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Very pleasant surprise
having purchased my room on line at a great price i was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this hotel. the room was rather small but beautifully furnished, a small balcony and a nice bathroom. my room was quiet , very comfortable and well maintained . the lobby , bar and breakfast room are all very pleasant , as is the rooftop bar and pool area (the pool is tiny and kind of pointless). the staff were very friendly and helpful and the location is close to everything. breakfast at the hotel is very nice and for lunch/dinner i would highly recommend cerveceria majorca two blocks away, its fantastic.
i will definatley stay here again.
Got a kick out of the Granados 83!
We stayed for 4 nights in May 2006. Have been to a number of boutique hotels before, but this one was really cute! Sure, some of the design elements may border on impracticality, but overall we found it to be a great hotel. Very clean, nice staff. The rooftop pool provided the best cooldown to a long day of sightseeing. It's a little expensive, but worth it.
Be very careful of your cash/credit cards when staying at this hotel
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights (16-19 May 2006). Although we initially liked the hotel with all the new and contemporary styling (some practical and some impractical), our stay was suffered when half of our cash was stolen from the room safe (which we had a personalized code). Apperantly, someone from the staff that had the master code of the room safe opened the safe and took $600 US from our cash that was stored inside the safe for safe keeping (of course), hoping that the money will not be missed. We reported the incident to the hotel manager who in turn reported it to the security personnel/manager who interviewed us and started an investigation. After 4 hours or so, we were told that no one from the staff with the master code has entered the room, therefore, that didn't go anywhere. At this point, we called the police and spent around 6-8 hours altogether with them (in two different occasions) reporting the incident. Of course, this didn't go anywhere either and turned out to be a waste of time (which I now wish I didn't spend my time like that).
That is my two cents on this hotel, so be verycareful no to trust the employees, doesn't matter how much they smile at you. Protect your cash, cedit cards, passport and other important and personal belongings.
Check Out The Sink !
We got an introductory offer on Granados following opening, we visit Barcelona quite often and have usually stayed at Hotel Balmes which is owned by the same group, one block away but one star less.
Granados certainly has a certain syle and the foyer/transparent lifts and the floor walkways are certainly impressive.
What lets it down is, I feel, functionality for example check out the bathrooms - the sink ! we had never seen anything like it - effectively a flat slab of would be marble cut out to a maximum depth of about 3 cms - completely impractical !
Service was a little hit and miss - eg new towels somedays not others, turn down service most days but not all.
Don't be fooled by the promise of a swimming pool, yes there is one but it would be better described as an oversized bath, although the "attic" roof area, in common with all of the hotel, is nicely designed and will certainly be a sun trap in the height of the Spanish summer.
We found the staff on the whole to be generally "smiley" and helpful.
At the price we got (99 euros per night) we would stay again, whether we would be persuaded to pay much more than this I'm not sure. We really like Eixample as an area as it's a little away from the main tourist madness but within easy walking distance, It is a residential area so you get a good mix of people - the locals will give you funny looks though if you walk around in shorts in May - but being from the north of England it felt positively balmy to us !
Very Stylish New Hotel in a Good Location
This hotel opened a couple of months ago and it is located in the nicer Eixample area of Barcelona. Overall, it was a good stay. The hotel design is very chic but some of the high-style design aspects were not very functional.
I rarely complain about noise but this hotel could do a much better job with the noise issues. Hallway noise is very obvious in the rooms. This was due in part to our room's location near the elevator vestibule. There are automatic glass doors that separate the hallways from the elevator vestibule. These doors should be silent but they are not. As a result, one can hear them all day and all night especially since they both open due to an overly sensitive sensor. The maid's closet was outside our room and she was not exactly quiet in the mornings. Perhaps management could tell her not to slam her door, etc; it would make a big difference. The plumbing "whistles" when another room is taking a shower...it always woke us up.
The room was beautiful...something you would see in a design magazine. I'm concerned that the finishes won't stand up over time. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom stunning in white marble. Did anyone try the toilet paper dispenser before they bought them? It is another high-style item that does not work very well.
The in room safe was replaced during our stay because it was not working. Irons are not allowed in the rooms due to the potential to damage to the décor. The hotel will press your clothes for a charge.
The area in which the hotel is located is very central with regards to tourist sights and restaurants. Barcelona has street crime (pick-pockets), so it is helpful to be in a decent neighborhood.
We enjoyed a wonderful Italian restaurant about a block away called Ottimo. Superb pasta and excellent service.
This is a gorgeous boutique hotel and if you overlook some design issues, you will probably love the Granados 83 Hotel.
One of the best things about this hotel is the location - on a quiet treelined street in the Eixample district, within walking distance of all the main sites but not too close the the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas.
We got an incredible opening rate for the hotel (not all the rooms and the pool were open) - for the price this hotel was a steal.
Very clean and modern (it's a brand new hotel), with wood floors, white marble bathrooms, flat screen TV's, Italian leather couches, etc. Our room was not large, but nicely appointed. Modern lobby with a small, hip bar.
Due to the hardwood floors and lack of carpeting, you can hear the hotel staff in the hallways in the mornings talking and wheeling their carts around. However, there is minimal street noise.
So: clean, modern, slightly cold design, great location, friendly staff. Not a wonderful place for kids I'd imagine. If you can get the right price, well worth a stay.
