2012/08/14

Review of Hotel Alma, Barcelona

Modern, minimalist hotel in a favorable location with good service

Our family chose the Alma for our 3-night stay in Barcelona and was very satisfied with the offered. My husband and I had a Grand Deluxe Room going to the courtyard garden and our son had a Deluxe Room next to us. The rooms were really spacious and well-appointed in a minimalist style. The bed was one of the most comfortable we ever had in a hotel and the walk-in shower was a hit. There is free wifi in the rooms and drinks in the mini-bar (soft drinks) are free.

Also the rest of the hotel, which has a little more than 70 rooms, is kept in a modern, minimal design. We liked it very much but of course it doesn’t appeal to everyone’s taste. It is situated near Passeig Gracia and Plaza Catalunya (shopping district) and only 3 minutes away form a subway station (Diagonal).

Upon arrival we were welcomed by three friendly employees, each of them carrying our three suitcases, and were offered a glass of Cava. We could choose from a regular access to our rooms or from one via fingerprint where we went for the latter and this was really a gadget that facilitates your (hotel) life, you never have to look for your key … 

There is (as mentioned) a nice courtyard garden where you could have something to eat or to drink, a placid place far from the bustle of the city. We had breakfast there and enjoyed it. There was a small, but well-arranged buffet; eggs, hot drinks and freshly squeezed orange juice could be ordered by the staff. 

The employees were courteous and helpful without being intrusive. There is also a spa with a nice pool and a somewhat special fitness room (no machines, only ropes hanging from the ceiling).

On balance, the Alma is recommended for demanding travelers appreciating minimalist design and good service, and to top this off, it is reasonably priced.

Date of stay: August 2012

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