Barcelo Atenea Mar
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Atenea Mar Barcelona
What a nice hotel!
What a nice Hotel! It's located right on the beachfront, with great room views & close to Olympic Port. Although when we visited in early October, this area was a little quiet is was a great place to relax. And there are plenty of nice restaurants close by (the Chinese next door is lovely and very reasonable! A 3 course meal for 2 with wine came to 30eur!!)
The metro is quite close by and you can be in the City Center in minutes. Be sure and visit the Shopping Centre 2 blocks down if you've got young kids - it houses its own little farm!!
The Hotel room (a superior double room) was really spacious with the biggest bed I've laid eyes on! The Bathroom was also beautiful. The Hotel Gym is small but well equipped and the steam room/sauna and jacuzzi are a pleasure. The hotel lobby has free internet access and the bar is fine for a drink or two. Although I felt it was more for the business customer, I would definitely use this hotel again!
Far, Far, Far away-Terrible service!!
Nice new room. That ends my positive comments.
The hotel is far from everything except the beach, which just isn't that great (if you want a nice beach go down the coast to sitges).
The front desk service is terrible, I have been all over the world and received better service in 1 star hotels.
Example-1. It took three calls and two hours just get them to send up and iron and ironing board.
Example-2. It took three calls over 4 hours and a trip to the front desk just to get more towels.
My advice spend a little extra money and stay down off one of the main plazas. Barcelona is a fun town and this hotel is not worth the annoyances!!!
Good hotel, not the best location
Nice, contemporary hotel, large rooms, great facilities in the bathroom, free internet, good quality comfortable beds, very clean. Price is very reasonable.
Problems - if you like to open window at night, it is very noisy, you are not on the beach, but across from the beach, the road is like a freeway, but if you do not care for a fresh air and use air conditioner - you have a nice view of the beach. Second problem is that the hotel is not in the center, it is 10 min walk to metro, 15 min by metro to the center, or you can take the bus, but you will wait for the bus and then 20 min by bus to the center. The last problem is that the breakfast is not included. Otherwise hotel is very nice and if you pay an additional 12 Euro you will have a great continental breakfast.
Inconvenient for first time tourists
On a round the world trip from New York back to Australia we visited Europe for the very first time, including Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. We chose the Atenea Mar for our 5 day visit because of the tempting "beachfront" descriptions but if your aim is to visit Barcelona's landmarks and see the city then this hotel is too far, 15 min walk to metro and 15 min transport, or bus services right next to the hotel. Furnishings are 3-4 star as with any typical western hotel. Service was very commercialised with minimal or no greeting and certainly no thank-you's at checkout! The only attraction to note was the nearby Forum, great building! The beach (10 min walk) sand was rough and not particularly special. Would definitely recommend staying near the Eixample (modern, more upclass suburb) or around Placa Catalunya (the city "hub") for better access to all the action! PS. the suburbs in between touristy areas such as those btw our hotel and the city can be quite underdeveloped, neglected, scary and dodgy!
Great views of the beach
Stayed here at end of September 2004 for 6 nights. The hotel was in a great location for the beach. Although a bit out of the centre of Barcelona, the tourist bus ( excellent value for money) stopped right outside. And the metro was a short walk away. It seemed quite residential so there was no nightlife but it was very handy for Port Olympic, just a nice stroll along the beach or a short taxi ride to all the bars and restaurants.
A taxi back from the centre of Barcelona was less than 10 euros.
The staff were very helpful and the facilities ( gym, steam room, sauna,jacuzzi) were good. My only 'niggle' was that the electronic room keys kept packing in and we had to have 4 keys in the space of 6 days, but a thoroughly enjoyabe stay. I would recommend this hotel if you want to stay somewhere quiet but still be in easy reach of the centre of Barcelona.
Modern hotel; nice huge room/bath (very Western feel); free internet access; restaurant located in the hotel; great location ONLY IF you want to be close to the beach, otherwise NOT conveniently located; 7 blocks (10-15 min walk) from the nearest Metro station.
What a delight!
We stayed at The Barcelo Atenea Mar in middle August for 5 nights and oh my where we treated well! We originally booked in July, but a week before arriving saw that their website was showing a rate at an even cheaper rate! When we arrived at the hotel the first thing that strikes you is the air conditioning, We were upgraded to a room on the 6th floor with sea view. The rooms were very big, very well appointed with luxirious bathrooms, the bar was always busy with the free internet stations. The hotel is a bit away from the center of Barcelona, but is a good 5 minutes walk to the tube station. You can either stay in a dodgy 2* at the center of Barcelona for that rate we payed or in 4 star, 6 month old hotel. I know what I would choose!
Loved this Hotel
This was a great hotel. Clean, modern, free internet, great beach a 2 min. walk away. The rooms are affordable, the area is safe and yet alive with people, and the beach is littered with good restuarants and beach bars. Affordable four star hotel.
Died and gone to heaven
We stayed here in January of 2004 after four weeks in the colder parts of Europe. Not only were we greeted by wonderfully warm weather, this hotel was brilliant. Unlike many others we'd stayed in for similar rates, this was swish and new - and just what we needed. It was like we'd died and gone to heaven - we couldn't believe this was the hotel we'd booked online...but it was! (The Expedia pics didn't do it justice, their hotel site is better: --------------------------------------). It is ultra modern designer chic, comfortable beds (HUGE)...essential with a 3 year old in tow, and lovely details like nice towels, toiletries, a bidet!, carpets, views of the beach, internet access and a good breakfast on offer. It is in a lovely side of Barcelona, with a bus nearby going straight to Placa Cataluna and main city centre, museums etc (only 5-10 minutes on bus), but also near Diagonal Mar - a new and big shopping centre, parks etc. The chinese restaurant across the road is one of the best we've been to anywhere in the world (which was a bit confusing since it is in Spain!). Great value, luxury and service. Can't fault it.
Lovely hotel, excellant value for money
We stayed here for a long weekend at the end of July 2004. The hotel was very modern and stylish.The staff were freindly and polite. Our room was on the 10th floor and had excellent views of the beach and port. The room was lovely with large bathroom and extremly comfortable bed. The hotel has a lovely free spa that has a jaccuzi, sauna etc. The hotel is located across from the beach with a 5 minute walk to the metro station and 20 mins to the port. The hotel is a little away from the main tourist area but is very quiet and the restuarants and bars on the beach are good. The hotel is very good value for money and if you don't mind using the metro or walking a bit this is a good hotel choice.