This hotel is typical of the area with two very small (by American standards) elevators and a pleasant rooftop terrace with bar service. Next to the lobby is a standard bar but there was live piano music in the evening when we were there on a Sunday night. Most of the shops are closed on Sunday bet we found plenty of choices for eating and the small bodegas and pharmacia were open. The best bargain I got on my whole trip was a liter of Coke Zero for 1.25 Euro. The rooms have refrigerators and I removed the mini bar items to store my soda. We borrowed adapters for the electric service, and there were only two plugs for our "devices" a wake up call for those that travel with laptops, phones, and tablets. There were not more plugs in other hotels where we stayed either. We chose to eat on our own and used YELP and URBAN Spoon to locate what we wanted. A 5 minute walk to us to a Chinese restaurant where they spoke Mandarin and Spanish! The menu had English subtitles.
The room was plenty large enough, about the size typical of American hotels, with a wood floor (no carpet in either hotel where we stayed in Barcelona) plenty of water pressure in the bathroom and a cheapy hair dryer. No real issues to speak of as we felt everything was clean and we felt safe. A call to the front desk had a taxi waiting for us when we were ready to go to the airport. We had a small snafu based on our booking through Hotels.com, but that was blamed on a hotel software upgrade and was an easy fix. The only complaint I have is that the front desk staff who clearly spoke English fluently, spoke to each other about us in Cantalan, which made me uncomfortable, like I was a child. Still, other than that, the staff was courteous and helpful and we would stay here again based on the location, close to tourist attractions and close enough to the airport. I found the taxi drivers spoke a little English and were grateful for the little Spanish we knew, which made them want to be helpful. I am not sure if tips are expected in the hotel room or the taxi, but we tipped both and tips seemed to be appreciated by all. We took a couple of tours and one tour guide was clearly grateful for the tip and the other seemed embarrassed. We tipped the tour guides 20 Euro (per family, 2 families) for a 4 to 6 hour tour.
Anyway, this hotel is a winner. We would stay again - clean, comfortable, safe, good price, good location. Pretty quiet save the occasional ambulance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Villa Emilia is a modern property situated in a prime location in the heart of Barcelona, perfect for business travelers and holidays trips. Its 53 double guestrooms are fully equipped and decorated with exquisite taste. Guests can enjoy Mediterranean food in the Zinc-Bar, lounge on our famous Terrace, enjoying live DJ/music and cocktails, or organize special events and meetings in the Salon Rojo and El Privat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Emilia Hotel Barcelona
- Emilia Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Villa Emilia Barcelona, Catalonia