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How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Swimming pool
The hotel is modern and chic. Perfectly located minutes away from La Rambla but not in the heart of the manic rush from tourists. The room has everything you need. However the rooms can get really stuffy and overheated. The staff are very friendly and on point. We really enjoyed our stay at the Grand Central
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Booked a three night stay here the week before we decided to go & got a great deal on a City Suite.
Definitively not a 5 star hotel. Our 3 rooms were all equally gloomy, rather small and very basic for a hotel of this category. We all love minimalist/design decor, but this one is simply depressive and lacking in details. The furniture in the room looked cheap, the lighting poor, no sitting area to relax except for a small tub chair, no mini-bar (just a couple of warm bottles of water left in the cupboard), no safe, a minimum amount of toiletries in a rather basic bathroom, a nice TV but no choice of films or alarm clock, no books, external guides or even a hotel guide/services list. We all found our showers took forever to deliver hot water, which was irritating when rushing in the morning to catch a flight, after the concierge failed to wake us up at the time requested. There is no lounge in the hotel, only a grey sitting area in the extended foyer with the lifts doors for a view. The "Library" resembles a small school library with a table and chairs around and a TV permanently on. We decided to meet at the bar, which is part of a restaurant decorated in the least inviting way, but after a glance we all agreed to go outside in search of a more welcoming and happier atmosphere. The service, in line with the hotel concept, was nice but minimal - we only met two receptionists and one waiter. No one else was there to help us with the luggage or to find our rooms on arrival. Good overall, if it were a 4 star hotel, and well positioned for the Barri Gotic, but only recommended for a quick sleep over.
In our opinion, our room at the Grand was very spacious and comfortable, albeit we did upgrade at the time of booking to an executive room which didn't cost that much more.
We have just returned from a 3 night stay here. A good location, good breakfast, okay rooms (even on the 6th floor you can feel the rumble of the metro)but absolutely abysmal service.
I loved the decor and ambience of this hotel - very cool and laid back. However, the staff were not laid back - they could not have been more helpful in advising on where to go/what to see/where to eat. The latter being particularly important as the one downside to this hotel is the restaurant; although modern in style, unlike the reception area and rooms, the decor and furnishings in the restaurant just do not work. The breakfast buffet was excellent in content though, but I would not want to have had lunch or dinner here. I couldn't find a bar either, but as I was staying with my young daughter, it didn't matter to me.
Very close to the gothic area. Excellent location. Cathedral 5min. Helpful staff. Fashion decoration very "cool". Our first time in Barcelona and our best experience
If you like modern, minimalist hotels, this one has plenty of potential but it doesn't quite make the grade as a new five star hotel should. The rooms are small and basic and the staff didn't even know that ours didn't have a safe (apparently it should have had one).
Just returned from a 5 day trip to Barcelona. 3 days were to be spent in the Grand Central and 2 days in the Hotel Arts. I was so disappointed with the Grand Central that we checked out the day after arriving. I normally only book hotels if theyve been given a good rating on Tripadvisor as i find the reviews works very well, but because its a new hotel there was only 1 review on here when i booked (It had received a good review in the Telegraph hence thought it a safe bet!)
I've stayed in numerous hotels in this great city, but this hotel is by far and away the best I've experienced. The location is fantastic (facing the Gothic Cathedral and steps from the metro), the staff were all great, and the hotel itself is gorgeous. There were some great touches (such as flip-flops in the bathroom, late check-out and free minibar), but best of all, the free transfer back to the airport was via a chauffer-driven limo. I came back feeling refreshed, relaxed and with the feeling that I'd been spoilt. What more could you want?
Great new boutique hotel
If you like the W or boutique hotels, you'll love this hotel. Great location, very friendly and helpful staff, small but clean, modern rooms. Great roofdeck with pool (although it wasn't done when we were there) would definitely stay again!