4.4 out of 5

"My overall experience at this hotel was good. There are a few points which could be improved like a brighter decoration for the restaurant. I found ... " More

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Hotel Description

4-star adults-only hotel near Casa Batllo

City center retreat

Within a 10-minute walk of this Eixample hotel, you'll find Casa Batllo and La Rambla. Placa de Catalunya and University of Barcelona are also within half a mile (1 km).

Full-service spa, dining

A full-service spa, a health club, and a restaurant are all featured at this boutique hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the outdoor pool and unwind at the poolside bar and bar/lounge.

Free WiFi, plasma TVs

The 105 soundproofed guestrooms offer free WiFi and minibars. Plasma TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include room service and hair dryers.

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only ratings based on 12 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only

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3 out of 5

Decent location

Some of the staff was great. Room was extremely small and quality was low for the price. At least the location was good.

Posted by , from virginia on Jul 10, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 12, 2017 by Marc - General Manager

Dear customer, We really appreciate your review, we hope your enjoyed your time in Barcelona. We will be glad if you could give us a second chance to show you that we take our customers comments very seriously. It will be a pleasure to host you again in the near future. Yours Sincerely, Marc - General Manager Axel Hotel Barcelona

4 out of 5

Overall good gay straightfriendly hotel

Pros: good location in barcelona especially for gay life ; room and bathroom OK, good bedding ; good food and service at restaurant ; good wellness spa
Cons: front desk and housekeeping probably understaffed (long wait at check-in ; room was never made before 4 pm); dark restaurant, ineffecient seating imho
Location: close to most everything, good public transport, plenty of inexpensive taxies to take you around town, gay life within walking distance
My overall experience at this hotel was good. There are a few points which could be improved like a brighter decoration for the restaurant. I found the hotel a bit expensive, but I admit it was high season. It's a pitty they don't have a small bar (coffee and other drinks) in the lobby, in my opinion there is lost space where they could install it. If you want to have a massage at the wellness spa, I recommend Arnau. Hotel staff friendly to very friendly. Free wi-fi can sometimes be a bit slow (you can upgrade to high speed wi-fi for a small charge). Plenty of bars and restaurants (straight/gayfriendly) in the neighborhood at reasonable prices. No children admitted (which is a feature in the hospitality industry which is gaining popularity). The hotel is not perfect, but who is ? Would return.

Posted by , from Brussels on Aug 12, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 24, 2015 by Cristina Cañas

Querido Cliente, Muchas Gracias por su comentario positivo acerca de nuestro hotel! Nos alegra que haya disfrutado su estancia con nosotros y esperamos poder verle pronto de vuelta. Saludos cordiales Cristina Cañas General Manager Axel Hotel Barcelona

4 out of 5

The hotel was upbeat and trendy and open minded.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
The room had a huge bed and a great sitting area type balcony and the bathroom was clean and nice.

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013

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5 out of 5

A welcoming first experience

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
Cons: no free breakfast
I was delighted with my stay at the Axel, Barcelona. From the moment I entered the hotel I felt taken care of in such a comfortable way. I also liked that, while the hotel markets itself as a gay hotel, they go out of their way to make certain that non gays are welcomed. As a result, I was delighted not to be in a gay ghetto, but in an idealized world where homo and hetero were at the same location and very cheerful.

Posted by , from East Providence, RI, USA on Jun 19, 2012

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4 out of 5

Friendly staff and convient location.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
Stayed here before and after a cruise. Staff was very friendly especially Daniel. They recommended some nice restaraunts. Close to several gay bars and establishments. Wake up calls were on time and they had my taxis ready.

Posted by , from OKC,OK on Nov 16, 2011

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5 out of 5

This is an excellent hotel that I have already recommended to people who I met on my cruise.

Hotel Axel is a great place to stay for a few days or a longer time. I found the accommodations superb and the location convenient. The gym in the basement was great. I used it.

Posted by , from Cumberland, MD on May 26, 2011

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4 out of 5

Hotel is great but wasn't completed yet.

I had a great time while in Barceolona. The hotel is centrally located in the gayborhood. The only downside was that the hotel was under construction while I was there. I'm sure its complete now and the noise level is better.

Posted by , from Phoenix, AZ on Apr 12, 2011

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5 out of 5

In the center of it all...

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, gym/suana/steam room
In the center of it all, Hotel Axel is conveniently located. Just a few block from the famous La Rambla street, you can't ask for a better location. It's hetero-friendly atmosphere , helpful staff and cleanliness of the hotel, makes you feel right at home (away from home!). This is the place to stay, it's quiet, clean and in a great location.

Posted by , from New York, NY on Feb 3, 2011

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5 out of 5

My new favorite hotel

It was an excellent location, the front desk spoke all language fluently, fast service, super clean modern rooms......and actual hotel that could live in for the rest of your life. Just amazing. I cant wait to go back!!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2007

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5 out of 5

Excellent choice for LGBT traveller

This hotel is 100% catered to the Gay & Lesbian crowd. Good facilities. Excellent rooms. Al very clean. Good food. Excellent location.

Posted by on Nov 28, 2006

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About the Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only

Location Aribau 33, Barcelona, Barcelona 08011

Property Features

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only offers its guests a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a business center on site. A health club, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace are also featured at the business-friendly Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only. Parking is available for a fee. This 4-star Barcelona hotel is smoke free.

  • 105 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.) (14.4 km / 8.9 mi)
  • Train station: Barcelona Paseo de Gracia Station (0.9 km / 0.6 mi)
  • Metro station: Universitat Station (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only offers 105 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Plasma televisions come with cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Plasma television
  • Cable channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast on weekdays from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and on weekends from 8:00 AM to noon.

Nikkei 103 - This restaurant specializes in Peruvian cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Open daily.

The Sky Bar - Onsite café. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Nikkei 103 - This fine-dining restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

The hotel features an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility, as well as a sauna and a steam room.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests older than 18 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 4 rooms. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit or credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property Registry Number - HB-004327
  • No pets or service animals allowed
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Caters to adults only

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.21 per person, per night, up to 7 nights. This tax does not apply to children under 17 years of age.

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: EUR 17.50 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: EUR 24.00 per day
  • Facilities fee: EUR 10 per person, per day and includes use of:

  • - Spa

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Axel Barcelona Urban Spa
  • Axel Hotel
  • Axel Hotel & Urban
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona Spa
  • Hotel Axel
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona Catalonia
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona Urban Spa
  • Axel Hotel Urban Spa
  • Axel Urban Spa
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa Catalonia
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona Urban Spa Adults Only
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona Urban Spa Adults
  • Axel Hotel Urban Spa Adults
  • Axel Barcelona Urban Spa Adults
  • Axel Urban Spa Adults

You should know

  • Onsite cash transactions can't exceed EUR 2500, due to national regulations. For more details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

Awards & Affiliations

  • This property is affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) guests.