A wonderful hotel. Rooms were nicely furnished, staff was incredibly friendly, hotel was quiet, and the bar downstairs was nice. The only "drawback" is the location--a bit removed from the main tourist attractions in a quiet, residential district. But with a metro stop about 100 yards away, this was hardly an issue.
I stayed at hotel Barcelona universal from December 13 - December 19th and I had an awesome experience. The hotel was nice and clean, big and comfy. It's also in a great location. The metro station is literally outside the hotel. We didn't take the metro because the weather was amazing to walk to all the places we wanted to visit, which is another prop of the hotel close to all the places like rambla and barrio gotico among others
We have just come back from a fantastic weekend in Barcelona and this hotel certainly helped make the visit. As other reviews have said its in an unrivalled location for the price and is only metres from La Rambla, Placya de Cataluna, bus stop and metro. We arrived early and tired and the staff checked us in at just before 11 so we could have a sleep before diving into Barcelona. The beds were changed everyday and very very comfortable, great shower and again for the money its a great hotel. On the top floor is a fantastic roof terrace with a swimming pool, which as its December we gave a miss but the view in the evening over city with a nice drink cant be beaten. Without doubt we would recommend this hotel.
The hotel was really nice and clean. It has also very convenient location for exploring old town being close to Plaza de Catalunya. Their customer service was great with very friendly and helpful staff.
We really felt welcome and enjoyed our short stay there.
We were welcomed by a wonderful front desk employee when we first checked in. He suggested a good restaurant for our first night. Breakfast at the hotel was a very nice buffet. Our room was quiet and great for sleeping in with our jetlag.
The hotel was a very comfortable and relaxing hotel, the rooms were pleasantly decorated and clean. The buffet breakfast was in a clean environment, the range of food was good and we enjoyed a nice breakfast each day of our stay. The hotel was right next to the city centre and a short distance to Las Ramblas and the local bars and restaurants. I would certainly stay at the hotel again.
This hotel is well-situated near great restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, and public transit. We stayed with them for almost a week and felt very much at home. Josep Antoní, Lenin, and other staff members that we interacted with (cannot remember their names unfortunately!) were very pleasant, helpful, and competent. The only minor issues were that the towels didn't smell "fresh" (they don't smell bad either, so perhaps we are just picky!) and we asked repeatedly for a beer bottle opener that is supposed to be in the room anyway, but it wasn't ever placed in the room. (We just brought whatever we needed opened downstairs and it was fine.)
Kelly from California
The Olivia Balmes hotel is a 4-star superior with high quality standards, allowing you to enjoy a unique stay in Barcelona …More
Clean room, good breakfast buffet, excellent WiFi signal throughout, Gym is very basic but adequate, Staff is nice but could be a little friendlier. Only 2 English channels are news channels...rest in Spanish.
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