When we chose the hotel, our primary factor was its location. Having now spent the weekend there we are convinced we made the right choice.
The hotel is situated on Plaza Catalunya, next door to the Hard Rock Café. Across the road from the Aerobus stand (approx. 30 mins from El Prat airport and only 5.95 Euros each, superb value) and both of the open top double decker bus tour companies.
At one corner of the square you walk on to the top of Las Ramblas which will take you all the way down to the sea front. The opposite corner takes you towards the cathedral and an equally nice and cheaper area for tapas and bars (try the area around Santa Maria del Mar).
We would recommend this as the perfect location for anyone visiting Barcelona. Staying here means you can manage a significant part of the must see sights on foot or by making use of the locations transport links. There is no Metro station here but there are a number just a short walk away.
The hotel is immaculately clean, the staff were very attentive and genuinely welcoming at all hours.
Our modern and stylish room was at the rear of the hotel and was very quiet, in fact it was totally silent there and with the black out blinds closed on the windows we had to make good use of our alarms in order to not over sleep and waste important exploring time.
The bed was very comfortable, there was ample storage space for clothes and the shower was excellent with a choice of conventional shower head or very good over head "rain" shower head. Aircon worked really well, TV was good (but pretty much untouched). There is a mini bar but didn't bother to look at it or the price list (they are never good!!).
We didn't use these as we felt staying in the heart of the city so close to many excellent places to eat and drink, we wanted to get out and about rather than stay in the hotel. They did quote us 21 Euros each for breakfast (bit steep), we didn't bother but instead ate at the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (about a third of the way down Las Ramblas on the right). Nothing against the hotel or the breakfast prices, but they can't compare with this place for choice and atmosphere.
Would we stay here again? Definitely 100% yes and hope to do so very soon
Is it a good hotel? It is an excellent hotel
Staff helpful? Fantastic staff, even at the end when we were going out the door they offered to look after our luggage to allow the last hour free of hassle.
Good location? Superb location
Any hiccups/downsides? None apart from having to go home after our long weekend!!
We hope this helps, the hotel was great for our weekend break. Visit Barcelona and use the Olivia Plaza as your base, you will have a great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olivia Plaza is a 4-star boutique hotel located on Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona, in the heart of the city. It's the perfect choice to be just moments away from Modernista Barcelona, Les Rambles, the financial and shopping districts and the best museums. This modern, urban building opened its doors in February 2006. The Hotel has 113 rooms, each stylishly decorated with special care and good taste. The hotel combines style, comfort, quality and personalized service to provide all guests, whether business or pleasure, with the best possible service. Its privileged location allows guests to walk to Barcelona's most emblematic monuments, as well as to the city's best shopping areas. Likewise, it is very close to many public transport options so guests can move around the city or to and from the Barcelona Airport, with the Aerobús just outside the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olivia Hotel
- Olivia Plaza Barcelona
- Olivia Plaza Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia