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Hotel Barcelona Universal - Barcelona

4 star Hotel Barcelona

Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78 - Barcelona

1-877-662-6988
Price starting from 150 .00
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Barcelona Universal Hotel is located in Avinguda Paral.lel, an important avenue of Barcelona that arrives to the marina.

This Barcelona hotel is 5-minute walk from Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter and within walking distance of the Maremagnum shopping and leisure center. Free wireless Internet access in the rooms and lobby, a business center, a bar, a restaurant, a gym, an outdoor swimming pool and a solarium terrace on the 10th floor with a terrific panoramic view over Barcelona, as well as three meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, are some of the great facilities available at Hotel Barcelona Universal.
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Guest Rating 8.4 Very Good
Based on 128 hotel reviews © 2014 Venere.com

Our room was spacious, with a large balcony over looking the rear of the hotel. It...

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Breakfast at Hotel Barcelona Universal

A buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.

Facilities at Hotel Barcelona Universal

  • Bar
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Cafeteria
  • Baby sitter
  • Laundry service
  • Lift/elevator
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Laundry room
  • Personal newspapers
  • Multilingual staff
  • Newspapers
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • Concierge
  • Luggage room
  • Gym
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Meeting Room
  • Conference room
  • Business Center
  • Internet/Email services
  • Private parking

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  • Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 2500, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.

Check-in: after 3 PM.

Check-out: before noon.

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: EUR 15 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: EUR 26 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.


Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.21 per person, per night. This tax does not apply to children under 17 years of age.
 

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

A tourist tax will be collected at the property upon arrival. The tax applies up to a maximum of 7 nights per person per stay.

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9.2

Clean

7.7

Location

7.4

Quiet

8.4

Spacious

8.4

Service

Hotel Barcelona Universal reviews

6.9 Fair
  • July 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Canada

On a loud street, but good location to La Rambas and 8-10 to metro stop. Don't get a room near the elevators as the shaft was right next to our room and it was very loud.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • May 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

Beautiful hotel, clean, located in a strategic point to turn the whole city. Super friendly staff.

5.3 Ordinary
  • May 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Ireland

The rooms were clean, not spacious and were very noisy. We had an aggressive drunk outside our door during our 2nd night at 5 am and although the staff were very helpful and resolved the situation when I complained to the manager the following day he did not apologise or entertain our request to change rooms. Throughout this his manner was dismissive and abrupt. He should take lessons from his staff on how to behave with courtesy towards his clients!

8.5 Excellent
  • November 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Spain

Nice hotell, excellent service and we had all we needed just in a few minutes walk. We were 6 persons from 23 - 66 years old. We loved everything.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • August 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Norway

They really need to fix their wifi. Almost impossible to use it unless you are in the lobby. They need to set it up with personal login for each guest for it to work with such a large clientbase. Other than that it was a perfect stay.

8.6 Excellent
  • June 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Georgia

Our stay at Barcelona Universal was really a joy, we had a very good experience, the location was excellent for a tourist as we were located within walking distance from city's livest parts. We really enjoyed ourselves. I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone very great place :))

9.0 Wonderful!
  • June 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

We had a very pleasureable stay in the Barcelona Universal. The triple bedroom was roomy with plenty of hanging space for 3 ladies! The pool was lovely, although on the small side and the service very good / efficient. Would certainly return.

8.7 Excellent
  • March 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • United Kingdom

We were 3 lads who shared a triple room for a 3 night stay. The room was very spacious with the 3rd bed located in a separate area that could be opened up or partitioned off from the other two beds for more privacy, which was nice. The decor was also of a high standard with modern finishes and all mod cons. We stayed here mainly because of its publicised closeness to Las Ramblas and after familiarising ourselves with the surrounding streets we were able to walk to Las Ramblas in a little under 10 mins. The stairs to the local metro station on Avenue Para Lel are conveniently located less than 30 seconds from the hotel entrance on the same side of the street making it very easy to access the Barcelona metro. The surrounding streets can be a little daunting especially after dark but being 3 guys together we felt comfortable enough not to be too intimidated by this and upon reflection it seems to be the norm for locals to hang around in groups on street corners, looking like they are up to no good. The trip almost ended on a sour note when we returned back in the early hours one morning via taxi after a night out clubbing. The taxi dropped us right outside the hotel entrance and when we got out we were approached quickly by a group of lively North African looking youths who wanted to laugh and joke with us. We worked out very quickly that they were pick pockets as they tried to make physical contact with a couple of us in a jovial way at which point we told them in no uncertain terms to get there stinking, thieving hands off of us and clear off which they duly did, without any argument. I should add that it was very early in the morning around 5am when this happened and that I believe pick pockets operate in all areas around the tourist hot spots in Barcelona, not just near this particular hotel. They will likely pray on easier drunken tourists in the late /early hours. We were just lucky that we still had our wits about us and avoided being robbed. Regardless of where

7.3 Good
  • March 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Switzerland

not suitable for marathon runners, because breakfast is not available in time

7.9 Good
  • January 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Morocco

Really very good and practice hotel.Employees very kind, available and smily. Breakfast a little bite expensive.Internet space very useful and practice.

10 Outstanding!
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

WE DIDNT HAVE ANY MEAL AT THE HOTEL, BUT WE FOUND A CHEAP PLACE NEXT DOOR. THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD WAS NOT THE BEST BUT WAS NOT BAD EITHER.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellent price for a solid 4 star hotel with spacious, clean and comfortable rooms. Very professional staff. Free internet access on lobby computers and with in-room wireless. Location was very good with several excellent, blue guide recommended, restaurants nearby. Right next door to the metro and an easy walk to Las Ramblas/port area. Only (minor) issues were; some noise from the street outside (inevitable but very light sleepers should note); the pool/fitness area is tiny so don't expect to get a workout in; in-room wireless internet was erratic. Over all, given the low price, excellent value and highly recommended.

8.3 Very Good
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Ireland

Just approve Parel-lel metro station. A week

9.7 Outstanding!
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

The hotel was an excellent value! The room/hotel was extrememly clean. The hotel buffet rather pricey was really good. I only did it one day out of the trip. The only issue with the hotel was the walls were thin. So if someone was rather loud close to you it sounded like they were in your room! I would stay at the hotel again.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Ireland

Great hotel, centrally located, excellent service, fabulous roof top views and pool, clean, bright and spacious rooms

7.1 Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Nice clean modern decor rooms, reasonable size for Europe (though would be considered small for North America). Convenient for Metro, but on a very noisy street, with ambulance sirens constantly audible through closed windows. Very few restaurants in vicinity, just small cafes & bars. Hotel restaurant poor and overpriced. If you don't have to dine here, the rooms are fine, clean, well serviced, nice pool on the roof.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • United Kingdom

A great location just 5 mins walk from Las Ramblas. Very easy and cheap to travel from airport to hotel on the train. Buy a ticket with 10 rides for 7.20 Euros. Only 1 ticket required for airport to hotel journey. There were a couple of restaurants immediately outside the hotel offering breakfast for 4.5Euros. The hotel breakfast is 14Euros but we didn't eat there. The roof terrace pool is small but perfectly adequate. It was great to cool off and relax after a day's sightseeing. Pool towels and deckchairs available free. The free internet on 9th floor was great to keep in touch with family and also check out transport to Montserrat. If you have time Montserrat is a great day out. Go early as there are some great mountain walks. Barcelona was amazing and has something for everyone. We stayed 5 full days and managed to visit all the major sights. Many Gaudi buildings were open until 8pm giving lots of time to fit everything in. It seemed quite expensive eating and drinking on Las Ramblas as a surcharge is added to eat outside however there are more reasonable restaurants in other areas. Sitting having a drink on Las Ramblas enables you to take in the street entertainment which is very funny.

4.0 Ordinary
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Having stayed at the hotel before this visit was very disappointing. Our initial welcome from the reception staff was not very friendly. We were given a room with twin beds when we had asked for a double. the room was at the back of the hotel with no window to the outside. It felt very small and dark. we paid the same price or more than we did previously for a larger double room at the front of the hotel with a big window. this does not seem equitable.

7.9 Good
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

Contemporary interior design and fittings; competent and pleasant staff; restaurant provided good meal and good value; maybe bit of noise from adjacent rooms (toilets);. Location is handy to the port, an interesting 20-minute walk through the old town to main shopping area, and close to a "hop-on/hop-off" bus tour of Barcelona. Would recommend and would definitely stay there again.

4.2 Ordinary
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Ireland

Very poor service,the girl on the desk was extremely rude.The only people we found nice were the doormen and the girl in the restaurant.Location was very seedy and run down around the hotel.Noise was unbelievably loud,on a very busy street so constant ambulance and police sirens all night if your at the front.If your at the back of the hotel your overlooking really run down flats which are also really noisy.Also the staff start cleaning at about 9 in the morning and weren't a bit shy about whacking the hoover against every wall and door.Definitely would not recommend,gave a very poor impression of Barcelona.

7.2 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Ireland

hotel is very central,short walk to la rambla, very close to port & good shopping centre, very clean,comfortable, rooms lovely, right at metro stop paral.lel, can get cheaper breakfast few doors up. the staff were friendly- except one man on reception desk who was ignorant, rude and unhelpful... but would definately recommend hotel and go back!

5.7 Ordinary
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Switzerland

The Hotel was well located, clean and very modern. However, during the morning, when they start cleaning the rooms (7am) you cannot sleep anymore... The room we got was very small and compacted with no windows to an open space, meaning that quality vs. price relation was not the best.

7.8 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Poland

I stayed in Barcelona 3 days. The main advantage of this hotel is its location, in the city centre, just next to metro station.

7.9 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Very good position. "Paralel" metro station just in fron of the hotel. Direct trains to Rambla, Catalunya and Sagrada Familia with line L2/L3. You can also reach La Rambla by foot in 10/15 min but by midnight metro looked safer. There are some coffee shops a few meters from the hotel where you can have breakfast (not included in room rate).

7.4 Good
  • February 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Good hotel. Rooms clean and comfy. Hotel surroundings not brilliant but location great as only short walk to the sea and Rambles. Hotel staff very helpful, would stay there again.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • February 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This is a very clean hotel. The staff was very helpful and gave us good suggestions for meals.

5.1 Ordinary
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • United Kingdom

i only booked this hotel as it had a pool avaliable i took my young son and he enjoys swimming and this was an additional activity for him. However no where on the website or your advertisments did it say the pool closes in winter i paid extra for this hotel for the facilties of a pool which was closed. also the room we were place in was on the front of the hotel which is on a main road and very noisey hardly slept all weekend

9.9 Outstanding!
  • December 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Poland

Great stay. Perfect location close to the La Rambla.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Colombia

Nos pareció excelente el hotel, tanto el cuarto como las áreas comunes. El servicio también es muy bueno y está muy bien localizado, en especial porque tiene el metro a pocos pasos de la puerta del hotel. Lo unico para comentar es que el precio debería incluir el desayuno.

8.6 Excellent
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Israel

The rooms are very large, very clean, all the facilities were as new. The stuff was very helpfull. There is a metro station 20 meters from the enterance. the room was a litlle noisy we enjoied our stay very much

8.1 Very Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

hotel had many tourists as location is ideal not smack in the hassel of la ramblas but walking distance. Overall food in barcelona is very oily not as expected however found a great restaurant (cheap too) in the piazza behind macdonalds just off la rumblas

9.4 Outstanding!
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Ireland

we had a marvellous visit to Barcelona. Will use venere again to book. Noise levels from street in room were audible and at times were disturbing.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

My husband and I booked a standard room. When we arrived to check it, the woman at the front desk said that the suite was available and upgraded us on the spot for the same price as a standard room!! It was a really nice treat! The hotel was clean, quite and seemed brand new. The people at the front desky were very helpful at recommending restuarants and places to see. Our only complaint was that the bed was really hard. The location was fine, just a very short walk from anywhere that you would want to be and a few steps away from the metro; though I highly recommend renting a scooter!!!

9.6 Outstanding!
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • France

I booked a room from France for 3 nights with one friend and finally we stayed 7 nights!! It's an excellent hotel, perfectly situated, very clean, and really welcoming. People in the hotel maked our stay really confortable. It's not expensive at all for that kind of hotel. I suggest everybody to go there!

