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Historical Traveler Reviews Tryp Condal Mar Barcelona
Good Value for the money, location not so good
I was able to find an excellent deal on one of their junior suites (US$130 per night) and booked it for one night before starting a cruise, because it looked like a cool, modern, boutique hotel.
AFTER booking it, I found Trip Advisor, and became a little concerned about the choice after reading the reviews. After staying there, I think we got a good deal on a nice room, but it wasn't perfect, especially when compared to the hotel we stayed at after the cruise.
First, the construction seems to mostly be done, but after arriving in the afternoon, we heard at least a couple of hours of construction activity from one of the nearby rooms.
Second, the staff wasn't all that friendly or helpful. I interacted with several different people several different times, asking for directions or general questions about the hotel, and it seemed like they were more interested in talking to each other and being employees at a boutique hotel then they were in answering my questions.
The junior suite was very nice. Two separate bathrooms, the main bathroom had a separate shower and tub, and there was a separate seating area. Flat-panel TV was nice. Ample storage and closet space.
The location was my main gripe. It's a ten-minute walk through sort of a run-down neighborhood to the metro, and then at least a 10-minute ride to any significant things to see. The neighborhood is really quiet at night, and didn't feel particularly unsafe, but just not an enjoyable walk like it would be in many parts of Barcelona.
Also, the hotel descriptions make it sound like Marbella beach is close. I'd have to say that's a 20-25 minute walk, once again through not an unsafe neighborhood, but just sort of a run-down commercial area.
Excellent for a bargain
Stayed here last week it's mainly a conference/ business hotel aimed at Spanish clients that is stylish but quite soulless. In my limited experience it has done the minimum it needs to do to get four stars. The rooms are decent size, clean and very "designer". No tea and coffee making kit in the rooms which is bind and the Sat TV they provide had only CNN in English which was a pain.
The breakfast buffet was excellent, the swimming pool on the roof was ok but did not appear to be heated and is very small 10 to 15m but the view is great, although it does get very windy up top. The bar in the hotel was pricey but not daftly so.
The location is OK in an industrial/ residential area which is on the up with lots of building works going on clsoe to the nearby exhibition centre at forum. as for getting there, although it's a little further you are better off walking to the hotel from Forum/Marsme tube stop near Diagonal Mar on line 4 the walk is slightly more salubrious.
The diagonal mar shopping centre is near by with a supermarket and a number of reasonable priced bars restaurants and cafes which the locals use all near other hotels which are nearer the sea front . If you want night life you have to go back to the city about 25 mins on the tube line 4. The beach is 10 mins walk away right at the end of Barcelona sea front. The tram (T4) at diagonal mar also takes you to villa Olympia where there seems to be plenty going on. All the transport is in zone one so the travel is cheap (get a 10 journey ticket for 6.3E).
As a tip if you arrive in Barca at the Estacio Nord bus terminal walk to Marina tube stop near the bus station and get the Tram (T4) from the stop by Marina tube (near a gulp petrol station) to Diagonal Mar stop its quicker than the tube from the bus station.
If you get a good deal and don't mind a short trip into town its fine but if you want a bit more life a good three star should be just about the same. The hotel did us very well for what we needed and paid, we enjoyed our stay.
Great Stay in Barcelona
After reading previous reviews my partner and I were a little nervous of our trip but would like to assure readers this hotel is outstanding in deco, the staff were friendly and helpful and the food was superb. The location was a little off the beaten track but this did not cause us any problems. The pool is of a nice size although not heated so a little chilly in September! Overall a great stay. Our only faults lay with the beds in that they were a little on the hard side and should a guest have a neck or back problem, they wernt exactly comfortable.
Great value for money
We stayed at this hotel late July/early August. Like a number of other reviewers I was a little wary after reading unfavourable comments but in the event found things were very much 'above average'. The 'official' met station is Maresme Forum but Selva de Mar is actually nearer. We stayed because of a bargain offer - I suspect that when the surrounding building work (which did not disturb us at all) is completed this hotel will be way out of our price bracket! The staff were very helpful - especially when we needed assistance after losing a bag on the underground. My only gripe would be the lack of tea/coffee making facilities but the Diagonal MAr shopping ccentre, complete with supermarket, is just down the road and we bought fresh orange etc there. Of course you can get things from the hotel but it's a four star hotel with four star prices. I agree with the reviewer who said if you don't mind being on the edge of the city this is a great hotel.
After I had booked this hotel I came across the only review on this site (at the time) about it. I thought that the hotel was going to be terrible and half finished. When we arrived we found the hotel to be very modern, in good condition and with helpful staff. We were very relieved. The comment about the area being run down was fair but I wouldn't descibe it as dangerous. Easy walk to the beach or the subway. Would recommend it to anybody that didn't want to pay a premium for being in the city centre.
Modern Designer Hotel
4 previous reviews were split 2 for, 2 against and having often been let down by what European hotels consider 4 star I was relieved to discover that this brand new hotel was indeed 4 star. Rooms are well fitted, good air con and well sound proofed. Only thing missing is tea and coffee making facilities. Roof area is small so don't expect large numbers of sun beds but also has tables and chairs so you should get a seat.
The hotel is now finished and fully operational although you can see the hotel management constantly compiling repair lists.
The location is out of the centre of Barcelona but the nearest metro station is only 10 - 15 minutes walk and from there you can go anywhere in Barcelona in 20 - 30 minutes. Metro is safe and cheap and faster than taxi. Beach is another 10 minutes walk beyond metro. Ask receptionist for map and directions.
Area around hotel is set for regeneration so looks run down but streets are well lit safe and quiet. Probably best recommendation is that I would go back.
IT WAS WICKED!
this hoterl is amazing ive just come back with a few of my m8s after yeer 11 we skived our gcse's to go.....great prices ! and a great place! the walk to th ebeach is tolerable...butthe holiday is so good, free access to its pool,sauna and gym, th ebar is good at night and th erooms are cosy with a realy interesting look. the free bereakfast in th emorning was the greatest. i have a fairly large friend who loves to eat..they had a fine cuisine with all you can eat BEST TRIP OF MY LIFE
Will be nice when fully built and area is cleaned up
Just returned from a stay at the Vincci, at a bargain rate. Although the hotel looks nice initially, problems soon start to raise their head. The first problem is the area. The main sights are about a 15-20 minute metro ride away. There is nothing really to do in the area the hotel is situated in, and the area is run down. We didn't experience any trouble though.
The hotel itself isn't fully built yet, and it shows. There is construction all around, but we were lucky and didn't hear it from our room. The rooftop pool was closed due to construction, which is a shame as it looked nice and the view from the roof was wonderful.
The room is nice but smallish, however there was no "welcome pack" or anything, just 2 pieces of stationary and a mini-bar menu. No telephone call prices or anything like that. Bed was comfortable and the furnishing was O.K.
Service was indifferent, when checking in we were just handed the key and sent on our way. Weren't told when breakfast was or where the pool is (or even that it is closed.) Staff weren't all that friendly but it was tolerable.
Breakfast was a reasonable buffet, with plenty of fruit, bread, cold meats and some cooked scrambled egg and sausage.
Overall the stay wasn't awful, but I wouldn't stay here again, not even at a discounted rate.
Fantastic Modern Hotel
Having read the other review about this hotel two days before I travelled to Barcelona I almost cancelled my reservation. I visit Barcelona every year but left it too late to get a room at my usual hotel.
Vincci Condal Mar is located about 5 minutes (if you have short legs like me) from the Diagonal Mar shopping centre, El Maresme I Forum metro stop (new, so not on some guide book maps - in between Salva De Mar and Besos Mar on Line 4) and a tram stop (outside of Diagonal Mar but I can't remember the name).
The walk to the hotel from either the metro or tram is along a wide main road with schools, apartments, offices, one area of open land and one building site. The area has street lights and I personally did not find this short walk a problem during the day nor when dark.
The hotel itself has only recently opened (i'm not sure of the exact date) and appears to be mainly used by business visitors to the nearby Barcelona Forum. The hotel reception and foyer is a modern contemporary design with a view up through a central area to the top floor - each floor has a balcony which over looks this area.
The hotel staff were friendly and amenable to my poor attempt at Spanish and preceded to check me in speaking English.
I was very pleased with the quality of my room. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the room by a dark opaque glass wall and door. The fixtures and fittings are of modern design and good quality. The furnishings in the bedroom are of a similar high quality including a 15" LCD TV, full air conditioning and heavy black-out lined curtains. The one thing missing from the room was information on the hotel itself however, you do have a choice of two telephones to dial reception to ask any questions. The view from my room was ou over the building site mentioned above, however as I was there to visit the sights and not stare out of my hotel room window all day, I did not see this as a problem!!
As stated on the website I used to book my trip the hotel roof top pool is not open until July. The sun terrace is and again this was well furnished. There were some builders in the process of fitting a bar in one part of the terrace but this was not a problem. The debris in the pool mentioned in the other review was no where to be seen.
The only bad comment I can make about my stay is the restaurant menu. It appears that they are serving set menus for lunch and dinner at present, which being a fussy eater didn't appeal to me. The waiter who happened to be working that day was a bit miserable too. But Barcelona is hardly devoid of good places to eat!
Overall I think this is a very good quality hotel. It is not 5 minutes walk from the "main" attractions however it is very well serviced by cheap public transport and given the price I paid for my 4 night stay (under £200 b&b) it's a bargain and I'll definitely stay there next year.
We have just returned from our 4 night stay in Barcelona which we felt we had to cut short by a day and a half due to problems with the area in which the hotel was located. It is roughly 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station and I would strongly advise you to never walk back from there late at night!
The hotel quite simply is not finished yet, building work going on all around it. The staff we're very brief and unhelpful, giving out no welcome pack just a door card and instructions as to which floor our room was on.
The pool on the top floor, which we found when a labourer pointed us in the right direction, was not fit for use with bits floating in it and we couldn't find the gym and sauna which were also advertised.
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... ocean. Just a little while. :) I'm a bit nervous contemplating my 1000 km walk to the sea, but also strangely serene. I 'm ready, setting off with just a rough list of towns, kms in between and a line I sketched in to indicate the elevation change. Why does it feel like so little with be enough?
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... opened late, at 8pm, a time when other tourists were seated at other eateries and almost done with their dinners. We ended up being the only patrons for the night, or at least whilst we were there, but the food was outstanding. We chose to have the Arros Negros, a type of paella dish cooked in squid ink and fresh seafood and hails from Barcelona.
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... red - a particular vintage which deserved the term " bull's blood'.
Sadly, we have to leave this city of beautiful buildings, beaches and sunshine after such as short stay. Our overall impression of Barcelona was very positive. Clean, calm, friendly and kind people, comfortable, beautiful setting . We must come back.
But, alas, the Camino calls. Tomorrow we head inland to Astorga, to start our biking adventure. More to follow.
Love Heather (Mom)