square bombed during the Civil War. I note a previous reviewer makes mention of vagrants in the square at night; we did not find any and even if this were to be the case it would not be the fault of the Hotel. Being in the Gothic area, means that the roads are narrow and winding and it is not easy to gain access with a vehicle. If you plan to come from the airport, please ask the hotel to book you a taxi. We arranged transfer by minibus shuttle which could not gain access to the Hotel and which dropped us in the Placa Jaume 1 which to be fair was just 3 minutes walk away. The taxi we arranged through the hotel for our return transfer was no more expensive and left from the Hotel door. The Hotel is actually very well positioned, close to the cathedral, Placa Nova and the Ramblas is about 10 minutes walk away. The nearest Metro is 5 minutes walk.
Our Junior Suite was excellent, everything worked efficiently. The bathroom was clad in what looked like iron pyrites stone which was unusual, and decadent. The shower was efficient and powerful and there were no problems with obtaining hot water. There was plenty of storage space, a safe, and good lighting options in the room. For the fussy there is a choice of pillows duvet etc to cater for allergies etc. There is a small minibar should you need it.
Staff at Reception were very helpful especially Claudia and Tim who offered us drinks on arrival and took time to register us, to equip us with a map of the area and to escort us to our rooms. They were welcoming whenever we returned to the Hotel and offered reliable and good advice. Staff at breakfast and in the restaurant were equally friendly and approachable.
Breakfast is served in a small room on the ground floor which also serves as a lounge and library during the day. There is a small buffet, however each table is served a tray containing a selection of meats, cheese, preserves and pastries. Hot dishes are available from a menu and the pancakes are worth trying – whatever cooked eggs or meats you select will be garnished with two slices of cooked potato and two slices of tomato, which is probably unnecessary. Cake, Toast, yoghurts, good coffee, a selection of teas and tisanes, juices and water are all available also.
We had the menu del dia at 22 Euros on our final day and enjoyed it – we had a very generous mushroom soup which was delicious followed by iberico pork served with a fried potato sheet? And beetroot which was well thought out and well presented. The portion size was quite small but it was a lunch dish. The minted pear served for desert was also of high quality. A large glass of wine of your choosing is provided in the cost.
The Hotel has a rooftop terrace, small but pleasant with plenty of greenery to watch the sunset. The first floor has a designer sofa which looks lovely but is probably a case of style over substance – nevertheless if assists the Hotel in its aspiration to be considered a sensual oasis.
Go. It is a wonderful experience in an excellent city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This chic and exclusive hotel, located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux is set in two historical and aristocratic houses, being one of them a medieval palace from the XII century. The building's original period charm has been preserved and enhanced by the hotel's sophisticated interior design. Its design blends with relaxing music and sensual aromas to create a unique setting in this ancient area of central Barcelona. Set right beside the city's Cathedral, the Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux lies just a short distance from the bustling Las Ramblas, la Boqueria market, the Picasso museum, ... Is the perfect place to discover Barcelona. The hotel has 22 rooms and suites, some decorated with murals on gold and silver, others with balconies or terraces, each room has its own particular charm, although all come equipped with: free Wi-Fi, kettle and herbals teas, a selection of bed linen and pillows, flat screen TV, DVD and movie directory, Bluetooth loud speaker, minibar, safe deposit box, 24hrs Room Service, laundry service, shoe polish. Bathrooms are finished in quartzite - a stone known for its beneficial health properties- and offer eco-friendly Korres amenities, a bathrobe, slippers and hair dryer. Neri Restaurant brings together tradition and modernity in an intimate, noble and welcoming atmosphere exuding harmony, romanticism and magic. A medieval stone wall with two great arches brings us flavors of the 12th century. Its Mediterranean creative menu is designed four times a year adapting to seasonal products. Next to the restaurant, is located the Lounge Bar, right behind the wall arches from 12th century, where guests - in-house or from outside - may enjoy a coffee, cocktails from over the world, cheeses or other aperitifs and snacks. When the good weather comes, the Lounge Bar opens its terrace in the historical Sant Felip Neri square to enjoy tapas or the restaurant menu from midday to the fresh summer nights. At the rooftop of the hotel, you will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Neri Barcelona
- Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux Barcelona, Catalonia