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Sercotel Amister Art Hotel
Ranked #121 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
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Derry, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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“Average Amister”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed at the Amister Hotel for 1 night following a cruise. We got off to a bad start with lashing rain on arrival in Barcelona and our taxi driver couldn’t find the hotel! When we eventually arrived we had to manoeuvre our 4 suitcases 4 steps down from the street into the reception area, there was a man and a lady behind reception who glanced up as we struggled but offered no help though the girl who was on reception later in the evening was far more friendly. The reception area is modern and functional though but it seemed kind of soulless, the staff speak good English and we checked in with no problems.
We were in room 702 which was fairly average and opened onto an atrium reaching from lobby to roof - quite noisy as all sounds carries up through the building – and we didn’t particularly like the grey decor and the bathroom door was warped possibly due to a water leak at some stage. The “view” from the room was a concrete wall opposite! It was so wet on the night we stayed that we didn’t want to go out but there was no bar or restaurant which was a pity – nowhere to go but to the room with a television that only had news in English. The area around the hotel looks a bit run down and it’s not in the heart of the tourist area although if you enjoy walking, you can get there in 25-30 minutes.
There was no sign of any staff when we arrived down next morning for breakfast on the 1st floor mezzanine. The toast machine was switched off but we put it back on and toasted our bread, the selection of food was limited. Finally a surly waitress appeared and without as much as a “good morning” demanded our room number.
We checked out and the hotel did kindly keep our luggage while we went for a last walk around before heading back to the airport and home. We will come back to Barcelona but not to the Amister Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Easy to transfer from airport using the Renfe train to Barcelona Sants. Rooms look just like the website (what a refreshing change) & the bed was so comfortable. Staff were very helpful. It is a bit of a walk to the main tourists areas Las Ramblas is 20 mins, but you need your walking legs in Barcelona anyway. We were on a room only basis but had breakfast on the last day.Not an extensive range but the basics done very well. I'd stay here again over a more expensive central hotel. Thank you Amister.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Paris, France
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

I stayed in the Amister hotel for one week in a triple room!
The room was nice and clean and the location was okay, even if the tube station was a little bit far and walking to Plaza Cataluna takes around 30 minutes.

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People at the reception were very friendly!
Clean rooms and big bathroom (for us girls, it's very important!)
A lot of supermarkets and small shops around

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The wi-fi connexion in my room was very bad, we had to sit on the floor next to the door in order to get a little bit of connexion
Tube station a little bit far
The breakfast was 11 euros per person/per day, which I thought was a little bit expensive. Good thing there are a lot of small coffee places around

It might not be the most central hotel in Barcelona, it was still a nice place to stay in and we had a lot of fun :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

This hotel is very clean and nice but a bit far from the subway line. It took 20 mins to walk from the main train station and 10-15 mins to the local subway line. It will be too far to walk if you have young children but you couple should be fine. A number of local restaurants can be found near the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

The Amister is a nice place to stay in Barcelona, though you may want to grab a cab now and again as it is a bit of a hike to the Barcelona Sants train station (6 blocks or so down Avingua Roma - a diagonal street so it seems a bit further), and a few blocks from two other stops on the Metro. While it is not the most convenient, a taxi ride to Barcelona Sants is less than 5 euros so paying for a couple of taxis will not deteriorate the value of this hotel.

The rooms are decent size, the accomodations comfortable and the hotel is clean and feels ate open. The breakfast was adequate but not great.

Overall, the Amister is a good value and we would definitely consider it on a return trip to Barcelona.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This hotel is in a good location within walking distance of many bars and restaurants, fairly close to a metro and well connected to the main sights and the beach. It has true style and the rooms are clean and spacious. As our package did not include breakfast, we headed to a local cafe every morning, which was only 2 a mins walk. Overall, a lovely place from which to enjoy this amazing city.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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London
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Stayed here for 10 nights with two friends. It is easily walkable from Sants Estacio, around 15 or 20 minutes. There are also three metro stations in the vicinity: Rocafort, Entenca and Hospital Clinic. The closest is Hospital Clinic.

There are a couple supermarkets two minutes away. Also several good restaurants a few blocks away. It's possible to walk to La Ramblas but it's quite a walk, maybe 25 minutes or so. Similarly Sagrada Familia. I would recommend taking the metro. Costs around 10 euros for a taxi from the beach.

Only gripes with the hotel was there weren't any English Channels on the tv and the shower screen in the bathroom was fairly useless. Breakfast in the hotel was 11 euros but I never had it as it wasn't included in our package.

All in all, I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Sercotel Amister Art Hotel
Address: Avda. de Roma 93-95, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#53 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#89 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#92 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#103 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sercotel Amister Art Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sercotel Ámister Art Hotel is in an excellent location less than ten minutes from the centre and the conference area. That's why it's perfect for exploring Gaudí's modernist Barcelona, 'Las Ramblas', the 'Paseo de Gracia', the 'Barrio Gótico' (Gothic Quarter) or the most cosmopolitan part and the business centre of the city (also known as the 'Ciudad Condal' or 'City of Counts'). Discover the charm of this boutique 59-room hotel with free wifi internet. It's set in a classic building in the centre of Barcelona, refurbished in 2004 and where art soothes the senses. Our hotel in Barcelona is ideal for business meetings, as it has three function rooms in which to hold all types of events and celebrations. The rooms are equipped to offer every service and guarantee the success of your event in Barcelona. ... more   less 
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