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“Clean, funky interior, great location, great value”
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Barcelo Raval
Ranked #107 of 517 Hotels in Barcelona
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

First time to Barcelona, arrived with taxi from the airport (€28).

Stayed for 3 nights from 22-25 Aug 2012. Very happy with the hotel- looks exactly like the pics, good size room (upgraded to Deluxe Room), there's a taxi rank right outside the hotel, 10 mins walk to La Rambla (then walk 5 mins to the left to Pl Catalunya, or walk 10 mins to the right to Columbus Monument then through to World Trade Centre). Gothic Cathedral, Santa Maria Cathedral are 15 mins walk away. Even the beach, W Hotel are walk able from the hotel!

Taxis are plenty- meter starts from €2.10- remember to tell them the STREET name of the place you wanna go to... not the NAME of the place. Theyre very good at knowing the street names, not the actual name of the bar, restaurant, hotel, etc.

Our room didn't include breakfast, as we were out until late every night (Spanish start having their dinner at 8 PM), we didn't get up until 10 AM.... So hotel breakfast wouldn't be worth it.

Roof top pool and bar is nice. As its quite a small area, it can get packed easily.... so make sure to get there early ish, like 6 or 6.30 PM. Chilled out music, sunset, 360 degrees view of the city. (we did the city bus tour on the first day, highly recommend it... Coz it helps a lot when we looked at the 360 degrees view of city from this roof top pool and bar! Very proud that we had been to most of the iconic places in the city)

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4  Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Stayed 5 nights at the Barcelo Raval 12 to 17th Aug, myself and hubby. Thought we had arrived in the 'Bronx' when the taxi pulled up outside! (always a few taxis outside which was handy) The hotel is very contempory and exactly the same as the pics on the website. We were given a room on 2nd floor, twin beds but large room with bath and shower over. The first night we stayed we didn't have the air con on and the noise from outside from first thing was quite loud. we couldn't get the shower to work so after asking 4 times for it to be looked at we were moved to a slighly smaller room on the 10th floor with a huge bed and big shower (no bath) ,so we were really pleased! There was no noise from the 11th floor outside bar either. One thing I missed though - room was so modern it didnt exactly have a dressing table with a mirror above and plug point - sort of essential for women like me who like to do hair and make up with a mirror close up!
And a 'free' coffee pod thing - only used once, would have just prefered a kettle and coffee sachet!
We stayed bed & breakfast - the buffet style was fresh and quite tasty but exactly the same every morning. There is no waiter service so you make your own coffe etc and no extras from a menu like other hotels offer. It was filling enough, plenty of fruit or mini salad sanwiches etc but just lacking something...not sure if worth the extra cash.
The morning we left was before b'fast started (7am) so the reception organised us a picnic bag to take away with us which was helpful.
The roof top was stunning - the views are 360 degrees, bar a tad pricey but to be expected, the pool very cold and tiny, but fresh towels up there to use daily. Didn't use the downstairs gym area. We had drinks in the bar area outside the hotel but didn't eat lunch or dinner there. All staff we encountered were very friendly.
The Raval area lights up prettily at night, and The Ramblas is not even a 5minute walk. The street behind the hotel was an area for local 'ladies of the night' by the looks and slightly rough. There was a strong police presence though so didn't feel like we couldn't walk around. There were a couple of small supermarkets near and they were an awful lot cheaper for buying pop, water, snacks etc than the ones next to The Ramblas.
This was my 3rd time in Barcelona - loved it again. Very hot, very busy and quite expensive. Would I go back to Barcelo Raval...no don't think so. Convenient location for the Ramblas but with so many hotels to choose from (my favourite so far being the Olivia Plaza) I wouldn't put myself in such an area where we hurried through every day to get to the 'nice parts' - I wouldn't particularly want to walk around the Raval part on my own as a woman.
Did a catamarang boat trip this time with a sax player and jazz music - would recommend as very relaxing 90 minutes. Also garden bar at Miramar Hotel has stunning view of whole of city.

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5  Thank josiejoswansea
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

first trip to barcelona. taxi to hotel is E32ish Euro's but to be honest barcelona has one of the best transport networks in europe so i would get the bus. The hotel is situated in the old immigrant quarter of town but only a 10min walk from the ramblas. the whole area is always busy day and night so the 2 routes from the hotel to the ramblas are safe and full of people. yes you do walk through a red-light district but i mean its hardly amsterdam..4 or 5 quiet street girls and 2 bars!!.mingled with shops etc..walked regularly through with my wife and kids..so i wouldn't worry about that.check in very friendly, rooms are for 2 people so we had to have 2 seperate rooms on the same floor, but we knew that when we used our tesco club vouchers. quality of rooms good for 2 people..same standard as ME Madrid type of hotel. excellent view from top floor and bar staff great for a chat. free internet in the lobby so great for emails etc. gym was very modern, great apparatus, breakfast was better than a marriott, fresh food or cooked..to be honest all you want from a hotel is a place to eat breakfast,shower and sleep..used doctor on day2, hotel rang doctor was at hotel within 40mins,E150 charge (ask for receipt),private so eu card no good (makesure you take single trip insurance) pharmancy over the road from hotel..checkout..no worries, taxi rank outside hotel..24minutets away..top tips in barcelona..buy the city tourbus tickets at the tourist info booths..great way to see everything plus you get lots of discount vouchers..always ask for small cokes,drinks in bars as the waiters will bring you a double which costs about 5.60euro's..buy your nou-camp tickets at the tourist info booths avoids the queue at the nou-camp AND if you get the touristbus ticket, you get 15% off from the voucher pack...for lunch dont sit in a bar us one of the pizza cafes/tapas bars as its cheaper..no incidents of petty crime while i was there but my tips are as follows...take a small rucksac and a little pad-lock..I also have a wallet that you connect to your pants/jeans by a chain..check out the cottswold web site..overal BArcelona is safe,friendly and a rather copious evening meal for 4 in a decent resturant with drinks costs a bout 70 to 85 Euro's...

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12  Thank Merseyside_walkers
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Honestly, there is nothing to fault. Spotlessly clean, super modern, well equipped, THE most comfy beds, wonderful food and staff that are very very polite and attentive.

We had read that the area was a little 'risky' and yes, we certainly did feel slightly uncomfortable the first time we found our way to the hotel and walked around; but we encountered absolutely no problems whatsoever during our 5 day stay. Apart from that, the location is spot on.

We would not hesitate to return.


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Address: Rambla del Raval 17-21, 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:
#27 Green Hotel in Barcelona
#56 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#81 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#89 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: €64 - €224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Raval 4*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4 star Barceló Raval hotel is strategically situated in the heart of Barcelona, in the Raval neighbourhood, one of the city's most fashionable areas. It is also Barcelona's artistic and cultural epicentre. The Barceló Raval hotel has become a symbol of the transformation and modernity this area of the city’s old quarters is experiencing, due to its unique oval structure and exquisite avant-garde interior design. In its 182 modern rooms and 4 sophisticated suites you will find an iPod docking station, a Nespresso coffee maker and free Wifi. As a part of its innovative concept, it offers a new and multifunctional B-Lounge service where you can try our delicious tapas served continuously from 12.00 to midnight. And to crown off this extraordinary building, there is a roof top terrace where you can bath in the swimming pool solarium whilst enjoying panoramic views of the city. ... more   less 
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