Condado Hotel Barcelona
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Historical Traveler Reviews Condado Hotel Barcelona
Nice place, but service is lacking!
I do not recommend this place to anyone...
With exception of a few staff members the remaining employees were inept!
Seriously, monkeys could have provided better service...
nice area, but the walk from the city centre & nearest metro stations gets old, quick...
I'd look elsewhere before booking this place...
Efficient, friendly and well situated
We stayed here twice (for three weeks in total) and had a marvellous time on both occasions. This was before the renovation, so I cannot comment on this.
Rooms are large, well appointed and very comfortable. The street outside is pretty busy, but the rooms are all triple-glazed, so you don't hear a thing with windows closed, and with the high-octane air conditioning you don't need to open them. The rooms on the upper floors are lighter and have better views. Bathrooms are roomy and showers excellent.
The hotel is very well placed if you prefer to be away from the seething hordes around the Ramblas - it is just off the Diagonal, and whether you walk south or north you'll find loads of restaurants, bars and nightlife. Buses from Balmes (next street along from Aribau) will take you to centre in 10 minutes, or to the beach in 20.
Hotel staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. On one occasion, the reception staff told us apologetically that a chambermaid had broken our electric toothbrush. We explained that it was old and manky anyway, and did not matter at all. But that evening we came back and the toothbrush had been carefully and expertly mended!
Breakfast is generous, but quite an expensive extra, so unless you have a huge appetite first thing in the morning, you'd be better going to a cafe.
In general, a relaxing and comfortable oasis in an energetic city. Particularly good in summer - when it's 90 outside and sightseeing is making you wilt - you know you can come back here and chill out.
Good value & Location
Me and my partner stayed at this hotel for a long weekend. We got a good deal on the internet and for the rates we got was pretty good value considering it was 15mins walk to Las Ramblas.
The room we got was perhaps slightly below average, which is probably why we got it a bit cheaper, with a view of the back of the hotel and what was possibly the kitchen and was occassionally a bit noisy. It was alway clean though. We didn't bother as we were there to see Barcelona and not to spend the whole weekend in our hotel room - so not ideal for honeymoon couples!! The staff were friendly and very helpful.
The best part of this hotel was it's location, we did not have a car and so it was great to be able to walk to the centre with ease.
Great if you are there for a short period of time and not intending to do anything but sleep in your hotel, ideal location but no facitilies or luxuries within the hotel. I would definately recommend it for a budget city break.
Very fashionable upmarket hotel - great value!
I spent five nights at the Condado Hotel, and thought it was fantastic. Very modern sophisticated decor, beautiful rooms. Dark laminate flooring, good architecture, white modern bedding, good showers, white marble sink in dark wood pannelling, Very attractive. I was facing the street but the double glazing kept out most of the noise. I had my breakfasts at the bakery down the street. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The air conditioning worked well, and there was a free internet connection in the lobby to check your mail. The decor is beautiful. I stayed in a twin room for 98 euros per night, a fantastic value for this quality.
We were worried about staying here after reading some of the reviews here but our stay was great. They just finished a major remodeling this year (2006). The hotel was very clean and new appearing. The staff was friendly and very helpful. There are two elevators that function very well. The room was of a comfortable size and clean. There is a free internet connection in the room and also a computer in the lobby that can be used free for the internet. We were in the front of the hotel on a busy street but there are double windows with rubber gaskets around their edges resulting in a very quiet room. The heating/AC worked well. The location was pretty good if you don't mind walking a few blocks to access public transportation to anywhere. There is a nice bakery/cafe within 1/2 block and many stores around. I'd go back on my next trip. (I see the other reviews were done a few years ago. The remodeling helped.)
Over priced and not 3 star
This hotel was described as 3 star (Expedia August 2004). However, did not come up to 3 star expectations. The rooms are large and spacious, however very basic. Our room may have had a window which opened, however it looked out against a wall of a very close adjoining building. The amenities provided by the hotel are limited/nil.
Being 1.5 miles away from La Rambla does not sound much, however, this hotel is too far away if you want to experience the true centre of Barcelona.
Be careful with regards to breakfast as we discovered a charge at the end of our break (we thought breakfast was included). The charge levied for breakfast far exceeded what was offered/available. For a more cost effective breakfast, I would suggest one of the many cafes/tapas bars which serve both good food and great atmosphere (unlike the hotel).
All in all, if you want value for money and be closer to the buzz of Barcelona, choose another hotel.
Condado a nice hotel
Stayed at the Condado Hotel in June 2004. The room was spacious and we had ample closet space as well. We were within walking distance form Casa Mila and some other Architectual wonders. The hotel was not in the main hub of things but we felt extremely safe walking to and from the hotel at night. The staff were helpful and the majority could speak adequate English. On the downside, no bar in the hotel and the hotel maids would allow doors to slam when leaving the rooms, making it very difficult to sleep in past 9 a.m. Overall the hotel was clean and in a safe area, in walking distance to many points of interest, restaurants and clubs. If budget is a concern definitely a good choice, if not then probably would prefer somewhere more posh.
Less than expected
The staff at the reception desk were unfriendly and unhelpful (my husband thought they were snooty). The air conditioning in our room didn't work. The room and bathroom were spacious, and there was lots of closet space. The location is near very upscale stores, but there are hardly any restaurants nearby.
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