Picked on the basis of its proximity ot the local CCIB convention centre, the Diagonal Zero proved a perfectly pleasant if uninspiring place to stay during the week. The room was modern and chic, though probably took the spartan look too far, both in the lack of information available about the hotel and in the slightly odd combination of coffee cups, tea and coffee, but no means of actually boiling water. The bathroom was again modern and the shower - importanly - both hot and powerful.
Staff were generally friendly and helpful. The hotel has a spa (not experienced) and an unusually well-equipped gym. The bar downstairs (and the bar area outside at the rear) is perfectly pleasant but even during the period of the Euro 2012 football championships lacked any real atmosphere.
A couple of gripes. First, while the hotel wi-fi was free, it was annoyingly weak and inconsistent in the room, dropping the signal regularly (in contrast to the communal areas downstairs). Second, as others have said, the breakfast is very expensive for what it is - 18 euros per person -and the quality of what is on offer (in particular the hot food) was not always great.
The key selling point of the hotel is its proximity to the conference centre, although the centre of Barcelona is only maybe 15 minutes away on the metro. Given the other hotels in the area, I probably wouldn't pick this one again. It's not bad, it's just a bit non-descript.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel SB Diagonal Zero Hotel is conveniently located across from the CCIB and Auditorium, near the beaches, coastline and the Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre. With magnificent sea views from the pool floor 17. There are Deluxe rooms, Executive rooms and Suites with Jacuzzi, and also family rooms, most of them with sea views. In the hotel there si an SPA: the Spazio Wellness where you can relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diagonal Zero Barcelona
- Diagonal Zero Hotel Barcelona