Oh - 3 blocks away is Cremeria Toscana - best Gelato in Barcelona! Kitty corner is a wonderful Tapas restaurant as well (name escapes me) - dinner & dessert all on one street corner.
We spent 3 nights at the Hotel Granados 83 in the last week of April and enjoyed every minute of it.We had 2 rooms-husband and myself in one room and 2 daughters in the other room.
The hotel is small.stylish and decorated in a mixture of marble,wood and leather.If you like floral,chintz and olde worlde charm stay elsewhere!
The elevator is transparent being made totally of glass.We thought it was cool.Rooms are compact but very comfortable.Bed was large with gorgeous silk coverlet and leather headboard.Plasma t.v in room and small balcony area which was pleasant for sitting outside.Bathrooms were cutting edge modern.Our girls were amused by the bidet-had never seen one before.Great shower and complimentary toileteries.Whole hotel smelled divine!
We did not eat breakfast in the hotel as thought it was a bit pricey but instead went to a small cafe a few doors away and had rolls,coffee and hot chocolates with the locals.There is an excellent supermarket around the corner where we stocked up on bottled water and snacks.Ask the very helpful doorman for directions.Across the road is also a small,top quality bakery.
The position of the hotel is terrific.A 10 minute walk will take you to either the Diagonal or Paseig de Gracia
where there is a wonderful choice of restaurants and shops.As the hotel is so new taxi drivers are not familiar with the street(Carrer Enrique Granados)but usually found their way without problem.We found the staff in the hotel both approachable and helpful with directions and questions.
All in all we loved our visit to Barcelona which was enhanced by staying at the Hotel Granados 83
Modern hotel - recommended
We have just returned from a trip to Barcalona where we spent 3 nights at Hotel Granados 83.
The hotel is well positioned - being on a quiet street of the Eixample district. It is close to the shops and the main Gaudi sights. It is a bit of a trek to walk to La Rambla and the port but there is a metro stop quite close to the hotel.
Our room was well furnished and actually did look like the photos on the website. We really liked a lot of the modern fittings.
Staff were pleasant and helpful. Although, when we had breakfast in the restaurant, there were about 5 staff milling around our table which we thought was overkill.
The breakfast, costing 16 euro each, was very good - offering a cold buffet and cooked options.
We did find that we were woken up by cleaning staff early in the morning when they pushed their trolleys along the polished wooden floors outside our door. Putting a towel up against the door seemed to help.
There are only 2 lifts for the hotel - both of which are small. For 2 of the days, 1 of the lifts was not working which meant a bit of a wait plus a crowded lift up to our floor. But there did not seem to be that many people staying at the hotel that weekend so it wasn't too much of a problem.
The attic level, with its pool and decking area, is a great place to sit and soak up the sun.
All in all, we were quite happy to return to our hotel of an evening and would stay there again.
Stylish Hotel, Rocky Service
A friend and I stayed at this hotel at the end of April for about a week. The hotel had only been open for about a month and a half, so I suspected that there might be glitches. And yes, there were. While the hotel is very stylish and design-oriented -- something that I truly can appreciate -- too much attention appears to be spent on how the hotel looks and functions and not nearly enough on good, old-fashioned customer-service from the moment guests walk in through the door until the moment they leave.
The staff (all good looking, of course, after all this is Spain) all speak English to lesser and greater degrees, but don't seem too detail-oriented when it comes to responding to issues that might come up during your stay. Inconsistency is the word of the day here, with some front desk staff friendlier than others, some more helpful than others, some better communicators than others. Don't expect a friendly smile from anyone when you walk in the door after a long day sightseeing, and don't expect anyone to ask you how your stay was when you leave. Perhaps they don't want to hear your answer. Housekeeping was equally inconsistent -- some days we received turn-down service at night, sometimes not. Sometimes we received a replenished soap supply, sometimes not. You get the idea.
The doorman here, though, are the best, and friendliest people we encountered.
And for a hotel that seems more concerned with how it looks, it's not even succeeding at that right now -- electricity was lost for a short time on the very first day we were there, the hotel safe needed to be explained to us by the engineer (and this is not something that should be all that complicated), and the air conditioning was, frankly, baffling, and never seemed to work properly. And while there is a pool on the roof of the hotel -- something they advertise prominently -- it is not currently open. And don't expect a very substantive response when you ask when the pool will be open.
The hotel is supposed to have a functioning restaurant on the premises, but again, that was not currently available, although the hotel did provide breakfast each morning for an extra 16 Euros. Breakfast consisted of excellent coffee, pastries, bread items, fruit, cereal, and egg options.
The location was also fantastic, on a very quiet street in the Eixample neighborhood, two blocks away from a Metro subway stop as well as walking distance to several important Gaudi architectural sites. The hotel is also directly across the street from a terrific bakery and pastry shop. We made several stops here throughout the week.
Granados 83 is part of the well-respected Derby Hotel chain, that is responsible for several properties in Barcelona, Madrid, as well as London. I'm assuming that at some point they will get their act together as there is a history of professional hotel management here with several successes under their belt.
I find it strange that Granados 83 can open up and immediately be considered a 4-star property when in reality, it really has a lot of work to do before it can really be viewed as a hotel that belongs in this category.
Quiet and modern
Off the hustle and bustle. Modern and Clean Interiors. Firendly Service. No views from Room.