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Barcelona Universal Hotel
Ranked #74 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
London, Canada
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60 reviews
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“Great location in Barcelona”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

We arrived on an overnight from Canada at about 9Am. The staff were very helpful and while it was a busy day and they were full they expedited two rooms within an hour. That was great after an overnight flight. Rooms were very well appointed and not euro-small as we've experienced. Roof top pool area was great and the breakfast that was included was very good as well. Internet and Wifi included and close to la ramblas and other old city haunts. A great wine store within a five minute walk and many restaurants. All in all a great find. We were there as a stay over for one night for a cruise but would recommend it for anyone for longer periods of time as well.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

We were a group of 6 females, we had booked 3 rooms with twin beds, and that is what we got, 2 of the rooms had the internal windows and one had a terrace, we had no problems with any of the rooms and they were spotless, the beds sooooo comfortable and air con that worked well. The road outside is busy but we didnt hear a thing and slept well every night. The hotel is situated in the theatre area of the city and within a 10 minute stroll of La Rambla and a 15 minute stroll down to the harbour. The rooftop terrace and pool was a lovely area to go and see the city, looking down at the traffic and enjoying the privacy up there. We had breakfast included and it was always well presented and the staff courteous.
The reception staff were extremely helpful and any staff we encountered were always very polite and friendly.
A metro station outside and a bus stop close by , couldnt ask for more.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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AlexPagan, Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 18 June 2012
Thank you for your comments!! We are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay in our hotel and you had a nice impression of our helpful and friendly front desk staff. Another comment that makes us happy is the one regarding the all our facilities and how clean our rooms are..
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

Stayed for two nights following a cruise - good location and rooftop pool area is fairly nice. The rooms were of an ok size for Europe. Desk service during check-in was a bit standoffish but perhaps they were at the end of their shift - the next shift the following night were very nice and helpful. Shortfalls of this hotel is lack of ice machines on floors - you have to either call room service or go down to the lobby and ask for a glass of ice - a bit time consuming; and they were always low on ice in the later part of the evening. Morning breakfast was nice selection of food but they could not manage peak periods - we happened to arrive around 9am, had to wait a bit for a table to be cleared and reset, then wait again for additional juices and food to be placed out - they had 3 people on the floor - one sitting people and clearing, one to recharge the buffet and a 3rd to clear and reset dishes - obviously not enough dishes for the number of people eating at peak period, and not enough people on duty - but food was good and plentiful. Despite the negative comments for improvement, I'd stay again.

Room Tip: We were on the 5th floor and had no issues - room was quiet and clean.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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manageruniversal, Manager at Barcelona Universal Hotel, responded to this review, 18 June 2012
Thank you for your comments, we are happy to read you liked our location and our rooftop pool area. It is nice to know you would come back in the future if you ever visited again Barcelona. Thank you, it is very nice to read it. Regarding ice machines on floors I understand it is something common in USA but not at all in Europe. Also ice machines use to make noises and they cannot be placed in the corridors where the rooms are located.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

We loved our stay at Hotel Universal Barcelona. The room and property we well kept and impeccably clean. The rooms were comfortable and well air conditioned. I appreciated the help the staff gave us in finding our way around, we well as their sense of privacy. We were never bothered by staff, always felt well cared for and had everything we needed. The location is close to the San Antoni Market and a nice walk through the old quarter to Las Ramblas. It was lovely.

I would stay there again. There was a little street noise we could hear but overall the rooms were very peaceful and quiet.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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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
#56 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#101 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,906 - ₹ 24,058
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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