I stayed here for 6 nights in May 2013. Stayed on the 7th floor with great views of the sea & the city.
Hotel is located near the end of Las Ramblas. It is set back a bit making it difficult for quick access to the city. About a 15 min walk to nearest Metro.
Room was very spacious, quiet, & clean. Prices for coffee, water, soda were very high at hotel bars but restaurants under & behind the hotel were convenient.
WI-fi worked well.
Good hotel for business but a bit removed from the city. Front desk staff professional, helpful, & bilingual.
Just came back from our Barcelona vacation & we stayed at the Eurostars Grand Marina for 7 days.
Cons: The first day was awful. We got there before 3pm check in & because we were a big group, they wouldn't cut us a break & give us our rooms early even though they had available rooms. We had just traveled 17 hours to get there so we were exhausted, they knew, & didn't care. It said a lot about their customer service. The waiters at the hotel were really snooty. No customer service training there either.
Pros: Great view of the ocean on my 6th floor room. Food from the restaurant was great & the bar staff was great too! The hop on/hop off shuttle stop is in front of the hotel & you're right next to the mall & other fun tourist spots so the location is great! We also got free wifi, so that's a big perk if you don't have international plans on your phones.
My husband and I recently stayed here for a couple of days before our honeymoon cruise, and it was such a great experience, we joked that we felt like the Beverly Hillbillies. We were upgraded from a premier room to a marina suite and were greeted with two full walls of windows, an enormous bathroom, and even a living room. Everything is tastefully decorated and the staff is very nice and polite.
And with the jet lag, we woke up the second night at 3am, wide awake and starving, so we ordered room service. That 3am, random meal was amazing, the best room service I've ever had.
The reason for four instead of five stars is the beds. Comfort is not really a European concept, and nowhere does that show more than in their rock hard beds. Seriously, 2x4s have more give to them. But it isn't the Grand Marina, it's a cultural thing.
Not my cup of tea.
Too worldwide hotel. Too anonymous.
May be' good if you here just for work.
No choice to park yourself,
Better if you choose other place.
Possibly the most important factor when choosing a hotel is the location. Situated in the port, the Grand Marina is a little off-centre, but not too bad. It's an easy walk to the Ramblas (literally minutes), and from there you MUST check out the La Boqueria fresh food market en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La…
But back to the hotel. It's clean, well laid-out (very nice wide hallways), and has great facilities (the gym is fantastic). The food was nice too, from the few room service meals I ordered.
One thing did irritate me about the hotel, however. I received a wake-up call (which I did not order) at 6:20 one morning, and upon drowsily asking "who is this?", they hung up on me. I can only assume it was the hotel reception, because they then phoned again, and when I (more alert now) asked who it was, they hung up on me again. Five minutes later, a knock at my door shouting "wake-up call!" actually got me out of bed, where I peevily informed the hotel employee that I didn't order a wake-up call. The poor sod with a similar-sounding hotel room number that slumbered on, they'll never know.
Nicer, more central hotels exist in Barcelona, but if you're looking for accommodation near the harbour and beach, the Grand Marina is perfect. Just make sure you set a back-up alarm yourself when ordering a wake-up call...
Gorgeous hotel. Perfect accommodations. We stayed here for 2 nights after our original hotel booking (also a Eurostars hotel) ran out of rooms (how does that happen with a reservation?!) and set us up in this 5-star beauty.
The location is actually kind of fun - it's at the very end of Las Ramblas. So, absolutely fantastic location for the mornings but not so great when it's 2am and you're walking back to your hotel.
That said, the amenities are great. It's top-notch. Very comfy bed, awesome bathtub, huge bathroom, and very spacious overall. The view was nice and the staff was friendly. I would recommend. I believe rack prices are quite expensive, but if you're looking to splurge a bit, this would be a good one. Just heed the warning about the nighttime area. I would advise taking a cab back to the hotel (not walking) if you are out super late. But other than that, I would give this place a big thumbs up.
This place is very upmarket and the staff are very helpful. The beds are very comfortable and lots of blankets. Its nicely situated next to the marina where luxury ships arrive, makes the views interesting.
Nice rooms and good views but terrible service. We waited several hours to check into our room after being told multiple times that it would only be a 5-10 minute wait. Every half hour or so they would say only 5-10 more minutes. There was a huge crowd of people trying to check into their rooms and the staff at reception was completely confused and didn't know which rooms were available or when they would become available.
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