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Renaissance Barcelona Hotel 4.0

Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

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Pros

  • Posh Eixample location near Passeig de Gracia, Plaza Catalunya, and Las Ramblas
  • Contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and high-end coffeemakers
  • Some rooms have balconies with city views 
  • Two restaurants and a hip lobby bar 
  • Seasonal rooftop bar with lounge chairs and splash pool, plus great city views
  • Breakfast available for a fee plus 24/7 room service
  • Spa offering massage and facial treatments
  • Modern fitness center open around the clock
  • Seven event rooms

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Bathrooms are a bit underwhelming for self-proclaimed luxury hotel
  • Breakfast is not included in most rates
  • Pool on rooftop terrace is tiny

Bottom Line

The 211-room Renaissance Barcelona Hotel is an upscale property in Barcelona's posh Eixample, close to high-end shopping on Passeig de Gracia, as well as Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Rooms are contemporary and chic, and come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and high-end coffeemakers. Some have balconies with nice city views. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi isn't free and bathrooms aren't exactly luxurious (despite nice products). The rooftop bar and terrace also offers beautiful city views in nice weather, and the two restaurants and lobby bar are open year-round. The spa and modern fitness center are other pluses, though the rooftop pool is tiny. As an alternative, the nearby NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderon is a similar property and it doesn't charge a fee for Wi-Fi, but it lacks a spa. 

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Scene

Contemporary, polished hotel with plenty of space for gatherings big and small

Modern both inside and out, this hotel is housed in an 11-story contemporary building of glass and steel. It doesn't exactly track with the classic style embodies by Barcelona, but it's a polished and refined place to bed down while in town -- especially for those looking to hang out in the posh Eixample. The spacious lobby is bright, mostly white and black, with plenty of cushy lounge seating areas where guests can hang out. In fact, there are a number of places for guests to unwind throughout the property, including a great rooftop bar and terrace that's open in warm weather. With its extensive offerings and good location, this hotel draws both leisure and business guests, including couples, families, and groups. 

Location

In central Eixample, close to Passeig de Gracia shopping, Plaza Catalunya, and Las Ramblas

This hotel is located in Barcelona's Eixample, a busy and buzzing part of the city and one of the more posh areas of town. It's prime for shoppers, as the upmarket design houses of Passeig de Gracia are just a block away. It's also convenient to the city's historic sights, and is about a five- to 10-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Gaudi's quirky Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and the whimsical Casa Battlo are both less than 10 minutes away on foot, and the Passeig de Gracia Metro station is about a three-minute walk. There are also many restaurants, bars, and shops in almost every direction. Barcelona-El Prat Airport is 20 to 25 minutes away by car, or 40 minutes by public transportation. 

Rooms

Attractive rooms with flat-screen TVs, high-end coffeemakers, and minibars, some with balconies

Rooms are contemporary and chic, with upscale clean-lined furniture, rugs over hardwood floors, tall upholstered headboards, and gray accent walls. Teal and beige are used as accents on the pillows, headboards, and rugs, giving everything a subtly shimmery finish. Business guests can make use of the chrome and glass work desk. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, high-end coffeemakers, safes, and minibars with free bottled water. The minibars could have a better selection, especially given the hotel's luxury claims. Bathrooms are covered in a dramatic green marble tiling and come with magnifying mirrors, glass countertops, hairdryers, tub/shower combos, and premium toiletries. They don't really feel luxurious, though, which is surprising given the hotel's own claims -- rainfall showerheads would have upped the pampering effect. Executive Rooms are larger and offer turn-down service plus free breakfast and Wi-Fi, though all other guests must pay for Wi-Fi. Some rooms have balconies with views of the city. Room service is available around-the-clock.   

Features

Two restaurants, lovely rooftop bar and terrace, spa, modern fitness center, and meeting spaces

There are a number of features on-site here, in line with the brand's reputation. Two restaurants are available, and guests have several options for breakfast, including a buffet, continental, full American, grab-n-go, and hot dishes. CUIT Restaurant & Lounge serves Spanish cuisine for all meals, and CRU Restaurant & Steakhouse is the place for breakfast and private group lunches and dinners. A lovely rooftop bar and terrace is open seasonally, and the hip lobby bar is open year-round.  

Massage and facial treatments are available at Mayan Luxury Spa. The modern fitness center offers cardio and weight-training machines as well as free weights and exercise balls. Water, towels, and fruit are provided, and it's open 24/7. There's a small splash pool on the rooftop terrace as well, though it's tiny. 

Seven meeting rooms offer more than 5,000 square feet of space for business and social gatherings. The largest room can hold up to 140 people. Catering and tech assistance are available, and planners work out the details. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property for a fee. 

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Address

Pau Claris, 122, Barcelona, Province of Barcelona 08009, Spain

Phone

34-93-2723810

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