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“Perfect ratio quality vs price” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Medinaceli
Ranked #322 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
Bucharest
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Perfect ratio quality vs price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Very well located been near La Rambla. Big rooms. Tv only in catalan and spanish. No carpets into the room so it will be good to have slippers with you. Hotel is clean and have heating , working very good (useful in cold nights). No minibar in the room so use the small stores near the hotel to buy your basic needs. We had a very pleasent staying in this hotel and they have very good conditions considering the price paid. Staff is very good and supportive.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

May be it can not have a perfect location but the rooms are big and also it was clean. You can eat traditional Spanish foods in the breakfast and it was quite OK. The best thing is hotel is just near the best bar in Barcelona called, "Margarita Blue". Hotel staff was friendly.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

I stayed in this hotel last week for a quick getaway to watch the football with the lads. The hotel was fine the rooms were decent. I just couldn't take the smell. The smell in the hotel was horrible. It was like we were staying in a sewage site. The breakfast was very nasty so I just had toast. Overall I think it was an ok hotel for a quick getaway but no more than two days.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sp33dz
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Wolverhampton
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

First of all, Barcelona is a fantastic and awe inspiring place to be therefore anything I say in this review is not reflective of this beautiful city. We booked a 3 night break with Cities Direct and were originally supposed to be staying at the Hotel Rialto (3*). We had a taxi from the airport (beware they do not rip you off he charged us 45e and it only cost 28e on way back!). When we got to the hotel we were told that they had problems with water!! They told us they were moving us to the Medinaceli and that it was an upgrade to 4* (I really wouldn't take too much notice of the star ratings they are not anything equivalent to UK ratings and I don't really know what the criteria is). In fairness to the Rialto (even though it was chaotic and full of what looked like groups of students) they got us a hotel very quickly, free of charge, and we were at the Medinaceli within minutes. Don't expect brilliant customer service from this hotel because even considering how busy they were they were quite rude and didn't acknowledge us for ages. Sufficit to say I wouldn't want to stay there! (Interestingly talking to someone we met at a bar - he said that it was not a good hotel as they have hundreds of people there at a time, generally large groups of students and young people, who he says they put in any old room because they try and keep the decent rooms for couples! He wondered whether all the good rooms had gone and as the owner of this hotel is also the owner of the Medicaneli - how true this is I don't know)

Lets start with the negatives and then finish on the positives:

On arriving at the hotel Medicaneli there was an awful smell of sewerage as we arrived in the foyer. The reception is small with just a few chairs to sit down if you're waiting for a taxi etc. There was another group of travellers from the Rialto in front of us who had been sent there. The hotel receptionist seemed very stressed as this group of two couples both wanted double beds and he was basically telling these people that as the Medicaneli was a better hotel they shouldn't be too fussy about rooms. Some of the rooms look out on to the street and the garden square in front of the hotel. We were, however, given an internal room (the internal rooms are built around atriums and all you look out on to are other bedroom windows. The atrium serves to create ventilation as they are partially open at the top so they let in any air. I would imagine in the Summer this is a very stuffy room. It has air conditioning but didn't appear to work (maybe switch off because it was March). It can get noisy if you have people hanging out the windows smoking and talking to each other (which we experienced) and the smoke then rises and enters your room. There was building work going on downstairs and this was horrendous. You couldn't have the windows open at all until they had stopped. Luckily we were out most of the time but they started at 8am and went on until 6pm! We were in room 412 which was right next to the maids cupboard and seemed to be a meeting point for everyone! The key card system is hit and miss, we couldn't get into the room and had to keep going back to reception! There was very little in the room. What annoyed me most was there was no kettle so there was no option of making yourself a warm drink and as there is no service for ordering them this seemed a bit harsh! If I had been staying longer I would have bought a travel kettle! To be honest there is little in the way of services that the hotel offers other than ordering a taxi and a laundry service. If you are paying for room only AVOID the buffet breakfast as it is 16e and I don't think it is work it. There are lots to eat in terms of local sausages, ham, cheese, eggs, toast, croissants, rolls, cereal, coffee, tea, orange "juice' (squash really) BUT everything is semi cold and the bread was rock hard (someone complained and they brought fresh out!). This would all be ok if it wasn't 16e's!!!! Cafe Colon around the corner does a breakfast (albeit a copy of English breakfast for 8e just to make a comparison). At night you get a lot of drunken tramps hanging around the front of the hotel and in the garden square. They are harmless enough but if you were travelling alone it may spook you. It is quite dark around this area at night so just be careful to keep to the main drags if you are alone.

