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- Swimming pool
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Hotel La Florida Barcelona
The hotel Gran Florida is an exceptional experience, from the wonderful staff to the beautifully furnished rooms, not forgetting the fantastic pool/spa area.
Well known ´faces´abound, forget the Hotel Arts, this is THE place to stay when in Blarcelona!
The view is amazing.......although it isn't in the city there is a shuttle service to town and isn't it nice to be away from the crowds once in a while?!
The Gran Hotel La Florida doesn't pretend that it's in the centre of Barcelona, so don't go if you're looking for a city centre hotel.
If what you want is to visit the city. Do not stay in this hotel. No taxis nothing to do around the hotel. Nice rooms but very boiring weekend... For a taxi you need to wait minimun 30 minutes ... Terribel experience!! Check the location in a CITY MAP before booking a room here !!!
We stayed at La Florida to celebrate our 10th Wedding anniversary after much research of hotels in Barcelona (inc this site). We chose La Florida as it offered the 'retreat' feel as well as being 'in' Barcelona. 15/20 mins (15/20 euros) in a cab and your in the center of everything. The hotel runs a shuttle bus up and down the montain about 10 times throughout the day and night, but you would be wise to book as on one occasion it was full, all other times just the two of us.
We flew BA business class to Barcelona, so straight away we were being subjected to indulgence, so when we arrived at the hotel we knew we were not going to be disappointed. The hotel is set ina hilltop, over-looking Barcelona city, which is a must to capture on camera. The staff are attentive to the extreme...you certainly are treated like royalty. The decor is second to none. The artwork is asthetically pleasing to the eye. Although the rooms are tastefully decorated, some can seem quite small for such a grandour hotel, so it wasn't a problem for us to be up-graded to a suite (it's worth asking). The marble used in the bathroom is exquisite..the shower-room alone was vast. We had a room with an extensive balcony, with sun-loungers, which gave a fantastic view over Barcelona city. A courtesy bus is provided by the hotel to take you down to the city if you haven't got transport (recommend you get a hire car), however, it is worth booking this well in advance, as it only takes 16 guests.
Feel Like a Princess
Gran Hotel La Florida is a beautiful five-star hotel overlooking Barcelona. Customer service was top-notch and very friendly. Spa facilities including workout room, massages and indoor/outdoor pool were fantastic! I was wowed by the bathroom in our room! My friend and I had a cooking class with the chef and enjoyed every bite! I highly recommend this hotel and will definitely return in the future!
I have just left this hotel and am on my way back to the UK. It is really excellent. The food is wonderful, service in the restaurant slow, however the view is enjoyable! - once the food has arrived it is very much worth waiting for.
Rooms are well designed and clean. The journey to Barcelona central is 15mins max but the hotel supply a shuttle service if you don't want to pay for a taxi - if you have been to this city before, it is a lavish place ideal for relaxing in luxury! This is a great place for a 2 day stay.
Swimiing pool and spa facilities are lovely - nicest swimming pool I have ever seen!
This place is worth every penny - I found a special 1-year anniversary rate and was quite pleased with the service, cleanliness, and overall polished yet unpretentious image. Sure, it's a 15 euro cab ride from passeig de gracia (center of the city), but don't count that against them - you should go into it knowing that it's not centrically located. If you're willing to pay the extra cab fares to sit in the lap of luxury, then this is the perfect spot. Stunning views of the city, and a really great indoor/outdoor pool. We had a standard room that was spacious and beautifully decorated. It'll be interesting to see if people like staying here despite it's distance from the city, but I recommend it for a night or two - just for some pampering. If you're going to barcelona to sightsee, and dont want to stay so far away, try the hotel arts.
Far and Away
After all the press about this hotel, we decided to splurge and stay here on our recent trip to Barcelona. We thought it was really pretty inside, but not very quiet. We could hear all the noise in the hall as the rooms are around an open court. The restraunt was alwful. I would go out for dinner, but therein lies the problem. You are as far from anyplace as you can be. Looking down over the city is nice, but if you want to be in the city, do not stay here. A bit disorganized and not the nicest manager. We won't stay here again. Way too expensive and stuffy. Cabs are cheap, but can take an hour or longer to get there. We felt trapped.
This hotel location is its greatest asset and biggest drawback. The hotel overlooks the and is not accessible by direct subway or other public transportation. It can be reached via three rail, trolley and lift transfer. Take a cab or car if you want to get anywhere on time.It is an excellant retreat overlooking the City. Almost a country hotel for a City trip.The rooms and common areas have been completely remodeled in a very tasteful fashion.The spa is well equiped with high tech machines and the pool is over the top. The service is pleasant but could use a little polish. Spa and steam rooms were not turned on and I had to find someone to open exercise room in the morning. I think a good check list could overcome the problems. Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the City is great. I did not have dinner but the restaurant was always crowded at dinner, people eating under the stars and above the clounds.Overall an excellant choice if you want to be away from the bussle of the City. A 15 minute cab ride, 15 euros if you want the bussle.