Although the room was small, it was extremely clean and well maintained, which suited our needs perfectly. The hotel was situated in a quiet, somewhat residential area, though close to early morning and late evening cafes for a snack at whatever time you fancied. (Try the patata bravas at Cafe de Paris - the best we had!) Though the staff spoke some English, they were not all that helpful or friendly, but nothing particularly unpleasant either. The location was slightly north of where the 'action' on La Rambla is, but I personally prefer that as it is less touristy and quieter. However, the hotel is still only a 5 minute walk to the metro or a 15 minute walk to La Rambla. The sex shop is nothing to worry about as it looked closed most times we passed by and it's hardly even noticeable. The area was completely safe and wonderfully maintained.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Barcelona - and more importantly, I would highly recommend Barcelona to anyone looking for a city in Spain to visit!
Astoria Hotel - Good choice for stay in Barcelona!
My husband and I stayed at the Astoria Hotel for 4 nights. We are accustomed to nice hotels in the US and Europe and really did not have any complaints. I think a key to a good stay is requesting a room on the upper floors with views facing the street. The roof top pool was an added bonus. Extremly safe residential neighborhood. Close to a few Gaudy attractions and a 5 minute walk to the Metro. Under 10 minute walk thru super safe area to Las Ramblas. Metro travel is very easy - great to getting down to the Gothic Quarter and the Harbor. Very helpful, friendly staff as well. Clean room.
Passed the 3Cs Test - Convenient, Clean, Caring
A beautiful little hotel very conveniently located.
Furniture was modern and chic; room and in fact the whole hotel was spotless. Hotel staff had some English and worked hard to be helpful. We didn't eat at the restaurant in the hotel and so cannot comment on the food although the dining room and bar were very inviting. There was some renovation in progress on our floor when we checked in but the workers were very considerate; noise/dust were no problem. There was an erotic merchandise shop close by but we didn't feel uncomfortable at all when walking in the area, day or night - no unsavory characters or activities that we could discern. We'd recommend this hotel to anyone.
not bad for this hotel class
I think, given that this hotel is ranked with only one "star" on this site (two stars elsewhere, i've seen), it's not bad. Before reading on, note that we only stayed one night here and were out and about during the day, so this review is based on a short amount of time spent in the hotel.
This hotel is located fairly deep in the Eixample area, which translated into more walking to get to the Barri Gotic or other places. For us, this wasn't a problem, since we particularly enjoyed walking around this less-touristy part of Barcelona.
The staff were overall helpful and spoke a decent amount English. We were politely received upon our arrival at the hotel, which has a lovely marble lobby and a pretty winding staircase.
Unfortunately, we didn't get the street-facing room we had requested, and instead had a room with a view of the unattractive ventilation shaft. The room, which wasn't spacious to begin with, was partitioned oddly with a dresser-TV-desk-clothes cabinet combo, making the room feel even smaller. It was definitely showing signs of wear, as evidenced by the chipping bathroom mirror, cracking bathroom tiles, and sagging sofa. I found it difficult to sleep because the noise of people walking by the room and talking, and also because of the hard, sofa cushion-like pillow (which I tossed away sometime in the middle of the night!). We didn't have breakfast at the hotel the next morning, so unfortunately, we can't comment on that aspect.
During our stay there, it seemed like they were doing some construction in the hallways of the lower floors; hopefully some of the planned renovations involves the rooms too.