The decor of the lobby is very interesting and the staff is pretty friendly. The room was quite small w/2 twin beds side by side to each other but that has more to do with layout. Odd thing is the bathroom didn't have a lock and this room is designated for 2ppl, so we joked that this is a way to test the "honor system" btwn the 2 ppl staying there. […] All in all we were happy b/c our intent was to stay in the hotel as little as possible...sleep only and the beds were comfortable so it served its purpose. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel in good neighborhood"
Hotel Balmes is a very clean and convenient place to stay while in Barcelona. They have free internet service in the lobby at all times - there is a computer you can use or they will give you a code for your laptop, but in the lobby only. The pool area is also very nice, as is the hot tub. Although the bedding situation in the room wasn't great (3 triple […] beds or 2 twin beds!) the bathroom was a decent size and the shower was incredible! Great water pressure and nice hot showers every time. The chambermaid insured that the room was very clean, and with wood floors and no carpet, it was really much better than average in terms of cleanliness. They do not provide pool towels - you are expected to use the bath towels, though for a small fee they will lend you extra towels. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"great location but hotel left much to be desired"
On the positive side, the hotel location was great, nearby a couple of metro stops as well as within a not-too-bad walking distance to a number of Barcelona sights, in a nice part of town. The linens were clean. The lobby area was swanky and stylish, very well maintained. On the negative side, our "standard" room was "garden" level with a view from […] the ceiling-placed window mostly of brick. The interior, though nicely furnished, had some dirty-looking painted brick walls. The other non-brick walls must have been very thin because we could hear a neighbor's conversation clearly. We also heard a neighbor's plumbing - faucets turning off and on, water running. A relatively small quibble, it took a while for the water in the shower to heat up. The hotel had a policy of an hour per day of wireless internet access, which seemed strange as the other hotels we stayed at (in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, comparable price range) had limitless access. How friendly and helpful the staff were was variable. Size-wise, the room was similar to other European hotels, and the bed was on the harder side but not very different from others we've experienced in European hotels. Overall, we were less than satisfied given the price of the hotel room and compared to another hotel we stayed at in the area in the same price range. It was a striking difference, and not favorable. With a number of other hotels in the area to choose from, we wished we had stayed elsewhere. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I GIVE THIS HOTEL A C BECAUSE THERE WAS NO IRON OR IRON BOARD AVAILABLE. i ALSO RESENTED THE FACT I WAS ONLY ALLOWED ONE HOUR OF INTERNET TIME ON MY LAP TOP N MY ROOM. I AM NOT A CHILD: I AM AN ADULT AND FELT LIKE THE HOTEL TREATED ME LIKE A CHILD. POSSIBLY I WOULD LOOK FOR ANOTHER HOTEL NEXT TIME IF IT'S A 3 STAR THAT IS CLOSE 2 THE METRO AND HAS A […] 24 HRS STORE NEAR BY. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel Balmes - short walk to La Rambla"
This is our second stay at the Balmes. The staff was exceptionally helpful. Although we had a nicer room for our first stay, the room was clean and comfortable. The Rambla is a five minute walk. It is also not far from The Plaça de Catalunya. They have a lovely pool area that was very refreshing.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Really good choice!"
I was very pleased with the Balmes Hotel. The rooms are a bit small, but very clean and comfortable. The hotel is in a safe, relatively quiet neighborhood, with lots of restaurants and shops nearby. A metro station is nearby and easily walkable. I do recommend bringing earplugs, as the hallways could be a bit noisy at night. I found Balmes' staff to […] be friendly and accomodating. They gave great recommendations for restaurants and helped out with all of those minor (but important!) questions one has when traveling. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
and do not forget to ask the stuff to prepare the SPA after a day of walking in Barcelona. The Sauna and the Jaccuzi after a day of walking in Barcelona are a great treat.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
just about perfect,location etc,ease of movement around city from a central base,Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent hotel in a perfect location."
