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Aparthotel Arai
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“A real gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Great hotel, exceeded expectations. Highly recommend the Jewell Suite (although not cheap!) on 5th floor if staying with teenagers as I was - great set-up although did not need the two hot-tubs this provided. Super location with supermarket and bars nearby and right in the middle of the old town so very easy walking to major sights and metro. the staff were very friendly and helpful re restaurant recommendations. Only minor concerns were; the single beds in our adjoining room were a little narrow; and the facilities in the lower ground gym give no privacy if you need a shower / changing after you have checked out ( check out is 12 and we were on a 20.35 flight )
Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Bâle, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great hotel situated right in the middle of the ciutat vella. Many attractions are in walking distance. The rooms are big with nice furniture and the combination of old (building) and new is well-made. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DSchmidlin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Central location. Incredible rooms, loved the decor and the kitchenette. The bathroom was sleek...overall, felt like a well decorated studio apartment. The pool was small (as expected), and relaxing. The gym was...unconventional...but possesses the very basics (coulda used a floor mat and heavier weights, though)
The staff is friendly and the maid service is thorough.

Only complaint is about the lighting in the bathroom and the full length mirror's unflattering proportions. This may have more to do with my vanity than with the quality of the hotel ;).

I loved this hotel! Will stay again next time. Thank you for everything!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Stevestevestevestev
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

We really enjoyed our time at Arai. The staff were really friendly and helpful, particularly in booking events (e.g. Sagrada Familia). The location is great for either heading to the beach or heading to attractions in the city. The kids really liked the pool. Strongly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andy141
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Perfect place for family or couple. Plaza across the street great people watching. Close to everything. Pool on rooftop small but nice place to relax and cool off on hot days. gym was nice and clean but simple and small. Front desk was helpful. Difficult to get too if you are driving yourself-in the gothic area so roads narrow and mostly closed to traffic. Great artwork and decor.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris J
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Neckarsulm, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

The Location in the Gothic Quarter is perfect. You are far enough from the traffic on the Rambla and near enough to feel the wonderful soul of Barcelona. You can find plenty of little bars, cafes and restaurants nearby. The Hotel and the Rooms are perfect: beautiful, exclusive, well designed, full equipped, quiet and clean. It's a special style, that combines modern and historic elements in a perfect way. The rooms are big and have also a small kitchen, where you can find anything you need. The fridge is equipped with all you need - like a maxi-bar ;-), but you can also buy something in the supermarket and store it there, e.g. water, wine or fruits. It also offers a a small espresso-machine. You can choose to have your breakfast in the room, where you also have a table and chairs, or you can go to one of the cafes nearby and sit outside on a beautiful place. The aircondition is adjustable or you can even turn it off. The rooms are quiet and you can sleep wonderful in the beds. The bathroom is also very good equipped, with daylight and a nice rainshower. On the roof you can find a pool for a little refreshment after a hot city day. The staff is also perfect. They are very kind, helpful and offer an excellent service. They take care of you everywhere without beeing pushy. So you really feel comfortable. Overall a wonderful place to be in Barcelona!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank artsimplex
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were travelling with our two teenage sons and mother - in- law and spent two nights at the Aparthotel Arai prior to boarding our cruise ship. We found the Aparthotel Arai to be very well-located in the Gothic Quarter, an easy walking distance from La Rambla and other major attractions in the area. The hotel features modern amenities, beautiful styling and friendly staff. The hotel is quiet despite the bustling nightlife just outside its doors and is only steps from many restaurants and cafes. Rooms are very spacious and comfortable. I had been worried that due to its contemporary nature that the hotel would not be comfortable or family-friendly, but was wrong on both accounts. Although we didn't use it, the small kitchenette would have allowed for some meals in the room. Surprised to see the rooms even equipped with a Nespresso expresso machine! The pool is small, but was sufficient for a quick cool off after a hot day of sight- seeing. The hotel was quite expensive, but comparable with other hotels in the area.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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 Lisa H
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Property: Aparthotel Arai
Address: Avinyo, 30, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 760 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Aparthotel Arai 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, alongside the city’s essential sights and cultural attractions, the Hotel Arai is in an historic 18th Century building ... more   less 
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