Clean, spacious rooms in a modern-looking hotel with nice bathrooms and a giant shower. The hotel isn't exactly located in the center of Barcelona, but it's on 2 main subway lines (which are 4 stops from the center) so it's not difficult to get around. Furthermore, because it is a little removed, they have underground parking at a reasonable (by Barcelona standards) price of 17 euros per night. Staff were very friendly and helped us with any questions we had (and their restaurant recommendations corresponded with high TripAdvisor rankings, so it seemed unlikely that it was just collaboration).
There were a few negatives that kept this from being a perfect score: you are provided a free water bottle per person in the mini-bar with check-in, but it's never replaced. We stayed for 5 days and only getting one small water bottle was a little absurd; it would actually reward you for NOT staying a long time, which is counter-intuitive. During our stay the elevators had some problems consistently working. Our room opened into an enclosed atrium, and while the lack of a view isn't really a problem, not being able to open your window to get fresh air in was sometimes stifling (although the air conditioning worked just fine). And the breakfast (as most hotel breakfasts are) was too expensive at 15 euros (or 12 euros if you order it from the front desk the night before). Lastly, the internet was abysmally slow, because they give you free Wifi, but you have the option to pay for a better connection (which they're obviously trying to encourage). All of these were pretty much minor inconveniences and overall, for the low price we paid to stay here, it was a pleasant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The recently built Ayre Hotel Gran Via enjoys a privileged location in the Plaza de Espana, close to the Montjuic Castle, where one can enjoy the popular tourist spots of Barcelona. The 188 rooms provide a modern and minimalist ambience with a mini-bar, TV, hairdryer, safe deposit box and WI-FI system. Guests will also find a cafeteria, restaurant, garage, and modern meeting rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayre Hotel Barcelona
- Ayre Hotel Gran Via Barcelona, Catalonia