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Miramar 4.5

Barcelona, Spain

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Pros

  • Gorgeous hilltop location overlooking the city and port of Barcelona
  • Spacious, modern rooms with balconies and flat-screen TVs
  • Bathrooms have chic freestanding tub and large shower
  • On-site restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine
  • Lobby bar has live piano entertainment at night
  • Spa with indoor pool, treatment rooms and sauna
  • Small outdoor pool surrounded by green lawn
  • Spacious fitness center with modern machines
  • Business center and several meeting spaces
  • Welcome glass of Cava
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Daily fee for parking
  • Fee for in-room water bottles
  • Some rooms don't have coffee/tea facilities
  • Some rooms face an area near a shooting range; can be noisy
  • Steep hill to walk up to hotel
  • Restaurant closed on Sunday and Monday night
  • Complaints of not refilling minibar or in-room coffee/tea
  • Some rooms have bathtub by bed, which could be an issue

Bottom Line

The 75-room luxury Hotel Miramar is a bit removed from the downtown of Barcelona, but its hilltop location provides gorgeous views over the city and port. Much like the public spaces, rooms are sleek with modern wood and metal furnishings and high-tech amenities. Bathrooms have large freestanding tubs and separate glass showers, but privacy could be an issue for those with tubs by the bed. The outdoor pool, spa, and dining options should keep guests happy, but fees for in-room water and parking cause some to feel nickel-and-dimed. It's a 10-minute walk down to the city center, but the walk back up a steep hill can pose a problem for some guests. Travelers wanting to be more in the heart of the city near La Rambla should check out the boutique Hotel DO Placa Reial.

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Scene

Chic, modern decor throughout the property; stunning views of Barcelona provide a tranquil setting

A bit removed from the city center, the Hotel Miramar is a 10-15 minute walk up a rather steep hill. The 1920s building was once a palace and was restored to its current state in 2006. Several stone steps lined with terra-cotta planters and a pale pink facade with arched windows and cut-out lettering of the hotel's name create a gorgeous entrance. Inside the courtyard-like lobby has various seating areas with modern furnishings like crushed velvet sofas, large works of abstract art and funky light fixtures. The grounds are pretty with orange trees and a water feature by the parking area. The hotel attracts primarily couples, but families and business travelers who want a quiet spot while still close to downtown will also appreciate the hotel.

Location

Quiet spot on the Montjuic hill overlooking the city and port of Barcelona

Hotel Miramar is located on Montjuic hill, about a 15-minute walk to the city center of Barcelona. Its slightly removed location allows for a quieter spot away from the hustle and bustle of town, while still being within walking distance to many major sights. The hill is an easy walk down, but some guests may want to catch a taxi back up, which costs about 8 euros. Its location provides stunning views of the city and port from the outdoor terraces and some guest room balconies. A cable car to and from the popular Barceloneta beach is steps from the hotel. There's covered parking at the hotel, but it comes with a hefty daily fee to use.

Rooms

Sleek, gorgeous rooms with freestanding bathtubs and furnished balconies

Ranging from Deluxe Rooms to Gran Suites, all 75 rooms at Miramar feature the same modern furnishings and design scheme. Neutral tones permeate the spaces; a large wooden headboard with attached nightstand, white bedding with a cozy brown blanket and throw pillows, and a metal bench are standard. All rooms have desks, flat-screen TVs, and couches, but some suites have separate living areas. Bathrooms feature chic freestanding tubs with a caddy, separate sizable shower, plush robes and slippers, and one or two sinks. A bidet, L'Occitane toiletries, and heated towel rack are also in each room. Amenities like an iPod dock and well-stocked minibar are expected, but guests have to pay for water bottles and not all rooms have coffee/tea facilities. Every room has a furnished balcony (some are huge); those overlooking the port have significantly better views but are opposite the nearby firing range, which can be noisy. Rooms over the function rooms can also suffer from noise. Note that some room configurations are odd, putting the bathtub by the bed, which could pose a problem depending on your travel companion.

Features

An elegant spa, well-received restaurant, outdoor and indoor pool, and two bars round out the facilities.

Although most travelers are out exploring the many sights of Barcelona, the hotel has a few features to keep guests busy. There's a very small outdoor pool with adjacent bar that serves snacks and tapas. There's several lounge chairs spread out on a pretty green lawn and a few tables to sit at. An indoor pool is part of the spa and it's quite narrow and shallow. The spa has a zen atmosphere and features a sauna, steam room, and a few treatment rooms, including one for couples. A spacious wooden fitness center has several cardio machines, free weights, and an Everlast punching bag.

The Mediterranean-inspired Forestier Restaurant receives good reviews, but most guests choose to venture outside the hotel for meals; it's also closed on Sunday and Monday night. The lobby bar is a cozy area to grab a cocktail and catch live piano performances. A small business center with a few computers is off the lobby and there are several meeting and event spaces available.

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Address

Plaza Carlos Ibanez 3, Barcelona, Province of Barcelona 08038, Spain

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