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“Strange Design but Excellent Hotel !”

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Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel
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“Strange Design but Excellent Hotel !”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

I stayed 2 nights in this hotel. I was dazed with the whole design of the hotel; Rooms wall from outside, leaf shape windows, and room theme. It’s unfamiliar but I liked a lot and my stay was pleasant.

I didn’t try the restaurants. But I walked for the closest mall with many restaurants. Also, Fira train station is just outside the hotel where you can reach city center easily.

The Problem is that you need to take a taxi if stayed late in city center as metro closes @ 11:00pm.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Brighton, England
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I joined my husband here for a couple of days whilst on a business trip and the Renaissance Fira, generally, is a pretty great hotel as long as you're happy to be outside of the City centre. It's located right next to a tube station and buses go right past the door every few minutes so getting around and about is really easy. Opposite is a new shopping mall which to be fair is good but probably not what most people go to Barcelona for.

Other than that, the location is pretty good view of Ikea - it's essentially residential/industrial and as a consequence a pretty un-dynamic area, you definitely need to travel.

The hotel itself is extremely modern with leaf shaped windows and all-white rooms, a stunning roof-top pool, indoor jacuzzi pool and gym, and free wifi which includes free access to laptops in the foyer as you want.

The breakfast is served buffet style on the 14th floor and is exceptionally good. However, our experiences of the rest of the food was pretty poor and frankly very expensive. Mutterings from other tables on the one night we ate there, eluded to the fact that we were not alone in our disappointment. It's sold as gourmet dining but in reality it was barely dining. There was absolutely nothing of a spanish sense on the menu and my salmon was served so under-cooked that I had to send it back which I have never done before.

A snack of nachos which I ordered from the roof-top bar consisted of a bowl of extremely salty tortilla chips and a side bowl of some vile yellow 'cheese sauce' which even now makes me queasy. All for the pricely sum of 5 euros. I was shocked that a hotel marketing itself as a value for money, high-end business hotel could be so bad in this respect.

Extremely disappointing.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a night after landing in Barcelona and before travelling onwards to the Costa Brava.
Thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The rooftop swimming pool had panoramic views, lovely staff, a good pool menu and ambient music playing ( a sort of W Hotel vibe )
Rooms were spotless and well appointed. Crisp white linen and soft towels and the bed was very comfortable.
The breakfast was wonderful. The restaurant on the 14th floor was full of plants and greenery, also had great views and the buffet was really good and very much in keeping with the region : great hams, cheeses, olives and fresh fruit. All the usual stuff too ( cereals , bacon, eggs, waffles etc ) but I was I impressed with the presentation and freshness.
Our 7 year old daughter wanted to add ' the hotel room was really beautiful ' !!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Manchester, Maryland
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We chose the Renaissance Fira for our pre-cruise stay in Barcelona.

The Good

The nightly rate was very good as the hotel was not busy (about 40% less than hotels in the downtown area). Staff is very friendly. The location is very quiet (somewhat residential with a convention center and mall nearby). Less than 20 – 25 minutes from the airport and a short cab ride to local sites. Staff was very friendly. High speed internet signals strong throughout the hotel.

Breakfast buffet in Palmer was decent. Good selection and value. The roof bar has some very nice views of the city. Indoor pool is small but nice. Room was small but was very clean. Taxi’s were easy to get right outside the front door. Bus lines and metro are close too.
It’s a short drive (about 10 minutes) to the Barcelona cruise port. Concierge can arrange a car service to the cruise port for you as most taxis are small and can’t carry too much luggage.

The Not So Good:

Definitely not up to the standards of other Marriott/ Renaissance properties. It’s clean, nice but our room was very small (way small for 2 adults and 1 child) and no upgrade offered or given (and I am a Marriott Life Platinum member).

The A/C didn’t work but we were able to open a small window to get some air flow – which was a mistake as a few giant mosquitos came into the room and had a feast on us. No concierge lounge (which was very disappointing as most Marriott properties have them). Housekeeping was erratic – they would come in the morning some days but didn’t come until late afternoon on other days.
The Palmer restaurant is decent for breakfast but it not a kid friendly place for lunch/dinner (and expensive - we dropped over $120 for lunch and that did not include any drinks). If you have kids - do yourselves (and your wallet) a favor and either eat in the lounge or make the short walk over to the mall where you will have many family freindly dining options to choose from.

