Review: Hotel Catalonia Square Barcelona

Introduction
Finnair 90 A350-900 Business Class Bangkok to Helsinki
Finnair 833 A321 Business Class Helsinki to London Heathrow
British Airways 462 767-300 Euro Traveller London Heathrow to Madrid
Hotel Preciados Madrid
Hotel Catalonia Square Barcelona
Finnair 3270 A321 Business Class Barcelona to Helsinki
Finnair 89 A350-900 Business Class Helsinki to Bangkok
Cathay Pacific 754 A340-300 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong


We arrived at the Hotel Catalonia Square by taxi from the Barcelona Train Station. The taxi ride was pleasant enough and the driver was friendly, and took us directly to the hotel (unlike our taxi driver in Madrid). At walked into the tiny lobby.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Lobby Seating

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Hotel Catalonia Square Lobby Staircase

We were welcomed by the extremely friendly associate at check in, who quickly processed our check in. We were then told that we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite, which was a nice gesture on the hotel’s behalf.

After check in, a friendly bellman helped us with our bags and gave us a quick tour of the hotel’s facilities, and showed us to our room.

Hotel Catalonia Square Barcelona
Check-in: Monday, July 11th, 2016
Room Type: Junior Suite
Stay duration: 4 nights
Check-out: Friday, July 15th, 2016

The room was the biggest of our stay so far, with a sitting area (which had a couch that could be converted to a bed), and a separate sleeping area, which was separated by a large rectangular desk, all of which were decorated in a modern but practical manner.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite 

The beds weren’t really comfortable, which I found to be the trend during much of our stay. There also weren’t proper thick duvets, but rather thin sheets. While I’d be griping about that during the winter, it was perfect for a hotel situated in Barcelona, in the middle of summer. You could also easily adjust the air conditioning to fit your fancy, so it wasn’t that big of a problem.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite Sofabed

There was also a nice “clothes-hanger-apparatus-thing” next to the sofa bed combination, which was useful for hanging up clothes that we had just washed.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite Clothes Hanger Apparatus

The desk was pretty long, and was quite useful for working. The chair, however, wasn’t padded and wasn’t exactly the most comfortable thing to sit on for long periods of time. On the desk was some hotel information, a pen, and a Nespresso machine with pods, which hid a series of power ports.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite Desk

Next to the beds in the main sleeping area, there were a series of EU power ports, lamp switches and an iPod dock, which unfortunately could only be used by last-generation iPhones. C’mon hotels, no one uses iPhone 4’s anymore, it’s time to revamp your equipment. As with most European hotels, there was also a Business Class style reading light next to the bed.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite Bed Stand

The toilet was of a good enough size, and featured a nice shower with both rainforest and shower head faucets, as well as a nice enough sink with adequate counter space.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite Sink

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite Shower

There was also an unfurnished balcony, featuring views of the department store across the street.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Junior Suite Balcony

Now, on to the facilities of the hotel. There was a nice lounge on the second floor of the hotel, with a spread that went from 2pm to 11pm.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Lounge

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Hotel Catalonia Square Lounge

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Hotel Catalonia Square Lounge

The spread featured some sandwiches, a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, cakes, pastries and two hot dishes which ranged from croquettes to chicken nuggets. While the food wasn’t really gourmet, I appreciated the hotel’s effort at trying to improve the overall customer experience.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Lounge Food Spread

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Hotel Catalonia Square Lounge Food Spread

There was also a nice “business centre” tucked away in a corner, with two desktop computers and printers, as well as more seating.

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Hotel Catalonia Square Business Centre

As for the location of the hotel, it was fantastic. The hotel was a 5-minute walk away from the closest metro station (which, by the way, was a mouthful to pronounce). In the other direction, there was a huge (and beautiful) square, as well as a gigantic shopping street with every single brand that you could possibly think of. The street also had two buildings that were designed by Anton Gaudí, which were gorgeous. Additionally, there was a department store right across from the hotel which was a nice place to buy some souvenirs. Lastly, there was a taxi stand across the street from the hotel, which meant that there was always virtually no wait to get into a taxi.

After 5 fantastic days spent in Barcelona, we left at 6am in a hotel-arranged taxi for El Prat Airport, which was a 30-minute drive from the hotel.

Bottom Line

Our family has a tradition of picking the nicest hotels to stay in on the last stop of our trip (it’s probably a mere coincidence…). Having stayed in some not-so-good properties throughout the trip, the hotel was definitely a welcome surprise. The upgrade was a nice little gesture on behalf of the hotel, the decor was modern and practical, the location was phenomenal and the snack selection was a fantastic gesture on behalf of the hotel.

I’d highly recommend this property, and would likely go out of my way to stay at this property.

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