Olivia Plaza Hotel
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I'm afraid to say that the Facebook functionality might not work consistently so if you want to follow ....launch the travel pod link from previous post. Angie and I officially fell in love with Barcelona today.... It's worth spending a few days here alone. Perfect blend of history, culture, and party with many English speaking people! We rushed …
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On there final trip to the market Video Girl joined Battery Boy and Javier where she chose dessert, a Splash Mojito from Bubo. She thought how wonderful to have her favourite drink made into a dessert which came with a little tube of rum which you were supposed to squirt on top of the dessert. "Blow that, I will just drink it." and so she did.
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... to check out. There is also an old town here as well. The architecture of some of these buildings is probably the most unique I have ever seen. It's hard to explain but the colours and textures are really cool. Check out the pictures for a better view. We also went to our very first football game ever! (american soccer) It was our first game and we absolutely loved it. Our roommates gave us a quick lesson on the teams before we went haha. It was Barcelona vs. Brazil. ...
... his eyes with no break. The horse, a Bay, did everything the rider asked and it worked hard to the music. The best movement the horse did was going from a collected trot to a flat out ears pinned back gallop, to a skidding halt then doing a 180 turn on its hind quarters and off again in a flash. Where was this horse in my barrel days? I (Lindsay) wish I could tell you about every horse that made an appearance, but this isn't country life weekly. The exhibition was made up of about ...
... 8217;ve loved to know the history of the place but Alex didn’t know too much and Paula didn’t join us till lunch time =P. He did tell me about chilling out on the castle in summer time and movies that they would show, and in my head was the image of people enjoying sangria in the summer evening while watching a movie while overlooking Barcelona…mmm sounded perfect =). The fort itself was also very cool, the first star fort that I’ve seen, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Olivia Plaza Hotel Barcelona
The hotel is very sleek, modern and trendy, situated in possibly on of the best locations in Barcelona. We had a top floor room, (1007) which gave a fantastic view over Plaša Catalunya. Ther was also an nice biew from the back of the hotel over the Gothic quarter.
I agree with the previous review - the room is very minimalistic. It is unfair to say there is no space for clothes, as there was some, although a wardrobe or drawers would certainly add to the room, without taking away it's trendy upmarket style. The size of the room was more than adequate. The bed very very comfy (made it hard to get up and go sightseeing!).
Due to the nature of the minimalist/modern style it does make the bathroom area only really suitable for a single person or a couple, as the toilet and shower cubicles are really only frosted glass boxes. Personally I quite liked the design, but I can see why for some people it may be far from ideal. There was also the most gorgeous deep bath I have ever had - I have to egt one like that fitted at home!!
If I had to try and pick faults with the room (and these were really only minor things) then parts of the decor have a slight amateur-ish finish. Nothing important but it just wasn't as tight a finish as you might see in a US or UK hotel. The lights were a bit of a pain to work - we didn't realise initially that you need to insert one of your room cards into a slot just above the switch. Otherwise the lights only stay on for a few seconds! The control of the lights from the bedside was also a bit difficult to grasp! (You don't want a super bright halogen bulb shining in your eyes after you first wake up!). The funky glass box design of the shower meant you did squirt water out between the door and the wall - nothing major but I felt bad for the housekeepers! And finally, the windows would have been better fitted with curtains rather than automatic blinds - when you got in at night and turned the lights on the blinds automatically opened and you had to run to the other end of the room to lower them again!
Anyway, these were small, insignificant faults, that in no way detracted from our enjoyment of staying at this hotel.
The staff were very polite and professional at all times. They recommended restaurants, methods of travel, even let me practice my spanish and despite all speaking fluent English! I would like to particulary commend a guy on the front desk called Alex who was very friendly and professional - there were other very helpful staff members too, but I can't remember their names (sorry guys!). The staff were also very quick to sort out any requests (e.g. an iron appeared back in my room before I could get back from asking for one at the reception!) and in particular when holding some valuables for us whilst the safe battery was being changed.
We didn't eat at the hotel, but the restaurant looked pretty good and the smell of toast each morning was delicious! We ate brekkie at a small place just outside (underneath the body of the hotel) called Farggi.
A few other things quickly - we had absolutely no problem with noise - didn't hear a thing from the street or other guests. The air con was probably the loudest thing, but that was only when everything else was deadly quiet! Despite the problems mentioned above, the shower is beautiful! It's like being rained on (torrentially!) with warm water! There is also a 2nd hand shower if you need one.
Overall this is an amazing hotel that I would most heartly recommend and would immediate choose over all others to stay at again.
Other tips for Barcelona in general:
-Don't let the worry of pickpockets jeoparise the enjoyment of your holiday! Just be sensible, aware of your belongings and surroundings and watch each other whilst stopping to look at a map or get something out of a bag etc. We had no trouble at all.
-The Metro, FGC, Renfe (train), and Barcelona Bus were all very good and easy to use. The train, metro and fgc were also remarkably cheap! (Buy a multiperson T10 ticket - it gives you 10 journeys for EUR6.65 which you can share with other people in your party)
-Check out the following bars/eateries >>Pizza Express (don't laugh!!) great service, good food and professional. Speak English and will let you try and speak spanish if you want to! ocated on Las Ramblas, very close to the hotel >>Rubi - A small bar located in the Borne district (look for the street name Banys Vells). AVOID 'The Attic' (on Las Ramblas) and 'Citrus' (along Passieg de Gracia) - both are run by the same company. Small portions, VERY poor service, you are made to feel like just another tourist. >>Trobador (opposite side of Pl. Catalunya to left) great food, but despite being greeted by an english speaking guy, we were left to be served by a woman who didn't speak english and we only had catalan menus. I speak a bit of castillian spanish, but i had no idea and it was very embarrassing and awkward.
-Try walking or getting the metro to most places. We did, and it saved us a heck of a lot of money! Although the 'Bus Turistic' tourist bus is a good idea it is an expensive option considering the ease of getting around by other means.
Ultra modern hotel in excellent location for short break
An excellent 4 star hotel in a great location! Right next to The Ramblas and handy for all sightseeing trips! The hotel opened in 2006 so everything is still fresh and new and it's a nice bonus to be able to sit in an outdoor courtyard with a cool drink after a long day on your feet! However, I would recommend this hotel for couples only and for fairly short trips. Bedrooms are ultra modern and there is a distinct lack of storage for clothes - not a drawer in sight! We basically lived out of our suitcases for the week! The bathroom too is ultra modern and semi open-plan to the bedroom with sliding glass screens in the shower and toilet area - not really suitable for a family of 3 including a 13 year old! We did work round this and it didn't really spoil our stay but I was pleased to see our next hotel on the Spanish coast had a "real bathroom" with solid non transparent walls!
The staff are friendly and helpful and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel as perfect for couples spending a few days in lovely Barcelona!
Loved the Olivia
This is an excellent hotel. The staff are amongst the best we have encountered. It is located in the pl de Cataluntya, right beside the Ramblas and all other facilities. Try it!
I read some of the reviews, most very positive, some negative, my experience was excellent. The negative, okay maybe you could hear some noise from your neighbors. Also, because of the location, I had to pay for the downtown parking rates for my car which was over 60 euros for 2 days. But the positives far outweighed the 2-3 minor complaints I had about this hotel. All hotel staff was cordial and extremely helpful. Its an ultra contemporary hotel with the best location in the Gothic Quarter. Furnishings were comfortable with superb bedding and the room was spotless. The flat screen TV was an added bonus. My room was facing the rear overlooking a 17th century church and the rest of the Gothic Quarter. Absolutely beautiful! Again, spotless and luxurious room/hotel with an outstanding location makes this an excellent choice for couples needing a central location. Well worth the cost as compared to other hotels that I have stayed in while visiting Barcelona. Its a true 4 star hotel.
Absolutely superb - cannot recommend enough
Moved here after originally booking the guitart almirante confortel hotel (obviously, terrible). Nearly turned around and walked out of the Olivia Plaza before asking the price because we assumed it was an incredibly expensive 5 star hotel. Luckily, stayed on and found out it was 120 euro per night. After viewing the room, we checked out of the almirante and were given the same room we were shown in the Olivia Plaza (simple, but unlike many other hotels where you are given a much poorer condition room after viewing another and deciding to stay).
Decor, furnishings are absolutely superb. It is a GORGEOUS hotel. Large shower, with 2 shower heads; immaculate toilet; modern sink; 6 digit safe; flat screen tv; large, comfortable double bed; nice, trendy table and chairs beside the window which had a fantastic view over plaza catalunya - the location cannot be beaten either. Air conditioning worked excellently.
Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, especially when I was unable to pay by credit card due to not knowing my pin number - they were patient and helpful. When asking directions, we were told to go on up to our room where after a few minutes the porter arrived up with a map that had all we needed marked on it, as well as a bus timetable.
Only had one breakfast in the hotel due to the huge choice in Barcelona itself; The breakfast was also superb.
I have read complaints about noise in the hotel. We were on the 3rd floor, there was certainly no noise coming from outside the hotel. Although quite quiet when we were there, there were people on either side of our room and we were not disturbed once nor even aware of their presence until meeting them in the corridor.
Room was well cleaned every day at any time suited us, bed made and made well.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough. I only wish there was an olivia plaza in every destination I intend to travel to.
So in summary: SUPERB LOCATION, SUPERB DECOR, SUPERB STAFF & SERVICE and really MADE our holiday complete.
I will be adding pictures at a later date.
I've been to BCN several times and have stayed at 8 or 9 hotels. My last visit was at the end of May 2006. I spent 6 nights at the Olivia Plaza and LOVED IT. You can't beat this hotel in terms of location. Secondly, it is a new, clean and modern hotel. The rooms were fabulous and the views of the Plaza Catatunya (and the castle on Tibadabo) wonderful. Seeing the sun set at night over Tibadabo was spectacular. The staff were also great and as a bonus, they speak English very well
The hotel has a lovely "terrace" on the first floor with views of the gothic church of Santa Ana. It's a quiet place to enjoy a glass of wine, cava or cocktail (or meal).
Based on my stay 2 weeks ago, would recommend the Olivia Plaza.
We stayed late April for a week in the hotel and had a great experience. Location-can't get better than that!!! right next to all the attractions. The hotel is new and the staff is getting out of their way to help. The breakfast is great (little expensive).
The decor is great the bathroom is super modern (European style).
Overall great experience.
Excellent location and brilliant staff
Stayed for 4 nights and found the service to be excellent. The hotel is very well finished and in an ideal location, very central for the metro links and very close to Las Rambles. Would recommend this hotel, as the staff could not do enough for you and were very happy to help with information on getting around Barcelona and where to visit.
Not what we originally booked, but excellent none the less !!
Excellent location, very good service & excellent facilities.
We stayed at the hotel olivia plaza 22/3/06 - 25/3/06 and had a very good time. We stayed in a room on the first floor and were very impressed with the standard of the rooms, definately worth the 4 star rating.
Our original booking through hotels by phone was for 3 nights in the Jazz, this was changed at the last minute and the first we knew of this was when we arrived at the hotel. We were moved to the Occidental Reding, which is a very poor 3 star, but after a phone call complaint we were moved to the olivia plaza.
Despite our problems the staff at the olivia were very good and extremely helpful. They provided us with breakfast which we had not originally booked, which was very good both cold & warm breakfast was provided.
Would definately stay here again as the location was excellent for places to eat, places to visit & for transport links.
Although the hotel has only been open for a short while we were very impressed. It can only be a matter of time before it is rated one of the better hotels in Barcelona.
We moved hotel!
Should've listened to Trip Advisor!!!
After reading many tip top reviews on Hotel Jazz, for some bizzare reason we opted to go for the un-reviewed Olivia Plaza hotel based on its hip'n chic decor we saw on its website's pics and its fantastic location. The pictures also boasted big rooms with stylish interiors. At face value, the actual decor does match up to the pics, but on closer inspection, quality has definitely been comprimised. In all fairness to the hotel, it has only been opened for 2 weeks - and normally you would take teething problems into consideration.
Unfortunately though, the problems we encountered were more down to shody and cost cutting construction. We could hear everything our neighbours in the room next door did...and I mean EVERYTHING!!! Not only did next door keep us awake, we could hear the noise from the lift, people talking..not shouting, in the corridor and doors banging. Everyone expects a bit of noise when staying in a hotel, and I have stayed in my fair share of budget, mid range and 5 Star hotles. The fact that I have never complained before, shows how bad this hotel was.
Despite this, I found that the staff were faultless. As soon s I complained they offered us a different room, and when we told them that we'd be leaving in the morning, there was no problem....it was as if they already knew some of these problems existed.
We moved to Hotel Jazz....and stayed there! Say no more, just read the reviews.