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“Suburbial Barcelona. Tram nearby.”

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Novotel Barcelona Sant Joan Despi
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sant Joan Despi
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“Suburbial Barcelona. Tram nearby.”
Reviewed March 23, 2009

This hotel is far from the city itself, and set in a quite deserted suburb. I would recommend this hotel for budget tourists, with either planned excursions, own vehicle or that don't mind taking the tram (closest station a 5min walk, mind the last return tram as it closes down quite early).
The general quality is a bit on the low scale of the Novotel range, as it could use a room refurbishment, especially the bathrooms. On the other hand, the restaurant and bars are quite recent and of good quality.
Swimming pool is small, and in the shadow in the afternoons.
Breakfast is good, as long as you don't arrive closer to closing time, as they usually do not replenish empty trays.
The staff are probably the best part of the hotel, as they are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 15, 2009

On a trip to Barcelona we were looking for a affordable, good Hotel. There are lots of Hotels in Barcelona, but many of them are only providing double bed rooms for 2 persons, sometimes 3 persons. If you are travelling with two kids (10 and 4) the amount of Hotels is getting smaller. If you don't want to spend money for two rooms Novotel is a very good choice. From previous experiences I knew, that they are family friendly. The rooms are not huge, but you have a queensized bed and a Sofa, that has room for two kids. Kids get a free Breakfast (was 15.50 Euro per adult). The Novotel Sant Joan Despi in Barcelona is easy to acces, since it is next to B23 exit and a Tram Station Sant Marti de l'Erm is just a few minutes away by foot. Parking is either at the Hotel Garage (charge) or in front of the building. There is a Gas Station next to the Hotel. You can buy Drinks, food there as well if you want. Some Restaurants are present across the street for the Businessbuilding around. With the Tram and Metro it takes 30-40 minutes to the center of Barcelona. WIth the current price, take a Zona T10 Ticket ( 7.70 Euro) Valid for 10 trips. You can use it for the family. So when you are four, you just need to validate it 4 times on the beginning of the trip and 4 times on the way back. So you can travel to the city back and forth for 7.70 Euro (February 2009). At the Rambla or Placa de Catalunya you can dive into the wonderful city of Barcelona.
The Breakfast at the Hotel offers Bacon, Ham, Cheese, Cookies, Cake and many other things. 15.50 Euro is not totally cheap but ok, since the kids are free, The staff was very friendly and helped whenever they could. The childrens corner is nice. Kappla wooden toys, books and so on. Two Nintendo Game Cubes with Super Marion Sunshine games (February 2009). The Hotel is pretty new and a good choice for families. We can definitely recommend it if you are not expecting huge rooms. Flat TV was present with Pay TV. Wifi at the Lobby.

  • Liked — Location, Kids friendly, clean rooms and bath
  • Disliked — n.a.
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 21, 2008

I traveled with my husband and two children aged eight and five.We had had some good experiences of hotels that offered 'family rooms' ....that is a decent sized room with some space to move about for kids and some partition or other privacy arrangement for nights. It was a complete disaster. Once the beds were out, there was a tiny space left in the little room. It was publicised as a 'family room' which it most certainly was very inappropriate for. There was no privacy whatsoever and it would have really gotten to us if our holiday wasn't short and sweet or Barcelona, warm and beautiful.

There was no Tea and Coffee facility and this was badly missed. The 'bar' in the fridge was stuffed with junk food to tempt the kids and was expensive as compared to thebrilliant filling station shop next door.

Staff on the reception were helpful. The play area was a small designated space opening into the lobby.

The Breakfast Buffet was fantastic!

Overall, a marketing stunt to stretch the scope of the hotel to attract families with young kids without having the decency to provide a reasonable space or privacy.

  • Liked — The Buffet Breakfast
  • Disliked — The 'family room'
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2007

hotel was nice, clean and friendly, it was just a little bit too far out, we went for 2 nights as part of a holiday i had won, so i didnt book the hotel myself. transport in Barcelona was excellent though, just about 5 mins from the hotel is a tram line which you get on and then change at Marina christina station which is a metro station, you can get anywhere from here, we bought a 2 day tickets for 9 euro and this lets you use all the trains, trams, buses, so the 9 euro got us in and aroung Barcelona for the 2 days and to and from the Airport, Fantastic. Barcelona was excellent, the metro runs all night and the place is very busy. loved it and cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Novotel Barcelona Sant Joan Despi
Address: Carrer de la TV3, 2, 08970 Sant Joan Despi, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Sant Joan Despi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sant Joan Despi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Barcelona Sant Joan Despi 4*
Number of rooms: 161
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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