"helpful staff, great neiborhood, close to metro"
This hotel is in a prime location close to metro and shopping. Hotel staffs are super friendly and helpful. Room has nice view,very spacious and eco-friendly. Would definitely stay here again .Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel in the heart of Barcelona"
We loved our stay at Olivia Balmes. We had a room on the 6th floor. The hotel has a modern decor and the room was very spacious. Some reviewers have complained that the street noise bleeds into the rooms. We did not have this problem probably because we were on the 6th floor. The hotel is conveniently located to great shops, restaurants, tourist attractions […] and the metro. There is a metro station just outside the hotel that will take you directly to Plaza Catalunya and La Rambla. Passeig de Gracia is only a couple of blocks away where which is a major shopping area and the location of Gaudi's Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. On several occassions we walked from the hotel to Passeig de Gracia down to Plaza Catalunya. It is a wonderful area for shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. A great plus was that the hotel was only a block away from one of Barcelona's best restaurants with locals, Cervecería Catalana. I definitely recommend Cervecería Catalana, but arrive early to get a table. Otherwise, you will be waiting an hour or more for a table. I would definitely stay at this hotel again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Outstanding service, location"
We spent four nights at this hotel while on our honeymoon in Europe. It was excellent in every way. The service was outstanding; the rooms well-appointed, modern, and comfortable; and the neighborhood an ideal location from which to explore the city-- including the more crowded, touristy areas that are a short 10-minute walk away. Nice area to hang […] out on the roof, though the pool is more decorative than functional. The only (very slight) negative was the breakfast, which was rather expensive and not particularly good. Then again, it's probably best to avoid eating at a hotel when in one of the culinary capitals of the world. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great weekend stay in Barcelona"
The Olivia Balmes hotel was the perfect place to stay for my weekend trip to Barcelona. It was just 2 blocks away from main streets, shopping, and places to eat. It was conveniently located to a metro station as well, which made getting around easy. The hotel was cool, clean, and comfortable and would definitely go back on my next visit.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Trip with very close friends."
We didn't stay too long, because we had a very early flight out of Barcelona to return to the USA.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We stayed 4 nights. Hotel staff are extremely friendly & helpful & gave us a lot of good tips. Great Location. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants & cafes. I highly recommended staying at this hotel. We would definitely come back.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"In the heart of Barcelona"
Very nice hotel, little too pricey. I liked modern design, very comfortable bed, sound proof rooms. Little odd design of bathroom but comfortable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
New, posh and friendly! The staff is always ready to go above and beyond! The location is great and I look forward to staying here again next time I visit Barcelona.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful hotel which was close to everything."
Hotel staff was extremely helpful and very accommodating. Very clean and welcoming. Highly recommend this hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Perfect hotel & location - a #1 choice!"
Perfect location to walk to everything easily, but not too close to tourist crazy Rambla or Barcelonetta! Hotel all brand new, super clean everything and lovely modern decor. Rooftop pool with bar and food is excellent and well needed after sightseeing. Staff were amazing & can book attraction tkts for you to skip queuesGenuine Expedia guest review
I enjoyed my stay here. Stayed for a week late July of 2014. The rooms were clean, the beds were really comfy. What made the hotel stand out were the staff on duty. Each staff members were extremely helpful and made great recommendations. I definitely will be coming back to this hotel next time I come to Barcelona.Genuine Expedia guest review
"State of the art hotel in strategic location"
My wife and I stayed in this hotel while I attended a conference and we enjoyed Barcelona together. The location is away from the more touristy areas, but convenient to most of the city's attractions. This is a new and very modern hotel with well-thought-out room designs. The open room designs worked well for us, and did not present a privacy issue […] in practice. However, I agree with previous comments that the room designs are best for couples and might not be ideal for sharing between parents and children (depends on your background, attitudes, and ages). The staff were first rate. We had a great stay overall. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
I had a very pleasant stay at Olivia Balmes. The location is great because it's close enough to everything while also not being in the middle of all the chaos and all the tourists. It's in a perfect location to walk to all of the major sites and the beach and also close enough to the metro if you wish to use it. The staff is very friendly, polished […] and helpful. The hotel and the room itself was clean, up to date and comfortable. The price was reasonable and and adequate for what you're getting. I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
great location and modern rooms.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"High-tech, good location, nice shower"
Good downtown location (away from the Las Ramblas crowds but only a short walk to metro stations). Room was high-tech with automatic nightlight when stepping out of bed, and automatic lights in closet and toilet room. Desk staff permitted very early check-in, and were consistently helpful during our 3-night stay. Shower was great (we never had a rainfall […] shower head before), but the water temperature was unstable and the shower floor was dangerously slippery. Premium towels were large and soft. Europeans apparently don't use washcloths, so we bought some from Corte Ingles store near the Catalunya stop. Toilet tissue was very rough so bring your own. Our premium room was large and included a good breakfast. Room had good cold A/C, and a safe. Note there is no alarm clock in the room. Mini-fridge is completely full of items for purchase, so we emptied and re-loaded it when we checked out. Barcelona was a fun city to visit, but lots of smokers and nothing was cheap. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel great location. Brand new huge shower"
I enjoys my stay the bed was very comfortable, shower great,pool a little small but in a city so was expected. Staff very helpful and friendly.Area was not so touristy and nice cafés and restaurants good shopping nearby.Genuine Expedia guest review
From the beginning we felt so welcomed. They thought of just about everything. Even the scent in the lobby was awesome.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent central location, Eixample District ."
Very Satisfied . Excellent service and new facilities .Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great hotel, would definitely return."
Thoroughly enjoyed Barcelona and the Olivia balmes was a great place to call home. Staff was great, always being helpful, never being pushy. Location near a major metro line made getting around very easy and the staff helped us find our way. Far enough away from the noise and hustle of las rambles but, close enough to easily get to everything. Facilities […] are very modern...wish I could take the shower home with me. When (not if) I go back to Barna.....I will not hesitate to stay there again. Read moreGenuine Expedia 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 for everything!"
I really liked the location and pretty much everything. It was close to subway and there were a lot of good restaurants near the hotel. The staff was very friendly from the beginning to the end. Wi-Fi was included and the room was very comfortable.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent hotel in wonderful area"
This is a new hotel with a great rooftop and location. The desk staff was extremely friendly and helpful. But there are a few things they have to work out. The shower was very hard to figure out and kept jumping from hot to cold. There were only a couple of pegs to hang towels on so they didn't dry. But overall it was a high design concept and a lot […] of fun. Read moreGenuine Expedia 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
"Modern Boutique Hotel, Great Location"
My husband and I really loved the Olivia Balmes Hotel. We stayed one week for our honeymoon. The staff were VERY helpful - from mailing postcards to getting us taxis to directing us to a laundry service in town (in-house prices were a little steep for us at 7 euros/shirt). Our room was sleek and well designed. My only complaint is that the room did […] not have an iron. The location was perfect for us. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants and cafes. It is not situated in a heavy tourist area, so we didn't feel "crowded." El Born is only a 15 minute walk, and the beach is about a 30 minute walk. If you stay at the Olivia Balmes Hotel, there is no reason to take the metro or taxis to get anywhere in town. Just shoe leather will do, and you won't regret it! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Comfortable hotel in the heart of the Eixample."
We loved the hotel staff. Every staff member was friendly and provided a great reception for our visit to Barcelona. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable.Genuine Expedia 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
"1 week in Barcelona"
I had the best experience in Barcelona owing it to Hotel Olivia Balmes. The staff was very attentive and courteous. Whenever I get back from my excursion, my room was always neat and tidy. Hotel Olivia was located perfectly for my trip making it convenient walking distance to many places. I highly recommend staying at this establishment.Genuine Expedia guest review
We recently stayed at olivia balmes hotel and it was a great experience overall. The rooms were very clean and spacious. It's a new modern hotel. Location is great. The hotel is two blocks from casa mila and is right near the metro. What made this hotel one of the best we've stayed in was the helpful and friendly staff. They helped us with booking tickets […] to tourist attractions in advance as well as providing us with directions on getting there. Thank you to all the staff for making our time spent here even more enjoyable! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Loved the modern style of the hotel"
The staff was very helpful not only what concerned the hotel but also with questions about the city etc. Loved the atmosphere in the hotel and its great location.Genuine Expedia 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
"Great hotel conveniently away from crowds"
The hotel was beautiful from both the outside and inside. The staff was attentive and found us a room despite our early check in. The room was a smaller version of what we had booked, but we were so desperately tired we did not care. The staff gave us free breakfast each day for taking the downgrade. There seem to be no wash clothes in Spain. This […] was news to us, but we adapted. The modern style of the rooms was aesthetically pleasing, but the function was less than stellar in the bathroom. I greatly appreciate their concern over conserving water, but the shower head could not be kept on at all or it would flood the bathroom. Also, the shower knobs became incredibly difficult to twist when your hands are covered in soap. Finally, our shower did break and would not turn off. The staff was great at responding and fixing the issue. Read moreGenuine Expedia 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
"Great place to be in"
A great weekend for me and my wife, hotel staff was super friendly, patient and helpfull. recommend to all.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful hotel in a great location."
Going to Spain for the first time I wasn't sure where to book a hotel. I am so glad I chose Olivia Balmes Hotel. The staff is extremely helpful and kind. The hotel is beautiful and so clean. The rooms are a great size. I cannot say enough good things about the hotel. I would definitely recommend this hotel to others.Genuine Expedia guest review
The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful, we arrived early in the morning and were able to check in immediately. We stayed in a suite with a separate area where my daughter slept very comfortably in the couch, she also had access to the restroom without having to go through the bedroom, which made it very convenient. The room and bathroom were […] very clean and the bed was outstanding. The room size, although a suite with a separate area, was a little tight, not much room to spare, but not a surprise as you can see this in the pictures. The location is wonderful, taxis and subway right in front, and a block from La Rambla and La Pedrera. We did not use any of the amenities neither did we eat at the hotel, as there a great bakeries all around. I didn't have a plug converter and was immediately provided with two. The room was facing the back, no view, but I very much appreciated the quietness as I was only there to sleep! I would definitely stay at this hotel again. Read moreGenuine Expedia 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
"Great hotel in a fun less touristy area"
Great experience in a comfortable chic and friendly hotel. Everything is brand new and tasteful. Keep in mind it's not very luxurious but for the price prob can't be beat.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Walking distance to the metro"
The hotel was conveniently located to La Pedrera, Casa Battlo and the metro. The hotel staff was so helpful in directing us where to catch the metro and what sights to see. I would definitely come back again to stay at Olivia Balmes. It was situated in an area where there were lots of good restaurants nearby and away from the tourist crowd.Genuine Expedia 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
"Modern hotel, good location"
Nice hotel, very friendly staff. 3 minutes from Rambla, about15 min. walking to the old city.Genuine Expedia 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
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