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Historical Traveler Reviews Hesperia del Port Barcelona
This hotel has a great location, within 10 minutes walking distance of Las Ramblas, the Port, the metro and tourist bus routes. We couldn't fault the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff during our stay. Our room was clean and had everything we needed for a 3 night stay, the bed was comfortable and the shower was lovely. We decided not to pay 10 Euros each for breakfast every day in the hotel and went to the bakery about 3 doors away and paid 2 Euros for a delicious chocolate croissant and orange juice instead. The only downfall of our stay was being disturbed one night by loud music from a neighbouring bar (this was probably made worse because we had a front-facing room). All in all we would recommend this hotel, you couldn't beat the price when we looked around for similar hotels and it lived up to the other reviews we had read before booking it.
Good deal for the $$, big rooms and clean
my cousin and i booked this room through hotels and got a great deal. we had a room facing the main road. the room was definitely big enough to spread out our stuff for 3 nights. *ive stayed in closet size rooms for twice the price in paris and london. the bathrooms were marble and the shower was great. fresh towels every day and new linens. i would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. normally i am a very picky person, and was a bit unoptimistic about the place, but after stepping into the room - i was very pleased. staff was friendly - some spoke broken english, but thats my fault for not speaking spanish/ catalan :) nice bakery a few doors down, a take-away pizza place about a block and a half down, and a very close metro stop. truly a convenient place to stay!
As all the other reviewers have said, this hotel is of a very good standard and extremely well located. Staff are very friendly and the rooms were clean.
The only drawback was that the rooms were a little cramped - but in a city as great as Barcelona, you shouldn't be spending too much time there anyway.
I would certainly use this hotel again on my next trip to Barcelona.
Good stay & Nice Rooms
Good hotel for a 3 star property. Location within 5 min. walk to the Metro with a friendly bakery on the way.
Rooms are small but nicely done (square sink, bed cover and curtain in coffee brown), tear and wear visible but overal very clean. Avoid rooms 04 and 05 that are facing the back of the hotel and from floor 6 down a wall.
Service and English level good as long as you stay with the regular tourist questions.
Great Location - Nice hotel
Booked this hotel through Hotwire - very low room rate. The room was very clean - appeared almost new. Bedding was very nice also. The staff were reasonably helpful. But the best thing about this hotel is its location - just off Las Rambla, we were a 15 minute walk from the main square as well as being 5 minute walk from the
Harbor. There's also a metro stop nearby.
The only weirdness is that the hotel's room key is needed to keep the A/C and lights on - we were there in fall, the temeperature was mild - not sure how well this would work in a Barcelona summer.
I'd definitely stay there again.
Worth the money
A group of ten of us stayed here in Sept 05 for my birthday trip to Barcelona. Having read reviews on this site, I decided on this hotel. I wasnt disappointed. Being only 1 year old the hotel is modern, clean and well equipped. The street it is on isnt the most scenic but it was in a great position- literally 5 minutes walk from the end of Las Ramblas. Rooms are not huge but adequate size with modern decor and the bathroom was great with square sink and power shower. The hotel staff were helpful, even providing us with umbrellas on request during a storm! We didnt book breakfast but that was just as well apparently as the hot food tends to disappear quickly and not be replaced. If I visit Barcelona again I would use this hotel.
The best thing about this hotel is its location. Don't be put off by the taxi drive down the slightly seedy Avenido Parellelo- from the front of the hotel you are five minutes walk from the tourist centre of La Rambla (and the Barri Gotic) and a similar distance from the marina.
I booked this hotel on Lastminute after reading other reviews for it. Don't get me wrong, it was okay, just not fabulous. Our room seemed to be right above the breakfast room so we were woken each morning to the sounds of chairs scraping on the floor. We never ate breakfast in the hotel so can't comment on that. We had requested a double room and ended up with two singles, although they were king singles and it really wasn't a major issue. The room was clean, there were lovely AloeVera toiletries. The shower was hot and powerful although it did leak all over the floor! The TV is all in Spanish which gets annoying after a while. There was great airconditioning as got to about 30 degrees during the days. The best thing about this place is the location - 5 minutes to La Rambla, 10 minutes to the water and 2 minutes to the Metro station Paral-lel. We got a great rate for this room, three nights for £130, so I can't complain too much. We keep the Do Not Disturb sign on our door at all times, and they didn't. But if you like they will replace your towels and make up your room each morning. Check in at 11.30pm wasn't a problem, and the comfy beds were great after a hard days sightseeing. After checkout they held our bags for us till we had to go to the airport. I loved Barcelona - the georgeous beaches, sunny hot days and blue skies. Highlights were the beaches and restaurants at Port Olimpic, Parc Gaudi (the views from the summit are unbelievable) and Montjuic (the 1992 Olympic stadium and other venues all with magnificent views over the city).
Visit January 2005. My boyfriend and I only booked this hotel the night before we travelled to Barcelona and we were very wary about what to expect after reading so many terrible reviews on tripadvisor about other european hotels, however we were very pleasantly surprised!! The Hesperia del Port exceeded all expectations, it was very clean with welcoming staff all with excellent english. The bedroom was large with a kingsized bed, satelite tv, mini bar, very very large marble bathroom with all towels etc provided. Unfortunately the view from the hotel bedroom window was just of another wall of the hotel but hey who goes to barcelona to look out the hotel window anyway? It was centrally located, approx 8 min walk from las ramblas and the harbour and in a nice quiet street. We stayed for 3 nights but we didnt manage to make it up in time for breakfast on any morning as we made the most of the fabulous night life until the early hours each night! We did encounter one small problem with the heating/air conditioning however once reported to the reception this was amended quickly. We would definitely stay here again and have been reccommending it to all our friends, I have stayed in 4* hotels in England and I can honestly say that some of them do not even come close in comparison to the 3* Hesperia del port in Barcelona! An ideal location for exploring all that barcelona has to offer.
Great location, excellent value at Hesperia del Port
Spent weekend 28th-30th Jan05. Hotel 3minute walk from metro, 5 minute walk to harbour end of las ramblas, 20 minute walk to beachfront(very pleasant stroll along harbour front) Hotel new in Nov04. Rooms large, spotless and very well appointed. Big fluffy towels, good quality toiletries, TV, Minibar not overpriced and has enough room to store own purchases. Internet access available to guests via computer in lobby. Reception staff all speak good English and are extremely helpful. Map of Barcelona supplied on arrival and plenty of good advice on what to see, where to go and how to get there.Buffet breakfast is very good value for 10euros. Plenty of variety to suit all tastes. Staff very helpful. Excellent facilities for 3* and we would definitely use this hotel again.