C/Rosselló 238, Barcelona, Spain, 08008
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Shopping
Expert review of Hotel Actual
The Actual provides excellent-value accommodation in an area not known for a bargain, though is a better bet for people not intending to spend too much time hanging out in the hotel - there is, for example, no terrace, restaurant or gym.
Just behind Gaudí's La Pedrera, on to which some of the rooms look, and a short walk from his Casa Batlló. The area is not great for museums and is a fair trek from the beach, but is great for shopping and upscale dining.
Rooms are small, though well-designed, and uniformly furnished with crisp white linen and teak-style fittings. All have bathtubs and some overlook La Pedrera (no.511 is a good one). The junior suites are an altogether different proposition and have modern fourposters and extraordinary panelled and painted ceilings – the only original features that the building maintains. They are a fair bit more expensive, mind – up to 85 euros extra.
The swish lobby is a surprise after the identikit modern three-star entrance, and leads to an area with newspapers and computers with complimentary internet access (though WiFi is free throughout the hotel). After 2pm you can help yourself to free tea and coffee from the breakfast area on the mezzanine.
There is no restaurant, but the buffet breakfast is varied and good value at 12 euros.
The staff keep a discreet presence but are more than helpful when you need help with anything.
This isn't generally a hotel that attracts party animals, but beyond that expect a range of ages and nationalities.
Prices vary depending on availability, but it's useful to know that children under seven stay free.
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- C/Rosselló 238, Barcelona, Spain, 08008
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service