C/Princesa 33-35, Barcelona, Spain, 08003
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Nightlife
Expert review of Ciutat Barcelona
The rooms are cheerful if not extraordinary, but the rooftop terrace and pool set the Ciutat apart from other hotels in this price range.
Centrally located on the Carrer Princesa, which cuts through the Born from the Parc de la Ciutadella to the Via Laietana. The street can get a little noisy at night with party people returning home from the nearby bars, but it's an animated place to be during the day.
Each room has one wall painted in a deep shade of red, blue or green, but is otherwise fairly plain, though clean and comfortable. Don't expect many frills (no minibar, for example), but there are flatscreen TVs, WiFi (free) and most have bathtubs. Some rooms are quite small; don't be afraid to ask if you can change to something bigger. Rooms overlooking C/Princesa have balconies, but street noise can be a problem – if you're a light sleeper ask for one of the rooms overlooking C/Assaonadors at the back, or the interior light shaft (not as grim as it sounds!).
A nice touch is the fridge full of complimentary mineral water on every landing, but the prize feature of the hotel is the decked rooftop terrace and pool, looking over the rooftops and TV aerials of the neighbourhood. The terrace could use a lick of paint and a few plants but is still unusual in this price range. There's no bar service but plenty of tables, and guests can bring their own food and drink.
The Komomoto restaurant specialises in Nikkei cuisine (the food that results when Japanese immigration impacts on local cuisine; normally Latin American, and here Peruvian).
The navy-tiled plunge pool is a joy for families with kids, and brightened by a Gaudíesque mural at one end.
When I've been there I've bumped into a couple of hen parties, though I'm told this is exceptional! The roof space makes it a fun place, however, and being completely unstarchy it's good for families.
The hotel is reasonably priced year round, though for the extra 11 euros charged for breakfast you can probably do better elsewhere.
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- C/Princesa 33-35, Barcelona, Spain, 08003
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool