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“Great Hotel, not so central location”

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Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya
Ranked #96 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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17 reviews
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“Great Hotel, not so central location”
Reviewed 30 June 2012

Stayed in Barcelona for 4 nights, and booked Torre Catalunya based on TripAdvisor reviews and a decent price. Here are pros and cons of the hotel:
Pros:
- We were able to get an upgrade to a bigger room on a 20th floor (out of 22) for only 12 Euros/day which is absolutely worth it.
- Rooms are big and very comfortable
- AC worked great, and never had an issue with it.
- Very clean and modern hotel
- There is a great (a bit overpriced) restaurant on the last floor with an awesome view of the city

Cons:
- Not a very central location (which is not really a problem, as there is a subway station within 2 minutes walk)
- You had to pay for the internet if didn't book the room through their website. In other words if you book through Expedia you pay 5 cents/minute (3 Euros per hour). Not a big deal, but it would have been nice to know about it ahead of time.

Overall, its a good hotel, and good value for the money.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mumbles, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

This hotel was excellent value for money. Location wise, it's ideal as it's opposite the main train station and is near a metro station so all the tourist sites are close to hand.

Our room was lovely-I've paid double the cost to stay in hotel rooms that were nowhere near as nice and we had some pretty fantastic views.

The staff were very helpful and professonal and I cannot fault them in anyway.

The breakfast charges were a bit of a joke so we went across the road to the cafe on the corner every morning and had coffee and pastries to set us up for the day.

The bar on the top floor has some excellent views and it was lovely to sit in there to have a drink before going out for something to eat.

The reception staff gave us some good recommendations for restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

It was as expected - spacious and modern room, medium sized and clean bathroom with decent fittings, large TV, and air-con. Great view from the 11th floor, with the usual amount of associated street noise. We did not hear noise from other guest rooms. The WiFi was a little frustrating - when your free time runs out, whatever option you choose (I think "pay per use" for charges per 10mins or "prepaid" for the 24 hour deal) cannot be reset. Hence, choose carefully the first time, unlike us.

The hotel was a business centre with computers and a printer. We did not have breakfast or eat in the restaurant, so we cannot comment on these. However, we did have room service for a light dinner. The menu was pretty limited, but the food was quite nice.

The staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, and spoke excellent English.

The location is excellent, across the square from Barcelona Sants (main train station). The trains from France arrive here, as to does the airport train. The Metro also departs from here, with easy access to all of the city. The square appeared relatively safe at night, which was a surprise.

Very nice business style hotel - would recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Stayed in a triple room for 1 night after a cruise. Got checked in early which was good. Distance is quite a distance from Las Ramblas 10 euros by taxi but is just across from the main Sants station which takes you direct to the airport. Taxi was 18.50 from the port.
The hotel and room just looked tired and well worn to me and getting grubby, I think it would have been luxurious in its day. Room was a good size which is unusual in the city.
On check in we were told that internet in the business centre was free but it was not, I think we paid 3.35 euros for half an hour and 6 euros to use the spa.
Breakfast was included in our rate and it was of good quality and good selection although the service from staff was very poor, which is also what we found in most of the restaurants we dined at in Barcelona. I dont know why this is.
All in all the hotel was ok but I think there are better hotels closer to the city. Comparing it to the hotel we stayed at prior to the cruise Gran Torre Catalunya was not as good as the other 4 star hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed stay here across from the the railway station & metro, overlooking Barcelona. Fabulous room, clean & large with floor to ceiling windows on 2 sides. Quite convenient with the metro across the road, would definitely stay again and the breakfast was one of the best on offer at hotels.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya

Property: Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya
Address: Avda de Roma 2-4, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#31 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#34 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#38 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#40 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#71 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,190 - ₹ 14,974
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya 4.5*
Number of rooms: 272
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The superior 4* Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, a reference point for comfort in the "Ciudad Condal", is specially focussed on providing the utmost comfort, tranquillity and well-being for you for each moment of your stay. Accommodation in rooms that are at least 39 m2, breakfast at the highest panoramic restaurant in Barcelona, and just 1 stop from the historic quarter. Discover top comfort class at the Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, which becomes your gateway to a city full of leisure, business, cultural and sporting opportunities. The Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya has 272 rooms ranging from 39 m2 to 75 m2, the largest in their category in Barcelona, with the city at your feet. Thanks to the natural light coming in through their large windows, and the warm colours of their decoration, you can enjoy a comfortable stay culminating in a renewing rest with the best views of the city. Large beds, spacious bathrooms with separate bath and shower, free WiFi connection in the bedrooms and all the amenities to ensure that you want for nothing throughout your stay. ... more   less 
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