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Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona
Ranked #128 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights with family. We were provided with a family room, on the corner of the hotel so it was more spacious than most. Our room overlooked the main street which during day time was great to stand out on the balcony but at night could be noisy. Good location with nice walk to harbour about 20 minutes away. Hotel staff were friendly and we were able to check in 3 hours early which was a huge bonus particularly as we had kids with us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Boston
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

I've been rereading the reviews since I got back from Barcelona to see if they are rigged, but they seem legitimate. As a reasonably seasoned traveler in Europe, I am puzzled to see anyone rate this hotel with five stars. It is an okay hotel, but the TripAdvisor aggregate is out of whack.

The location is excellent if you like the El Born district. You can walk to the Gothic District and La Rambla very easily, and right nearby are many restaurants, the Picasso Museum, and the Park Cuitadella. We did walk to Sagrada Familia, but it is quite a long walk. It is not nearby Placa Catalunya, which is about a mile away. Walkable, but not nearby, as some people describe. You would not want to walk from there with your luggage. That's just wrong. (We took a shared-ride shuttle from the airport, which was door-to-door, and it costs less than a taxi.)

As far as the hotel goes, it was bare bones. Our room was one of the smaller ones, to be sure, but there were no frills at all, unless you think hot water and soap are frills. No clock, no coffee maker, no paintings, one pillow per person. Small window with no view. The TV didn't work, the heat controls didn't work, the drain in the bathroom sink was slow. I didn't complain--we wouldn't have watched TV, and I just opened a window from the excessive heat. (None of this made me particularly unhappy, but compared to a five-star review, these are factors that would make it not earn that rating.)

There was wireless throughout the hotel and a computer/printer center. There was also bottled water available for no extra charge. The breakfast for 12 euros was average. I have had hotel breakfast buffets in Europe--Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg--that were much, much (much!) better than this one, and the attendant in the restaurant was not very helpful, so again, I'm puzzled when people raved about this breakfast. If you are lucky and are there when there are the Catalan omelets, these are good, but they were only there one of the two times I ate there. (You can get bacon and eggs cooked to order.) Otherwise, it is unexceptional: two cheeses, two hams, croissant, yogurt and granola, melon, juice, coffee, some breads and jams.

The rooms are quite quiet, so you can sleep well. I didn't mind the hard beds, and these may be typical for Spain. There was a safe in the room.

The help at the desk was generally helpful, although their recommendations for restaurants were not good (one to a very Americanized place and the other to a bar that was closed), so we stopped asking. They booked us tickets to the Flamenco dancers and were friendly and helpful with this request. No one in Barcelona seems to know that the best way to get to Montjuc from this area is to take the 55 bus from Arc de Triomphe or one of the other stops nearby, and I offered this info to the receptionist. (Google maps knew it better than any local!)

It was clean and tidy but hardly impeccable. Would I stay here again? For the price ($115/night) and location, I just might. But be aware that the 4 to 4.5 stars you are seeing on TripAdvisor are quite subjective from what seems like a very naive set of travelers. My son felt this deserved two stars in TripAdvisor, but I think taking all factors into account, it was average.

Please see photos for smudged walls, broken mirror, and teeny sitting area. (As I mentioned, this was a very small room--others had a better sitting area that included a desk.)

Room Tip: Ask not to have the smallest type of room, as there is really no sitting area.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Padiham
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116 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

We spent a long weekend at the Ciutat de Barcelona in January this year. The hotel is walking distance from Placa de Catalunya (Where the Aerobus stops from the airport) and is really centrally located for more or less everything. The room was spacious and clean and the rooftop area was marvelous for evening drinks but a bit col for swimming in January. The staff could not have been more helpful, ringing for taxis, helping out at breakfast etc.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Hi

We have spent 5 nights in this great hotel
The rooms are neat & in great condition. Clean, spacious - perfect
The staff was very nice and accommodating with helpful tips
Location is great (next to PIcaso Museum) and surrounded with some great restaurants

Highly recommended

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Isle of Anglesey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Fantastic hotel, fantastic location, great breakfast, and very helpful staff. First visit to Barcelona, and found the hotel in the middle of the Le Born area with narrows alleys, tapas bars, shops and magnificent churches. Would definitely stay there again. Central to all sites.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona

Property: Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona
Address: Princesa 33 - 35, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#39 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#137 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#195 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona 3*
Number of rooms: 78
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