Carrer de les Arcs 10, Barcelona, Spain, 08002
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Expert review of Catalonia Catedral
The Catalonia Catedral only opened in late 2009, but has already garnered a strong fan base for its spacious rooms, graceful Modernista building and superb location on a pedestrian street just metres from the cathedral. The crowning glory, however, is a rooftop pool with citywide views.
The location really can't be faulted – as the name suggests, it's a matter of metres from the cathedral square, on a pedestrianised shopping street that is blissfully quiet at night.
The swish design, with grey silk throws on the bed, hardwood floors and mural prints, is matched by the comfort and practicality; the beds are huge, with stacks of pillows, and there is ample storage space. For 20 euros extra, ‘Premium’ rooms have a bit more space and a few extra perks (bathrobes, slippers, complimentary mineral water and biscuits, tea- and coffee-making facilities) and some have private terraces. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel and staff will lend you a laptop should you need one.
There is a lounge on the first floor, though its gold satin banquettes are a triumph of style over substance and are impressively uncomfortable. However, it has a decent selection of daily newspapers and an automated city information post. Just alongside is a small Japanese-style pebbled garden with a handful of tables, and the bar, which has a couple of laptops for guests' use.
Next to the bar is La Brasserie du Gothique, serving cassoulet, oysters, steak tartar and other Gallic delights. Guests get a 15% discount.
The outdoor pool is, unusually, big enough to swim in, and there are views over the city's rooftops.
It's quite a new hotel and I felt the staff were a bit inexperienced, but they were still friendly and generous with information.
A mix of tourists and businessmen, with a high percentage of Italians and French.
Breakfast is 16 euros extra, but probably worth it if you like a hearty spread in the mornings.
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- Carrer de les Arcs 10, Barcelona, Spain, 08002
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Barri Gòtic