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“Great place to watch the world go by” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colon Hotel
Ranked #84 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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1,224 reviews
184 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 630 helpful votes
“Great place to watch the world go by”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Really enjoyed having beers / coffees at the tables outside this hotel which face the cathedral across the square.

Really nice spot to relax in the sun.

It's also about 50 metres down from a great taps spot (Bilbaos)

A note of caution - some bum tried to snatch my phone from the table whilst we were sat. I was too quick (and big) for him.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MJH1
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

This hotel is situated as comfortably close to absolutely everything as possible in the wonderful city of Barcelona. It is a old and somewhat shabby family hotel, but with a lot of grace and old-world charm. The rooms are comfy, clean and the beds passable, the breakfast a pleasant surprise with all that the heart desires. Even freshly pressed orange juice. The staff is somewhat uptight - I would not say that the wish to please is sitting in the driver's seat - rather - you have to follow the rules of the house. We were reprimanded in a very brusque way when we put our (stockinged) feet up sitting in the sofa of the day room in the reception, and they laughed in our faces when we asked if we could borrow a small chair from the corridor as we had one too little in the room. We were rather taken aback. I think the staff is so used to the guests beeing charmed by the old place and that they are so in-bred that they sorely need a brush-up on how to treat guests. A typical example of hybris, I am sorry to say. But - don't let that stop you from staying there - you'll live well with the drawbacks. Just notice that the hotel does not have wi-fi. They say they do but they don't.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pille2
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

The location of this hotel is absolutely perfect, close to the sites, good cafes and shopping. I was only in Barcelona for 2 days and this was a good home base to see the highlights. As a single female traveler, I felt very safe in this hotel (the front desk staff were very attentive to who was coming and going and I even saw them ask some gentlemen to leave when they came in to use the lobby washroom and the staff inquired if they were staying in the hotel.) The single rooms are a good size and even though mine did not have a view of the Cathedral, it was still a pleasant place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank jillix3000
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Cork, Ireland
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Stayed for 4 nights at the stat of April. Have to say the Hotel ticked all the boxes for us. Room was small but well laid out, clean and quite. We were on the 5th floor facing onto the side street. Had good view of the Square from our small balcony. Overall the Hotel looked very well and we did not get any sense of it being worn or outdated, as has been mentioned in other reviews. Staff were extremely polite and courteous both in the Hotel and at the outside terrace bar.
Again, the most important attribute of the Hotel is it's location. You are pretty much a short walk to the marina, Las Ramblas and more importantly, you are on the doorstep of the Gothic area with it's warren of streets which have so much to explore. We spent a whole day just wandering around, visiting the Cathedral (Beautful interior) and the other Churches and museums in the area.
Visit the Placa Reial and the Boqueria Market. Take a Bus Tour to see the outlying sites, cable car to montjuic. Take the Blue Tram up to the Venicular to Tibidabo (Have lunch here overlooking the city). Basically just enjoy this great city.
Overall, loved the hotel and would have to say I could not see any of the issues that had been highlighted in other reviews. will certainly stay here again when we return.

Room Tip: I would certainly go for a room at the front of the Hotel, on floors 4 to 6.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Bridewood
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

Hotol Colon can't be beat for its location. The hotel sits right on the corner of the central plaza with Barcelona's cathedral. It is also nestled in the quaint alleys of the Gothic quarter and minutes from the bustle of the Rambla. For location it gets 5 stars. But, the hotel is listed as a 4 star property, and I can't agree with that overall. The room I got on the backside of the hotel was very reasonably priced at 99 euro a night, but very out of date and tired looking. The furnishings scream 1980, the bed was wafer thin, and it was difficult to judge how clean the room was (despite the piercing smell of lemon scented cleaner). The bath had plenty of hot water, a definite plus, but was a bit dingy and the toilet leaked slightly around the base. Bring your own toiletries because the shampoo and soap from the hotel are over scented, scouring, and somewhat cheap.

Room Tip: I imagine that hte more expensive rooms facing the cathedral are better appointed. I would choose o...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ftirduke
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ColonBCN, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Colon Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing the Colon Hotel during your stay in Barcelona. We are happy to hear you were able to take advantage of our strategic location to get out at explore our city.

We find your notes extremely helpful and have passed them along the right departments to handle them properly. We strive to offer the best service to our guests and we appreciate when they let us we have fallen short to meet their expectations. Information is power, and we use it to keep improving.
It would be our pleasure to have you stay with us again back on your next visit to Barcelona. Please let us know in advance so we can make sure to honor any special requests.

Regards,

Hotel Colon, Barcelona.
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Additional Information about Colon Hotel

Property: Colon Hotel
Address: Avenida de la Catedral 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#52 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#62 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#84 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#125 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,972 - ₹ 19,588
Hotel Class:4 star — Colon Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Colón is a classic and traditional 4 stars hotel situated in the heart of Barcelona, right opposite the Gothic Cathedral. It was founded in 1951 and during its 90 plus years of history, it has housed big names such as Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Jean Paul Sartre, Sofía Loren, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola, Santiago Calatrava, and Arata Isozaki. ... more   less 
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