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Barcelona City Hotel (Hotel Universal)

642 reviews
+34 934 87 97 62

Top Amenities

Free Wifi

Traditional Meets Trendy at Hotel Barcelona Universal

Affordable Accessibility

Located just off La Ramblas, a premier boulevard in Barcelona, Spain, Hotel Barcelona Universal gives guests easy access to all that central Barcelona has to offer. This location makes it ideal for business travelers looking for a quiet escape.

There is a variety of transportation available from Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) to the hotel. A combination of the aerobus, train, or bus and subway will drop guests off in front of the hotel, thanks to the Paral-lel subway stop. Taxis are also available outside the airport.

Get a Bird's-Eye View of the City

Directly across the street from the hotel is the Montjuïc Cable Car. This cable car takes visitors up to the top of Montjuïc mountain. Panoramic views of the city, plus stunning views of the Mediterranean, are only a few of the amazing vistas this ride offers.

There are a number of stops along the cable car's route, including the Mirador, an impressively beautiful green space in the city, and the 17th-century Castle of Montjuïc. See the Cathedral, the amazing Sagrada Familia, and more from an unrivaled point of view.

History buffs will enjoy exploring the Maritime Museum, which is just east of the hotel and housed in the Gothic-style Barcelona Royal Shipyard. Just across from the museum, and at the end of La Ramblas, is the Christopher Columbus Monument, constructed in 1888.

The Hotel Barcelona Universal is great for business travelers because of its location away from more tourist-focused areas. The hotel offers two business centers with broadband Internet connection for its guests to use. Ample conference space is also available.

If you're a foodie, you're in luck with this location. Nearby restaurants serve delicious and inexpensive dishes, include Spanish tapas and Mediterranean dishes.

Looking to stay in shape after eating all those tapas? Barcelona Universal has an on-site fitness center with complimentary towels and water. The pool on the 10th floor is great for a dip, and don't miss the magnificent views of the city from the two terraces surrounding the pool.

Modern Comforts

Hotel Barcelona Universal has 167 rooms with modern furnishings. Rooms are done in a minimalistic style with clean, straight lines throughout. All rooms include air conditioning and heating with climate control, LCD TV screens, a bidet, and complimentary toiletries.

Unlike many nearby hotels, Barcelona Universal offers its guests free Wi-Fi access in every room and in many public areas of the hotel. Rooms are also soundproof and features blackout drapes to ensure your night is restful.

The Bottom Line

The pool, terraces, and solarium at Hotel Barcelona Universal provide guests with amazing views of the city that are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing evening. The views from the W Barcelona also provide beautiful vistas of the sparkling Mediterranean water.

If you're looking for fine dining, you'll have to leave the Hotel Barcelona Universal. Their on-site restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and a light à la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The W, on the other hand, offers three on-site restaurants with innovative and delightfully delicious offerings.

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Carrer d'Arago, 281
Barcelona, 08009
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User Highlights
"Close to metro" "Cheap parking place"
Near to public transport, according to 100%.
Not enough parking facilities, according to 69%.
"Friendly staff" "Great customer service"
87% found the staff to be very friendly.
61% indicated the reception staff was not good.
"Dirty towels" "Halls stunk"
53% said rooms were dirty.
69% said the bathroom was dirty.
"Minimal breakfast" "Poor breakfast"
Breakfast prices were ok, according to 57%.
Value for money
"Cheap pastries" "Not worth the money"
Breakfast prices were ok, according to 57%.
"Without a/c" "Light did not work"
70% complained about the bathroom.
95% said rooms were small.
"Cheap pastries" "No food on offer"
"Internet does not work" "Sketchy internet"
76% said the wifi quality was bad.
"Without a/c" "Very small rooms"
95% said rooms were small.
79% thought it was too noisy.
"Halls stunk"
73% thought the building wasn't nice.
For 100%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard.

Good to know...

Wifi quality could be improved
Could be quieter
Rooms need regular maintenance
Bathroom could be optimized
Expert Reviews
Michelin Guide
This modern hotel offers spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and a lounge area with bar.
Hotel Information
Free Wifi
From 12:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 11:00am
# of Rooms
Some smoking-allowed rooms
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible