Alimara Barcelona Hotel
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Nice, Comfortable Hotel (Excellent Value)
We stayed at the Alimara Hotel in May 2006 for 3 days, and can agree with most of the reviews that this is a pleasant hotel, although bit far from the city centre only 10 mins by tube to Catalunya square. Being on the green line (#3) all the most important tourist sites are on stops close to this line.
Staff speak good English and can advise on where to go for sightseeing.
Electronic safe in room is a pleasant addition
If in a room facing the busy ring road make sure the window is properly closed, its surprising how much the noise is reduced from the windows.
Its very easy to recomend this hotel and anyone should have a very pleasant stay.
We stayed at the Alimara hotel last year. I definitely recommend it. The room was very clean, new and nice; the staff, very helpful and friendly. OK, it is a bit far from the city centre, but it only takes about ten minutes to go there. Moreover, there is a metro stop just around the corner and there is a bus stop as well. The neighbourhood is safe and quiet. If I went back to Barcelona, I'd stay at the Alimara again, absolutely.
I stayed at this hotel in last Christmas with my two friend and we loved it very much.
From the subway station it takes about one minute by walk, very easy to reach from the city center.
I think usually turists want to stay at the center when they come to Barcelona, but also this zone is very comfortable because Barcelona is not large city and subway line connections are organized very well.
Very clean, new and high quality.
Actually the room is not too large for 3 persons, it is a double room with an extra bed but enough.
Breakfast was great for us. I liked potato omelette.
We had a dinner once, restaurant staffs (waiters) are well-mannered and gave good service and foods.
My colleague (has stayed last summer) suggested this hotel and I am satisfied with choosing it.
If I have a chance to return to this beautiful city Barcelona, I would like to stay at the Alimara again.
Wonderful stay, definately recommend!!!
Wow! Really enjoyed Barcelona. Booked Alimara at ratestogo. Got it for GBP42 per night. Was a bit hesitant but decided to go ahead. I loved the place. Although on border of Barcelona too far from center to walk. But why walk take the tube, its EUR 1.15 and takes 10 minutes, yes thats 10 minutes (7 stops) to Catalunya. And the hotel definately 5 star all the way. Loved it, loved Barcelona even more. Definately recommend!!!
Ok as a base
Three of us (2 adults, 1 baby) stayed on a room only basis for 3 nights. Breakfast was offered to us but it was expensive and the reception staff had no problem when we declined breakfast.
The actual hotel had more of an international business feel to it than a spanish retreat, and very 'smokey' in the foyer. Rooms were nice and clean, but not 4 star. We were on the 9th floor overlooking a busy dual carraige way, but to be honest the hotel was just a base for us and you couldn't hear any noise when the windows were shut. Maid service every day.
Location wise it was out of town but the metro stop is just around the corner and it took between 10 to 15 minutes to get into town on the metro.
Not a bad base if you are with a pram because the metro stop for the hotel was one of the few stations with a lift.
If you are just after a base to sleep then the Alimara is a safe bet but if you are after a centrally located hotel with a spanish feel to it, I'd go else where.
Two-star quality at five-star prices
We booked at this hotel in part because of the positive reviews at TripAdvisor.com, but our experience differed from that of previous reviewers.
Our difficulties started with the price; we thought we had booked the room at a special room-only rate but on check-in a much higher rate was quoted. When we queried the variation, we were told it was the booked rate, but that had not included breakfast at 11 Euros per person (which was obligatory) or tax at 7% on the total (remember that hotel rates elsewhere in Europe are usually quoted inclusive of tax). So our bill came to over $250 per night. I'm afraid the Alimara doesn't compare favourably with any other hotel we've stayed at in that price bracket.
At 11 Euros plus tax per head, the breakfast was extremely poor value. Every morning the room was overcrowded and we had to share a table; the only way to get a (tiny) cup of coffee was to get a waiter to pour you one, but there was rarely a waiter with coffee to be found. The food itself was a "continental breakfast" buffet. Smoking was permitted in the breakfast room, but there was no area for non-smokers.
Our room itself was much like those of most two-star chain hotels (e.g. Ibis, Kyriad, TravelInn). No drawers, just shelves for your clothes; a tiny table with just enough room to set up a laptop next to the TV, but not enough for real work; a single (incredibly uncomfortable) upright chair -- in a room for two. Which reminds me that, although we'd asked for a double room, the bed was in fact two singles pushed together -- this was not the room for a romantic weekend. The decor had once been quite smart (e.g. black stone work surfaces), but the "woodwork" was in fact MDF; every element that had become wet (doors, window cills) had swollen and the laminate covering was peeling off. The bathroom door was so swollen that it was hard to shut and bits were dropping off it. One good point was that there was a small in-room safe, large enough to take, say, an SLR camera.
Unlike other reviewers' experience, the air-conditioning did work in our room; however, the control thermostat was broken, so it was either continuously on or completely off and we woke up freezing cold in the middle of the first night.
Language-wise, the Alimara is not really set up for international visitors. Notices are in Catalan or Castilian and few staff speak anything else. The TV channels were almost exclusively local; even though BBC World was listed, the only channels in English were CNN and a stock-market report; there was no music channel of any sort.
However, there are some positive things we can say. The major road adjacent to the Alimara is indeed noisy, but as long as the window stayed shut, this wasn't a problem. The hotel is practically on top of a subway station with frequent and rapid trains to the downtown tourist areas. The location is very suburban, which led us to feel relatively secure. It looked like there were possibilities for on-street car-parking, too.
So I guess this hotel would be best suited to someone travelling to Barcelona by car and with relatively good command of the local language, who can use those skills to negotiate a realistic price.
Upmarket at a good price
We really enjoyed our Easter stay in Barcelona and loved this classy hotel.
The rooms are a good size and easily accomodated a third bed which my son pronounced comfortable.
The Alimara provides a really comprehensive guidebook to Barca in the rooms, which was invaluable to us as first timers here. Don't miss the Sardinas dancing outside the cathedral of a Sunday.
The hotel itself was beautifully kept and the multilingual staff were really helpful. It cost around 20 euros in a taxi trom the airport and there is a taxi rank just outside the hotel.
Its outskirts location wasn't a problem at all as the metros and buses were so frequent and we made good use anyway, of our travel cards.
We were particularly impressed with the bathroom which being a corner triple room, was huge. The power shower/bath was a lot better than ours at home.Great with two teens in tow.
We stayed in April and were out and about so the heavy motorway traffic noise was not such a big problem ,and at night we were so exhausted that we slept like logs anyway -but there is constant traffic at all hours especially in the run up to the bank holidays. In hotter weather it would have been more difficult as you would want the windows open.
The April weather was however good to us and there was lots to do.It is such a vibrant city.
( nb If you go to nearby Tibidabo theme park take your passport as ID if you want to pay by card.)Tibidabo is quite old fashioned but the kids loved all the rides despite them being a lot tamer than average.
There is some new building work at the hotel that has sadly swallowed some of the nice garden that first attracted us to the hotel. However it did not cause us any noise hassle and there are lots of parks/green spaces to visit including the uphill trek to nearby Park Guell for Gaudi fans.
We liked the layout and novelty of the glass elevator and especially the amount of natural light in the rooms and public areas.
My 2 children (14 and 12) also enjoyed their stay , their only grumble being that we couldn't afford the breakfast -which at £11 euros a head seemed like too big a bill to add .However we found a cafe around the corner on the business park that we could eat at for far less than 11 euros for all three of us!.
It would be more difficult to accomodate younger children here and there would be some safety issues with the windows,I think, but for older kids its fine and gives them some experience of Catalan culture.
The hotel restaurant is lovely but the exquisite nouvelle type cuisine was sadly lost on the kids who struggled with the menu which has a lot of delicious Catalan specialities.
Don't let my kids attitudes to good food put you off tho' . The room service menu was broader and the kids loved the whole `ordering in` thing after a long days sight-seeing. The seafood tagliatelli was gorgeous and was a bargain at around 9 euros. On Easter day we got complimentary strawberries and cream which was a lovely touch.
The hotel is a popular choice for weddings and functions because of the reputation of the food.
There are not a lot of local shops or other hotels nearby and importantly no room tea/coffee making facilities so we ate out / bought drinks in Barca before returning.
The metro at night was fine. Just watch your possessions strolling around La Rambla - the pickpockets are not at all subtle in their approach!
I booked thro' Expedia and got a really good price deal compared to other hotels of a much lower spec ,which more than made up for these few grumbles.
My advice would be unhesitatingly to go for it. I would definately return. We stayed for ten days and the ecofriendly cleaning service, food quality and hospitality shown was consistently good. The only improvement would be a childrens menu/portions as mine were not the only ones wanting something a bit more familiar and it would have been nice as a family to eat in the lovely restaurant more often.
Great place to stay
This was a great place. relatively cheap and far enough out to escape the more touristy areas after a long day sightseeing.
There is a metro stop just around the corner and the neighbourhood seemed very safe. Metro takes about 15mins to get into the centre.
Missed the lst train one night and a taxi back to the hotel was about €15.
I would highly recommend as a good, clean safe hotel
I arrived in Barcelona by ferry from Genoa, Italy (which I also recommend). Since the ferry landed very close to the city centre, we took a cab to the Alimara hotel. The ride took about 15 mintues and only cost about 15 euros. The hotel itself was a wonderful treat and felt luxurious after staying in 2-star hotels in Italy. It had everything you would expect to find in a hotel in North America. The subway is literally around the corner - we were back in the city centre in no time at all. I would definitely stay there again.
Nice hotel - not quite 4 star
Room - not quite 4 star (needs a table and a couch) - very clean & bed was comfy. Air conditioning did not work - made the room stuffy. Open the window and you let in all the noise from the endlessly busy motorway right beside the hotel. Breakfast - excellent range of choices - 5 star. Location - Metro has been extended - get off @ Mundet and not Montbau. This is a residential district and seemed very safe at street level. Access - taxi to airport ?20, Green line metro (Lina 3) is fantastic - train every 4 mins, 12 mins to city centre and green line brings you direct to all sorts of attractions. Would I go back - to Barcelona, definitely - to the Alimara, probably.
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