La Rambla 124, Barcelona, Spain, 08002
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Nightlife
Expert review of Hotel Montecarlo
The regulars at the elegant, neo-classical Montecarlo (and it has many regulars) love it above all for its friendly and accommodating service and its unreconstructed, old-school Spanish feel. It's not trendy, and the rooms are not even especially pretty, but the grandeur of some of its spaces combined with furniture that hasn't been changed in decades give it a certain charm. So much so that this is the most loved Barcelona hotel on Trip Advisor, with literally hundreds of glowing reviews.
It's right on La Rambla, just down from Plaça Catalunya, which will be some people's idea of heaven, but be prepared for the slack-jawed crowds and endless living statues blocking your path in summer. They can be quite irritating when you're just trying to nip out for coffee.
Rooms at the front with balconies overlooking La Rambla can, obviously, be fairly noisy, but the rooms overlooking a courtyard at the back are quieter and mean that guests can leave a window open overnight without being kept awake. The décor is conservative but tasteful, and creature comforts include electronically adjustable beds, bathrobes and large bathrooms with Jacuzzis. Ask for one of the recently renovated rooms for a little more pizzazz.
As well as a rooftop sun deck with loungers and city views, there's a large salon on the first floor. It's fairly spare, with 1980s black leather sofas contrasting with a 19th-century fireplace, parquet flooring and a glorious wood-panelled ceiling.
Breakfast is served in a sunny room that looks out on a plant-filled courtyard, and there is a quiet, old-fashioned, bar.
A lot of hotels in Barcelona could learn from the level of service at the Montecarlo, which seems to delight everyone who stays here and plays a huge part in its ongoing popularity.
Repeat visitors of every age and every nationality. In their hundreds.
Breakfast is not always included (check the small print - it's 12 euros if not), but WiFi is free.
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- La Rambla 124, Barcelona, Spain, 08002
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service
- Barri Gòtic