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“Good location, Helpful (some snobby) Staff” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Barcelona Universal Hotel
Ranked #74 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Princeton, New Jersey
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38 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good location, Helpful (some snobby) Staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

We were in Barcelona for 1 night only and thanks to a great deal we got a king bed double room for $97/night. The hotel is only a few blocks from Las Ramblas and if we had had more time I'm sure we would have loved the rooftop pool, but unfortunately we didn't get to it (bummer!).

Driving on Par.a.lel is a hectic experience and we ended up driving right past the hotel the first time around because it blends in well with the apartment buildings and is understated from the outside. We were in a rush to return our rental car before the location closed so the front desk staff helped us check our bags quickly and get the room keys before jetting off to drop the car. The front desk attendant who helped us must have thought our disheveled selves weren't up to standard with his 4* hotel, but the rest of the staff were overly gracious and helpful our entire stay.

The room was impeccably clean and modern, save for the bathroom which was very clean though had outdated style. The bed was heavenly, especially after a full day of being avid walking tourists, and although our large window faced the street we never had any noise issues. Par.a.lel is the theater district not the clubbing district so we lucked out in not having hardcore club music outside our window.

Breakfast was something absurd like 15 euros so we passed and indulged at the market on Las Ramblas. You're getting SO much for your money and the experience was well worth it. Though we were uber careful with our things I never felt like I was going to be robbed in the market or anywhere else in Barcelona this time around. Always keep an eye out for your things, but I felt very safe as a female with a purse throughout the city and especially in this market.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank carolinestravels83
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manageruniversal, Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 18 June 2012
Thank you for your comments, it is very important for us to read that our guests consider our rooms "impeccably clean". That is very important and we really appreciate it.
Thank you.
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

Booked this hotel for a weekend city break, taking advice from other trip advisor users and was not disappointed. The hotel staff were super friendly and couldn't do enough to help. The hotel is modern and very clean. The only advice I would give to anyone planning on staying here is to ask for a room with an outside window!

There are at least 2 rooms on each floor with only an internal window which basically lets in light, this was such a shame and the only thing stopping this being a five star review. We didn't bother asking for another room as we weren't planning on spending too much time in there anyway.

Rooftop pool and sun deck is fantastic and not overlooked at all. If you have the breakfast included in your stay this is a continental breakfast and had a good selection of food. Location is also excellent, right outside a metro station and just a short walk to anywhere you need to be.

Great hotel... Just ask for a window!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chem73
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manageruniversal, Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
Thank you for your review!!! We are very happy that you liked our hotel and our staff. For us, our staff is the most important and if they are helpful, clients are happy.
Regarding the room with a window we must say that all the rooms have windows, the only thing is that not all the windows face the same side of the building. Some face the street and some not. Saying which one is better is very subjective because it depends on the preferences of each guest. You have to think that rooms that do not face the street are quieter at night.
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Minden, NV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

We staryed at the Barcelona Universal for two days prior to a cruise. We got a great rate from the Trip Advisor web page that included breakfast.

It is about a 25 minute cab ride from the airport (BCN) and within a 10 minute cab ride to the cruise port. Our first impression was very good as the front desk staff was very friendly. The rooms were clean and quiet, but we had a rear room. The breakfast was also very good....but since it was included with the breakfast it was a great value. Otherwise, it was E15.00 pp. I would consider it a weak 4 star hotel.....but good value nevertheless.

Las Ramblas and the Hop on/Hop off bus was within a 10 minute walk, and lots of great resturants were close by.

For picking this hotel without ever having been to Barcelona, it was an excellent choice and I would reccomend it without question.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beave8920
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manageruniversal, Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
Thank you for your review!!! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and you had a nice impression of our front desk staff. It is very important for us to read that our staff is friendly. Another comment that makes us happy is the one regarding the cleanliness of our rooms.
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012 via mobile

We loved this 4 star hotel. It is right near las ramblas without the noise and you can walk everywhere. There are great eateries nearby including cheap eats for fast meals and better places for something special.
Subway right near by. Hubby went to Barcelona FC on the train with ease.
The staff were amazing. We arrived at 215am after a bad flight delay and they were welcoming and helped with our luggage and settling our toddler who was exhausted.
Gym is fine for a workout on the go. Wifi in hotel is great.
Highly recommend!!

Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Emma S
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AlexPagan, Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
We are very thankful to these guests for having taken their time to write such comments. We are very happy to hear that they had a pleasant stay at our hotel. We do really appreciate it.
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Preston
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

Just got back from a three night stay at this hotel.

It was very easy to find, seconds away from the
Para-llel metro. I noticed a few people have said some negative things about the area, you do have to be on guard, but this is the same for everywhere in Barcelona.

We found some great cocktail bars close by, and some lovely places for coffee. The hotel is also right by a bank so handy for changing money.

Our room was immaculately cleaned each day and had eveytbing we needed. Also though the staff were very helpful and friendly. Can't comment on the food as unfortunate didn't get time to eat there.


  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Luckyduck25
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manageruniversal, Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
Thank you for your comments!!! Thank you for the comments about the area were we are located and about the roof top views. The area is not dangerous, but you are absolutely right when you say you have to be on guard, but as in any other part of the city. We are in the city center.
Thank you especially for your good comments about our staff and for highlighting how clean you found your room on arrival.
Thank you!
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Additional Information about Barcelona Universal Hotel

Property: Barcelona Universal Hotel
Address: Avda Paral.lel 76-80, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#38 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#58 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#101 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,574 - ₹ 21,796
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelona Universal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located just a five-minute walk from Las Ramblas, Hotel Barcelona Universal grants its guests easy access to all parts of the city. Metro lines 2 and 3 stop just outside the main entrance, at “Paral·lel,” and nearby buses can take you to the beaches of Barcelona, Park Güell, and anywhere in between. A stroll from our hotel near Las Ramblas will take you to some of Barcelona’s favorite tourist attractions.Hotel opened in 2001 and renewed in 2011.Hotel Barcelona Universal has 167 rooms, each equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet. Three “Barcelona Skyline Suites” feature a Jacuzzi and private terrace. Families and larger groups may be accommodated in triple or superior rooms. ... more   less 
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