Grums Hotel is located at two steps from the Avenida Paralelo, one of the most charming streets in Barcelona where the mythic theatre "El Molino" is located. Nearby, you will find also the cruise port, the World Trade Center, Las Ramblas, Paseo Colon, the Fira of Barcelona and the Ronda Litoral.
Great placed in quiet neighbourhood. 15 min walk to the port. A convenience shop and a bakery next to the hotel. Rooms are quite large and very clean. The service is helpfull and nice with very good English knowledge. With so many options in the city we did not choose a breakfast as the option. The hotel has own SPA in the ground floor.
"Location is everything..."
We booked this hotel for three nights. I can't say a huge amount about it because we spent so little time actually in there, but the location made it a perfect base for us to grab some quiet in between sightseeing and exploring. The price is reasonable, the rooms are clean, beds are comfy and the staff very friendly and welcoming. Exactly what we needed.
"Good located hotel with nice rooms"
Hotel is located a 10 min walk from La Rambla and 5 min walk from subway. Also walking distance from harbor. Quiet surroundings. 11 euro for an ok breakfast. Bakery just outside serving breakfast at half price but is closed on Sundays. Lidl just around the corner. Room is fresh but small with ok beds. Good service. Free internet. Took taxi to airport for around 30 euro. Metro and train to airport takes 2 hours. Taxi taxes 30 min.
"Good location but bathroom was strange"
The hotel was ok, the only thing that bothered us was the bathroom. First of all, there was no ventilation or the window in the bathroom which was very awkward. Also, the sink was in the bedroom, so not in the bathroom either. There were no carpets in the room and we didnt get the slippers which you usually get in hotels, so after showering we had to walk barefoot which was a bit unpleasant. Also, on the last night, the neighbour was very noisy, slamming the door and walking in heels so we couldnt get any sleep... Wifi signal was not the best either. The staff was very nice and the location was pretty good thought.
"Great staff, comfy bed but expensive and poor breakfast"
We stayed at Hotel Grums for 6 nights over a part work, part holiday period. The hotel is in easy reach of the port, the Rambla, Montjuic etc, but it's also in a busy residential area by Parallel and walking through here could feel quite intimidating to some. There's a balance of course, easy to get to the sights. Initially, the hotel looks pleasant, not much from the outside, a small reception and waiting area downstairs that was busy when I arrived. Generally, the staff are excellent, they really can't do enough to help and are charming. Check in is at 3pm, which is late for many incoming flights, and there's really nowhere to hang out in the hotel, hence the busy feel with people just waiting. However, you can leave your luggage and return later, they will take care of that for you. But dig a little deeper and some flaws of this place come to light. We booked a top 6th floor room with a terrace. It was an expensive room, still quite small, reasonably bright, big bed, tiny bathroom split between a separate sink, then a toilet and small shower. The terrace of the room was large, looked out to blocks of residential appartments on all sides so had no pleasant view, and had a table and a couple of loungers. However, it was next to two lifts, and every time anyone used a lift, the noise of the motor reverberated through the room. It was impossible to get any rest, so I asked to be moved. They did not have another room available on the top floor, so we moved for one night to a much smaller room on the floor below. It had a small, darker terrace and felt cramped. I can only imagine that the remaining, cheaper rooms in this hotel are tiny but I don't know. We had one night here, and then moved back to the 6th floor, to a different room, a little further from the lift. We could still hear the motor when the lift was in operation but it wasn't so bad. The room was basically furnished, had a smaller terrace than the room we'd initially checked in to, was a smaller room and was still the same price. Prices vary depending on the night of the week, it we paid over 360€ on Saturday night, which really is quite expensive with tax. When I made the noise complaint, the way the staff dealt with the issue was fantastic, acting quickly, without fuss, and they even left a bottle of cava and a box of chocolates in the room by way of an apology. I imagine they have had similar complaints about lift noise before, it certainly was not a surprise to them when I mentioned it, and they acknowledged it instantly saying that the top floor is small and all rooms are close to the lifts. Breakfast....I was really surprised by a comment I saw saying that the breakfast was excellent! Honestly' It's probably one of the least excellent breakfasts I have had travelling around Spain and staying in good hotels in many years. Poorly laid out, never changing, tomatoes and pastries that look like they've been sitting there for days, stale croissants, often no glasses for water, lack of cups, scrambled eggs that sit and just get clogged, cold steamed vegetables sitting on what's supposed to be a hot plate, a lack of staff clearing tables so when the place is busy, the tables are not cleared and arriving guests can't find anywhere to sit.....I asked for yoghurt one day (they had it several days), and they had none. I asked for bacon (they had it most days), there was none. I asked for strawberries (they had them some days) they had none. Dishes on the buffet were left empty and not replenished, the choice is limited, the food quality is average. Actually, the service and ability of the team to deal with guests at the weekend was poor, week days it wasn't as bad. But generally, the breakfast is pretty grim. There are loads of places to get breakfast in Barcelona, including a small cafe next door to the hotel, without needing to eat here. The bar/cafe. On the second evening, at 9.30pm we wanted a snack. We were given the menu and ordered a few tapas including croquettes. We were told that we couldn't have them because they'd 'had a problem with them'. In fact, there were several things on the menu that seemed to not be available because of 'problems' and all we could get were nachos and Jamon! So, I cannot recommend trying to eat here. However, a different, younger barman made us some mean Gin and tonics another evening, so definitely come here for a G&T before going out! The outside terrace could be really pleasant, it does have some decent tables and chairs for eating which I never saw used, but it also has a lot of lounge seating that's damaged, old and needs changing it's surrounded by residential appartments, offers no privacy and during my stay I did not see a single person use it other than to smoke a cigarette which meant that the smell of the smoke would permeate back in to the breakfast restaurant as the automatic glass doors opened and closed. Housekeeping is hit and miss. I returned to my room for a nap on two days around 3pm and my room had not been cleaned. One day I was left no clean hand towels, two days I wasn't left any shower gels etc, and one day the floor wasn't cleaned because my wet shoe marks were still there from the day before as I came in from the terrace. Overall, the bed was comfy, it's nice to have a private room terrace, the people working here are a fantastic asset to the place, and when I complained, they attended to it immediately. The breakfast was poor, the location is not in a particularly pleasant area, my room was expensive, there is still noise from the lift for such a high cost, and it didn't offer good value in my opinion.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM