Please sign in to post.

Hotel Nouvel Barcelona - Review (edited)

Listed as a three-star, but not sure why (price per night?) Basically I feel this is a two-star with slightly larger rooms from what I can tell. We stayed for one night on our way back from a two-week Spain vacation. Great location if you have only limited time in Barcelona (1-2 days.) Lots of excitement and energy in the neighborhood, located on a cross street connecting the Ramblas and another major shopping street. It is very clean, nice Art Nouveau building and lobby, modern bathroom (though ours was small), we had a quiet room (at night) on a side alley, at least three very good bakery/coffee shop breakfast options on the same block.

On the negative side: thought they have an indifferent staff, thin walls, noisy plumbing from above rooms, and we found roaches in our room (location is in the middle of a dense neighborhood with many bars, restaurants, and hotels - so maybe not the hotels 'fault'), loud ongoing construction during the day (OK, fine on that one as you are out of the room hopefully enjoying this great city), a la carte amenities menu: pay for internet, pay for remote control, pay for safe (we thought it was unusual for a 'three-star' to charge for these incidental services these days.)

There are probably better options in this city; especially if staying longer than two days. We spent two weeks in Spain, mostly using the RS Spain Guide as a main source. From hundreds of helpful hints and recommendations provided in that book, this hotel is the only 'miss' we had in two weeks because we were expecting more from a three-star; but honestly the place did grow on us the longer we were there, and with lower expectations.

On our arrival in Spain we stayed at Hotel Jazz for three nights; an excellent choice that is not found in the RS Guide, but spoken of highly in these and other review Forums. Decided to try Nouvel on our last night in Spain.

Posted by
25778 posts

Remember that in Europe the number of stars has nothing to do with the customer experience or the quality of the room or hotel. It has to do with the provision of services. They get stars depending on how they do against a checklist.

A charge for options is how they keep their headline rate lower, yet keep the income up. Then they can pay for the sign with the three stars on it. .....

Posted by
13 posts

But come on, now, Roaches are roaches. Allen, I thought your review was very generous, considering. I am having a difficult time with finding any good Rick Steve choices in Barcelona. We also, have always had good luck with RS recommendations before.

Posted by
13 posts

But come on, now, Roaches are roaches. Allen, I thought your review was very generous, considering. I am having a difficult time with finding any good Rick Steve choices in Barcelona. We also, have always had good luck with RS recommendations before.

Posted by
1586 posts

O.K. - we've booked the Jazz for our trip this spring.