Expo Hotel Barcelona
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Minbar in room
- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Swimming pool
- Breakfast Available
TravelPod Member ReviewsExpo Hotel Barcelona
Price : 75Euro per night including free internet & breakfast.
Location : Close from Sants Station. (5~7 min by walk)
Breakfast : Goods
Quite resonable hotel compare with Price. Especially the Sants station is quite close so good for traveler.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Expo Hotel Barcelona
Don't judge the book by its cover
We chose this hotel for its central position, proximity to various forms of transport and as one of the cheapest 4* hotels in otherwise very expensive Barcelona (hotels.com).
The first sight of it was not very promissing. The dark building fully encircled by unatractive balconies did not look too welcoming (2*). The room was simply furnished and the dark timber edging made it look dated(3*), but it turned out to be very comfortable. The bathroom was quite big, well appointed and clean(4*). The "wardrobe" was - in fact- a separate large dressing room(4*). We had a corner room on the top floor with a "wrap-around" balcony and the view was absolutely fantastic! (5*) Straight ahead was Mount Juic with its Olympic complex, below the National Palace with some of the fountains visible (lit-up at night). To our left was one of Barcelona's main avenues leading to the bullfight arena ahead. In the gap between two nearby buildings was a surprise - a view of Sagrada Familia spires in distance. Around the corner, there rose the magnificient Mt. Tidibabo(spelling?) to its full height.
At night we sat on the balcony, watched the street traffic, Barcelona's lights and the stream of air traffic behind Mt. Juic on its approach to the airport. Helped by the building height, our room was very quiet.
As the writer below said, the hotel corridors looked shabby (2*), but to us, the hotel pool looked allright for a cooling dip on hot days.
One of the lifts was too rattly for my liking and I avoided using it. The restaurant floor looked a real contrast to the residential floors, quite attractively appointed and set up for conference purposes (4*). The restaurant and the breakfast room vere nicely set- up and the breakfast very good (4*).
The hotels surrounds have everything: restaurants, bars, supermarket and variety store, dry cleaning and shoe fixing, a park, main station, metro and a post office nearby (5*).
One of the hotel's main assets is its reception staff, English speaking and helpful well beyond reasonable expectation (5*!!!)
Definitely a place we would stay in again.
4-stars? (I don't think so!)
Very disappointing for a supposedly 4-star category. The description contained in "hotels.com" is very misleading
The rooms are very, very small and furnished at a minimal,barely adequate, level I would expect to find in a tourist type 2 star hotel. The "balconies" seem dangerous to us. Every room seems to have a small, scruffy, balcony with quite low railings. Don't let your children out there or venture out there after drinking too much Sangria!
The elevators have a mind of their own - you can't seem to call them from the upper floors. If one does eventually arrive (seems random) they always seem full. We finished up using the stairs most of the time - or when we had luggage we made illicit use of the service elevators! (these seemed to work OK)
The swimming pool and its approaches can only be described as sordid - and unsafe - a small child could easily fall from the roof terrace under the railings!
On a positive note the rooms and bathrooms we had were clean and seemed quite new - but the same could not be said of the public corridors.
Very Comfortable - Great Spot!!!
Hotel was very clean, comfortable, pool on the roof was a real bonus to cool off in. Didn't try the breakfast - cafe, supermarket, bakery underneath!!
Bar and Pizzeria over the road. In a great spot: Tour bus stops in front of railway station, metro 3 mins walk - 10 mins into the centre. 20 mins from the airport. "Magic Fountains" only a ten minute walk. A very enjoyable stay, would definately stay here again.
The Expo hotel is perfect for travelling around the city without a car. From the airport, take the R.E.M.F.E train to Sants station. Outside the station ( which was also the Metro) look right, and there it is! Staff were friendly and helpfull, giving us more than enough maps and guides to see the city.
Didn't try the breakfast as it was 9 euro's each! There is a shop 2 doors down from the hotel, that had everything we needed for breakfast.
I would stay there again.
Not Bad for 3 star
I paid 396USD for four nights at the Expo in Barcelona during May 2004. Considering Hotel prices in Barcelona this was a good value. A colleague stayed at a 4star and paid the equivalent with a last minuted discount yet his hotel was inferior to the Expo. Good and friendly staff, very clean, nice facilities, great view of the beautiful Museum from upper floors and rooftop pool. Only thing missing was room service and in-room coffee service for those who need it first thing in the morning without leaving the room. Not in the town center but its less than 10 minutes by bus and the train/metro station are right there, easy to commute anywhere.
Good Hotel, shame about lack of tea and coffee making facilities
On first sight the outside of the hotel is a little ordinary but the inside more than makes up for it. The staff were helpful and pleasant though their English wasn't too good in most cases and I was glad for my schoolgirl Spanish, though Catalan is spoken here which is a strange mixture of Spanish/French/Portuguese. The rooms I would rate 3 star not four as they were quite basic but very clean. Food was excellent in the restaurant. Main complaint was, after our journey there we were gasping for a cup of tea but there was no kettle!! There was however a mini bar of which the prices were quite reasonable - but I did miss my early morning cuppa!!
Very polite staff
The last time I went to Barcelona, I preferred to stay close to Las Ramblas and the hotel we got was really lousy, and we paid much more than for Expo Hotel. This time I chose to stay 10min(with metro) from Las Ramblas, and we had quite a nice experience at the Expo Hotel. The staff was really helpful when we had something to ask about, I think the location of the hotel was just perfect, and compared to other hotels i Barcelona, it was really cheap. Close to all sorts of transport(bus, metro, train, turist bus++)Linea 3 to Placa Catalunya runs every three minutes, so there's not much waiting. Fantastic view from the top of the hotel to Palau Nacional and Montjüic, and it's just a short walk away from Nou Camp, where Barca plays their games.
Made great stay for 5 days
Take no notice of the external view of this hotel, it hasnt been updated ever, the internal is excellent as it was (as with the rest of barcelona) upgraded for the Olympic games, marble floors and walls, & clean throughout, location is great for train and metro, although 20 min walk to la Ramblas, continental breakfast, pool on the roof provides good views, good base for tourist.
Not Bad for the Price
This hotel is a bit cheaper than many other hotels of comparable quality, and that seems to be due to its location near the Station of the Saints, next to the Industrial Park. It is not within walking distance of most of Barcelona's tourist attractions. Having said that, the Station of the Saints has a train to the Airport, so the Hotel is convenient for air travelers. There is a subway station nearby. and Barcelona's subway is a good way to get around the city. My hotel room was spacious and the bed comfortable enough, but they had given my companion and I two single beds, even though we had booked a double.
They said there was a shortage but did change our room on the second day, so that we could have a double bed. The buffet breakfast was very good, with an abundance of choices.
Good food/clean and friendly
Staff very friendly, rooms clean, lovely pool . Breakfast was excellant, lots of choice and dinner good too. next to both Metro and railway station, easy to get around the city. restaurants nearby will chose this hotel again
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