“ 4-star hotel in Barcelona, Spain. „
On a recent trip to Barcelona we stayed at the Novotel City hotel. Of course, when you first start looking for hotels in Barcelona there are literally thousands that you can choose from but not having been to the city before I chose a name brand hotel that I have stayed in in various cities in the past and one that has always been quite nice, clean and friendly. I made the booking on the Novotel website and received an e-mail confirmation and telephoned a day or two before arrival just to make sure everything was ok. This Novotel was no different. It was about a half an hour taxi drive away from the airport and cost us about 40 Euros if I remember correctly. The driver had no problem finding it but then I did give him the address to look at rather than tell him as my Spanish is not great, well not great at all really. The address on my reservation was given as : Tel : (+34)933262499 Avenida Diagonal 201 (Entrada por Ciutat de Granada) - 08018 BARCELONA A three night stay in a Superior room with a Queensize bed cost us E256.67 which I though was very reasonable. The hotel was located on a fairly busy street with other hotels next to it. Across the street was quite a nice little indoor/outdoor shopping centre with a Starbucks, McDonalds, Disney Store, C&A, various clothing stores, and some nice places to eat. It was a five minute walk to the Underground station or the Tram stop at Glories. I found this to be a really great location. We were about 4 stops out from the port and so it didn't take long to get into the heart of Barcelona but we were far enough out that it cost a little bit less for a nicer hotel. The hotel was really modern and luxurious. The lobby was big and spacious and I found all the staff to be extremely helpful. They all spoke English and in fact spoke about three or four languages as indicated on their name badges. The lobby contained lots of sofas to be able to longue on and I found we did this quite a bit. In the mornings you could buy a breakfast from the restaurant at 17 Euros per person which I though was very steep so what we actually did was visit the little coffee bar at the other end of the lobby. Here you could buy a juice or coffee/tea and a pastry for about 5 Euros, much cheaper and all we really wanted as we wanted something quick and small before we hit the sights and all the good food in Barcelona. Once they even made up a bowl of vegetables for us to feed to our little girl for lunch which I thought was a really nice touch and something most hotels wouldn't do for you. The room was lovely and big and had a huge bed, I didn't bump into my husband all night in the bed!! There was a minibar, a desk and chair and a television. As we took our little girl with us I had requested a cot bed which was in the room and already set up for us when we got there which I think was lovely. The shower was nice and big, powerful and hot which is always a plus for me and came with some nice smelling toiletries. At the top of the hotel on the 19th floor there was a nice pool with a terrace but unfortunately as we were there at the beginning of May this hadn't opened yet, a shame but we didn't really have time to go in it anyway. we were given some good maps and some directions when we needed them and upon check in they even gave my little girl a cuddly Elephant toy and a lolly which went down incredibly well with her. A nice place to stay that I recommend if you are ever in Barcelona.