Hotel Marvi

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Calle Pelai 6, Barcelona, 08001, Spain

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    Good Basic Hotel Near Plaza Catalunya


    I stayed at Hotel Marvi in Barcelona for 3 nights in May 2010. Good basic hotel with in-room bathroom and digital central air and heating system. Free wifi in lobby / cafe area which can also be reached from the first 2 floors (but definately not from the 5th floor where I stayed). Coffee & croissants in the morning. Has small elevator to make luggage carrying easier.

    The Hotel Marvi is right across from Metro Universitat and the drop off / pickup point on Aerobus (airport bus) route. 7 minutes walk to upper Las Ramblas / Plaza Catalunya area.

    If you do end up trying to book and require window / balcony facing the street, do say so and they will try to accomodate you. Otherwise you may get one of inner rooms, which are quieter but with no good view. is the hotel's website but I reserved through since I was researching and comparing Barcelona accomodations through that website.

    Unique Quality: It's about 7 minutes walk to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya. So you are right in city center but yet far enough from the noise of staying on Las Ramblas.

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General Tips

by virtualpatrick

[from my Barcelona forum tip]

General Tips:

- When you arrive and check in your hotel, try to get some initial food and necessities for the first few days until you get to know where to go. An initial one stop place is El Corte Ingles department store at Plaza Catalunya. There's a cafeteria at the top floor with good views. At the bottom level there is a gourmet grocery store.

- Also in Plaza Catalunya is the Tourist Info office.

- There are 2 competing touristic bus offerings in Plaza Catalunya. I did the Bus Turistic bus tour. I think it's good to do at arrival day or the next day if you're still jetlagged. You can just ride the routes to get a feel of the places you'll go to or may want to add, and judge distances between attractions. The Blue and Red routes takes about 1 and a half hours, while the Green route takes about 45 minutes.

- Avoid the crowds at La Pedrera and Casa Batllo typically between 11a till 3p. Go straight to the rooftops then work your way down. Get to La Pedrera by 10:30a (the tourist buses stop there so it'll be crowded from 11:30a till about 3:30p then stroll along or have tapas at one of the places going south along Passeig Gracia. 3 blocks later you're at Casa Batllo.

- La Sagrada Familia - be there lined up by opening or go late afternoon. I was there at opening then headed straight to the elevator lifts to go to the towers. Less people jockeying in narrow spaces and more time to enjoy the views from the towers.

- The T10 subway tickets is a 10 journey ticket that is SHAREABLE and good for subway and bus. This is what I used.

- If you're on Twitter, follow @SuiteLifeBCN and @Somniosays. They give timely info on events going on in the city.

SuiteLifeBCN has free ebooks called the Barcelona Bible on an insider's guide to Barcelona. Somnio has a pdf detailing a route to see all the places you see in the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

- If you take the tram to Montjuic, take note of what time the tram stops running. When I was there, it stopped at 7:00pm. So I had to walk all the way down to the Parallel metro stop.

- If you're there on a Sunday, try to see the people dancing the Sardana, the Catalan national dance. Try near the Cathedral. When I saw people doing the Sardana it was in the afternoon in the park across from La Sagrada Familia.

- Try to catch one of the neighborhood festivals spread out throughout the city in the summer. They really do it up. I saw one being setup in Barceloneta. I wish I could have stayed in the evening but it was my last night in BCN. [from my Barcelona forum tip]

General Tips:

I was in Barcelona last month for 6 days and wishing I was still there!
I stayed at Hotel Marvi ( and Hostal Hostemplo ( all booked through
I looked at reviews at and

Stayed 3 nights in each as it was difficult to get all nights in one place since trip was kind of a last minute thing. Of the 2, Hotel Marvi is better location wise since it is close to Metro Universitat and 5 minute walk to Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. If you do book hotels, if you prefer balcony (view but noisier) as opposed to inner courtyard (no view, quieter) do state your preference before hand so hotel can accomodate you.

For other apartment rental options, there is Suite Life ( They offer apt rentals and have free Barcelona Bible e-books to offer suggestions on being an "insider".

I wanted to stay in one of the private rooms at Somnio Hostels ( It's primarily a hostel (dorm style beds with shared bathrooms) with a few private rooms with bathroom ensuite but I'll plan better next time. It's in a good location a few blocks from Plza Catalunya but quiet and close to great tapas bars. The advantage of staying in hostels is instant social environment so it's easy to find people to do stuff with.

Another idea to easily find people to do stuff with is find the Travel Bar ( off of Las Ramblas. They offer free walking tours and they also set up bike tours, pub crawls, etc

Beaches - Barceloneta beach is closest to tourist area, eat & drink places; while Mar Bella / Nova Mar Bella are where locals tend to go. There are boardwalk / walkways connecting the beaches.

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Hotel Marvi

by Rati

Hi folks... This is the first time I am posting and sorry if something wrong...

So, I am going to be in Barcelona for 2 days and plan to stay in Hotel Marvi. Can anyone tell me if this is a good hotel???


Re: Hotel Marvi

by Bada-Ran

I don't know if it's gonna be good or bad, but at least it's located right in the centre of the city, and that's quite a point!.
go to google and search for it there. I've found it myself.



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Address: Calle Pelai 6, Barcelona, 08001, Spain