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Abba Garden Hotel
Reviewed June 30, 2013

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a week as part of a group participating in a tournament for hockey vets. Our first problem arose getting to the hotel from the airport. We were given alternatives in an email from the manager prior to travelling: taxi; Aerobus to town and then either bus or metro out to stops close to the hotel. We were approached in the Arrivals area by a guy offering a taxi - for a price of 50€ for 3 of us. Assuming this would be an average for the journey we opted for the Aerobus/metro option. Approx total of 7€ each for the two tickets. This seemed to go ok until we emerged from the terminal to find ourselves in the middle of a heavily used dual roadway and no sign of the hotel. we eventually got there, but some extra directions would have helped.

Once booked in the hotel offers reasonably sized rooms. It is located at the top of a short but steep slope. There are no shops or places to eat in the immediate vicinity and the main restaurant is only open at weekends. You can get food at the bar but only a limited menu. If you ask at Reception for guidance to the nearest eateries be prepared for this to be scant in detail. We only found out by chance that a No63 bus can be caught in to the centre of Barcelona from just below the hotel for 2€ one way. To catch the Metro you need to go down a second, longer, steep hill onto the Avenue Diagonal. Bit of a hike uphill on return! If using the Metro be careful to mind your wallets and bags - one of our group thwarted a wallet snatch by a gang from another commuter.

Because of its distance from town, you'd expect the hotel to provide ready printed instructions for guests. A simple task that would take out so much of the guesswork for getting to and from town and finding shops/places to eat.

Breakfast offers a very good range of hot and cold options but 16€ is a high price - I guess they know you can't easily eat elsewhere.

The outdoor pool is a fair size and the gym is ok. If you want to use the sauna or steam room you need to inform staff a good half hour in advance.

Dont expect a smile from staff. They are not surly or anything but perhaps have been told that smiling is deemed to be unprofessional.

If using taxis, be aware that they are cheaper if you walk to the front of the children's hospital across the road....and charges vary widely depending on number in party and amount of luggage!!

Overall the hotel is ok and located in a peaceful area. If management paid more attention to providing greater basic information it would help guests (especially first timers to Barcelona).

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

The Abba Garden is a reasonably nice place to stay in the Barcelona vicinity, but it’s out of the way and has a number of problems detailed below.

The positives include a large room with good lighting, a two-level parking garage, an in-room safe, and a comfortable bed. The bathroom offers several amenities including an extra phone, a shower cap, shoe polish sponge, toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb, a small facial tissue pack, and plenty of towels, but no washcloth or bathroom wastebasket. The hot water in the sink comes up quickly, and the shower is easy to use and includes a bath gel dispenser and a non-slip security strip. The hotel grounds are quite pleasant, featuring a small landscaped park area out back with swimming pool, tennis courts, children's playground, and facilities for an outdoor reception in the area just outside the hotel bar.

Apart from the hotel’s remote location far from downtown Barcelona, the negatives include modest drawer, shelf, and closet space. There is an old-fashioned small-screen CRT TV in the room that gets about 30 channels, but I couldn't find any in English. The elevators / lifts are quite small, holding perhaps four adults at best, or two with luggage. Most annoying is the free wi-fi, which is limited by a weak signal and minimal functionality -- and it's not really free if you want full e-mail capability including sending and receiving messages. My iPad e-mail app -- and several other iPad applications requiring a connection -- failed to connect at all using the free wi-fi. I was informed that satisfactory wi-fi access at the Abba Garden required purchase of a premium service at a price of €9 (around US$12) for 24 hours . This failure to provide fully free wi-fi including e-mail -- a service available from every other budget hotel I stayed at in Spain -- was highly disappointing and, along with the other negatives, reduces my rating for the Abba Garden to the 3-star category, indicating just average and too many problems.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We were attending a conference nearby and found this hotel at a cheap rate. The hotel was not very modern, but it was clean with decent sleep comfort. We traveled in february, so we didn´t get to try the swimming pool, but the outside area looked nice. The food in the restaurant is not recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

You know already where it is located and you probably read already other opinions and I can not add so much. Some points I got: I hate carpet flooring negative it always gives me the impression of dirty ground I am walking on and unfortunately all rooms having this. And the surface isn't clean, for sure. Ordered a burger from room service for a late evening snack , sorry to say but this was crap . Cold soft bun, cold cheese and a hand full of potato chips????
Good points are the friendliness of the staff, size of the rooms is quite generous, free WIFI , good breakfast. That's it :-)

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

The hotel is clean and the rooms are of good size. House keeping and front office are excellent and managed very well. I booked via Easy jet holidays and had no issues with the booking or stay. The breakfast was paid for with the holiday and it turns out to be excellent value for money. Well done. Food is plentiful and of reasonable quality too.

I used the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi one night. Yo have to ask for the systems to be turned on and in 20 mins it is ready to be used. It was fantastic and well recommended. I enjoyed it very much and had the place all to myself. They have a gym but I did not use it.
The hotel is situated 20 mins walk from the closest Metro station, which I used excessively. However the hotel is on top of a hill and the walk up the hill is not for the faint hearted. The plus side is I got all the exercise I needed and felt so much fitter after a week of walking up that hill. Sometimes twice a day. The hotel has a shuttle service, but this is at pre-arranged times. Check with the hotel on its times

I had dinner in the hotel on one occasion. This is where the hotel lets itself down. Salad was server in a plastic bowl, something you feed babies with... Not expected of a 4 star.
Risotto was not availble on the night and we were given a hamburger with chips. The hamburger had no bun!!! For a 4 start rating the restaurant lets itself down terribly. They seemed to have no pride in the cooking or the restaurant. I was greatfull I had not booked half board!!!.
Bottle of water Eur 3.50 Rip off. Bottle of water at the local supermarker Eur 0.50. You only get robbed once.

Pool was not reayd at this time of the year..

To conclude, I would go there again but wont have meals there...

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

I needed somewhere to stay where I could work in the afternoon and stay for one night. They offered a free shuttle bus to the IESE in the morning which was great and the driver offered me a free lift to the airport in the afternoon. No tea or coffee facilities in the room. The coffee from the bar was disgusting and there was one English TV channel. Breakfast was absolutely fine. I wouldn't come here for a usual business trip or a romantic weekend. However as I was on a budget for a quick overnight trip to the IESE this was ideal.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Address: C/ Santa Rosa 33-37, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Esplugues de Llobregat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Esplugues de Llobregat
Price Range: $95 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Abba Garden Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This modern hotel is situated on the northern edge of the city of Barcelona, near Avinguda Diagonal and Barcelona FC's famous stadium, Camp Nou. It is the perfect place to spend a relaxing break in tranquil and pretty surroundings. Stroll around the gardens of the Abba Garden Hotel, where you can lie back and soak up the sun during the day, and admire the sunsets in the evening. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, where you can enjoy a relaxing swim. Get more active in the hotels gym and then unwind in the on-site spa equipped with sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath. There is also a racquetball court, so you can play a quick game. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel, so you can connect to the internet at any time, check your emails or simply surf the web. Grab a bite to eat in the snack bar in the evening - complete with terrace. ... more   less 
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