Barcelona remains my favorite city in Europe… so far. I spent my Easter weekend there with only one thing planned – rest. Okay, I didn’t really just stay in my hotel and slept the whole 3 days. For that travel, I only wanted to see the Montserrat, the Montjuic castle, and Park Guell. It was my second time to visit Barcelona and I’ve practically seen the major tourist sites. So for me, when I was looking through the possible hotels that I’ll be saying at, I only had 2 C’s in mind – comfort and convenience. I chose Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona, a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Barcelona.
The Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona is located at C/ Bergara, 8 – 08002 Barcelona. This hotel has probably the most convenient location in Barcelona that one could hope for. To get to the hotel from the airport, just take the Aerobus (a single ticket costs EUR 5.90, tickets can be bought through a machine nearby or through the bus driver) and get off at Plaça Catalunya. From the Aerobus station, walk directly to the other side, cutting through Plaça Catalunya. The street between the FNAC and BBV buildings is Carrer Bergara. The hotel is probably about 100m from Plaça Catalunya.
The importance of being right next to Plaça Catulunya is the accessibility to public transportation and shops. Plaça Catalunya is a major metro station and buses going to popular areas stop here. Right next to the hotel is also an ATM and a Starbucks (well, I always like trying out the Starbucks in different countries/areas and compare the difference). The hotel is about 3-5 minute walk from the famous La Rambla and Rambla de Catalunya.
Rooms and Facilities (4/5)
I had a Standard Double room at the third floor. The bed, the linens, and the pillows were really comfy – just the way I wanted them to be. The room, including the bathroom, was spacious and chic. I was welcomed with 2 complimentary bottles of water and mini squares of dark chocolates (maybe not the case for everyone but I actually appreciate these little details). Also, I usually don’t use hotel soaps as they usually tend to smell like cheap hotel soaps, but the soaps they have smelled really good that I actually used them. They also have complimentary his and her mini toiletries package, which I found perfect since I forgot to bring my comb and they had one in their mini package. Things in the room include a safe, an air conditioning, slippers, hair dryer, full-length mirror (very important!), television, a phone, and wifi (it was pretty fast but not fast enough to watch live streaming… at least in my experience).
My only comment, about the room was the noise. There were guests, probably in the same floor as mine, who would slam their doors shut and I could really hear it. Also, I heard the footsteps of the guests above my room, especially when I was in the bathroom, quite loudly. I only noted these noises as a comment and not exactly a complaint because I’m not fuzzy on these things. However, to be fair to those who are particularly sensitive to such noises, I decided to give this category a 4 instead of perfect 5.
My favorite part of this hotel was the terrace. During my short stay, my favorite part of the day was going to the terrace late afternoon with my book and a glass of kir or cava. There weren’t so many people who hanged out in the terrace so it was an absolute tranquility. I would stay there for hours, until it was already too dark to read. Although perhaps in the summer, when the terrace bar is open, it has more of a party mood than a relaxing one.
If I read it correctly, the pool and the gym are located in another building but you can ask the receptionist for an entrance card and it is for free. They also have bicycles for rent (I think they are roughly EUR 18 per person– I can be wrong). Lastly, I tried their breakfast once – it was okay, not bad but nothing special.
Staff and Services (5/5)
When it comes to staff and services, Hotel Pulitzer is currently my favorite! Every single one of them is really friendly and accommodating. I honestly felt so spoiled by the hotel staff.
The receptionists were very friendly and helpful. They automatically gave me a map and an interesting book on a gastronomic tour in Barcelona. They also offered to book reservations for the restaurants that I am going to. The hotel is also in some sort of a partnership with a tour agency called Julia Travels. They have several tour options at cheaper costs compared to the other guided tour companies that I’ve seen in the internet. The receptionist booked my tour to Montserrat and that was honestly a big help for me.
The restaurant and bar staff were also very service-oriented and friendly. They talk to you with a smile on their faces – something that, after being in Geneva for almost 3 years, looks unusual.
The location of the hotel, for me, is generally a safe area. I also noticed that at some time of the day, Hotel Pulitzer has security personnel outside, by the door. If not a Hotel Pulitzer security guard, I would see a guard in front of Hotel Regina Barcelona, sister hotel of Pulitzer and is located immediately next to it.
The reception area, manned 24/7, is located next to the entrance door which allows the reception staff to see everyone coming in and going out of the hotel. I quickly peeked at the emergency exit/stairs and it was wider than any hotels that I’ve been through before.
I’m not sure if the bar at the terrace is accessible to non-guests, when open. If it is open to non-guests, I’d be concern on the access to the floors/rooms.
I got my room for two nights at EUR 378.80 (VAT included), which is normally EUR 473.00. For me, considering the location, quality, and service in the hotel, it was a pretty good price. If you are up for a relaxing time in Barcelona, this hotel is worth trying.
TIP: Try booking a reservation at the Hotel’s website at least 21 days before your actual stay – they give out 20% discount (it’s an advance payment and non-refundable though). For some reason, the price in the hotel’s website is a little cheaper than the other hotel booking sites.
Total : 4.5/5 – The Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona is definitely a hotel worth trying when in Barcelona if you are looking for a convenient, comfortable, and relaxing hotel.
Hotel website: http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/en