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Hotel Diagonal Barcelona
Ranked #227 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Designer...nearly chic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

I stayed at the Silken Diagonal for 4 nights in May 2013.

The hotel is situated on the outskirts of the city in an up and coming part of town. Much of the development in the area is very new, and there is a large shopping complex opposite with Zara, Disney store, Carrefour etc..

There is a tram, and metro stop within 3 minutes walking distance, which gives you a line into Barcelona centre (Around 10-15mins). Alternatively you can walk (around 20-30 minutes to Sagrada Familia).

There is a lot of traffic around the hotel, as it is close to a large roadway intersection. There is a little background traffic noise at night as a result (I was on the 6th floor).

Room service food is reasonably priced, with many options (tapas, pizza, main meals etc) although the tapas was not up to the standards you would expect for a hotel of this nature. The food was average at best. Apparently there is a tapas restaurant in the neighbourhood, but I preferred to travel back into the city where there is greater choice.

The staff are all English speaking though some are rather surly and inhospitable. The females on reception are generally the friendliest. This may be due to the arrogant nature of some of the guests the hotel attracts (Think Victor Meldrew meets Hyacinth Bouquet).

The pool is a particular highlight, if a little small. The views across the city can be quite spectacular, though the pool was closed for cleaning on one of the only days I could get some use out of it (A Monday, though I'm not certain this is a regular occurrence). This is only open 10:00-19:00 too so be warned.

Another minor gripe would be that any loud noises from rooms above are generally transmitted to below. This includes that of the electric blackout blind motors.

The rooms themselves are uber stylish. The bed is rather firm, but very comfortable, as is the bedding and pillows.

Some of the moving elements of the room...the bathroom screen (required to protect your modesty if the main window blinds are open) and the doors appear to be well worn and have seen a lot of action. A minor criticism, but they don't shut properly.

The bath also pools water on the ledge that surrounds it, but other than that the rainfall shower (hand shower also provided) gives a very relaxing wash.

The tv shows a modest selection of Spanish channels, with BBC World being the only English language option. The tv is rather small for a hotel of this standing.

Wi-Fi to the room is accessed with a code from reception, but is woefully slow by UK standards.

The mini bar is reasonably priced also, and you can request certain drinks to be provided. As standard there is water, fruit juice, soft drinks, lager, wine, cava and champagne (1/2 bottles). Prices start from around 2.60 Euros.

The hotel also offers laundry, dry cleaning and massages (52 euros for 45mins).

All things considered it is a lovely hotel if you have a keen interest in design, and you get what you pay for. It is however a little bit of a novelty, and does lack the polish in many areas to make it a fantastic offering.

There are better hotels in Barcelona, though you do pay a premium for city centre. I think if I were to be looking for another break in Barcelona soon, I would consider Hotel Omm which looks like a simpler offering, but with better food and a better location.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This hotel is very into design and not comfort, I would never stay there again. While Barcelona probably doesn't have huge amounts of rain it obviously gets some, and when it does the external aluminium looking sills are incredibly noisy at night.So we had two sleepless nights , the small saving grace was a reasonable breakfast! We reported this problem to reception and they just said "sorry we know" !

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

I stayed here with my boyfriend for five nights at the start of May.

Firstl of all, the location is excellent; we like to do lots of exploring by foot on a city break and staying next to a giant glowing blue tower (Torre Agbar) was perfect - we barely ever consulted a map to find our way back to the hotel! It's also well serviced by metro (right next to Glories station), trams and near a main road. Further more, the area is peaceful, clean and seemed very safe.

The room itself; we had an astounding view of the Torre out of the window on one side of the bed. From the other side of the bed, there is an astounding view of whoever happens to be in the shower - the bathroom is surrounded by glass walls which is probably worth noting if travelling with someone you'd rather not see in the buff!

The bed was large and comfy, the shower large and powerful and the fittings were all pretty modern. A couple of downsides; it was starting to look a little tired around the edges and we were also woken by other guests winding up their large electric window blinds in the morning - they are very noisy! Finally, a kettle and tea/coffee would have been a nice touch - we like a coffee before having to get showered and dressed!
That aside, the hotel was exceptionally clean throughout, the rooftop bar and it's little pool was funky (though I'm more than a little scared of heights!) and the views were fun.

Food; We didn't eat in the restaurant/bar as we like to go out and eat local, but we did had some tasty room service snacks a couple of times!

All in all, good value, excellent location and very clean.

A final note and a nice touch. On our last day, we came back to find a small gift with a note attached from Alexis the head receptionist; the cleaning lady had accidentally broken my bottle of coco mademoiselle perfume and they had replaced it with a brand new bottle! Now of course, they did break it, but it was resolved so nicely, politely and efficiently - before I even noticed! Really great service! Thank you Alexis!

  • Stayed May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Having had a good experience last time here, and an experience that started off well this time, I'm sad to say it's ended with "never again"
the check in staff tried hard to make things work but my room really smelt like a urinal, the ac didn't ever come on, the decor is getting rather shabby and the final straw for me was really a totally rude night desk person who shoved a badly copied sheet in my face for me to do wake up calls for my group rather than accept my paper prepared beforehand so that he could go back to flirting with the group of people he was checking in. Flirt all you like, that's fine by me, but not to the point where you are ignoring other clientele, - that's bad business and bad manners.The hotel may be fine for leisure trips but for business it's not suitable for me and my travelling group anymore.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Pheephox
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

This hotel provides great value for it's price point. It's a really nice, trendy atmosphere, both in the lobby and in the room. There's a rooftop pool and bar that would be a great way to spend a sunny afternoon! The hotel is located a little bit away from the action areas, however it's a quick taxi ride to get to them and there's also bikes that can be rented all over the place in Barcelona and I would imagine it to be a quick bike ride to get places.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gibraltar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

The hotel was beautiful and despite arriving early we were checked in and shown our room. It had a beautiful view over looking the city and a nice clean comfy bed.
The bathroom suite too was clean and efficient. If you like design I highly recommend coming and staying here.
The location was also great. Opposite the road you could find a shopping centre called Glories. Very convenient for any last minute shopping and dropping off the bags in your hotel room.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Roma, Italia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

nice modern design hotel, 2 minutes away from Metro station. 7 euros away (by taxi) from most important places (Rambla, Bareloneta, Sagrada Familia) easy reachable by bike (don't rent bikes from them it is twice as expensive then outside). Nice roof garden with little swimming pool (very cold water). staff very nice and helpful. Breakfast good but expensive .

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Diagonal Barcelona
Address: Avda Diagonal 205, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Poblenou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#140 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#142 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#146 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#209 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Diagonal Barcelona 4*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Silken Diagonal Barcelona (HB4207), se distingue por su moderna arquitectura y por el diseno de interiores, obra del arquitecto barcelones Juli Capella, quien ha ideado para su fachada un sugerente juego de contrastes en blanco y negro.Su excepcional ubicacion es otro de los alicientes del Hotel, ya que es vecino de la impresionante Torre Agbar, el nuevo rascacielos de esta ciudad dinamica, cultural y mediterranea, que firma Jean Nouvel, uno de los grandes de la arquitectura.Las mejores vistas de la ciudad se obtienen desde su piscina... ... more   less 
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