9.1 Wonderful!
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Ireland

Very nice Hotel, reasonably located (less than 10 mins from La Ramblas & the Marina. Our room was great (located at the end of a corridor and was bigger than the norm) Very large with hugh bathroom (bath & seperate shower). We were looking out over the main street with hardly any noise (we were near the top floor) There is a pool on the roof (although was too cold when we were there). There is a Metro stop close to the Hotel which is quite handy. We didn't avail of the breakfast while we were there, so cannot comment.

8.4 Very Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Hong Kong

good location, clean but not really sure re value for money?? a friend booked a few days after us for the same room/period and was offered e 20 less!!

7.7 Good
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

The hotel was modern and the room very nice. However, it was on a very busy street and despite having the windows closed, I was unable to sleep at night due to the noise of the vehicles passing the hotel at high speeds. Also, at night walking back from Las Ramblas, you had to walk through a dodgy area. We did not feel safe so we took the metro to the hotel, despite being a short walk. Would not recommend this hotel to light sleepers or those who enjoy walking.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Spain

Excellent hotel, ideal base for seeing Barcelona. Would definately recommend this hotel.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • United Kingdom

The hotel is ideally placed for exploring Barcelona, I have visited Barcelona many times and would certainly use this hotel again. You can access the Metro/Tube from outside the hotel or you can walk to the La Rambla in under 5 minutes. The room was a good sized twin and the bathroom was clean and again a good size. I stayed in a room at the front of the hotel and was not affected by any noise from traffic etc. The staff were polite and courteous, and dealt with any queries in a professional manner.

8.8 Excellent
  • March 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

Excellent hotel, well located. The room reservation is not so efficient : no possibility to choose a large bed instead of twins on the website for instance.

8.4 Very Good
  • February 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Italy

good hotel, room was nice and clean. staff very helpful. Perfect position (5mt from metro station). our room had the windows on Avenida Parallel and as a consequence of this it was a bit noisy. Didn't have breakfast in the hotel as suggested by other customer on this site. Finally it was a very good choice. Ps.take really care of your belongings in Barcelona, robbers are very skilled...unfortunately :-(

9.9 Outstanding!
  • December 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Switzerland

Great location, 10 minutes walk to the Ramblas. Room was nice, spacious, clean and very quiet - big plus for being in a city that does not sleep at all! Excellent bathroom! Nice touch - plenty of useful info on Barcelona available in the room. We didn't take the breakfast, as there were coffee-shops just next door to the hotel. We'll definitely stay there again next time in Barcelona!

8.2 Very Good
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

This was a very good hotel. It was not cheap, but it made the stay in Barcelona very enjoyable. I would stay with them again. The breakfast is not worth the 13 Euro. Look for a cheaper breakfast in the city if you are hungry. Not worth the money for what you get, but the hotel itself is worth using again. It was very clean and new. The staff was friendly and helpful.

7.3 Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • United Kingdom

hotel was clean & tidy. Within walking distance to the Harbour & Ramblas area.

8.8 Excellent
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Our first visit to Barcelona. We would definitely stay at this Hotel again as it is a smart Hotel with excelent Staff and only 10 minutes walk from La Ramblas.

8.0 Very Good
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Norway

Upgraded my room to a suite så everything was nice in the ninth floor. Swimmingpool and gym area was nice. Internett avaiable at no cost wich is good.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

An excellent stay for our first time in Barcelona. Only downside was roof top terrace and pool closed at 8pm and it would have been nice to sit up there for the cool evening air. (29degrees in May)

7.1 Good
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single corporate traveller
  • Australia

An clean, modern and comforatble hotel close to the Metro (just at the door) and within walking distance (5 minutes) of La ramblas area. Did not eat there, the coice outside of the hotel doors is so great why would you. Free internet connection a big advantage if you travel for business or have your own laptop along. All hotels should offer this. Well worth the extra money.

8.8 Excellent
  • December 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • United Kingdom

Great hotel for a stay in Barca,5 mins walk to Ramblas, Short distance to waterfront.Staff very helpful.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellent hotel in good location - metro station right outside. Would definitely use this hotel again. Breakfast was expensive but there was a good choice.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • June 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Had a most enjoyable stay at this hotel. We were allocated a superior room which was spacious and well furnished. Were also given a welcoming bottle of Cava as it was our anniversary - very thoughtful. As it was on a main thoroughfare the front bedrooms were somewhat noisy - but one has to expect that in a large, busy city. Pool area small but good to have such an area in the centre of the city when the weather is hot. Would return to this hotel.

8.9 Excellent
  • April 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Japan

Room is clean and clam.Hotel is located within 1 minites from underground by foot.I think most of people will be satisfied with this hotel.Also some good restaurant(Chinease,Spanish) and pub is near by.

8.6 Excellent
  • March 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • United Kingdom

Quality place, friendly helpful staff and very clean rooms. Ideal for a short stay. One minor quibble was the location - quite near Las Ramblas but also near one or two streets that were a bit dodgy and you may want to avoid! Stick to the main roads and it's ideal for the price. Look out for the muggers and pickpockets near Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter folks...

10 Outstanding!
  • March 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Ireland

We had a fantastic time at Barcelona Universal. The staff were so helpful and friendly and their English was very good. The food, service, cleanliness was top class. Would definetely book the same hotel when I return to Barcelona

9.6 Outstanding!
  • March 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single corporate traveller
  • Germany

Everything was nice

9.5 Outstanding!
  • February 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • Canada

Highly recommended. This hotel is truely a 4 star, by Canadain standards. Rooms could by better sound proofed though

9.1 Wonderful!
  • January 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

It's really an excellent,new and clean hotel. The metro station is near and The Ramblas is just ten minuts walk.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • December 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Italy

I enjoyed the stay. Your front desk staff was extremely helpful. Location was great. Gave me the opportunity of seeing another area. Quick walk to Las Ramblas. Did not see prices for suites on line. Would like to see that made available.

8.8 Excellent
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Switzerland

L'albergo è situato a ca. 10 minuti a piedi dal Rambla e dalla zona del porto, la stazione della metropolitana Palal-lel è praticamente sotto l'hotel, le camere sono eccezionali compreso i bagni e la reception. Da consigliare a chi è esigente e vorrebbe disporre di una struttura di gran classe.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

very ple3ased

8.3 Very Good
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

The hotel was fine a little further out from things than would have liked. The only problem with the hotel is that there was no mirror in the room apart from the mirror in the bathroom, this made getting changed awkward.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • August 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Man was this place nice. We were greeted at the curb by a bellhop before the cab even stopped. The rooms are fantastic. The restaurant is exceptional. Really nice place. Only off La Rambla by a couple of blocks. Would definitely stay again.

6.8 Fair
  • July 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

We were pleased with our stay at the Universal. However, we felt that the breakfast service was terrible. On our last morning, we were repeatledly ignored by the staff and had to keep asking for a hot drink. As the breakfast was not included in the price, we felt that this was very poor. The rooms were adequate, but there were insufficient toiletry products for two people. The reception staff were however very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. There needs to be more chairs and sunbeds available on the rooftop deck - we found it very cramped and could not all sit down together. We found the restaurant meal on the first night good overall and excellent value. Some of the food was not very hot, but it was tasty and the service excellent. Thank you for accommodating us.

8.3 Very Good
  • May 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

Overall stay very enjoyable but noise level in rooms very poor

8.3 Very Good
  • February 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • United Kingdom

Date 6th Feb 2004... We turned up at the hotel and supplied them with a copy of the booking form and price. They didnt appear to be expecting us and look puzzled by the booking form, never the less ten minutes later they found us some rooms. When we departed the hotel the cost of the rooms were slightly more then on the booking form, but to save any confusion and hassle we just paid what they asked. After the initial confusion we found the hotel to our satisfaction and all the staff were very freindly and all too keen to help.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • October 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Canada

Excellent Hotel & services, Metro a few steps away, and access to Rambla & Port Vell 7 mins away by Autobus.

