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Hotel Gran Derby Suites
Ranked #137 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
England
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38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Just Short of Excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

My wife and I stayed for 3 nights and got an upgrade to a luxury suite. The desk staff were excellent and very helpful, the breakfast was also excellent and served by a very nice lady. The rooms are comfortable but the bathroom could have been bigger and better designed - practicality should have taken precedence over modernity! There was no mirror outside the bathroom. The free wi-fi connection was hopeless so better to buy the upgrade which worked OK - eventually. The hotel is away from the centre of town but well situated for bus routes, both regular and tourist buses.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Worlands
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DireccionDerbyHotels, Director de Recepción at Hotel Gran Derby Suites, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking your time and writing your opinion.
I inform you that we are working to improve the wi-fi service and we will take in consideration your others opinion about the bathroom. Thank you for your nice words about the staff, we try to do our best. Next time you book with us we will try to give you another room that is more of your taste.

Best regards,
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  • Value
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Lumezzane, Italy
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76 reviews
62 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

I have enjoyed my staying at the hotel; the positive aspects are: clean, friendly helpfull staff, design, bathroom and beds. Negative: wifi connection doesn't work very well but it does for basic stuff, couch is not that confortable to sleep on (in case there is a third person in the room), breakfast a bit poor although good, not ver yclose to the center but reachable with public transportation in about 20-30 minutes. On the back of the hotel there are lots of building very close so you can hear some noises sometimes.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Melzago
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DireccionDerbyHotels, Director de Recepción at Hotel Gran Derby Suites, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your opinion.
About the wi-fi connection, we are aware of our problems and we are working on it.
Not all of the rooms are at the back of the hotel, for the next time you book with us we can give you one of those. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay.

Best regards,
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

I stayed for 3 nights in a Junior suite, and was very pleased and satisfied. The staff was friendly, professional and helpful. The room and bathroom were spacious and clean, very functional, yet giving the feeling of a 'home' rather than an 'assembly-line' hotel. I particularly loved the possibility to fully open the windows (overlooking a quiet street and a nearby little park and playground), as well as the electric shutters which completely block out the sunlight allowing for a good sleep after a night of partying...The bed and matress were very comfortable as well.
The location of the hotel is excellent, not smack in the middle of the heavy tourist traffick, but still very close to the extremely efficient and convenient Barcelona public transport system. (The nearest Metro stations are about 10-15 min walk, but there are buses and trams on the Diagonal within 3 minutes walk, with which you can connect to the Metro on the same ticket). For those who prefer taxis (which are reasonably priced in Barcelona), there is a taxi stand right across the street. The hotel is within comfortable walking distance to big modern shopping centers and many nice retail shops. it is in an upscale residential/business area, and I always prefer to mingle with the locals rather than with tourists (although there will always be plenty of those as well -this is Barcelona).
For the sake of completeness, I can mention only 2 minor flaws: The first is that at a buffet breakfast, I woul expect some eggs (other than that the breakfast was excellent, and the breakfast room very pleasant). The second was the free ('basic') WiFi : The signal in my room was rather weak - I had no problem with my laptop, but on the iPhone I was sometimes unable to connect. The surfing speed is adequate for low-volume surfing, but too slow for streaming videos, etc.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter B
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DireccionDerbyHotels, Director de Recepción at Hotel Gran Derby Suites, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

First at all thank you for your time writing this review on TripAdvisor,

We are truly pleased with your good impressions of our Hotel, we love you could enjoy the
details of our Junior Suite.

Our team strive hard to make our guests feel at home, enjoying the comfort of the hotel, the tranquility of the area and the easy connection to the bustling center of Barcelona.

Waiting to have you with us on your next stay in the city.

Kind Regards
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Berga, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Absolutely recommendable Hotel !!!!

Located in a quiet street within 15 minutes by public transport from the central square of the city.
The price was amazingly cheap but the Hotel give us the standards of a 4stars superior.

Small hotel, around 50 rooms where the staff is the best of its values: helpful, friendly and professional.

The rooms are well designed, with wooden floors, beautiful and modern bathrooms (amazing shower !!!), and comfortable beds.

The front desk stuff recomend us great and not overpriced restaurant every day, there where the best!!

Sure we will repeat!

Room Tip: Spend a little more and take a Deluxe room!!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Carles C
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DireccionDerbyHotels, Director de Recepción at Hotel Gran Derby Suites, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for your time writing this lovely review of our Hotel in TripAdvisor,
We are really thankful for your kind words about the hotel facilities and the comfortability of our rooms.

We want all our customers feel like at home and we are really pleased you appreciate the hospitality of our team.

Thank you very much and kind regards
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Barcelona has no end of high and low end hotels, with all points in between, and plenty of apartment rental services too. After renting a little flat for 3 nights in the heart of Tourist Land near the endlessly-crowded and noisy Gothic Quarter, I returned for one night and stayed at the Gran Derby, one of four hotels in a small chain that I plan to patronize everywhere I can. Since I required a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom space to share with a pair of teenage boys, most hotels were quite costly, but my intrepid travel agent suggested the Gran Derby.

