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Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel
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Methuen, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
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“A Surprising Gem”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

This past summer, we planned a trip to Barcelona and Majorca. I am a Marriott Rewards member and I am able to secure travel packages through the Marriott Rewards program. Our main trip was to Majorca and we were staying at a Marriott Hotel in area called Son Antem, which is resort, has timeshares units along with a golf course (a side note, the Marriott Hotel was sold although the timeshares are still Marriott). We decided that we should visit Barcelona as well and we agreed on 3 days on the front end of our trip and one day on the back end. The obvious question is where we stay? As I noted, I will try and stay at Marriott hotels as I want a certain level of comfort. When I have traveled to other European cities, staying at hotels that are not Marriott (I suppose other big chains have similar levels) can be quite interesting and in some cases challenging. I guess I am at the stage that I am not interested in the unknown, so Marriott hotels eliminate that fear. Even with Marriott you have different levels and trying to gauge these hotels in Barcelona can be a task. Ultimately, after reading some reviews, I booked the Marriott Renaissance Fira in Barcelona. When I travel in foreign cities, I usually do not drive, so walking and public transportation are very important to me. Everything I read about this hotel seemed to indicate that it would fit into my criteria.

We arrived into Barcelona and after getting our luggage, we got a taxi to the Hotel. It was located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the airport and the area looked a little barren. Across the street from the Hotel was an IKEA and it did look like a lot of the area was affected by the economic crisis that is occurring in many European Countries. We were in Barcelona at the end of July and the weather was quite warm. We checked into the hotel (we had read that it is quite contemporary) and we found this to be the case. I had two room as my daughters from the U.S. were coming and I have another one who has been working in Germany coming as well. This is high rise building and our rooms were on the 24th floor. We went to our room which was laid out very nicely. Walked in and off to the left the bathroom sink, the shower and the rest room (a separate little room). The sleeping area was beyond that area (separated) and there was sitting area with a view of Barcelona. The room was stark white and very contemporary. The other room on the same level was little different. You walked into the sleeping area and the sitting area and bathroom was further in and separated. This room was in total black, yet it seemed to be extremely warm and inviting. Also, the room had a great view of Barcelona.

We took a walk around the area and you can see the economy in this area was lacking. It was not in disrepair, but the development had stopped or was in a lull. There were businesses opened and you can see that when the economy improves this area will attract new businesses and it is on a commuter rail line. After walking around the area, we were going to meet one of my daughter’s at the pool area of our hotel. She had arrived the day before and was staying with a friend. We went up to the pool area (located on the 27th floor) and to our surprise this was an absolute gem. It was not overly big (pool was very rectangular) but was more than sufficient for hotel guest. The lounge chairs are the best I have ever experienced. They were wide and padded and very comfortable for relaxing and the deck area had the most spectacular views of Barcelona. The weather this time of the year was beautiful and quite warm, so that when we finished our daily touring of Barcelona, we immediately came back to the hotel and changed to go up to the pool area.

As I mentioned, this hotel was on a commuter line rail stop (4 or 5 stops) to connect to the Barcelona Metro system and the train had timely connections so that we were able to go anywhere and make it there in reasonable time frame.

This hotel did not have a lot of extras, like concierge service, but the staff was very friendly and accommodating. On the 14th floor of this hotel was the main restaurant and we did have breakfast there each morning and did eat dinner there one night. The food was good and service was excellent. Even though the hotel was not in a beach or downtown area, it was the perfect for our needs and a very reasonable alternative to some of the other high end Marriott hotels. This hotel provided great value and great location.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Ultra modern hotel which has a green theme throughout. A garden on the roof and half way up the building.The rooms are interesting - minimalist design. A glass wall conceals the bathroom. Great shower, bed and internet connection. Good working space tool, ideal for a business trip. The bar is off the main reception, I had a G&T which was prepared with extraordinary care and this was reflected in the price!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Renaissance Fira Barcelona Hotel is one of three Renaissance Hotels in Barcelona, and as the newest, many taxi drivers do not know where it is. I recommend having the address handy to show to them. The Renaissance Fira is modern, beautiful and minimalistic. The lobby is elegant and touches of wood and leather prevent it from being cold. The reception personnel were friendly and efficient and a bellman, Otto, went above and beyond to secure me a reservation at a restaurant that I wanted to visit. Each floor is rimmed by gardens of tropical foliage which give the entire hotel a lush green feel. I understand rooms come either in black or white. I was given a white room that turned out to be handicap accessible, which I did not ask for or require. The white rooms are ALL white. White walls, bathroom floors, linens, curtains, desk and chair. The part of the room that isn't white is floor to ceiling mirrors that reflect the white. . The floor in the bedroom/living room area is light wood. The whole effect t is very clean, austere and quiet. The bed was comfortable, with a fluffy down comforter and soft sheets. The room was spacious, huge by European standards with a giant narrow eye-shaped window across the whole of it. There are curtains that can be pulled closed and automatic blinds that can be raised or lowered with a button. It included bottles of water daily as well.
While it was a lovely experience overall, there were several things about the room that didn’t function very well, as if in the drive to make it modern, they forgot that form should follow function. For example, the bedside table was two feet from the bed. It was on casters, so could be moved over to a place that could be reached form the bed, but it had to be moved. The only trash bin in the whole room was a tiny one next to the toilet. The shower was a huge walk in affair with a lovely rain shower head, but the shower curtain wasn’t water proof and so the bathroom floor got soaked. Also the pegs for your towels to hang on are 6 feet from the shower next to the toilet. All in all, these were minor inconveniences, and may have been due to the handicap room, but they were kind of annoying.

Room Tip: Rooms ending in 08 and 09 face the freeway, but are wide huge and full of light. This was my room an...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

This hotel is a fantastic base for a break in Barcelona. A complete contrast to the old city but conveniently located next to the Metro station, it combines stunning modern architecture with friendly helpful staff. We loved the Gaudiesque design of the windows, such a contrast to the usual generic corporate hotels. The rooms are all white and sleekly minimalist, the lifts are great, the breakfast with views of Barcelona excellent and there is a roof top pool and an indoor spa pool and gym. Perfect, especially if you can bag a bargain rate on the net.

Room Tip: The higher you are the better the views and facing the sea is best
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Booked a long weekend here at end of November via Groupon deal. Wasn't sue where the hotel was exactly compared to the centre of Barcelona so jumped in a taxi approx. 22 Euros. We actually were about half way between the airport and the centre (Place de la Cataluna at top of Ls Ramblas). Quickly orientated ourselves and with the 10 trips for 10 Euros tickets for bus or train/metro were quickly in the centre. The hotel is very modern and the outside including the lifts were all glass, our room was on the 18th floor of 26 and the views were amazing. The restaurant is on the 14th floor and we had a bed and breakfast basis. The breakfast offering was amazing and you ould get anything from breads/toast to pastries, meats, cheeses, fruit, yoghurt and a hot food section offering proper scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mushrooms etc.there is also a chef who will cook eggs to order i.e omeletes, fried eggs etc. so we filled up here to make the most of our time in the city. The reception staff were also very friendly and spent time helping us understand where we needed to go and gave us a discount for the guided bus tours (red and blue route).
Room was really modern with good bathroom and electric blinds for curtains and aone for blackout at bedtime.
Would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a city break as it's convenient for airport and city centre (both were about 15 mins away.
One tip is get the bus back to the airport for 2 Euros, it stops right outside the hotel and is back at the airport quickly (make sure you know you want terminal 1 or 2 as if you get it wrong the walk is a LONG one.

Room Tip: Higher the better as you get better views, didn't see a great deal of difference in which side y...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2013

I stayed there twice, in June and October 2013, the hotel is new, the rooms are all in white.. close to the airport, great service, the breakfast room has great view with some green scenes overlooking Barcelona..

I will certainly come back..

Room Tip: High floor, overlooking the city, partial sea view..
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

Have just got back from a lovely girly weekend where we stayed at this very modern, sleek and impressive hotel. Rooms were beautiful, amazing windows like I've never seen before and spotlessly clean. Beds really comfy. Breakfast was amazing with loads of choice and the quality and amount you got kept us going all day. Stunning views from the rooftop pool. About a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport and it cost us about 20 euros in a taxi to La Ramblas. The staff were very polite and helpful. Overall we had a lovely few days in this beautiful city. Would recommend a visit to the singing fountains in the evening just stunning. Would go back again and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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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
Amenities:
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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#1 Luxury Hotel in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
#1 Family Hotel in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 357
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