great location and modern rooms.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Overall, a good experience"
Olivia Balmes is in a quiet, upscale neighborhood in Barcelona (l'Eixample) and close to the metro. It is impeccably clean, has a fabulous buffet breakfast, and a beautiful infinitely pool. There is a small restaurant and bar. Its design is super contemporary/minimalist, so if you don't like that style, this is not the hotel for you. The main downside […] of my stay was problems with the bathroom fixtures...the sink lever kept coming off, and I had a problem with turning off the shower. The shower issue was addressed promptly. I didn't bother with the sink issue - I was able to use it, and actually too lazy to raise bring it up to management. One suggestion I would make to the hotel is that, since the large walk-in shower opens into the room itself, a terry robe should be supplied...bath sheet towels are not enough. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location before and after a cruise from port in Barcelona. Within walking distance of shops and historical sites.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We stayed at the Olivia Balmes Hotel for 4 nights and we are very happy with it. Hotel staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and gave us a lot of useful tips on what to do and where to eat. Location is very good, within walking distance to many tourist attractions such as casa mila, passenge de gracia etc. We will definitely come back again!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Awesome experience in BCN"
Awesome new hotel, modern, solid. Great staff, they just made the difference. VIP treatment. Great area close to everything but just outside the turism crazyness. Definetly will go back.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent location and trendy feel"
We were initially excited when told that we were given an 'upgrade', but then surprised to find such a small room with no view. The amenities were nice though and the service is very good and friendly. Close to Sagrada Familia.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Brand new, great English speaking staff. What I liked is it's above la rambla so very quiet and safe at night. But close enough to walk into town. Their pool on roof nice touch. Overall a bit more pricey but worth it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"pleasure trip that was a pleasure"
we loved it......courteous friendly staff.....excellent location (close to train, bus, shopping, restaurants) but removed just enough from the hustle and bustle of major thoroughfares to keep it relatively tranquil. In spite of reviews warning us of problems with noise.....we were on the 6th floor and experienced total peace and quiet from both outside […] and inside the hotel. Never got the chance to eat in the hotel or use the terrace pool.....but based on this experience we would definitely stay in this hotel again if the opportunity arose and we would highly recommend it. The bathroom is definitely a bit funky but it all worked just fine for us. Overall, it seemed to be a great value for the location. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent Location, xcellent Staff"
We arrived quite early (9:15 am) after a transatlantic cruise, and to our amazement, they had a room prepared for us in less than 20 minutes! The hotel is quite modern, which is why I chose it. We had ample storage space, anamazing, huge shower, and a really comfy bed. The windows did a fine job at blocking street noise, but a warning: you can hear […] EVERY conversation and sound from each room as you walk down the hallway, but inside your room all is quite, so be aware that others can hear you. The drinks a the bar were fantastic, and we dined only once, and the chef made us a caprese salad, even though it was not on the menu. The entire staff is well-trained and go above and beyond to help in any way they can. The location is within walking distance to the main metro lines and shopping area, with lts of restaurants nearby. If you're traveling in warm weather, the rooftop pool is not to be missed! I highly recommend this hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Modern boutique hotel walking distance to everything especially the metro. The staff were very helpful. Rooms were thoughtfully laid out and bed very comfortable. Not good though if you want to share your room with a child due to not having a bathroom separate to the bed area. They were very quick to bring up extra towels and sort out a broken shower […] lever when called. We ate at the restaurant the first night. The food was excellent and very reasonable. Would definitely recommend this hotel! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Just a tad shy of 5 star"
The hotel was ideally located in the heart of Example with lots of cafes and restaurants nearby. I personally dislike Rambla with all the tourist, but if someone is inclined to see that, the hotel is 10 minutes away. Also close to Gaudi buildings, etc. and within walking distance from old town. The staff is friendly, helpful, and efficient. The rooms […] are on the small side, but nicely appointed. I liked the bathroom, although I thought the space could have been used more efficiently to allow room for make up and a shelf (or at least a hook) for towels. My room had a tiny balcony which was great, but no comfortable outdoors chair to enjoy it. In general the furniture was the weak point: the bed was comfortable, but the room could use a more comfortable chair Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Most Helpful Staff Ever"
Modern hotel no far from Casa Mila and transportation. Best helpful staff I have ever encountered. Only flaw was very stiff lavatory faucet handles. Highly recommendedGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Outstanding, Outstanding, Outstanding"
My fiance' and I just spent a week at this hotel; it was our first trip to Spain for her 40th birthday. We travel a lot and always stay at 4-5 star hotels. Olivia Balmes proved to be a gem of a hotel. The location is excellent. In walking distance of major historical sites, and Las Ramblas. Close to fine shopping, restaurants, and withing two blocks […] of three very quaint and fun jazz/music bars. The subway is across the street, and we were just off major bus/transit lines. But what makes this hotel special is the staff. All of them speak English, and are friendly, courteous, and professional. Always performing their duties with a smile and are anxious to make your stay perfect; and they did. i would name them by name except the list would be too long. If you are planning a visit you can stop your search for a hotel now; this is the place to stay. Modern, clean, great location, and outstanding staff. One caution, they offer room service 24 hours; don't get the tuna sandwich at 3 in the morning....LOL. BTW room 518 is fabulous (right on the street and floor to ceiling and wall to wall window). Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great, central location!"
Wonderfull and helpful staff. Excellent location! Clean and good sized room!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice, well located"
The staff are very friendly, the hotel is very nice, everything looks almost new The amenities are very complete For me everything was excellent, just to tell about the shower, that it is only divided to the bed by cristal. It looks nice but maybe it is a little unconfortable for some persons. Not the same for the WC, it is in a separate place inside […] the room with all the privacy :) Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Great hotel in an amazing location!!! I am so glad I stayed in this location and not in Gotica. It was right by the metro, and if the reception calls a cab it's there in less than 2 mins. It's in a high end neighborhood right in the middle of where all the nice restaurants are and only 2 blocks from the main high end shopping district. It's not by las […] ramblas which is more of a tourist trap type place, noisy and not the best places to eat. The hotel was central enough where you are right in the middle of all the tourist attractions. My favorite part of the hotel was the location and their extremely nice staff, some of the nicest people I met in all of Spain! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Centrally located, with superior service!"
We were immediately wowed by the level of service provided the staff upon arrival; Eduardo was particularly attentive. We arrived at about 10PM and were waiting for a group of about 8 separate people check into their rooms. Eduardo recognized that we were waiting, so he offered us a local sparkling wine as well as the group in front of us, it was so […] awesome, it really made the mood celebratory! The Oliva Balmes was a modern hotel, our room was designed with clever insight; the toilet was isolated, and the big bathtub with rain shower and double vanity was open-concept. There was a recurring sliding panel theme; the room was bisected by frosted glass sliding panels, and the flatscreen TV hid behind large geometric panels. The room had a mini bar, and the windows opened into an interior courtyard, which made for a very quiet room while being located on a major thoroughfare. Although we spent little time in our room, we didn't need to venture far to find great bars and restaurants, so after a day of exploring the city, we could come "home", change, then step out for dinner and drinks…Lenin at the front desk recommended some great tapas spots. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We were in Barcelona for our honeymoon. As soon as we checked in, we were told that they had upgraded our room. In our room, we found champagne and strawberries waiting for us along with a note from the manager. Every person we dealt with during our stay went above and beyond to make our stay great. The hotel and room was always clean. Olivia Balmes […] is located in a perfect spot. We were in walking distance to many shops and restaurants. They also gave us recommendations for nearby restaurants as well as tours. This was a great experience for us! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very impressive hotel. Nice location."
The staff was very helpful and courteous. The room look new and modern. Everything was very clean and nice. Good, central location. 20 minute ride from the airport. 10 blocks from Sagrada Familia. Good restaurants and breakfast spots within a block or across the street. Look forward to using this hotel again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great Centrally located hotel"
My wife and I stayed for 5 days and enjoyed the hotel immensely. Modern, comfortable and clean with friendly staff. The only real decision if I get back to Barcelona would be to try something more classic, vs modern.Genuine Expedia guest review
Amazing stay at the Hotel Olivia Balmes. The staff was beyond helpful and super nice. The hotel was perfect and in great location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Modern, comfortable hotel"
Hotel is close to metro and bus area on Rondo de Universitat (catch the night bus to the airport for just over 2 Euros!) but about a 15-20 min walk to La Rambla and the more touristy areas. The rooms have clean lines and plenty storage. Shower and toilet are in separate cubicles, with the sink between them along the main corridor which is also the room. […] This wouldn't be a good room to share with someone other than a partner, but as a solo traveler it was great. Nice pull-out desk surface with comfy stool add to the style of the room. The staff were unfailingly helpful and friendly, probably the highlight of the place. There is a pool on the roof but it was a bit chilly when I was there (March). Plenty of poolside seating probably make this a nice hangout in warmer months. The place does not have a gym, but it's a nice run down to La Rambla and the sea. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The staff was extremely friendly, rooms clean and very tidy. Excellent neighborhood if you are into food as it has amazing restaurants close by.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This hotel came highly reccomended and it did not disappoint. Everything was flawless with the exception the the television signal went out often, but television is not that important to us while on vacation. The staff was super friendly and helpfull and made us feel welcome. We would definitly stay heree again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great place, great location, great staff."
The staff here is fantastic - just the right amount of help without being too much in your face. If you need something, they RUN to help. It's really within walking distance to great shopping, and if you don't mind exercise, from sightseeing as well. The rooms are large and clean, and room service is very efficient. All the staff is excellent. I travel […] a lot for business, and it's been some time since I have enjoyed my hotel stay as much. Congratulations to the owners of this hotel for getting it right - quality and service at a fair price. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Super modern hotel"
Great styling in the room. It's only a few months old. Really good shape. Biggest challenge: Turn the shower handle left for the Amazon Rain Forest, and right for the hand shower. It's not obvious!Genuine Expedia guest review
Nice hotel closed to metro and downtown...Breakfeast is not free but they did not mention be carefull...Genuine Expedia guest review
We enjoyed staying at the hotel - the staff was very welcoming and ready to help even in the slightest difficulty. The room and all the facilities were extremely clean. We have already recommended it to our friends and acquaintances. So we have the privilege of having an excellent address if we are in Barcelona. It met all our expectationsGenuine Expedia guest review
"Some pluses and some minuses"
There were some things we really liked about this hotel and some we weren't wild about. First the good stuff: It's very quiet, but that might be because we stayed there during Christmas week and it didn't seem like they had a lot of guests. The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful from the minute we entered until we checked out. They go out of their […] way to make you feel welcome and take care of you. Also, the location is pretty good, although it's not too close to main tourist attractions (a 10-15 minute walk). As for what we didn't like: First, the rooms are set up so that the bedroom is separated by a semi opaque GLASS sliding door from the other half of the room that includes the shower, sink and toilet. That's right, glass. Which means that you can see right into the shower from the bedroom. It's not clear glass but it does allow you to see the person showering pretty clearly. Not so great for families or business partners, OK for couples. The shower also is a bit hard to operate. Also, the pillows were way too soft for my taste and when I asked for a firmer one they said they didn't have any. This is a very new modern hotel and that is something they should just have on request. Finally, the thermostat was impossible to figure out. We called downstairs to ask how to work it and instead of showing us they turned the heat down themselves. One more thing: The breakfast is pretty good but not exceptional, and they do keep it open pretty late (11:30). Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A modern hotel in a good location"
We stayed 3 nights at the hotel and we enjoyed it. Upon our arrival all the staff was very friendly, and even check in was at 3 PM and we arrived at 11 AM they gave us the room inmediatly. The room was perfect: all very modern way and very clean. Breakfast was not included in our rate but they ofert us a discount if we take it at check in so we did […] it and weren't dissapointed because it was very good. The location was perfect: close to everything, only two blocks from Gaudi La Pedrera and walking distance from almost everything we wanted to see: Catedral de la Sagrada Familia, Catedral de Barcelona, Barceloneta, la Boqueria, Palau Guell etc... We only took a taxi to go to the Guell park and the Magic Fountain at Montjuic. When we asked for nice places to eat they always advice us in a perfect way. I loved this hotel and recommend it to everybody. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice new Hotel"
I really enjoyed my stay the hotel. Being a brand new hotel, everything was clean and new. We got a room facing the street and could barely hear the traffic noise with the windows closed. Some people have complained of the slight rumble of the train or subway passing nearby. However during my stay, I could barely notice it. The hotel is also at a great […] location. We were able to walk to most of the major Barcelona attractions by foot, Las Ramblas, Gothic quarter, Sagrada familia, Parc Guell, etc. And if you are tired, you can always take the metro which is about 2 to 3 blocks away from the hotel. In addition, there are also a lot of nice restaurants and bars in the surrounding area of the hotel. In general, I enjoyed my stay, I would highly recommend this hotel Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location and wonderful staff"
Staff was fantastic in meeting our every need.Genuine Expedia guest review
Good value. Service leaves a bit to be desired. Some people working there are good at their jobs, others not so much. Avoid the restaurant and room service at all costs. Bad food, very slow service, and better cheaper places all around it. Coffee in the room would be nice. But again I would avoid the restaurants expensive nespresso and get better coffee […] and pastry across the street Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"New hotel at a great location with friendly staff"
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights during a recent vacation. This is a brand new hotel. Everything is new and modern. The room is clean and spacious. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The hotel is located at the center of the city with walking distances to many restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. There is a major subway station […] (Diagnol) and bus stops for several bus routes all within one block. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I am a seasoned traveler, but did not have time to research outstanding places to stay in Barcelona. When the Expedia suggested hotels popped up after booking my flight, I simply went with the suggested hotel in my price range. It surpasses level of service in all categories. Do not hesitate for one second to book your stay at the Olivia Balmes Hotel. […] It is not near La Ramblas, which is a good thing and is rather in an ideal location for anything you want to do while in Barcelona. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice & clean hotel, helpful stuffs"
1. close to restaurants & shops. 2. 10-15 mins walk to the city's center. 3. stuffs were very helpful.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Clean, New and Modern"
The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful .The rooms are very clean with modern style and new. The location is just great. The only negative comment is that sometimes you hear the water flow when upper rooms use the shower.Genuine Expedia guest review
Hotel was on a quiet street, but within very close walking distance to some of Gaudis sites and shopping street (and metro). The staff was very helpful and really enjoyed my stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"great anniversary weekend"
Excellent customer service (in English) from the moment we arrived until departure. My wife mentioned our anniversary, and they sent up a bottle of cava, chocolates and a personal note from the manager. Classy. Room was spotless, but be prepared for the unusual layout, with shower and toilet enclosed in frosted glass. Very comfortable bed and pillows, […] thermostat worked well. No outside noise could be heard except water pipes from adjacent room whenever the shower or toilet was used. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The hotel was very clean, the staff was super helpful (suggesting a wonderful tapas spot within walking distance), and parking was convenient which is important in Barcelona. This was my favorite hotel we stayed in during our trip to Barcelona.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Brilliant hotel and staff"
An excellent hotel in a good area for walking to all the sights Barcelona has to offer - the staff were all excellent so helpful and friendly plus the food in the restaurant was wonderful ( not a varied menu but fantastic quality ) our room was a suite and had everything we could want so no complaints there. Stay here - you won't regret it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Nice new designhotel. Perfect service from check-in until end of the stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Comfortable and modern hotel in Barcelona"
Very clean and modern hotel with spacious rooms. The hotel is well located just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city centre, but only a short walk to it. Staff were friendly and helpful. The only note of caution is that the shower, in our room at least, was in the middle of the room rather than the privacy of a bathroom. This was not a problem […] for us, but may not be ideal for friends travelling together, or families. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Fantastic Hotel! Great service, bedrooms, cleanliness, comfort. A big applaud to the exceptionally helpful staff working at the Hotel also! Great location and base for seeing the city. Will definitely be returning!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel, very nice for families"
The hotel is new, nice and comfort rooms. We had a breakfast in the hotel, and it was nice with range varaiety. There iswimming pool in the 7th fllor which is small, but nice to relax on the afternoons.They thought on the small things in the room: light in the closet, small light near the floor, if you are walking in the room at night. The staff was […] very kind as well. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Good location, breakfast and service.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great stay and would recommendGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Best service of any hotel that we have experienced. Staff could not have been more helpful, or cheerful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location for Gaudi Lover"
This hotel is in a great location. It is 5 minutes walk from Passeig de Gracia which in turn is just 3 railway stops from BCN airport. Many of the important Modernism sites are just a few minutes away. Even Sagrada Familia can be reached after a pleasant stroll. The Ramblas too are 10 - 15 minutes away. If one needs to go further afield P. de Gracia […] is an excellent starting point for travel. The building is modern and clean though not particularly beautiful. The staff on arrival were very friendly and helpful and remained so throughout our stay. Our "premium" room was bright and clean and though it looked out into the main street the double glazing was extremely effective in keeping it quiet. Not much of a view however. Our double bed was comfortable, large and the linen clean. It was not perfect however. The shower and the loo were both very involved with the living space so there was no privacy for personal attention. Overall there was little spare space in the room so spending time there was not very comfortable. Indeed only one chair was supplied and it was difficult to imagine how a second could be comfortably fitted. We did not eat in at all so cannot comment. The bar however was perfectly acceptable and the prices as expected. Overall I would recommend this for folk wanting to spend most of their time outside and wanting the room just as a base. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely Hotel and Staff"
Spent 4 lovely days in Barcelona. We got 2 day tickets for Tour buses from the hotel. The bus stop was about 10 min walk and the buses came every 10 mins or so. Definitely the best way to see Barcelona. Our room was very comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. All spoke English which helped. A great selection for breakfast. Could not fault […] Olivia Blames Hotel. Thanks for helping to make our time in Barcelona so special. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
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