First the positives. The location is excellent in the heart of the Gothic district near metro stations and within a short walk of many attractions with plenty of eating places nearby. The hotel services such as reception, housekeeping and breakfast were very good. A rooftop lounge area has great views over the city although the pool is much smaller than implied in the photograph.
However, putting the hotel in a very constrained site has its downside and most of the rooms face into the building with windows that face onto corridors or the closed atrium over the lounge so there is no natural light. This also means that in some rooms the ordinary conversations of other guests on the ground floor could be heard quite distinctly. Clearly some effort has been put into the interior design which makes the things that are badly designed all the more annoying - no shelf or ledge in the shower, although at least there is a handrail, the bathroom lights being directly overhead when standing in front of the basin and mirror so that your face below the eyebrows is in shadow, the absence of any other mirror in the room and a bedside light which took up much of the space on the bedside table and yet was so shaded that it gave inadequate light for reading in bed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Catalonia Avinyo hotel stands in a privileged location in the centre of Barcelona. Only a few metres from Ferran and Ample street and very close to Las Ramblas and Plaza Sant Jaume. This hotel is situated on Avinyo street plenty of tradition and character and with a wide variety of modern shops and boutiques and located in the real heart of the Gothic Quarter. Other places of interest near the hotel include the Cathedral and Liceu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Avinyo Barcelona
- Catalonia Avinyo Hotel Barcelona