Axel Hotel Barcelona
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... fried eggs and crispy (sort of) bacon along side a big cup of American coffee in a glass similar to a goblet. The coffee is very hot so the goblet is difficult unless you lift it by the stem. Tricky. Gloria here … I THOUGHT IT WAS FABULOUS
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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.
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.
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.
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 shy........it 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!!