"A great find"
Excellent location. Clean. Helpful staff. Excellent price.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very trendy in a good location to many sites"
The hotel was very clean and the staff was very helpful and pleasant. The location was a long walk or short tube ride from many main attractions (Placa de Catalunya, Sagrada Família, the port area, etc.).Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Perfect location with tinyiest beds!"
This hotel is in a perfect location for visiting Barcelona. lots of nice restaurants,bars and shopping areas are 5 mins by walk. But the biggest drawback of this hotel is that they have the smallest beds i have ever seen!i can not even turned to other side when i was sleeping during my whole stay!room was superior supposedly but i didnt see any difference […] from standart room so dont spend your money on an upgrade! rooms were clean,hotel was nice and gnereal manager was very kind and he interested on our feedbacks personally,thanks for his efforts.if you are tall,chhose another hotel,if you dont care about bed size then it is a perfect place to stay. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Close to the action. Nice breakfast. Swimming pool area was nice. Friendly staff. Good experience .Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The room was clean yet smelled like a sewer. After this was brought to their attention they promptly moved us. The condition of the hotel shows some signs of neglect. Almost all plumbing fixtures were falling off/apart. The toilet was not properly secured in both rooms. The faucet handle moved and was not located for proper function. And the walls were […] paper thin.Lot's of restuarants in the area and centrally located. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Overpriced hotel for the accommodations. This is a two star property. Felt like a dormitory room. Tiny with no window. Should have included breakfast for the price.Genuine Expedia guest review
The hotel is centrally located, nicely renovated and clean. Great value.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel with a good location"
Good hotel in a good location very close to rambla CatalunyaGenuine Expedia guest review
We were not informed until we arrived that our room was on 3 levels. 2 of us are handicapped. The stairs - 9 steps up & 9 down to bedrooms - were very difficult. They did not offer to change our room. Their English was very limited.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Fair hotel with a great location"
It's a small hotel with not too much facilities, but with a great location in Barcelona. You are at a walking distance from Paseo de Gracia and on the same street of La Sagrada Familia Cathedral by Gaudi. Overall, it was a great experience because of the city, however if you are looking for complimentary services in hotel, you might feel disappointed. The […] first room that was given had the air condition broken, and during our stay in the second room the goods within minibar were never changed. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I traveled with my 3 adult children. The 2 bedroom apartment was very accommodating. Taxis were a little difficult to secure. Hotel very close to Sagradra Famillia. We would likely stay here again..Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"met our needs"
The Balmes has a very good central location. It is a comfortable walk to the Metro and many nearby restaurants. The street was quiet enough to leave windows open at night, yet busy enough to easily hail a taxi at 5am.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent hotel - stuffy room"
Service staff seemed super friendly, front desk staff not so cheery. The room felt stale and unused, could of done with a decent airing out and maybe some filtering on the AC. The public space seems to be where the most effort went. The jacuzzi is not hot and the pool is not heated although a pleasant space if you are just sitting by it.Genuine Expedia guest review
Beautiful Hotel in the perfect Barcelona location!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"walkable to the must see sights"
The stay was excellent, arrived 10:00 am at the hotel, and they already have room available, was on the 2nd floor street side and had no problem with noises. walkable to anywhere I want to. I will stay there again, just the free wireless is tricky have to be upgraded,well the wireless is free so I'm ok with it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good location but not the best"
Hotel was centrally located to main sights. Metro was a little bit of a hike. Room was not ideal for family as wife and I had to sleep in twin beds or a pull out couch. A few minor issues: maintenance done on property (including loud drilling) done in early morning and afternoon affected sleep and or nap; safe in room required deposit to operate; pool […] not heated; and wife had to get hair dryer from front desk. Main issue with hotel was taxi driver they hooked us up with to go to airport. The taxi driver (friend of hotel staff) showed up early and charged us for chatting with his friend at the hotel desk. Before we got in the cab, the taxi meter was at 9.20 euros (not including supplement for Sunday morning). Be wary of ordering a cab from front desk unless you are ok with this premium. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"3 Star, Really - We consider this a 4 STAR hotel!"
