Tryp Barcelona Apolo
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTryp Barcelona Apolo
Quite central and near metro
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tryp Barcelona Apolo
Staying at the tryp
after reading the other reviews i can honestly say that the positive far out weights the negative. The tryp appollo is well situated for La Rambla and Port Vell, and yes while i can see why some people may be aprehensive about the area, it really isn't that bad, with only 500yds or so down to the columbus colon which marks the entry to both the port and the rambla. there are plenty of taxis outside the hotel at all times, and the metro is literally outside the door. we ate in the hotel restaurant at night during our stay, and the food and service were both excellent. i must add that the reason we did not leave the hotel at night was nothing to do with the area, (oh but there was a guy with a crowbar and knife who walked past us at one point) but simply because we were so tired from enjoying this fabulous city. don't let a few negative comments put you off staying at the apollo.
Great Hotel on a budget, Metro is fast and efficient. Ideal location for restaurants and adult entertainment. Watch out for bridegroom hanging from 4th floor balcony covered in tar and feathers!
Hope you have as nice a time as us!
There are a lot of mixed reviews about this Hotel and it is almost as though there is a decent half to it and a grotty half, judging by the split. If this is so, I must say we were in the good half. It was clean, tidy and staff were helpful. Location was good despite a couple of seedy joints nearby. It really was fine!!!
Tryp should not be part of your trip
Stayed at the Tryp Apollo in November 03 and while the hotel was fine, the location is across the street from Peep shows and a Bagdad strip club and generally not in a good area, unless you like that sort of thing. Limited restaurant selections in the the immediate area except Echle, a block away, is wonderful. The best attribute is that it is right next to a subway station and you can get to anywhere quickly. You do not want to walk from La Rambla to the hotel at night according to the Concierge. Breakfast was included in our package and the morning buffet was very complete with every variety of food you could want, however smokers get the good, window side of the room. I would not return to this hotel but stay more in the center, West of LaRambla, such as the St. Moritz.
Hotel for tour group
My hubby and I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in mid-July 2003. The location is not as good as expected although the metro is just outside the hotel. You will need to walk through a nasty small street to get to La Ramblas. The room needs some maintenance. However, the buffet breakfast is lovely and good. I definitely would not consider this hotel next time but would choose hotels near Cantalunya instead!!
Definitely worth a visit
We stayed in the Tryp Apolo during September 2003 and found the hotel to be excellent. The front desk were very helpful on our arrival and we found our room to be very nice. Location wise I think the hotel was ideal within easy walking distance to Las Ramblas and the harbour area which is lovely to walk round. Breakfast was absolutely delicious and there was plenty of selection to set you up for the day. I had looked at various hotels before booking our trip and am very glad I chose the Tryp Apolo and would definitely go back again.Pamela and Steven Stewart, Glasgow
This Place is OK
I've stayed in a lot of different hotels....and this one is OK. I have to say the place was very clean, tidy and in good decorative order. The staff were helpful and the location ideal. What is more it was cheap as we booked it on an Expedia offer. I would definitely stay there again and had no complaints at all.
Thumbs down for the Tryp Apolo
The Tryp Apolo is a typical tour bus hotel. Rooms are average with not very cool air conditioning. Location is questionable - our tour leader emphatically advised our group to not take shortcuts through the small streets between our hotel and the Ramblas because of drug dealers and prostitutes! However, the reason I would never again stay at the Tryp Apolo is because of the rudeness of the front desk staff. I was literally called a liar (which I was not!) by a male employee and as my tour leader and I were discussing the booking of a day trip with this employee, he suddenly turned to another customer (a man) and began to assist him. My tour leader really told him off for his rudeness (in English so that I could understand and enjoy!) The next morning a female employee was very rude and unhelpful when I asked about calling a taxi. (She refused my request!) I have never received such rude treatment in a hotel and there are too many wonderful (and better located) hotels in Barcelona to ever again stay at the Tryp Apolo.
I'll return to the Tryp!
Stayed here for four days from 21 August 2003.
Have to disagree slightly with review above - the Tryp Apolo (or Melia Confort Hotel) is very good! The air con in my room wasn't the most powerful and the busy road outside was very noisy - if you left the window open!!! Otherwise it really wasn't a problem - and why open a window with air con!
As we had friends staying on Nou de la Rambla we were often walking down there and you would have to walk pretty slowly for it to take you 15 minutes to Palau Guell and 20 to La Rambla!
The hotel could hardly be more central, the staff are all polite and very helpful, the room was always very clean and the hotel was, in my opinion, exactly what you would expect from a good four star!
The only downside I would note is that the gym is not on the premises.
The hotel has an agreement with the gym round the corner - the gym itself looked quite big and to have all the essentials. We had gone for a swim but when we found the (small) pool it was closed until the end of the month! Disappointed we got in the jacuzzi, which was cold, as was the sauna and steam room. Nothing to do with the hotel, in essence, but a real disappointment.
Tryp Apolo aka Melia Comfort Hotel
The basics: I stayed at the Apolo in August 2003. And I am in the middle income band. The review: The bellboy helped with my heavy baggage and I gave a tip of E2. The reception staff was fantastic and very friendly. I went up to my room with my cardkey and after 5 minutes, I returned to the reception asking for a change. The air-con was not in the best shape and the noise from the road was just too much for me. I got another room, checked the air-con and the noise and was finally happy. This hotel is a 20 minutes walk away from the shopping main street "Rambla" via "Nou de la Rambla". From "Nou de la Rambla", it is a 10 minutes walk away from the self-wash laundry and police station, 15 minutes walk from "Museum Palau Guell". Apolo is situated near the end of the main road "Av. Paral.lel" and is 30 seconds from the nearest subway "Parallel". Walk further along "Av. Paral.lel", about 15 minutes and you will hit the beach! Conclusion: Excellent location, so-so hotel (they should look at restructuring the maintenance department!)
TripAdvisor Reviews Tryp Barcelona Apolo
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