For the price, which was incredibly, almost unbelievably reasonable, I was expecting a dump, but I figured I could suck that up for one night. Now I wish I'd stayed there the entire time. This small property is located some distance from the throbbing heart of Barcelona, in a quiet and pleasant residential area that's easily accessible by the impeccable subway line (it's located between two separate lines).

Our two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex was a pure delight, with comfy beds, soft sheets, and stylish accoutrements, along with TV's in each room, one of the best showers I've experienced anywhere, and elegantly-packaged "product" in both bathrooms. We all slept fantastically well and were reluctant to depart.

The 10-Euro breakfast buffet was a lovely and delicious bargain the next morning - along with a variety of scrumptious baked goods, several types of local ham and cheeses and cut fruit, there were eggs made to order and plenty of bacon (if desired).

The staff was also unfailingly helpful and polite - moving all our baggage into our room while we were out exploring, giving us terrific tips on restaurants (much less expensive in this "local" neighborhood than anywhere near the tourist sections - we had one of best meals at a nearby café) and the best subways or buses to take.
All this for UNDER $200 a night! Try and match that anywhere, I dare you!

When I return to that fabulous city, the Gran Derby (not to be confused with the nearby DERBY Hotel) will be my home. I will search no more forever.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Writerontherecord
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DireccionDerbyHotels, Director de Recepción at Hotel Gran Derby Suites, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Dear guest

We truly appreciate your lovely review of our Hotel, we are really please to help you to enjoy our amazing city with our facilities and our hospitality .

Our daily effort is comforted to see the feed back on this kind of comments.

Obviously we will look forward to have you again in the Hotel in your next stay in the city of barcelona

Thank you and best Regards
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

I liked it quite a lot. It's clean and very modern. Nice decor on the inside, hardwood floors, two level suite, two tv's (one downstairs, one upstairs). The only downside was the air-conditioning, too cold - might've been broken. Lot of restaurants in the area. A bit of shopping, good area although it's more of a business central rather then tourist attraction.
Other than that great place to stay at, for business or pleasure, will definitely come back.

Room Tip: Take the two-level suite.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank LaMikeD85
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DireccionDerbyHotels, Director de Recepción at Hotel Gran Derby Suites, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear guest;

First of all we are glad to spend time for writing at Trip Advisor.
We try to make the customer feel at home with a modern style and functional.

We would love to have the chance to welcome you again in your next visit to Barcelona.

Best regards,

Carlos Ariza
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Basel, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

During my work in Spain, I am being used to the Gran Derby in Barcelona since 1997. The always repeating choice does not come from simply using vacant places, cheap stuff, necessities etc. It is a long-time relationship of excellent services, trust, familal behaviour and warmness, as well as reliability. The staff of this hotel had not a high turnover during the many years that is an expression of personal close relationship to the location, company and stock clients. Moreover, the hotel working climate is a factor, mainly a success of the director. Some members of the team, my family and I would even consider closer to us than being expected. Carlos on the reception who makes a stay always almost possible even in the last minute....Alicia, who tooks even care on our childreen when ill during the trip...There are many personal relationships meanwhile.
Take your own experiences. Use this hotel in the heart of Barcelona. Allmost all nice places are in walking distance. It is silent, friendly and warm....
Dr. K. Weber

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank klaus w
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DireccionDerbyHotels, Director de Recepción at Hotel Gran Derby Suites, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear guest,

We are really thankful for such nice and generous words about our team and our hotel. We have known each other, as you well said, from a long time ago and we cannot express how important for us is to know that after so many years of relationship you still feel this is your home in Barcelona.

We are looking forward to welcome you again soon,

Best regards,

Carlos Ariza
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Property: Hotel Gran Derby Suites
Address: Loreto, 28, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
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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 ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#39 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#59 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#91 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#100 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Gran Derby Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A four-star (luxe) hotel located next to Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal, one of Barcelona's commercial and business districts, and just a 20-minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia and the city centre.Located in a building with an English-style façade is a cosy boutique hotel with 43 guest rooms on an almost completely pedestrian street.Because of the peace and tranquillity of its location, its connection with the rest of the city and the internal distribution of its guest rooms, the Hotel Gran Derby is one of the best options for accommodation in Barcelona, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure.Services43 guest rooms: Standard rooms, Junior Suite Duplex and DeluxeEpsom Scotch BarEpsom Restaurant for groupsThe Times coffee shopBreakfast buffetRoom serviceWi-Fi in all areasGran Derby function room and the terrace-swimming pool area for eventsGym and saunaOutdoor swimming pool and solariumLaundry and ironing serviceParkingSmall dogs allowed ... more   less 
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