This is a wonderful hotel right in the middle of everything and it is just charming. The pool is an added plus after too much walking, sightseeing, cava, tapas..... you get the idea.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean and cozy hotel, greatttttt location"
Clean and cozy hotel, greatttttt location. The best thing I can say about this hotel that you have excellent walking access to most of the Barca sight seenGenuine Expedia guest review
Lots of good restaurants, walking distance to many sights. Really no 'view' out of the upper level rooms. The upgrade to the Executive suite (10 euros per day) was well with the cost. Parking really tough but front staff was helpful. Would stay here again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean, quiet, perfect location"
At any other time, this is a great hotel for the price. During Mobile World Congress, it was not worth the EUR320/night...though that was half of similar hotels nearby. Balmes is a gem...perfectly located for my needs, very clean, quiet...though occasional hallway noise, and all the staff I encountered were helpful and friendly.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Hotel and Staff"
It was great and only 10minute walk from Las RamblasGenuine Expedia guest review
very well-run, modern, great neighborhood. The pool and patio area in the back are lovely. Excellent value for the price.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very personalized service. We were pleased with our stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We were fairly disappointed with the Hotel Balmes for one reason in particular. The walls were paper-thin. We heard everything that happened on our floor and on the floor below us, because our room was a two-floor loft. This was particularly problematic when at 7AM we heard loud knocking and "La Policia!" shouted. We awoke in a panic thinking we were […] being arrested in a foreign country. It turned out not to be our room, but the fact that we thought it was demonstrates how thin these walls are. I wouldn't recommend staying here if you are a light sleeper. In addition to this, our shower wouldn't drain, and when we asked the front desk about it, there was no offer to fix it or move us to another room. They just recommended fidgeting with the drain. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The hotel advertise the sauna and the hot tub. Both didn't work. We stayed 4 nights and still nothing works. First night I asked some guest that was already at the hotel and he said that the facilities didn't work when he arrived either. Seems like both are being broken for a wile, but all you get for the answer is " we are waiting for repair - this […] way they'll wait forever. I booked this hotel because they had sauna ( which is actually the steam room, but it doesn't matter since it's not working) and the hot tub, so we could relax there after long walks in Barcelona. I am very disappointed. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Convenient location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great spot just North of Tourist Stops"
The hotel made for a great stay and was about 1km+ North of the majority of the tourist spots. If you want to be close but a little bit away from everything, I highly suggest it. I also loved the tapas resteraunt just a few doors east down the street called Catalana!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
the location of the hotel is ideal just a block away from "La Rambla"... clean, staff is freindly and the room we had was very nice.Genuine Expedia guest review
"very close to Gaudi House, Restruants &Transp."
It was very nice friendly and helpful staff Excellent breakfast offered.Clean and well maintained. For the price could not go wrong.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"convenient place to move around in BCN"
Everything was wonderful except the parking lot. Very small and unfortunately my car got a scratch that represented me 165 euros for a scratch that I didnt do it, but overall it was pleasant, good price and convenient to move around in downtown Barcelona.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Everything great, except the front desk!"
The room was great, fabulous size! The location was wonderful. You can walk to many sites and the hotel is near buses and trains. Lots of boutiques/restaurants around hotel. Front desk generally unfriendly and unhelpful. Your room key lights the whole room except bathroom so when you shut the lights off you need to plug your phone into another socket […] disconnected from the circuit so it still charges. Lights do work manually above bed without key lighting room. Found this out last night I was there. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The location of the hotel was so so. We had to walk about 15-20 minutes to get to The Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas. The hallway where my room was smelled like smoke. Rooms are very small and the windows from my and my friends' rooms faced a brick wall. Staff was nice. Overall, I would say my biggest complaint was the location. We really were not […] close to any major attractions. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very Clean and Convenient"
Great location, very close to Plaza Catalunya. Staff was very friendly and helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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"Great location, spotty WiFi"
I really enjoyed this hotel with the exception of the WiFi. As a business traveler, the connection was spotty at best. The rest of the hotel was beautiful, well-located and Yes, I still would stay there again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"No complaints whatsoever!"