7.8 Good
  • September 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

We thought the hotel room was very good, in particular the nice bathroom and the very quiet air conditioning. The only downside was the room fronted one of the busiest roads in Barcelona and there was a lot of traffic noise. A room to the rear of the hotel might have been better. The location, although not the most attractive in Barcelona, was convenient.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • September 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • United Kingdom

very modern hotel. friendly and helpful staff

8.1 Very Good
  • July 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

It is located next to the underground station of "Parallel" between "plaza Espana, Ramblas and Montjuic". If you arrive by a Ryanair flight landing at Gerona you will note how easy is reaching the hotel, indeed the bus station from Gerona (Plaza Tetuan) is four underground stop far. The hotel is clean and elegant. Regards

7.8 Good
  • July 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • France

Very nice, brand new hotel. Very modern facilities and interior design. On the expensive side, but well worth it. Our only disappointment -- a big one -- was that in spite of our confirmed reservation they did not have a room for us when we arrived (because a group had decided to prolong their stay another day), so we had to spend our first night in another hotel across the street! They were most apologetic, helpful in making the arrangement and gave us a little break on the rate, but still, this should not have happened. Also, one should be aware that the hotel is not in the best area of town (it is surrounded by rather unsafe little streets). But the avenue on which it is located is fine and public transportation (bus and subway) is right at the door and very convenient.

10 Outstanding!
  • March 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellent hotel, in a great location for a short break in Barcelona. Highly recommend and will use again on our next visit to Barcelona!

9.5 Outstanding!
  • August 2002
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

The competence of the employee,s and their desire to make our stay enjoyable was excellent. My first contact was helpful from the first conversation until our departure. Her name was Monica, she was a jewel.I can,t begin to tell you the many kind acts to make us comfortable. The staff was professional on one level and friendly on a personal basis. The person in charge of choosing and training is to be commended. I highly reccommend the hotel

9.1 Wonderful!
  • August 2002
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

everything that was on the web pages for the universal hotel was just that and more, had a great stay, if I return to barcelona I will stay there again.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • July 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Greece

8.5 Excellent
  • March 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Brazil

9.6 Outstanding!
  • November 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

8.9 Excellent
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

8.0 Very Good
  • July 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Austria

5.5 Ordinary
  • May 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

6.9 Fair
  • March 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Germany

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8.9 Excellent
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Venezuela

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Argentina

8.3 Very Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Italy

8.2 Very Good
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

2.8
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

7.8 Good
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Italy

4.5 Ordinary
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

8.6 Excellent
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

8.9 Excellent
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

7.6 Good
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

8.3 Very Good
  • December 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Italy

7.2 Good
  • April 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

6.8 Fair
  • December 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

9.0 Wonderful!
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Switzerland

9.1 Wonderful!
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

6.7 Fair
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Canada

8.2 Very Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Belgium

8.7 Excellent
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

10 Outstanding!
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Austria

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Room Details

Book your family-friendly accommodation at Hotel Barcelona Universal, offering 167 guest rooms with climate control. Digital TV channels offer entertainment at the end of a busy day. Business travelers visiting the Ciutat Vella area will have access to free wireless high-speed Internet access as well as desks and complimentary newspapers.

Private bathrooms are outfitted with bathtubs, bidets, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Additional guest comforts include minibars, soundproofing and air conditioning.

Irons/ironing boards can be provided on request.

Accommodation Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Baby cots/cribs available
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Ironing facilities on request
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach Hotel Barcelona Universal

By public transportation
The nearest underground station is Paral.lel L2 and L3. Buses n. 20, 21, 36, 57, 64 and 157 run near the hotel. By airplane From Barcelona-El Prat Airport take RENFE train L10-Aeroport-Barcelona-Est. de França to Sants train station. Then take underground L3-Zona Universitaria/Canyelles adn get off at Paral.lel station.

Distances from Hotel Barcelona Universal

Victoria Theatre - 0.1 km / 0 mi
Teatre Tantarantana - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Sant Pau del Camp - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Refugi 307 - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Rambla del Raval - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Cafe-Teatre Llantiol - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Filmoteca de Catalunya - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Maritime Museum - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
Hospital de la Santa Creu de Barcelona - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
Palau Guell - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Teatre Romea - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Centre d'Art Santa Monica - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Teatre Principal - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Gran Teatre del Liceu - 0.7 km / 0.5 mi
Boqueria Market - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
The preferred airport for Hotel Barcelona Universal is Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.) - 11.1 km / 6.9 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometer.

Transportation services Hotel Barcelona Universal

  • Private parking