4.4 out of 5

"We had three people in our room so I slept on sofa bed. The room was large enough but sparse in luxury. It had hardwood floors and Ikea style furnitur ... " More

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Hotel Description

4-star hotel near Sant Pau del Camp

City center retreat

You'll be steps from Sant Pau del Camp and within a 10-minute walk of Rambla del Raval with a stay at this Ciutat Vella hotel. Raval Cat and Refugi 307 are also within half a mile (1 km).

Business services

This hotel features an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the a rooftop terrace and unwind at the poolside bar and bar/lounge.

Free Internet, soaking tubs

The 167 soundproofed guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as minibars. Other amenities include deep soaking bathtubs, room service, and flat-screen TVs with digital channels.

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$68 per night

Triple Room

Bed Count 3 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Privilege

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Superior

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Hotel Barcelona Universal ratings based on 24 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 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Barcelona Universal

Everyone (2)
3 out of 5

Less touristy area w/ restaurants/bars and subway

Location was pretty convenient. Hotel staff was kind. Hotel room was the issue: 1) The housekeeping staff would ignore the "Do not disturb" sign and on two occasions walked in (without knocking either!). One time they came in and cleaned while we were out despite the do not disturb sign. 2) Air conditioning would shut off after 1-2 hours so if the room was still warm, you have to restart it. This was annoying in middle of the night. It never hit the target temperature. 3) Toilet had slow leak and every hour or so the tank would fill. 4) Wifi was slow and unstable.

Posted by , from USA on Mar 10, 2017

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3 out of 5

Great location and typical European hotel

Pros: The location was great and the pool on the roof had a spectacular view.
Cons: The breakfast was expensive and not all that great.
Location: It was located within walking distance to Las Ramblas and the subway was just outside the front door.
We had three people in our room so I slept on sofa bed. The room was large enough but sparse in luxury. It had hardwood floors and Ikea style furniture. The were no windows to the exterior of the hotel just to the interior.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Jul 22, 2015

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5 out of 5

very everything

The location was awesome. the hotel staff was fantastic and hospitable. The rooms were very clean. I would definitely recommend this hotel and I would stay here again. the staff was very helpful with use of public transportation as well.

Posted by , from Alabama on Nov 9, 2013

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5 out of 5

Great hotel in a great location!

Hotel Barcelona Universal is a wonderful hotel, in an amazing part of the city.  Right off the Paral-lel metro stop, you can easily walk or ride to both the downtown and beach.  The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful with wonderful recommendations.  The roof deck pool has some of the best views in the city and is a great place to cool off after a busy day of sightseeing.  The rooms were quite comfortable and live up to the pictures on the website.  I will definitely stay here again!

Posted by , from Boston, MA on Aug 22, 2013

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3 out of 5

Underwhelmed

We just spent a week here for our honeymoon.  The experience was varied enough that I wanted to write a review.  I'll start with the negatives, as those were our initial impressions.  We were barely acknowledged at check-in, let alone welcomed.  The woman checking us in got on the phone and stayed on it throughout the process, even walking away at one point to chat to someone in the back room.  No one told us how to turn on the lights in the room, turn on the TV, change the A/C settings (all very different than in the States or my recent stay in Italy).  We had to find a maintenance guy to show us.  The hotel bar was closed when it was posted as open.  Towels were hard to come by at the pool.  The mini fridge was not on and wouldn't turn on.  The bedroom door wasn't flush in its frame so corridor noises could be heard. Later in the stay things did improve, we learned who the friendly/competent/engaged employees were and some of them really were helpful and pleasant.  The breakfast was good every day, we were glad we paid for that.  Room service was pleasant and maid service was good.  The pool was a nice feature and the views from the roof were gorgeous.  The location itself was also very handy for walking places/taking the Metro. Overall though, it wasn't a great experience, it was a mediocre one.  We laughed that it was 4 star prices with 2 star service. I'd certainly return to Barcelona, but I wouldn't choose this hotel again.

Posted by , from Vancouver, WA on Aug 20, 2013

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5 out of 5

This place was perfect for a long weekend.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, clean
Cons: expensive breakfast
Super clean and quiet. Nicely appointed. Beds were very comfortable. Metro station right outside the door. Plenty of nearby places to walk for breakfast/dinner. We were very happy we stayed here.

Posted by , from Stratham, NH on Nov 30, 2012

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4 out of 5

Lovely hotel in the heart of the La Ramblas area

Pros: Quiet
Every person you meet within this hotel are cordial, helpful and willing to meet your every need. Watch out though, the hotel website offers free breakfast but purchasing through travel sites may not include this option. Free WiFi.

Posted by , from NC on Sep 27, 2012

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4 out of 5

Good location, easy accesible Metro right outside the door

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet, close to metro
Cons: expensive breakfast
Stayed for almost 1 week, upgraded to a suite on the 9th floor (paid). Room average but spacious and comfortable. Another perk is the added private balcony with amazing views of the Montjuic and the city, another plus is the private whirlpool bathtub which is a heaven-sent after a long day of sightseeing. Staff courteous nothing special except for a 1 or 2 employees (Edlyn from the restaurant and Christian from the reception desk). Breakfast was expensive but filling with a lot of variety to chose from. Would come back to this hotel? Maybe. Probably for the metro accessibility other than that might try other hotels with the same perks.

Posted by , from Miami, FL, USA on Sep 26, 2012

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5 out of 5

Great location. Very nice staff.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
Very nice hotel with very helpful staff. The room was a little small but very comfortable. Bath facilities were very clean and bathroom well stocked with towels and paper products. Hotel located within walking distance to various attractions. Lots of restaurants close by. Rooftop pool was clean and inviting. We had the buffet breakfast which was very good but a little pricey. We would definitely stay there again.

Posted by , from Florida on Jun 5, 2012

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5 out of 5

This hotel made me feel welcome.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, friendly staff
The location was perfect; shops and restaurants nearby. We rode the metro and city bus to the airport (convenient and affordable).

Posted by , from Madison, WI, USA on Mar 25, 2012

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Property Features

Hotel Barcelona Universal offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Along with a restaurant, there's a coffee shop/café on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A 24-hour business center and a meeting room are available. Event space at this hotel measures 0 square feet (0 square meters) and includes conference space. A rooftop terrace, a library, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Hotel Barcelona Universal. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star Barcelona hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 167 guestrooms or units
  • 10 levels
  • 0 sq ft of conference space
  • 0 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2001
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.) (13.9 km / 8.6 mi)
  • Train station: Barcelona Paseo de Gracia Station (2.4 km / 1.5 mi)
  • Metro station: Parc de Montjuic Station (0.1 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hotel Barcelona Universal offers 167 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and laptop-compatible safes. 32-inch flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with deep soaking bathtubs, bidets, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Barcelona hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • Deep soaking tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Bidet
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11 AM.

BAR TERRACE - Overlooking the pool, this rooftop bar specializes in pizza and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

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

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Accessibility

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

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 5 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • No pets allowed

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.

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
  • Property Registry Number - HB-004114

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 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: EUR 26 per day

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

Hotel Names

  • Barcelona Hotel Universal
  • Barcelona Universal
  • Barcelona Universal Hotel
  • Hotel Barcelona Universal
  • Hotel Universal Barcelona
  • Universal Barcelona
  • Universal Barcelona Hotel
  • Universal Hotel Barcelona
  • Barcelona Universal Hotel Catalonia

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.
  • The seasonal pool will open in January and close in December.
  • One child 5 years old or younger stays free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.

Promotions

Free beverages for 2

Book a stay for travel now-December 31, 2018 in a rate plan displaying the “Free beverages for 2” tag and receive 1 free drink per person, per stay at the bar.


Full details at check-in. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.