Really decent hotel in the middle of Barcelona. I didn't have to use any public transport as all places of interest were within walking distance. The room itself was clean and tidy, very comfortable beds. The only minus was very poor WiFi in the room.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location. Awesome staff. Clean. No vent in bathroom. Stopper for tub missing. No coffee in room. Paper thin walls. Poor wifi and cool air. No I've machine or access to one. Overrated breakfast, not worth it. Tiny pool, good for cooling off if sunbathing.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Hotel in good location"
Stayed here for 3 nights, Reception staff on arrival very friendly & welcoming. We chose not to have breakfast as was cheaper eating out. Room lovely very clean, with a comfy bed, facilities very good with a nice pool and jacuzzi and a very nice garden area to relax in. Was very easy to see the city some places of interest within walking distance, […] with some amazing bars and restaurants in the local area. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
A friend and I had a two night stay to sightsee and shop. The hotel was well placed for both of these. It is modern and clean and once we moved from the rooms we were initially given at street side to the back of the hotel we found it very relaxing. A necessity for me is wifi and this was free of charge for the first three days (perfect for my length […] of stay, but had I been staying longer that would have been a disappointment). If I return to Barcelona again I will certainly stay at this hotel provided there is no major price rise. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean, good location, helpful staff. But noisy."
We were offered a room upgrade on the basis that it would give us a view and a 'quieter' room. In hindsight we should have taken more notice of the emphasis on noise! We didn't upgrade and our room suffered from noise at all hours from the corridors, the rooms above, and very noisy plumbing. It sounded like all the waste pipes for the entire hotel passed […] behind the wall of our room. Our room suffered from 'wear and tear' such as broken tiles and a chipped sink which detracted a little from the experience. But these things are typical of a 'budget' room. However, it was very clean, and the staff were friendly and obliging. The location is *great*. There are some good restaurants close by, and a 24hr corner-shop just down the street. Landmarks such as Placa Catalunya, La Rambla, Casa Batllo, and La Pedrera are within easy (10 min) walking distance, as are a couple of Metro stations, and stops for the popular tour-bus routes. Sagrada Familia is an easy 25min stroll on the flat. We didn't use the restaurant. The biggest disappointment was the Wi-Fi internet, which was a 'must' on our list of requirements. Unfortunately it is run by a third-party and the 'free' service is actually quite limited (web browsing only –expires in 3 days). I upgraded to the paid service but even that is slow, unreliable, and annoyingly requires frequent re-entry of your credentials. If WiFi is important to you Balmes is not for you! Read moreGenuine 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
"Very nice hotel in great location."
For the cost, you would be hard pressed to find a hotel in such a great location. Located one street west of Rambla de Catalunya which joins the famous La Rambla at Placa de Catalunya, this hotel was ideal for our sightseeing week in Barcelona. From the outside the hotel is unassuming, but upon stepping into the foyer you are greeted by a shimmering […] hallway of bronze and marble that houses part of the hotel's exhibition of African art. The rooms are no disappointment either: ours contained a larger-than-double bed, small table and chairs, dressing table/desk with a TV and mini-bar, and a leather sofa. The décor is contemporary without being cold and the bathroom complete with shower over bath was above standard for a 3 star hotel. My fiancee found the hairdryer a little lacklustre, and the cost of breakfast helped make sure we didn't hang around the hotel every morning but beyond those two minor points this hotel was just what we were looking for. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice and clean hotel close to the shops"
It was a nice and short stay at the hotel Balmes, stuff was trying to help but obviously language was a barrier , I would go there again for a short stay, making sure I would not stay in room 102 I could hear the people at the reception all night longGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great location, LIES on facilities! Rude staff."
Rooms NOT soundproofed, could hear next door flushing their loo, showering, talking, etc. Wifi was unobtainable in the room because the signal was so weak. Pool and terrace NOT rooftop, or sunny, except for a couple of hours in the middle of the day, as totally surrounded by tall buildings. Staff were unhelpful, towards us and other guests - refusing […] to help with ticket sales, pretending not to speak any English even though we'd had conversations with them previously, looking down their noses at us and generally acting as though we were scum - I once waiting 7 minutes in an empty bar, before coming back out to reception and politely asking if he'd noticed me, to which I was barked "can't you just wait?", then being charged TEN Euros for a single vodka and coke, when restaurants nearby were 3/4 Euros. Drinks in the bar were triple the price of the surrounding restaurants (we ate in one on our street and 3 in adjacent streets). Room was clean and cleaned every day. The maids we came in contact with spoke no English but were very patient with our terrible Spanish and very polite. Smelt like burning every time we came back to the room (you have to put the key card in a slot to make the electrics work, so guessing it was something to do with that?) Beautiful hot tub under a little hut, with a shower, however it times out after 2 mins so not very relaxing. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Close to restaurants and shops"
Nice location, easy walking distance, best restaurant turn left, first left, restaurant at end of block on right, tuna well done was the best I have ever tasted...Genuine Expedia 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
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