Le Meridien Barcelona
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I love flying. We're in Chicago for dinner and land at 7:25 am local time in Barcelona. I could not be prouder: I've got the first part planned to the minute because I want a good start (and to impress Rachel). We bus to Placa de Catalunya, check in at Le Meridien (couldn't even see our room we were so early - just a jock shower in the bathrooms …
Slept till 10!!!
It's Gaudi Day in Barcelona.
Saw Mansana de la Discordia
Ate lunch on Passeig de Gracia...looking at Casa Battlo'
Dinner near Marina (Old Town) in Barcelona...paella and more sangria!
Crazy World Cup action of La Ramblas on the way back to the hotel.
I was worried that I might not be as fascinated with Barcelona on the second visit but thankfully I was wrong. The city has its own unique character and always seems to be changing. Also with Jonathan as my travel buddy this time around, the sites we decided to visit were somewhat different than the first trip. The location of our hotel put us …
When we arrived in Barcelona it was just after midnight since we had to take an hour long bus ride from one of the suburban airports. Even though it was late the city was electric when we arrived (it seems the Spanish don't start their nights until midnight). When we arrived at the hotel I thought our room upgrade luck had finally run …
We land at around 8am, zip through customs, and get directed to a tiny taxi that only barely holds all our luggage. Did I mention that Jeff packed like a girl? 3 suitcases to my two - and I had the camera and bag in mine! Off we go to the hotel, with a driver who does not speak a word of English. Since we don't speak a word of Spanish, and were …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLe Meridien Barcelona
It doesn't get any better!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Barcelona
Good hotel great location.
Le Meridien is an excellent hotel,very friendly staff,really good room and a first class location just 20yards walk to Las Ramblas. Barcelona is a friendly city, the turistic oen top buses are a great way to see a lot of the city,the cable car across the port is a must do, but the other cable car up to Montjuic castle is even better and the views are WOW!!
Fab hotel - great location
Stayed here on a conference in June for 3 days. It was super, the deluxe rooms were very nice. Food was very good, adn the location, step out the door and you are on the Ramblas
We stayed at Le Meridien for a long week weekend in December 03. The hotel is fantastic, the rooms are large and we were upgraded to a suite as the trip was a birthday surprise. The suite was wonderful. The breakfast is good but the bar is very, very expensive. The location couldn't be better - right on Las Ramblas. Staying here really made a difference. Although its an expensive hotel, its definately worth it as a special treat. I'd definately stay here again (if I could afford it!).
Verdict: Excellent Location but only 4 Stars not 5
We spent 4 days at the Meridien in Barcelona at the end of October/early November 2003.Breakfast was excellent, staff were friendly though some were not trained to a 5* standard, Gin & Tonics were very expensive (£10 each). Chambermaid service was poor (table tops were still marked the next day, used, wet towels were folded and left for reuse). Generally we didnt feel the room was worth £220 per night.On the day of departure, hotel staff came in twice to check the room we were still in bed! One would assume a 5* hotel has some sort of checking system in place to verify which guests have already checked out.
3 rather than 5 star hotel
We found the hotel was not clean at all and when complaining hotel staff did not help us at all. On top of that hotel is tired and need investment. Well maintained 3 rather than 5 star hotel. It is in a great location if you want to go out in the town at night. One of My reservation was the cost $287 for a twin room with out free tea and coffee facilities. After 2 nights we moved to Hotel Majestic for lower price and a real five star hotel.
Fantastic hotel - The BEST location
In short, a wonderful hotel. The location is absolutely excellent, at the top end of Las Ramblas, ideally situated for all the many sights Barcelona has to offer. Staff are friendly and efficient. The room was beautifully decorated in a modern Mediterranean theme. Despite having a room overlooking Las Ramblas, the rooms are soundproofed and no noise could be heard from the street below. Breakfast was excellent; everything you could imagine and more.
Just spent three nights with my girlfriend at the Meridien while in Barcelona mid july 2003. I am surprised at what the previous evaluator wrote. The location of the hotel is perfect, at the top of the ramblas.....so it is safe (and my girlfriend's gucci purses were not stolen!), and is not only in the tourist section, on a side street, but is also a four minute walk away from Exiample, which is refined and has all the shopping. it is also within walking distance to all the other old parts of town, and several museums. Their buffet breakfasts are among the best in Europe, and their orange juice heavenly. Their service was excellent, and every employee's smiles were so evident. And best of all, they upgraded us for a nominal fee to their presidential suite, and so we experienced the top floor: awesome views, three balconies, three plush rooms, marble bathrooms, dessert under the full moon....it can't get any better! Will most highly recommend the place.
For great dinner experiences, try both Tragaluz, in Exiample, and Pla, in a hidden old part of town.
Superb location & staff
We spend a wonderful few days in Le Meridien during April 2003. When we arrived at the hotel (20 mins taxi ride from airport) we were very impressed with the friendly staff who greeted us. Check in was simply and quick and we were given a room on the second floor. The room was nice, usual stuff . . . TV (international), large tiled bathroom and desk. The room was spotless although the view from the window was towards a apartment block building - but as this was the centre of Barcelona city, you are hardly going to expect views of green pastures and grazing sheep!This brings me onto the hotels main selling point . . . LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! It is located on the busy "tourist" area of Les Rambas which is easy walking distance to the marina, Picasso museum and lots of other top attractions. Sagrada Familia (Gaudi Unfinished Temple) is loacted a couple of stops away on the efficient Metro Underground railway and is well worth the trip, especially if you take the lift up to the top of one of the towers - amazing views!The Zoo is also worth a visit, we spent a good day there seeing all it had to offer - the main attraction was the cute chimp babies and the only white albino chimp in captivity.Back the the hotel, the breakfasts were great - a buffet style. We didnt eat dinner within the hotel simply because there is a huge choice outside the door, recommended is Ideal Restaurant (3 minutes from hotel on Les Rambas) as we had a nice piella there one evening.In summary, if you want a great hotel for a few days city break in Barcelona look no further than Le Meridien, you wont be disappointed - we werent!
I found that the Le Meridien was a friendly, clean, well maintained 4 rather than 5 star hotel. It is in a great location if you want to go out in the town at night. My only reservation was the cost £135 for a twin room with out free tea and coffee facilities, I guess cost is relative and Barcelona is expensive. 4Gats A previous reviewer recommended this restuarant as did a friend. Our experience was rather an unpleasant one. The staff were unfriendly, we waited what seemed like ages to order a drink. The food was average and was certainly no better than the cheaper restuarants we had been in but of course much more expensive. We had to send one dish back as the meat was cold and the sauce luke warm, of course there were no aplogies. My friend was told in a very condescending manner that she could not purchase a glass of wine, she had to purchase a half bottle if she wanted a single glass. We started with a main course but decided not to continue with a desert or coffee, we waited ages for the bill and it was only when I stood up and put my jacket on did the bill swiftly arrive. This restaraunt seems to have major 'attitude' which is not backed up by the quality of the food. Perhaps, if we had been regulars of fitted their main client base, we would have been treated better , I say 4Get 4Gats!!
I stayed here in November 2002. Fantastic location on the busy interesting "Ramblas". Room (was a small suite) was a little run down. Furniture too old, bathroom tile chipping and showing age. Noisy rooms, could hear rooms on either side and noisy maids in the hall. Nice staff. No extras at hotel. I thought I saw where they advertised an excercise room. But I was wrong, they have an "arrangement" that we can use a gym a "10 minute walk" away for free. Too much of a hassle. A "five star" hotel could take one room and make it into a gym. Very nice staff. I have no idea why they call this a five star hotel. I wouldn't. I'd probably stay elsewhere the next time. The price is too high for just an ok place with great location. Make sure to eat at "4gats" restaurant, just a five minute walk away. FANTASTIC food.