Silken Diagonal Barcelona
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- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Silken Diagonal Barcelona
Quite nice stay
The hotel seems quite new, but appears to deteriorate. The room was nice, but the bedlights did not work. Bath had a modern, but less functionable design. A lot of water on the floor, especially first time used. When the someone upstairs had a bath, his water leaked into our bath through the ceiling. The transparent glass walls enclosing the bath room may be OK for lovers, but I guess it is less suitable for many others. Location near Metro station. Nice view from window. Beds nice, but on the hard side. Breakfest fantastic. Staff did not respond to complaints about bedlights and the leak.
It is exactly as I was lead to believe
This hotel is the coolest place I have ever stayed. everything has been designed to give it a modern funky feeling. One thing worth watching is the hotel prices for food and drinks. We did not have breakfast here as it was to expensive (about 15 Euro each) but there is a big shopping center across the road with a good selection of cafe's. And being charged almost 15 Euro for 2 gin and tonics in the bar is a little high.
We stayed here from Monday to Friday so I can't comment on the nightlife here over the weekend. The hotel is just around the corner from the metro station and the tram stops outside the door so access to Barcelona couldn't be easier. The airport train stops about 800 meters from the hotel so we had no problem finding it on arrival.
The pool on the roof is very small but it serves its purpose as a plunge pool after sunbathing on a hot day. The bathroom being made from glass (maybe not ideal for sharing) but for a romantic break this sets the mood. Some other reviews complained of water from the shower going all over the floor but who cares its a hotel.
Overall I would look forward to staying in this hotel again.
It's a good hotel. Modern, close to the city center ( 3 metro station). Look like a W hotel. The room are clean, europeen size. In the bathroom, you can find shaving stuff, dental product, and a lot of little things like this.
The problem would be the shower in the junior suite: you will transfort your bathroom in a bath! (But the junior suite come with a spa) The other thing is the service. But you have to accept the fact that you are in Spain and the service is nothing like the US.
The pool is on the roof and it's more a bath. It's really small. But, it's ok for the price.
Hotel silken diagonal
We had a great deal to stay here for 5 nights at end of August. hotel looks very modern and rooms look like they do on web sites. Area surrounding hotel dodgy at night, obviously a pick up place for prostitutes near the flea market. We had some problems with the bathrooms, which were very designer but didn't work! Public transport links good, but you need to use them to get into center of Barcelona. Once the tram routes are finished transport will be even eaiser. No quibbles when it came to getting our bill reduced following inconvenience of moving rooms and still no working shower. Would stay again but only at discount rate, wouldn't pay 350 euros which is advertised rate.
Which room shall I sart ?
Which room shall I start ?
The first room (515) they gave us had two broken lights above the bed. The aluminium tubes had been broken and the electricity cables were laying on the pillows. Also were the elctricity cables loose off the electrical cuitains. Second room (9..)Shaving mirror gon (stolen?), handheldshower mount demolished and doorstop was broken out of the floor. After these two rooms they send someone upstares to check the room which they would gave us. We were given room 510 and everything realy looked good but after I used the toilet and opend an closed the slidingdoor it wasn't moveable at all. Completely stuck. Nice when one can't go the the toilet in your room ! After that I tried to get some sleep, no way forget it. On the outside of the building there are some aluminium lamells on which the rain was falling. When laying in bed one gets the idea that there are 100 pots and pans around your bed in which the rain is droppping ! A terrible noise !
After this were should be given another new room, number four in three hours time !
We told the that we wouldn't accept that and we checked out and went to the AC Villmarie.
Does the hotel hasn't got anny good things ; yes the mattress is good, the room looks great as do the public spaces.
When one pays not to much an it isn't raining it could be nice hotel. Personally we wouldn't go back.
I stayed 5 nights at this hotel for joining the convention. The location was not so bad for going to the Convention center. But a little far from city center.
The reception clerk was bad. My trousers for laundry were lost. The reception clerk did nothing for it. Terrible.
A good modern hotel
The Silken Diagonal Hotel isn't really near anything of interest, but you can certainly get to anything you want to via the Tram which runs just outside of the hotel to Barcelona's excellent Metro system. The hotel itself is beautiful and modern, inside and out. The rooms are quite nice and modern with great beds. The bathrooms are also modern, but kinda quirky with a glass enclosed shower/tub combo visible to the rest of the room. Water tends to splash onto the tile floor, because it isn't enclosed enough, which can be dangerous. Another thing about the shower - it has a see thru movable screen between the bedroom and bathroom. If you are in the bedroom and move the screen out of the way, you clearly see the person showering. If you don't move the screen, you STILL see the person showering, only not so clearly. Kinda sexy if you are into voyeurism with your significant other. Kinda disturbing if you don't want to see great Aunt Hilda taking a shower.
The only complaints are that the reading lights on the bed were broken. Also someone with a card key tried to enter our room around 4:30pm, but left immediately when they heard us talking. We complained to management, and they said that it was probably not the cleaning staff, but the maintenance staff. Still, it was disturbing, so please make use of the in-room safe to store personal items while you are out.
We only ate at the restaurant for breakfast one morning, which was WAY overpriced. You'd be better served going across the street to the shopping center where you can get breakfast for less than 5 Euro.
Otherwise, it was a pleasant stay and we'll probably stay there again if we go back.
Nice hotel in a convenient location
Got a cheap 70EUR weekend rate for this hotel from -----.
The location is uninspiring but convenient, it is a newly built area adjacent to Placa de les Glories Catalanes. The next subway station is "Glories" (3-min walk), the old town is 4 subway stops away. The "Clot-Arago" station, where airport trains arrive, is one subway stop away. There is a shopping mall across the street, but nothing else of interest in the area.
The hotel is an ultramodern building with a striking exterior and even more striking interior design. The room had a huge window from the floor to the ceiling with a view of the construction work next block, as well as hills and a glimpse of the Medieteranean in the distance. There was a 17" flat-screen TV in the room. The bathroom had glass walls, and there were several semi-transparent moving walls to provide privacy.
There seemed to be some confusion at check-in, but before I could understand the problem, I produced a printout of the reservation and got checked in with no problems. The personnel was friendly and helpful.
The mattress was very good. However, some other room features were not so conductive to good sleep. The hotel facade was illuminated by neon tubes located just below windows. Despite window shades being fully drawn, some if this light got into the room and was disturbing! Also, the aircondition didn't cool at all (probably because it was still April), so I had to open a window, which let in some street noise.
The large shower was nice, however the shower partition didn't provide enough protection from water being splashed over the bathroom, so one has to be careful when showering.
The breakfast selection was too limited for 15EUR they charge for it, the only hot choice being eggs. Don't forget sunglasses for breakfast, since the sun is shining through the glass wall directly into the breakfast room, so sitting against the sun may be uncomfortable.
All in all, this is a great hotel, especialy for an architecture freak like me, but sometimes guests have to suffer for the striking design! Would definitely stay here again, but not sure I would pay 195EUR tripadvisor lists as "average rate".
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