Central location close to restaurants, shops, sites of interest to tourists and all transportation. Friendly and helpful staff willing to use whatever English they knew, which was always enough. Lobby and room nicely decorated, clean and comfortable. When we arrived we were shown to our room which had two twin beds. We asked if they could be put together. […] Instead we were offered a much larger room with a queen/king sized bed for the same rate. Instead of a little terrace the window opened onto an air shaft, which was fine with us since we heard no street noise. We stayed five nights and were very pleased with everything...no complaints whatsoever. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"close to must see sights."
The dinning room was expensive.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good hotel in a great location"
Close to great sites in Barcelona. Service at the hotel was great, but our bed wasn't super-comfortable, and the design of our room was odd (split level with a very small bedroom area). All in all a good choice though.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Could be better"
My original room was very small, the bedside lamp was broken and water was leaking from the air-conditioner. The window looked out onto a brick wall and airshaft. I was moved the next day and loved the new location, overlooking the beautiful courtyard and pool. Very comfortable and quiet.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
First off, whatever they use to clean the room reeks. Not only that, but I don't think the AC in the room worked because my room was insanely hot. The night manager at the hotel was completely disrespectful when I asked for a new room given the condition. Maybe I just got a bad room, but I would definitely not stay there again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Cozy, Convenient Hotel"
It is a cozy, convenient hotel, close to shopping, dining, tourist bus, and even close to the airport shuttle bus. I enjoy to stay at this hotel. Consider to be there again if I go to Barcelona next time.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Hotel to stay"
Hotel has a good location.Sagrada familia is just a walking distance or 5 minutes taxi ride.Near rambla which is the main tourist area going to the Barceloneta area.The room was clean and good area size.Staff at the reception area has a good command of english.It has an internet service.I would definitly recommed this hotel to my fellow traveler.Genuine Expedia guest review
"a good value overall"
There was a reason the price for my room was such a good value, the window was on a dark airshaft and the room was somewhat stuffy. They did offer me an upgrade at a reasonable price which a took after a couple of nights. The location was great for me, not in the middle of all the tourist stuff, but in an interesting neighborhood with a lot of interesting […] restaurants of variable quality (some were great). I walk a lot so I had no problem reaching things like the Gaudi cathedral and the Ramblas and there are lots of mass transit options close by. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Clean, Calm, Affordable cost, Definitely come back and recommend to friends... Because Winter time, we didn't use the pool and sauna, but like the place. One small problem, we booked for a double bed but we got a 2 twin beds.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel Balmes-Calle Mallorca in Eixample, Barcelona"
Small boutique hotel with unbelievable location. Walking distance to the University area, Passeig de Gracia as well as Plaza Catalunya and the Rambla area. Excellent choice of restaurants within three blocks and swift access to the Metro to get you to further out destinations such as Park Guell or to the Plaza Espanya to catch trains to nearby towns […] such as Montserrat. The staff was courteous and friendly and the room was clean and comfortable, although there were some signs of wear. The hotel was equipped with a restaurant, a pool and hot tub as well. Our flight arrived early and the front desk allowed us to check into our room well before the official check in time of 3PM. In addition, we were allowed to leave our luggage after check out, since our flight didn't leave till late at night. My biggest issue was in fact a minor concern-- in that some keys were stuck on the keyboard on the one computer for guest use in the lobby. Over-all I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family, and I would definitely stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
TERRIBLEGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It's an excellent hotel in a lovely section of Barcelona. Lovely staff. Two blocks from the metro.Genuine Expedia guest review
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
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