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Historical Traveler Reviews Hesperia Presidente Barcelona
We stayed at the hesperia presidente for a two night weekend break 6may to 8may combining a city break with including a football match. Arriving at our destination we were shown to room 901 which was a corner room at the front of the hotel, the windows overlooked the front of the hotel and were triple glazed. The beds were very comfy with pillow menu if required. There was a flat screen tv and mini bar and the room was spotlessly clean with maid service on the 2nd day. There was not a bath but a walk in shower cubicle which was very big(could have stood 6 people in easily)!!! There was a bar which we used in the evenings but we did not eat at the hotel so we cannot comment on the food. The hotel overall is very stylish and clean and i would recommend it to anyone who loves to stay in a high standard hotel with a reasonably priced budget.
As soon as we arrived at the Hotel I was impressed with the good natured staff and very stylish decorated reception area.
The room was spacious and had a good view from the 13th floor, walk-in shower left me speechless, king size bed very comfortable and cleanliness as it should be spotless. Only had breakfast at the hotel which was reasonable.
The second day of our trip we bought a 3 day travelcard (13 Euros) which was valid on all buses, metro and trains, also valid back to the airport.
Recommend Fresc Co, which was opposite the hotel (7 Euros) pasta, pizza, salad and lots more. La Rambla is a must, wide variation of pubs, restaurants, shops and stalls. Stay clear of American Soda in La Rambla, 70 Euros for chicken legs and a sandwich steak, however Hard Rock Cafe much better than the London one.
The supermarket El Corte Ingles was a good store to visit for all your needs.
Lots more to add but you should find out yourself, enjoy Barcelona we did!
Excellent hotel but location could be better
We've just returned from a 3-night stay at the Hesperia Presidente, and it was fantastic, one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in.
Room was very large, with a comfortable bed and choice of pillows, plasma tv, mini bar, and enormous shower with selection of "jets". Excellent hairdrier as well, not that stupid tube thing that many hotels provide.
Breakfast was brilliant, it costs €15 per person if you're on room only basis, but I felt it was worth the money. All the food was very high quality, and there was a selection of hot foods (eggs, bacon, sausage, spanish tortilla, griddled vegetables), selection of cold meats and cheeses, fresh fruits, pastries and muffins, different types of breads, about 6 or 7 freshly squeezed juices, and great coffee. Kept me going until the spanish lunchtime of 3pm!
Only slight downside is the location, it's about 15-20 minute walk from Diagonal metro station and at the end of a long day sightseeing, it's the last thing you want. Hospital Clinic is slightly closer, but still 10-15 minutes.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area though, so you don't need to wander too far in the evening. If you're after the buzz/chaos of La Rambla in the evening, then I wouldn't recommend this hotel. If you want a high quality hotel, with immaculate services then the Hesperia Presidente can't be faulted.
i cant speak highly enough about this hotel! beautiful rooms! very modern! helpful staff! they gave us a number of free maps when we arrived and even took time to point out the main attractions! top location! top class hotel!
Lovely hotel brilliant location!
Just got back from staying here with my girlfriend for 2 nights,couldn't agree more than the previous reviewer! Fully refurbished hotel, lovely reception area and upstairs bar, so comfy and a generous helping of Barcardi (and coke!). We had a room on the 10th floor, again not the biggest but a perfect King size bed, plasma tv, walk-in double shower, fantastic water pressure from the shower head and jets!! Lovely views of the city, good safe location although on the main Avenue Diagonal, can't hear the traffic with the windows closed. Did not try the restaurant so cant comment.
Shopping area and lots of restaurants around, most are non-smoking (brilliant). Try 'Casa Jordi' (I think its called) Spainish restaurant, lovely food and service, turn right out of the hotel and then next right down the small road, its on the left half way down. Another great place to eat (we had for lunch) was 'Monchos' (turn left out of the hotel and then right at the next junction,5 mins walk, great superb buffet for 21 euros, seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Also 'Pipers Tavern' turn right and down the road with the 'house' on the corner!
