We needed a long weekend away and Barcelona seemed a great place to unwind. My girlfriend found a good offer at the Hesperia and we had a large suite, which included a living room with flat screen TV, a bedroom with flat screen TV, a separate dressing room, two separate toilets, and a very large bathroom with a vast shower and a very large spa jacuzzi bath.
The suite was excellent: quiet, and extremely well laid out. However, the decoration was looking a little tired, with some of the furniture in need or a clean, and a little bit banged up. And while the suite had two flat screen TV's there was no HD signal, in-house movie or on demand service, and the only channels were the standard hotel 4:3 news services (BBC, CNN, FOX, etc).
The included buffet breakfast was spectacular, and well worth the price, with a very large selection of hot and cold dishes to suite any taste and style. The hotel had a members bar/club that provided complementary drinks (beer, scotch, gin) and small snacks. However the evening meal in the restaurant was well over-priced for the standard of food: which wasn't bad, merely priced at a level that suggested a chef much better than that which was served.
The hotel is some considerable distance from the city centre (25 minutes on the metro) in a very industrial part of Barcelona next to a housing estate consisting of a domino series of Stalinist tower blocks, and the Oncology wing of the local hospital. It is clearly a good conference hotel that had hoped for greater things, and one can imagine the developers promising to bring jobs and money into the local community. The location - both the distance from Barcelona and the locale - mean that unless you stay in the city centre, or stay in the hotel, there is nothing to see or do, and only one very sorry Kebab restaurant in the nearby street.
Connected with the hotel is a gym and pool, but these are public services; and while there is easy access to the facilities via a hotel corridor, you do run into a gym filled with fit young men and women pumping iron - which can be a bit intimidating if you are a middle-aged couple looking for a relaxing swim. One one occasion the pool was taken over by a home load of retired people who were swimming in a rather confused manner.
The experience was good, and my girlfriend loved the jacuzzi bath, but I would not rush to revisit the hotel due to the location and time taken to get into the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The NH Collection Barcelona Tower hotel, formerly known as Hesperia Tower, is in Barcelona’s new business and financial district, between the airport and the city center. It’s just minutes from the fairgrounds too. As for the building itself, it’s a real city landmark, complete with a fabulous glass-roof cupola. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hesperia Hotel Barcelona
- Hesperia Tower Barcelona
- Hesperia Tower Hotel Barcelona