Excellent in many respects
This hotel is not in the heart of touristy Barcelona, so some people might be put off by the location. That being said, I believe some people develop this romantic ideal about staying in a quaint, 900 year old hotel. They watch too many Hollywood movies. The reality is that quaint hotels that are actually nice and with good service are either scarce or very expensive, and even more so for cities like Barcelona and Paris. I am Mexican, and have been to Spain several times, as well as other countries, and I know what old and quaint means from a local perspective. What I mean by this is that if I am visiting places like Barcelona, after walking all day, I want to have a nice room to go back to at night, that has either a good furnace or AC, whichever is the case, that's clean and quiet, so I can get some rest from all the walking and partying.
The Amrey Diagonal fits that bill, and at a wonderful price. Granted, it's outside of the old city center, but it's only five metro stops away from Plaza Catalunya, which you could take as the heart of Barcelona (the metro station is two blocks away from the hotel; the tram stops right in front of it, but I always walked to subway). I think that most poeple could also walk, which takes about 20 to 25 minutes.
Everything worked, the room actually had a super climate system, all digital and out of sight that would keep the temperature stable (wichever temperature you set it to), unlike those in-room ones that are loud and get the room super cold so you need to turn it on and off all the time; I couldn't even hear the thing. I know this might seem meaningless when you are outside all day long, but it means a lot when you want to get some rest, specially in a Barcelona summer (By the way, I was going to post pictures, which I specifically took for Tripadvisor, but I haven't downloaded them yet (just got back last night)). The room was super clean and the bathroom was nice. I should also say that the quietness of the room was even more important since we arrived on June 23rd 2006.
For any non-Hispanic Catholics, and non-Catholics in general, you must be asking "what does that have to do with anything?". June 24th is St. Jonhn the Baptist day. In Hispanic countries, and specially in the Iberian Peninsula, on the night of June 23rd and early morning of the 24th, people celebrate by going into a river, or any body of water, troughout the night; in Barcelona that means the beach. They also throw lots and lots of firecrackers, pretty powerful ones, all night long, so you get the importance of having a quiet room when you need it.
The hotel is located at the corner of Avenida (Avinguda in Catalan) Diagonal and Rambla de Poblenou. This is a great location for two reasons. First, Avenida Diagonal is a large boulevard that has a huge middle section where you can walk or jog in the mornigs or at night (like my wife and I like to do). Needless to say, this would be impossible in Old-town Barcelona. On the other hand, Rambla de Poblenou is a mini La Rambla, but for locals. You won't see any tourists along this pedestrian street, but plenty of little local restaurants, some good and some not so good, but you need to try them out; the prices are one third of those in La Rambla, and if you choose the right one, the food is better. If you walk ten minutes tops down Rambla de Poblenou, you end up at the beach. Just step out of the hotel, go left and walk straight and that's it. As a matter of fact, after dining near La Rambla and enjoying all the people in old town Barcelona, my wife and I, along with another couple, ended up going back to Rambla de Poblenou most other nights. That way, we ate a late dinner, had drinks and talked with locals, for a lot less money and within five minutes of our hotel.
The only drawback might be, for some people at least, the location. I believe this is relative, and it depends on whether you make the best out of what you have or not. If riding the metro is not your thing, or if there is two or more poeple in your group, a taxi ride to downtown is around five or six euro, so it is reasonable to take one. Personally, I don't mind taking the subway. Like in any city with a subway though (including American ones), excercise common sense and watch your purse or wallet; don't give the pickpockets a chance, and you won't have any bad experiences to regret.
In short, this hotel is great to go out all day long, explore Barcelona, and then go back and get a good night's sleep in a clean, simple yet functional room (the hotel as a whole is a minimalist's dream). Also, the buffet breakfast was pretty decent, with plenty of cold cuts (nice ones, like jamón ibérico), fruit, coffee, eggs, pastries, rolls, etc. for 11 euro. I am somewhat of a foodie, so I like to explore all local food, but if you want to have a full belly before you go out in the morning, it's a pretty safe bet. I believe that if you are willing to put your romantic ideas aside, your will find this hotel more than satisfying. Besides, if you take into account that this is Barcelona, and look at the hotel and the price (I got my room for a little under a hundred dollars), you will agree that this hotel is a steal and a pretty good choice. I would gladly reccomend it to anyone (for that price of course).
Stayed for a few nights in January, absolutely wonderful. Hotel ultra clean & staff ultra helpful. Very quiet at night, would definitely return. Also top location, it is it out of the main centre but within pleasant walking distance of a shopping complex. Amazing hotel.
Loved the Amery!
The hotel was very nice. A short walk (10-15 minutes) to the beach. The meals were good. We had eaten breakfast and dinner there 3 nights. The hotel is located in the business district, there are several cafe's with outdoor seating closer to the beach. The rooms were very clean, and the staff was friendly and helpful. It was by far the nicest hotel that we had stayed at on our trip through Spain.
Great hotel, great location
Just come back from staying in this hotel and cannot recommend it enough. Modern bright hotel with excellent/ friendly staff and a wonderful breakfast. The breakfast catered for all tastes, but the fresh orange juice and the fruit platters were wonderful. Our room was large wtih all toiletries provided, it faced on to the street but we heard no traffic noise. This hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and yet it is so easy to get into town, bus stop just across the road and the metro station at the top of the road. The rambla Poblenou is alongside the hotel and takes you straight on to the beach. It has shops and bars/restaurants and is very pleasant to stroll along in the evening, we felt very safe there. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone and would definately stay there again.
Modern, Clean and Quiet
This is the perfect hotel if you like taking taxis or long walks. It is very modern and clean, and the rooms are quiet. However, it is not near most points of interest and the nearest Metro is a little hike for those who are not young or athletic. Unlike some other comments, we found the front desk personnel to be disinterested.
If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown and you like long walks or taking a cab to your destination, this hotel is a very good choice.
Fantastic hotel, okay location
My husband and I loved this hotel. The lobby was nice, the staff extremely helpful and accommodating, and our modern and clean room absolutely gigantic. When I checked in there were no rooms with double beds (apparently there aren't many of them in the hotel), but by the time my husband joined me the next day I was switched to a different room. The ONLY downside to this place was the location, which wasn't even terrible. It's probably about a 2-mile walk to the Old City, or else a 10-minute walk to a quick subway ride. The beach is max. a mile away. There are plenty of restaurants that are very close, though none seemed fantastic. There is a large mall across the street with a Carrefours (the big European grocery store). If there were a place in the center of things that was just as nice and not more expensive, I'd definitely want to stay there; otherwise, this is a great option.
Comfortable, clean, quiet & modern
A fair distance from the main attractions but only a 10 minute walk from the nearest Metro station and a 10 minute ride to the heart of the old town. Barcelona is a big city and a lot of the places of interest, especially the Gaudi buildings are not in the old town anyway so the location is not really a problem. The hotel is very modern and extremely clean. We used the hotel as a base for sightseeing and found the staff on the reception desk very helpful when asked how to get to places of interest. The rooms are comfotable and well appointed. The excellent breakfast buffet caters for most tastes. Recommended.
This hotel is perfect! Clean, nice rooms with an excellent bathroom. We had an offer for the breakfast, only 6 euro p.p. If you want to go to the centre of the city you can take the tram that is a 2 minute walk or take the metro (station Glories) that is a 10 min walk. In front of the hotel is a supermarket, Lidl, where you can buy your drinks for your city walks. If you want free rides with the public transport you can buy a Barcelona Card that you can use in the train, metro, tram and bus. A citymap is available in the hotel (flyers) or you can buy it at a turism info location (1 euro). Furthermore the rooms in the hotel have 2 beds and seperate airconditioning per room. This hotel is perfect and not too expensive!
Hotel Amrey Diagonal - Distance from Airport & Harbour
Hi, 4 of us are travelling to Barcelona for 2 nights before going on a cruise. We've booked the Hotel Amrey Diagonal on Av. Diagonal 161-163 -- how far is this from Barcelona Internation Airport and how much should a taxi cost? Also, how far is this hotel from the harbour where we will board the ship? Is it easy to get to Las Ramblas from this hotel?
Many thanks for any replies.
Re: Hotel Amrey Diagonal - Distance from Airport & Harbour
Funny enough, I can see the Amrey Diagonal from my office window right now....
The area is not bad, but not really the best location regrading airport and cruise harbour (nearly at the opposite part of the city). You should better take taxis to both, any public transport options will involve changes and take lots of time. Taxi from BCN airport will take 30-40 min or more, depending on the traffic (at some hours the seaside circumvalation ring tends to be very congested), and cost about 30 € (be aware they will charge what is on the meter, plus airport fee of a few euros, plus 1€ per each piece of luggage on the trunk, we usually do not tip or give just a couple of euros, to round the figure). Taxi to the harbour will take about 15-20 min and about 15-20 euros I guess (never done this!)
Las Ramblas are too far away to walk there as well. Well, maybe not so far away (4-5 Km) but the area you should cross to get there is nothing to remember, and quite easy to get lost... so better spend your time somewhere more interesting! You can walk 10 min from the hotel to the metro stop at Glories, and take there L1 to Plaça de Catalunya (squere between Las Ramblas and Passeig de Gràcia, very city centre)