We arrived early, before noon, with check in time at 15:00. Response at reception: "No problem, room is ready and by the way we have upgraded you to a suite." Which pretty much sums up the attitude of the staff...
Room (i.e.suite) was fabulous, with living room and bedroom. Really spacious, clean, nicely designed (modern) and great bathroom (both shower and bathtub, separate toilet). Plus balcony. and absolutely quiet despite the location in a rather busy area. Only - really minor - possible suggestions for improvements are (1) the insufficient possibilities of drying wet towels (very few hangers) and (2) the difficulty to operate the airconditioning in the absence of any knowledge of spanish. But, as said, this is almost like looking for "faults". Overall, room was absolutely wonderful.
The serious icing on the cake of this great hotel, however, is the roof top pool. This was awesome. Barcelona is a buzzling city, with great shopping and hot climate, so what better way to recover than relaxing by a pool?! The pool is not big, but certainly sufficient for its purpose. Next to it are some 8-10 sun beds and a decent sun deck. We went there both on a Friday and Saturday for a couple of hours and not even half of the beds were taken. Towels are of course provided by the hotel and one can also order drinks etc ("room service").
Can absolutely recommend this hotel. We will for sure come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olivia Balmes Hotel is a modern city hotel, designed and built to satisfy the most demanding guests. With a 4-star superior rating, the hotel has 128 rooms, 5 meeting rooms with capacity for 200 people, restaurant, bar, terrace, solarium, gym and pool. All of these services combined with exquisite guest services from all Olivia Hotels staff will make your stay unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olivia Balmes Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia