"Average Hotel, Great Location"
Overall I think the Balmes is a fair choice. Be aware of loud plumbing as well as horrid accoustics/echoes from hallways, less-than-clean coverlets on the bed, NO WASHCLOTHS (not uncommon, but if you use them, bring some with you) and charges on your final bill for breakfasts you didn't have!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent 3-Star Hotel"
Very impressed for a hotel with only a 3-star rating. Good helpful staff that speaks English. Location is only a block away from a metro station that is only one stop away from Placa Catalunya, the main center of town. A variety of good small restaurants nearby that include tapas, seafood, Japanese sushi buffet, etc. ...also small places for breakfast […] of either coffee and a pastry or for a pre-prepared local omelette...all very inexpensive. Purchase the 10-ticket metro/bus deal and the cost is less than one euro per trip...great bargain! Taxi's are just a half block away to take us to Placa Catalunya for the inexpensive Aero bus to the airport, or make a deal with the taxi driver for a direct trip to the airport at a price we found reasonable...the hotel staff can call the taxi over for you. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Barcelona at your feet"
Pleasant rooms in a great location near excellent dining, Las Ramblas, & a major metro station to access the rest of this beautiful city. My only complaint is much of the time wi fi was not happening in the room & we had to go down to the lobby to log on.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Overpriced for a 3 star hotel"
We stayed for 6 nights in April, 2011. More expensive than a 4 star hotel we stayed in earlier, but was unavailable for the dates we needed. Would not return to this hotel again. And one concierge was ill-tempered-- made us not want to pass by the desk if he was there. The other staff were more amenable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"I would go back"
The hotel was located in a close proximity to most major attractions such as Casa Milla (2 intersections East + 1 block North); Casa Batllo; Placa Catalunia; and many more attractions. There was a very nice and cozzy court yard in the back of the hotel that we discovered on our last day - not that we had any spare time to enjoy it. The staff was really […] helpful and pleasant. They spoke decent English and were eager to provide us with tips. There are a number of good restaurants on every corner. We dinned at the Taverna Catalunia on Carrer de Valencia near the intersection with Carrer d'Arribau. It was a nice place. They served farm raised, organic. If you like walking, I would advise against Hop On Hop Off busses. Buy a T10 ticket in stead - sold at every metro station and use public transportation if you are too tired. Maps are posted at any bus station with all bus routes. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent cost effective hotel"
Its not the closest to the center attractions but close enough to walk or to get there quickly with public transportation. the hotel is beautiful, decorated and tasteful, not everyone will enjoy the bottom floor room that have in-room stairs to the sleeping area while the bathroom and sitting area located downstairs. there is wi-fi but from our experience […] its not the greatest wi-fi - we struggled to use it on many location in the hotel and in our rooms while in the lobby usually it worked ok. staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. would come back. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A Perfect Place to Stay"
Hotel Balmes was a perfect and perfectly lovely hotel. It was well situated to everything: From here, we could easily walk to La Rambla, Gaudi's La Pedrera, Vincon, Gaudi's Casa Battlo, and even La Segrada Familila. Though La Rambla is a short walk from the hotel, that's the nice, quiet portion of this major attraction. The craziness - vendors, street […] artists, etc., - is a nice long stroll down the wide boulevard. Hotel Balmes has a very good breakfast buffet available downstairs. They also offer free tickets to the Egyptian Museum. There is a top tapas place less than two blocks away. The hotel is in a well-located, safe, quiet part of town. We were able to sleep well and get around with ease. We'd stay here agai, happily. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel, nice neighborhood"
Nice hotel, got a small room on the 7th floor. The location is perfect, close to the bus lines and Paza Catalunya. The staff was always polite and there was one computer available to check my emails. Close to small cafes and restaurants. I think I got a nice hotel at a very reasonable price. The bathroom was particularly spacious, almost the size of […] the room. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Happy guest of Hotel Balmes"
I stayed at Balmes while I was looking for an apartment in Barcelona (I'm a student here). The room was reasonably priced, the location was perfect (close to everything in Eixample), and best of all, the service was amazing. The concierges were very friendly and willing to help me, despite the fact that I had several questions each day. The rooms are […] small, as are most rooms in Spain, so heads up to those in the states who are expecting large accomodations. I would recommend this hotel to anyone! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel was very clean well priced and centrally located, it was easy to get to all the sites in the city many walkable. As a designer the only thing I would say about the hotel is it has a distinctly '70's style which is not my preference, though everything was well keep and clean.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Go to Balmes"
Balmes hotel was great! Very close to the Rambla de Catalunya on the Carrer de Mallorca, about ten minutes walk from the Diagonal metro station. The neighborhood is renowned and very elegant. One of the best rated cerveceria in Barcelona is at less than 5 minutes walk. The hotel is wonderful. Rooms are elegant and confortable: I slept very well on that […] new and hard matress! An internet point is also offered for free. I have been there the week before Christmas so there were not many people and the atmosphere was very nice. Price ridiculous for what they offered. Highly recommended! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
This a nice hotel, well located and with affordable rates. I will go again. The wireless internet servicie should be improved.Genuine Expedia guest review
close to centre of town - clean - breakfast choice limited to buffet only which was very expensive- alternative cafes close byGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great boutique hotel"
Fab localGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Very good location, nice interior (marble), nice backyard with pool, nice staff, breakfast ok but a little pricy. Rooms are also quite expensive.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice Hotel at Top of Ramberlas Close to Pedera"
Hotel staff excellant and Breakfast Not to be missed very clean Reception very informative answering any Query on how to get places and closest Metros. We did have an issue wiv noise and water falling out of Air-conditioning Vent into Bath but we informed reception. We didnt book Breakfast initially but did have it at a discounted price and were very […] pleasantly surprised with this wonderful way to start the day. We only used pool on two days as we went out alot but the aminities were clean and sauna and hot bath tub very Pleasant Thank you for a lovely stay Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Balmes Hotel - central but quiet"
I had 5 very good nights at the Balmes hotel, it is located quite close to Pt Catalunya and therefore to the Rambles area. Close to a couple of good but reasonably priced restaurants and cocktail bars, brill.Genuine Expedia guest review
"wouldn't rate this hotel more than 3 stars"
confort was an issue for me. i wouldn't recomend this hotel to family members or friendsGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice Hotel 10 Mins from the busy areas"
Hotel in quiet area but short walk to La Rambla and other tourist areas, small pool for evening dip after a busy day walking. We had a terrace with our room although most rooms did not have this facility. Good value hotel. No complaints.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great Location and amazing rooms"
Stayed here for 6 nights, and it had everything we needed, our room was right off the pool which was nice and very close and convient to Barcelona as a whole. The neighborhood is rather safe...I would go back.Genuine Expedia guest review
"small hotel in good location"
This is a small hotel in a good location, with a small pool which is a bonus when the weather is warm. The rooms are smart, clean and comfortable, although some of the furniture and bedlinen in our room showed signs of wear (scuffs and scratches, and a hole in the pillowcase) which detracted from the overall positive impression. Our only negative is […] that the check-in reception staff were quite unfriendly - we were not made to feel very welcome, and no information about internet, the pool, etc was offered. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Smart hotel centrall to amenities museums, shops,"
Lovely place to stay, swiMming pool and terrace a big plus especially staying in August! City is amazing, very beautiful defnitely go back.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A little oasis"
After a hot sightseeing day it was a pleasant place to re-charge the batteries. The little pool and jacuzzi were an extra bonus. Our room had a terrace which was a pleasant place to sit and have a drink. The only problem we had was the drilling work which started at 8 in the morning at the building next door to our room. As we were out all day this […] didn't cause too much trouble to us. Didn't use bar or restaurant so can't comment on them. At 14 euros we thought breakfast too expensive so didn't bother. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel. Good sized family room."
Excellent hotel. More 4* than 3*. Good location, fairly close to the centre and some good restaurants nearby. Room was very good for a family of 4. 2 double beds, 2 tv's, a small kitchen area with fridge so we could breakfast in the room. 2 24hr small supermarkets nearby. Pool small but very nice to have given the heat in Barcelona and likewise the […] air con in the room. Good hotel and loved Barcelona. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel for a family night stay in barcelona."
Booked this hotel at the last minute during a beach holiday to stay overnight in barcelona after the barcelona FC vs Santos footy match. So glad we did. Hotel was lovely and clean, with the small pool a welcome cool down after exploring the city. The family room we had duplex style giving some separation as a family! The location was in a nice part […] of the city not too close to the hustle end bustle but close enough to walk to most sights or a small taxi ride to others. I would certainly use this hotel again should we be lucky enough to visit barcelona again! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
My second stay in Balmes and I really like the hotel. It's just a convenient area for me to visit my friends in Eixample and it is a quieter location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Home In Barcelona"
This was my second stay at the Balmes. When I return to Barcelona I will definitely stay there again. The hotel's location in the beautiful Eixample area is superb, close to public transit, great restaurants and shopping. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable. The terraced pool area is an oasis in the city. The reception staff are friendly, […] efficient and helpful. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great for 2 friends on a city break!"
Excellent hotel for myself and a friend on a city break to Barca! Room was clean and of a great size! Really comfortable also! Hotel was in excellent location! Literally walk down a couple of streets and you are at either the Passeig de Gracia or Placa Catalunya. My only problem was the pool area...not enough sun loungers! Hotel was excellent otherwise […] and I have zero complaints. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Superb area and very nice hotel"
Very nice hotel, close to everything. Many cafes, grocery stores close by. You can walk to Casa Batllo and La pedrera, Plaza Catalunya, Las ramblas. Don't miss the restaurant "La Catalana" where they make the most beautiful and tasty spanish food. We really liked Barcelona, it is lovely, full of friendly people and awesome food. Can't wait to go ba […] ck. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good for everyone"
Nice clean little hotel, cool decor & pool area. Very central , about 15 walk to la ramblas & situated in a nice area.Genuine Expedia guest review
"An excellent choice"
I had a wonderful stay at Balmes, lovely decor and very helpful staff at reception. It was nice to see the Hotel Manager taking time to have general chat with guests. I found the breakfast service at times a little slow. On my first visit for breakfast (admmitedly a sunday morning) I didnt see any staff for 10 minutes eventually one by one faces appeared […] and started adding food to the selection. All in all though this did not take away much from an excellent visit. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
very good stay,shame the jacuzzi wasnt working and there wasnt many sunbeds around the pool.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Nothing bad, nothing overwhelming. Hotel looks decent and is well-located in the Eixamples. I only stayed for one night, paid AU-$113 for a single room. It looks expensive given the room was a very small single, but at the time hotel prices in Barcelona were quite crazy in general (don't they have a crisis??). Breakfast was not included. Made no difference […] to me, since I had to catch a 7am flight from BCN in the morning. Free WiFi worked. Aircon worked as well. Nothing specific to report. My room was on the 7th floor. There was a very nice-looking terrace on this floor, but the door leading to it was locked. Strange. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Cleanliness of the room/ hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Fantastic hotel, very well located and really affordable!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Fine for one night"
Price was fair, room was clean but a bit tiny, double bed was comfortable, the room was not facing the street so was not noisy at all, the staff was speaking English and the hotel is located in a convenient place. Would skip breakfast (overpriced) in the hotel for one in a nearby café, much cheaper.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good priced hotel in a great area of Barcelona"
A good hotel in a superb location. Everywhere is easy to walk to and the Metro is very efficient.The rooms are very clean and beds very comfortable. However the sound proofing is not great and adjacent rooms with TV's on at 2 a.m. was not good!! There are are good selection of resturants nearby and can suit most budgets. We particularly like Ciano ( […] for 2) meal ,wine and a friendly service for 35e .For breakfast we found Crusto just what we wanted to start the day. Barcelona is a wonderful vibrant busy city and this hotel is in a quiet area but close to everything e.g. La Rambla is a 15 minutes walk. If you use the Areobus (A2) from the airport you can get off at Universitat.( single 5.95e) Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Shower early, hot water in limited supply"
Good location, not central, but a quiet street and an easy walk to everything. The room was small, but clean, and everything was in reasonable condition. I had only 2 complaints - firstly that the heater in the room didn't work at all, and secondly that there seemed to be a shortage of hot water. A tip for anyone staying here is to shower in the morning […] when it was plentiful! In the afternoon they'd either turned it off, or it had run out. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"The Balmes Hotel, WOW!"
The Balmes Hotel, Wow! My husband and I recently visited this hotel for his birthday for 3 nights in June, we were absolutely blown away by firstly the friendliness of the staff who were so welcoming and helpful. Secondly our room was amazing I had booked a standard room but it was so much nicer than I had imagined, it was on 2 floors with the bedroom […] on the top floor and the bathroom and living area on the lower floor. The hotel is 10 mins from all the shops and the famous Ramblas, with so many fabulous coffee shops and tapas bars near by we were spoilt for choice. The added bonus to this hotel was the pool, it is small but perfect to have a swim and sunbathe after a long day sightseeing, also the Jacuzzi was so relaxing and calming. I have recommended the hotel to all my friends and my husband and I can not wait to book our next trip to Barcelona and definitely the Balmes hotel it added to the magic of our trip. Thank you to all the staff at The Balmes for making our stay so comfortable and memorable. Kind Regards Mr & Mrs Douglas Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"An excellent location for a sightseeing city break"
Friendly staff. Very clean. Excellent value. Excellent breakfast. Good location.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great location in Eixample"
A very solid 3 star hotel, well run, great staff with very good English, good suggestions re: how to do things, where to go etcetc. Upgrade to Superior room at the back overlooking the pool/adjacent gardens etc was well worth the 10 Euros.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel in a great location"
Loved it here. We stayed six nights and the staff were lovely and helpful and the hotel is in a fantastic location within easy reach of the Rambla and Passeig de Gracia. The room, though small, was incredibly well planned and very clean with a modern bathroom and a fabulous shower. The little garden was a joy. I have only one minor negative in that […] our room was dark because it only had a window looking out to an interior well, BUT we had booked a stay during the period of the Spanish Grand Prix and we'd got an incredibly good nightly rate so we knew we wouldn't get the best room in the hotel. It didn't spoil our stay at all but, if you can afford it, and a view is important to you, then perhaps consider upgrading. We would definitely recommend the Balmes and can't wait to go back. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Noisy not the best location but clean rooms!"
Very clean hotel. This hotel has some very noisy rooms. We insisted on a move after one night and we were supplied with a much quieter room, but we both failed to gain much sleep on the first night. We had in fact asked several months in advance for a quiet room having read other reviews concerning this problem. Unfortunately our request was ignored. The […] walls are very thin and sound travels easily here. Beware! The hotel is in a reasonable location if you want to focus on Gaudi's houses. But it is a twenty minute walk to the more interesting eating and drinking locations. Why not stay in the heart of the city if you can? Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice, and very clean - a standard 3 Star."
Immaculately clean; standard rooms that are well cared for (and appear to be recently renovated) and have no major drawbacks. Don't expect luxury, but it's definitely more than adequate for either business or pleasure. The breakfast is outrageously overpriced...I didn't try it, but for 14 Euro it's a safe bet you can do better at any one of the innumerable […] cafes in the area. (Though food is expensive most places in Barcelona) Also there's a 24 hour grocer next door (that sells alcohol) so no reason to indulge in the similarly overpriced mini bar/room service. The staff were friendly, though certainly not exceptional. It's walking distance to most things in the city, and public transport is readily available nearby. It has a very North American feel to it, which is nice, I suppose, but lacking in the charm that some European hotels have. Oh, it's also fairly quiet. There were large groups of people staying there, but I rarely heard them. But the spotless and modern bathroom with great showerhead is definitely the biggest plus for me. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Best 3* City Centre hotel I have stayed in"
I have marked this as straight 5's but obviously this is done with a degree of realism in as much as its a 3* city centre hotel and based on these peramiters it is really excellentGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice hotel!"
I really loved this hotel, it was very clean and quite. The hotel staff are very kind. The location is perfect. Next time I go to Barcelona I will book again.Genuine Expedia guest review
Excellent for a one night stay,we have used this hotel previously for a longer stay. Very satisfactory.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Paper thin walls, you can hear every sound inc loos being flushed. Waste pipe ran through our room & was very loud! Bed was very uncomfortable & to top it all a maid burst into our room @ 08.15 with out knocking!!! Great City, very poor hotel!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel, short walk from the centre"
Our room was quite noisy as we were just off the lobby and you could hear whenever someone in a neighbouring room ran water in the bathroom. Jacuzzi was broken for our whole stay. Otherwise it was a very nice hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
A very pleasant, modern hotel but our bathroom needs a bit of refreshing. Its convenient to many restaurants and cafes and not too far to walk to Plaza Catalunya for the Aerobus to the airport. I had booked a Standard Room but happily, was given a room with a separate sitting room. So well done, Hotel Balmes! But why do European hotels not supply […] a kettle for tea and coffee like all hotels in the rest of the world as we Brits like a cup of tea first thing in the morning. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
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