Now the positives (lets end on a good note!):


The location of this hotel is really good, you turn right and within a hundred yards you are on the sea front by the harbour, marina, museums and bars. The staff are very friendly and approachable. The shower is good. Barcelona is fantastic. The promenade is long and wide and fantastic for cyclists. Turn left and within a hundred yards you are in the gothic section with its narrow winding streets and fantastic little shops (some of it tat but if you walk through this area you will find some fantastic little places with interesting things to buy). In this area you can also find some great bars. There are some lovely squares where you can sit down and eat tapas and have a drink watching people going by. The hotel is very near to Las Ramblas which is a touristy road with bars all along it. There is a brilliant market half way along it called La Bouqueria. This is where all the locals eat lunch and sip wine and sangria amidst the many stalls full of Iberian hams, cheeses, fish, fruit and an amazing array of mushrooms! Not far from here is the Gothic Cathedral which is beautiful and the Picasso Museum (unfortunately it was a rainy day when we decided to visit and the queues were unbelievable - I think you would be best getting the Barcelona card as this lets you in without such long queues). A absolute must is the tour bus! You can buy a ticket for this on any of the stops, there is one near on the promenade. There are two buses both really doing the same thing. Maybe a two day pass would be best as we did it in a day but if you want to get off at various stops and get back on you are talking of a days sightseeing for each route (There were two routes on the Barcelona City tour buses). I would avoid any of the restaurants on Las Ramblas as the food is to attract tourists and it is expensive to drink there (We paid 8e for a pint of beer! - in the large square just off Las Ramblas we paid 4,50e for a pint just as a matter of comparison!).

To summarise, I would look around at hotels, but I am wondering if this hotel is symptomatic of the fact that there is a great deal of demand for hotels in Barcelona and that standards slip as hotel owners try and make their hotels bigger without thinking of the experience of the customer. Looking back at past reviews of this hotel, it would appear that their standards are falling. Talking to the taxi driver on way back, he was saying that this is a very good hotel compared to some of the others in the area, without trying others I can't say! The question is would I go back? Yes I probably would if I could get a City Break ad you know sometimes it's better the devil you know. If I was going back I think I would make sure I had a travel kettle and maybe a travel iron (if you care about that sort of thing?). We had a great time in Barcelona and wished we had stayed longer!

Room Tip: Not sure if a room overlooking the square would have been better (other reviews say its noisy) but...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Location is a bit off, but really not too bad: Two minutes from the lower end of the Rambla, and close enough to a subway station.

Reception stuff is sooo slow and not really friendly.

Room is really small, and could be cleaner.
Decor is dated and a bit sad. No carpet, so the floor was cold.
Water pressure in the shower is too low.

Breakfast was dismal- i'd strongly advise to avoid it.

Room Tip: Under no circumstances- DO NOT take the inner rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

This is the worst hotel we have ever stayed in very drab sertainly not clean . The local area was like the blitz and the small park area adjoining was noisy all night with locals sleeping out. I can honestly say it was like staying on a building site and the smell in the hotel was awful bad drains , the breakfast was very poor and cold I provided my own on second day . We would certainly not recommend this hotel and how it ever got 4 stars I will never know 1 star maybe . The lift was sticking on the 3rd floor and the swipe card for the room was hit and miss also the bathroom tiles moved under your feet not at all safe .

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Potton
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

My wife and I had a long weekend in Barcelona in February 2013 and picked this hotel off the internet. The main reason for picking it was the location - 2 minutes stroll from La Rambla - and the price. Only €70 per night for the 2 of us. It is a small hotel but with an impressive atrium once you get up to the first floor. Although impressive, this is the reason for the caution as some of the rooms have windows which only look out onto this atrium. We were first put into room 110 in which the only window was onto this atrium. As well as making it rather gloomy it meant that we had to keep the curtains closed at all times.
The hotel was full but next morning we managed to change to another room - 105 - which was a corner room with 2 windows looking over the small square outside which was much more airy and pleasant.
The beds were a little hard for our liking but might suit some people.
Breakfast was not included but there was a small restaurant in the basement which supplied it at an additional charge of €16 per person!! Rather expensive so we went round the corner to the rather unfortunately named 'Colon Cafe' which did a really nice cooked breakfast for around €8 each.
The hotel is easy walking distance to many of the sights in Barcelona. We even walked back from the Sagrada Familia having taken a taxi to get there.
I would recommend this hotel if you can avoid the rooms as mentioned above, because of the price and location.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms 110, 210, 310 etc. Rooms 105, 205 etc are much nicer.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Medinaceli
Address: Placa duc de Medinaceli 8, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#190 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Medinaceli 4*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Medinaceli, hotel 4 star recently expanded and renovated, occupies the old palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli in the Centre of Barcelona. With a superb location in the Gothic quarter of the city, next to the Rambla, and steps away from Drassanes Metro station, hotel becomes the perfect accommodation option to know and enjoy Barcelona with all the comforts. We are at the plate, the Duc de Medinaceli, 8, in the Gothic quarter in the Centre of Barcelona. Central, easy access and close to the main sights of the city, Hotel Medinaceli is located next to Las Ramblas, Drassanes Metro station 5 and 10 France train station. The Hotel Medinaceli, built in the old palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli, in the popular district of Barcelona's Gothic quarter, offers 78 rooms soundproofed, spacious and bright, decorated in a cosy and equipped with all the comforts so that you enjoy a pleasant stay. All rooms have connection to Internet Wi-Fi, air conditioning and heating, desk, safe, private bathroom with bathtub or shower, hairdryer and toiletries, TV with satellite channels and telephone. ... more   less 
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