Sightseeing tour bus only 5 mins away(2 routes).
All in all a wonderful time away, great accomodation and lovely food and service.
Loved the Presidente
This hotel is in an upmarket shopping street in a very safe area. We were in Barcelona for 2 days only and decided to stay here the first night and in the Ramblas area the second night. The hotel is currently being renovated(work to be completed before the Summer). We were gived a room on the 13th floor with a fantastic view of the city! The room, although not large was extremely comfortable and beautifully decorated, in fact it was one of the nicest hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. The bed was soo cosy and the had a pillow menu! There was plenty of closet space, a couch, minibar and plasma TV. The bathroom was great. The walk in shower was huge and had an extra large showerhead as well as a hand held attachment and body jets, with great water pressure. You get lots of complementary toiletries including hairbrushes and razors. The staff in the hotel were really helpful and friendly and seem really proud of the hotel. There is a spanish bar just across the road called Berlin and an Irish bar around the corner called Flann O Briens.
We only paid €90 for the room for the night but I think it would be good value at double that and I would definitely stay there again.
I can recommend the Presidente. Do not be put off by it's very 80's looking exterior. It has been recently refurbished inside. It has a cool looking reception, you really do feel like you're getting a small taste at least of famous Barcelona design.
Very good double room, modern fittings and an excellent bathroom. Amazing views from our window.
Hotel feels slightly clinical and probably better for business than romance but it's cleanliness and general luxurious feel made up for it. Friendly staff and a safe area of town.
This was our first visit to Barcelona so seeing the sights was vital. Bit of a walk to the Ramblas (25mins), but there is a Metro station fairly close by.
One tip, Supermarkets are open at funny times and few and far between in this area so getting something cheap to drink and eat can be a problem. On the opposite side of the Diagonal is a buffet restaurant (green front, forgotten the name), this is really great for cheap and healthy meals when you don't want to go to a proper restaurant. It's open late too.
It's not easy to find hotels which allow 2 adults & 2 children in a family room so this hotel gave us 2 connecting rooms in a little apartment of our own! Both rooms were very modern, spotless, well-kept, etc and the air-conditioning was great. We were very, very impressed. Our deal didn't include breakfast so I can't vouch for the food but the bar/breakfast area was lovely and staff were friendly.
The hotel is quiet as it seems to cater more for people travelling on their own for business. The location is in the designer shopping area, just slightly away from the very busy tourist areas but within walking distance of them and the Nou Camp stadium. The location is great if you want a spot which is quieter & safer than the touristy parts but still very close to them. The area has its own bustle of bars, restaurants and shops and the main street (Avenida Diagonal) makes for a lovely evening stroll.
Not up to 4* standard
This hotel is badged as 4 star and recently renovated but it was a let down and did not live up to the standard of other 4 star hotels I have stayed in. The twin room we had was smallish but there was good wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom was fine with plently of toiletries provided. The room was very well serviced on a daily basis with a change of bed linen even during our short stay. What let the room down was the furniture which was tired and in need of upgrading. The soft furnishings are a bit floral and garish but obviously reflected the local Spanish colours being a mixture of red and yellow. The location of the hotel is a bit out of the centre of the tourist locations - it is in the heart of the business district so the local taxis were well used as there was very little going on in the locality in the evening. I also considered the food in the hotel restaurant to be a bit overpriced and undercooked. A good point was the views from the higher up floors - either out over the city or over the hills to the rear of the property.
A Magical City
Hotel services excellent in every aspect especially the wonderful breakfast MM! La Ramblas has the most entertaining street artists ever+good places to eat and drink(try all the squares off it).The Harbour,Beach and shops are excellent the but the architecture is amazing,every corner you turn there is something to see. Gaudi`s influence is everywhere but his La Famillies cathedral must be one of the worlds most intricate buildings ever built(still on going).We walked for four days (wear good shoes) but cannot wait to go back and see the rest of it. March and April a lovely time warm but not to hot for site seeing, get a good guide book.