Barcelo Sants, Barcelona
THE HOTEL: A contemporary four-star hotel with a novel galactic theme throughout the property following a transforming €20million investment. The Barceló Sants is one of 141 Barceló hotels across 17 countries. The hotel is just a kilometre from Barcelona’s city centre but sits right above (with direct lift service) Central Train Station Sants which has direct access to the international airport, rail services to other Spanish cities (and Paris) and Barcelona’s extensive subway system.
THE CHECK-IN: The staff behind the Boarding Desk (reception) were efficient and friendly and, having given us our boarding card, directed us to the shuttle (lift) to reach our Orbital Guestroom.
THE ROOM: There are 364 Orbital Guestrooms and 14 Orbital Suites, many with views over Parc de Montjuïc. Guestrooms’ galactic feel includes a space shuttle window hatch, iPod dock, 42-inch HD flat-screen TV, mini-bar, kettle for tea/coffee, very comfortable bed, pillow selection and a bed table, especially designed to be used to eat or work while in bed. There was also a chest of drawers and wardrobe with huge mirror door. The open-plan bathroom includes a large walk-in shower, Total Herbs toiletries and a not especially private separate toilet cubicle with sliding door. A small work-table with chair and an easy chair complete the room amenities.
THE BUSINESS: Complimentary wifi is available throughout the hotel. In addition, three computers are available off the lobby. The Barceló Sants offers 15 rooms spread over 3,000 square metres which can accommodate up to 1,500 delegates. The Catalonia Congress Palace Convention Centre and Fira de Barcelona Exhibition Centre are 500 metres from the hotel.
THE FACILITIES: The Food Zone has the large Oxygen offering a Mediterranean buffet – and is also where the extensive and excellent breakfast buffet is taken – and the a la carte Hydrogen restaurant. The Orbital Bar is adjacent to the lobby area and open lounge area. Laundry services, fitness centre, car and bike hire are also available.
THE VERDICT: It’s difficult to make business hotels distinctive but Barceló Sants has achieved this with its futuristic space theme. The hotel is highly efficient and its position in terms of transportation cannot be bettered.
THE DETAILS: Rates are from €100 per night and include breakfast and VAT. Barceló Sants, Plaça dels Països Catalans, 08014 Barcelona, Spain.
T: +34 93 503 53 00
Reviewed by Alan Orbell (2014)