Ciutat Barcelona

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Address: C/Princesa 33-35, Barcelona, 08003, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4

Colourful mid-range hotel with simple rooms and a plunge pool.

The rooms are cheerful if not extraordinary, but the rooftop terrace and pool set the Ciutat apart from other hotels in this price range.

Location
4.9
90%
Eating/drinking
4.2
90%
Leisure facilities
4.3
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Centrally located on the Carrer Princesa, which cuts through the Born from the [node:168884] 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.

Bedrooms

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!).

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

The Komomoto restaurant specialises in Nikkei cuisine (the food that results when Japanese immigration impacts on local cuisine; normally Latin American, and here Peruvian).

Leisure facilities

The navy-tiled plunge pool is a joy for families with kids, and brightened by a Gaudíesque mural at one end.

Service

                                                                                                                    

Who stays there

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.

Price advice

The hotel is reasonably priced year round, though for the extra 11 euros charged for breakfast you can probably do better elsewhere.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Nightlife

Pros & Cons

  • Rooftop pool
  • Cheap
  • Cheaply furnished
  • Front rooms are noisy
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