Large enough rooms, clean, adequate pool (only sun in the morning – else in shadow), nice restaurant and bar. A typical hotel near the highway serving families travelling through and the business area surrounding the hotel.
Fine for a couple of days – but no more. The hotel is just too far out of Barcelona for it to serve all that well as a tourist hotel – the tram ride and subway into town are fine, but does take most of an hour and a return taxi will set you back 25-30 Euros. Take the car you say – and here you are onto something – however parking in Barcelona is notoriously difficult, so would always prefer to leave the car. This is probably my biggest annoyance with the hotel – if you are a highway hotel then you should expect to have guests with cars. And the hotel does indeed have a parking garage – but charges 16 Euro per day. This would be fine if the hotel was sitting downtown Barcelona – but seriously – we are in the middle of nowhere and at least reasonably priced parking should be available.
On the brighter side – can highly recommend the lunch at the restaurant by the pool. This is by no means standard hotel fare – excellent food in every respect. We were expecting a standard meal and got a “gourmet” meal instead. Brilliant.
All in all – think that next time I’m in Barcelona think Ill add the 16 Euro parking + 25 Euro taxi + tram rides etc. to the hotel bill and get a hotel downtown central instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star hotel with 161 airconditioned and soundproofed rooms. Located next to the AP2 B23 motorway, 3 km outside of Barcelona and the Avenida Diagonal, it is easily accessible on the T3 tram line (at Sant Marti de l Erm) and on bus routes 78 and 157 as well being just 15 km from the airport. The hotel features the Claravia restaurant, a bar, meeting rooms, play area for children, outdoor swimming pool, a terrace area, private parking and WiFi Internet access. ... more less
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