I have chosen this hotel many times for my visits to Barcelona. The staff is excellent and it feels like home. this visit I was very impressed with some of the breakfast upgrades.Comment of L. Jacqueline , United States the 2014-08-19
"Excelent stay - great location"
we had a great stay at Le Meridien. Welcoming staff, ready to help. My family (2 adults & 2y.o. boy) got the 116 room (newly renovated), which was perfectly located (just on the corner of La Rambla) - not too noisy, not to isolated from the action. Decent size room, nordic style. Breakfast had a decent selection of choices. Maybe a bit overpriced, but given the location & conditions, we overlooked this.
"Location is good."
If you've never been to Barcelona, La Rambla which this hotel is located is probably one of the best places to stay in. That said, I don't necessarily think it has to be this hotel. The rooms are small, they won't upgrade you even if you're platinum and standard suites are available, the place is dated, and the complimentary water is charged if you ask for more than the allotted 2 per day which I've personally never seen at any other spg hotels. AC in room 530 is non-existent so you end up opening the window but it's loud outside with drunk people so it affects your sleep. Oh and you get the added bonus of cigarette smoke from the street too. The lights in the room either have to be all on or all off except for the table lamp which made no sense. I had to change the outlet for the floor lamp so I could work while my friend slept. The wifi never worked even when inputting the room number and last name. Called downstairs to get it fixed to which they agreed but never resolved it or checked up on us after I called. I ended up having to connect to the free wifi which was slower and I had issues with video conference calls for work. I'll probably avoid this place if you need stable wifi with decent speeds for work. The concierge was helpful in securing dinner reservations and flamenco tickets. The bar is ok, with decent drinks. The male bartender was very good. All in all not the best stay. I'll give 5 stars for location but everything else is subpar and definitely not 5 star standards. Not sure why this place received a 5 star in the first place. There are better hotels in the area.
11 of us did a cocktail masterclass here as part of my friends hen do! We were not disappointed!! Was about £23 each and wow did we get our moneys worth! The bar tender made 10 cocktails which we all got to try, then we all got to make our favourite! We were allowed to free pour so they weren't measuring how much alcohol we were using! We even asked if we could make a couple of cocktails that she hadn't shown us which she was more than happy to help us with! It was such a good afternoon! Cannot fault them at all!
"Location Location Location"
We'll stay here again not only because it's a great hotel but its central location on Barcelona's main La Rambla Blvd gives you easy access to so many great areas/sites of the city. You are steps away from the famous La Boqueria food market (we did a food tour that was to die for), 10 min. from the beach, 10-15 from Sagrada Familia, walking distance from the gothic quarter and some of the best restaurants/shops in the city. The hotel is beautiful, clean, and well staffed. We loved our room (5th floor corner) which had an expansive balcony overlooking the area's rooftops and was furnished with a sofa, table and two lounge chairs. We took advantage of the balcony quite a bit and although it was a free membership upgrade we felt the balcony alone would be well worth paying for. Large clean bathroom, rain-shower head, comfy bed. Our only disappointment with the hotel was the spa. I wouldn't call it a full spa. It's an extremely small/cramped co-ed amenity area with a shower, steam room and sauna (the steam room was not hot when I went into it). The outdoor water feature is a warm tub (not hot tub), meant to be like bath water. The lockers are out in the open so if you want to change in privacy you have to use the one bathroom. My husband loved his massage, mine was okay. Overall, we really loved our stay here and highly suggest this beautiful hotel, and if possible, a balcony upgrade. The location itself is worth it. TIP: We were flying out late morning and needed to pack so ordered room service. It was excellent. You can order al a carte so it was less expensive than eating at the hotel restaurant AND we were able to enjoy it on our sun soaked balcony. It made for the perfect, relaxing end to our Barcelona stay.
"Aged property, excellent location"
The welcome was a bit of a downer being informed that platinum members have no access to the top suites! Never heard o this upgrade practice. We got a junior suite "city view"....overstatement of the year: small window looking at a wall! Lighting is minimal, layout made no sense...Staff especially in the breakfast room, was outstanding! Location made up for modt of the "downers"!
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM