Axel Hotel Barcelona

Aribau 33, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08011, Spain and Canary Islands | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located in the L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample area of Barcelona, is near Tapies Foundation (Fundacio Antoni Tapies), Casa Amatller, Cacao Sampaka, and La Fira.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Axel Hotel Barcelona



    Overall, we had a good experience at this hotel. The staff, particularly the front desk staff, was terrific (friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, etc.) The place is very hip, new, and clean. But the newness is where the problems are. The Axel just needs some final attention to details. The toilet roll holder was falling off the wall. The towel bar had come unglued. The shower head was broken and had to be held up with one hand. I almost feel bad mentioning these things because the staff works so hard to provide good service. However, if management would just spend a little more to go through the new construction to fix these problems, they would have an excellent hotel. Right now I can only rate it as very good. (Also, do not stay in room 614, there is a service door next to it that bangs shut every few minutes of the day and night!)

    Axel is Barcelona's real W!


    Although Starwood has announced construction of a W hotel in Barcelona, the Axel has them beat. Better location, no attitude, excellent rooms and a fair price.

    Their website was helpful for planning my trip to Barcelona.

    Do yourself a favor - stay here


    Loved the Axel so much I came back for three more nights. Impeccably clean, excellent service, spacious modern rooms, serious air conditioning, great restaurant, friendly staff. Hetero friendly.



    Outstanding in every way, staff are the tops for customer service, Niall on the front desk was courteous and helpful. Rooms - really everything you could wish for. Sun deck now has a bar for the evenings, great pool and spa. Breakfast IS worth paying for, fantastic choice, the restaurant is also good, as are the ones nearby ( Castro is brilliant).

    A short walk from Universisat Metro, Airport bus Aerobus drops you there too.

    I will return, a hotel that is first class, just hope the standard is maintained, i'm sure it will be.

    Great Value-Smart-Trendy Hotel


    I stayed at the hotel for one night on the 28/06/04 room 314 but I will be back everything that I heard about the hotel was true. excellent Staff Smart clean interior excellent facilities if your traveling to the city it's a gem. see you all there soon.

    Great Place for gay or straight


    Axel Hotel was wonderful. The front desk was very helpful, setting up dinner reservations, private tour, and giving us great information about the city and the nightlife. It is a "gay" hotel, but if you like staying in a "trendy" hotel, you'll want to stay here. Has a great location, close to shopping, eating, and can walk to las ramblas. They provide computers with internet access, so it was great to be able to look up things online and to check email. They provide bottled water in little refrigerators on each floor. And the roof deck with pool and hot tub are wonderful for relaxing. They also provide a work out area and a wet and dry sauna.

    Really great place


    This gay oriented hotel was an excellent stay all around. Room was a good size and very well appointed. The service was top notch, room was very clean and comfortable, the best I had in all of Spain. The service was excellent, nothing seemed to be any trouble at all for the staff. It's a great compromise in location, an easy walk to the Rambla, in the center of the gay area if that's what you are in to, 2 blocks from a metro stop, a 10 minute walk to most areas of town....and the price was $40-$50 Euros less than hotels of equal comfort. There is a stereo in each room with speakers mounted on the walls, if someone is playing their music, the bass carries in to the next room but I didn't have a problem late at night, ask for an inside room, not much view but very quiet. Seriously - no matter what your orientation - check this place out while in Barcelona. I doubt you'll regret it.

    Loved it!


    I loved this place. I was here May 14-16. Very modern, tredy, chic and conveniently located to La Rambla and the Gaudi-designed Batlo house and harbor. Highly recommend.

    This is a wonderful gem in the heart of Barcelona


    Please spend your money wisely, and STAY AT THIS WONDERFUL HOTEL in Barcelona. The kindness, the wonderful accommodating people of what makes-up the staff of the Axel Hotel will make you very happy. By U.S.A. standards, this hotel is a gem NOT TO BE MISSED. I stayed at Hotel Axel, April 6-8, 2004; Room 512. Free water bottles in a wonderful fridge in the hall ways, a wonderful/small/acceptable gym, steam room, dry sauna, and roof-top pool(small) with a great view of the city, IS PERFECT FOR ANY KIND OF TRIP. It is very "W Hotel." Very sleak,modern, and bright, but WITHOUT THE ATTITUDE. Their website caters to gay cleintele, but don't be is a welcoming hotel, come one, come all!! I saw business and leisure guests, and the mix was so great. YOU WILL LOVE THE ROOMS: open, airy, flat screen televisions, Bose sound systems, white marble, white sheets, etc. AND THE COST WAS HALF OF MOST "TRADITIONAL" HOTELS IN BARCELONA!!! I urge you to stay here.....YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!

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    Travel Blogs from Barcelona

    We are off for a 12 day cruise

    A travel blog entry by joeandsusan on Aug 04, 2014

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    August 4, 2014

    Boarding the Ship

    Today we left our small apartment in the heart of Barcelona to board the Holland American Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship for a 12 day adventure. We hauled our luggage down to the fifth floor elevator stoop and managed our 120 pounds of stuff onto the ancient elevator, pitched the two sets of four keys into the owner's mailbox and drug our luggage one block down the ...

    Reflections / Things I left in Barcelona

    A travel blog entry by writemich on Aug 17, 2013

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    ... Barcelona is an easy place to fall in love with, and a hard place to truly know. In a week I've only caught a glimpse of it and now I feel so sad at the thought of leaving (although, excited for France). I feel like we just skimmed the surface, observing curiousities from afar, not possibly being able to dive in fully within just 7 days. I only find solace in the mantra I repeat over and over again - a promise to myself: I will be back. I will be back. I will be ...

    Barcelona - the city that never sleeps

    A travel blog entry by georgeheap on May 19, 2013

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    ... some who came back at 7 or 8 in the morning and thought it was a great idea to yell good morning when he came in. Barcelona is still a cool city but I hated this hostel. We went to Park Guell, Casa Batllo, outside of the Sagrada Familia, and got lost (purposefully) in El Bari Gotic section. That was probably my favorite getting lost in there an somehow appearing on the same square twice! We did ...

    Vicodin and Alcohol

    A travel blog entry by ramona.pierini on Feb 24, 2013

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    ... the bus (you have headphones and pick a language to listen to) this would be a 10 minute walk. Only if you are a pack mule. This is about a mile straight up hill. I go within three blocks but could not complete the hill. Lorraine and Linda made it. I will include a picture of the great lizard in the park. (Mercedes was a bit woozy since she took the other vicodin) Next was the Tramvia Blau to the Funicular. This is a blue cable car similar to the ones in ...


    A travel blog entry by stories_of_ben on Aug 23, 2012

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    ... m the first to put my hand up and say my knowledge of Barcelona and Spain's history is near non-existent. Needless to say after the walk I felt enlightened, I was also surprised to find anti-Semitism has played a part in another European county. The political unrest in the last century is also an interesting point of discussion more so given the current economic climate. For those of you who don't know youth unemployment is floating ...

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