Not close to any of the hop on / hop off tour bus stops.

The Strange:

The décor of the hotel is a bit unique. Windows cut out in the shape of palm trees are certainly “different” and the rooms are pure white (and I mean everything in our room was white). For a minute I was expecting Morgan Freeman would emerge as "God" like one of those scenes from the movie "Bruce Almighty" - the room was that white. Views from the room aren't that impressive. Best views are from the roof bar.

The interior is somewhat dark & “cold” looking interior atrium (that is very open but somewhat dark and dreary) with glass elevators that can be scary to small children.
The shower arrangement was very strange as the glass walls expose the person in the shower to other people in the room (not exactly family friendly).

The hotel is actually hidden and somewhat hard to find. Several taxi drivers never heard of it so we simply told them “IKEA” (the hotel is right across from one an enormous IKEA store). Every taxi driver knew where the IKEA was.

If you are looking for the restaurants, bars and more of the Barcelona city “feel” then this is probably not the choice for you. However, if you are looking for quiet then you might like this hotel.

It is also very close to a very large mall complex where you can have a decent meal, coffee and deserts – and even do some shopping (which was actually a blessing as we needed to pick up some things prior to our cruise)

Just keep in mind – you are not in downtown Barcelona so you will need to take a taxi, bus or the metro. While we didn’t have a horrible stay, it’s unlikely that we would ever stay there again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We used rewards points to book this hotel. We didn't realize that it was 15 minutes outside the center of Barcelona. We were on the bus route so we took the bus everyday into town to save taxi fares. The hotel lobby felt very sterile and industrial in decor. Concrete floors, exposed ducts, leather furniture. Nothing felt inviting to sit down in the lobby lounge/bar or sitting areas. The center courtyard was open air and outside exposure to wind, weather, etc. The halls were dimly lit, and walls and guest room doors were all the same color and surface..like a dark green Vitrolite tile from floor to ceiling. We actually had a hard time figuring out how to open our door! The guest rooms were equally sterile feeling. Museum white with hints of gray. The water closet was so small, a very large person would have a difficult time using the commode. An interesting cloud shape cutout was carved in the actual wall where the windows are. Room darkening blinds came down to shut out daylight. The best part of our stay was the complimentary and elaborate daily breakfast buffet. In addition the rooftop swimming pool, bar and lounge offered 360* views if Barcelona.

Room Tip: This hotel is perfect for convention goers or business related to financial district.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Stayed here for one night before boarding our cruise. The hotel is nicely located about a ten minute cab ride from the port. The staff were amazing, rooms very clean, and decor up to date. Although, we did not get to use it, the roof top pool offered some breath taking views of Barcelona. We would definitely stay again next time in Barcelona.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Lafayette, Colorado
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The rooms are very modern and all white. Nice touches include robes/slippers in the room along with water, coffee and tea - which was pretty good. When we arrived, the room was quite stuffy so we had to crank the air and open the window. I took advantage of the work out room which was decent and then headed outside for a run which was perfect - right down Gran Via de Les Cortes. The breakfast they offered each morning was very good - fresh fruit, juice, omelets bar, cocktails, etc...! With this offer, we felt full and didn't feel like we needed a lunch so we were good to go for the day. The hotel is not close to the city center, but bus/Metro stops are close by. My husband and I did walk it one night - which was great exercise - but it took us an hour+ to get back to the hotel. Definitely go up to the top floor and check out the pool/terrace. The view of Barcelona is absolutely gorgeous! If you want to take advantage of the sun and want a lounge chair, get out there early to get a spot. There is a huge Carrefore across the street so if you need or forgot anything, you are set.

We had a rental car because we stayed here on our way back from the Costa Blanca area. If you have a car, park on the street. Parking places were very easy to find so don't feel like you HAVE to park at the hotel - save the money and just cruise around the block a couple of times. The airport is so close and wicked easy to get to - very surprised and happy (esp returning the car!).

Room Tip: Ask for a room higher up and a view of the city
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel
Address: Plaza Europa, 50-52, 08902 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel 4.5*
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