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Exe Laietana Palace
Ranked #378 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Extremely disturbing works being carried in the building”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

Nice service, but the works are apparently not supposed to finish until 6 months.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

The best thing about this hotel is its location which is in the center of Barcelona. The stuff was really friendly and helpful, breakfast was excellent. However, we suffered a lot from the noise and traffic and on top of that the hotel is undergoing renovation and it is totally covered. Not such a great sight if you want to open a window.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Bray, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2011

Just back from 2 nights in Laietana Palace. Nice Hotel and great location. Good value when compared with the expensive Las Ramblas. Check-in very smart, friendly and welcoming. Room overlooking Via Laietana - a little noise from traffic but not enough to cause any upset. Room very comfortable, clean, well presented and well serviced. Not sure about the earlier comment about the hotel being a building site? Yes the front of the hotel is covered in mesh, but so are a number of other premises on the street. Yes, visually not attractive, but absolutely no impact on the inside of the hotel or on how it operates. We arrived at lunch time on Friday last & there was absolutely no work going on or any building noise. Welcome at reception was excellent and lots of good advice provided. Value - €50 per person per night - which I think is great value - have paid considerably more on Las Ramblas, for lessser quality. Overall - nice hotel - would we go back? Definitely yes.

Room Tip: Rooms to the front of the hotel are good
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

The hotel is currently half a building site, which wasn't advertised at the point of booking nor was I warned ahead of time that half the building was covered in scaffolding nor of the requisite building noise.

There is nothing special about this hotel. It is overpriced for what it is and I agree with previous reviewers that it is not a four-star hotel by any stretch of the imagination. There was a distinct smell of drains on the third floor.

That said, the location really cannot be beaten. The extremely useful bus number 17 stops right outside the hotel (you could save yourself the extortionate bus tour prices and take this bus past many of the major sites), and it is set against the beautiful roman wall - just turn the corner around the hotel and you're right in the gothic quarter.

While the road outside is noisy, the windows are effectively soundproofed and we were not disturbed by the audible noise which remained.

Staff at the hotel weren't terribly helpful I'm afraid.

If you can get a good deal, this hotel is worth it for the location. But don't expect four-star surroundings, service or facilities. Oh and don't pay for breakfast! If you want something hearty do as other reviewers suggest and go right nextdoor to Dunne's - or there is an excellent patisserie just up the road by Jaume I metro.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2011

Excellently located hotel, a few minutes walk in any direction will take you to one of the sites, the port, La Rambla etc etc.

Room was a good size, clean and tidy and over looked the paddy's bar at the rear.

Couple of things we didnt like, on arrival at the hotel we walked into what we thought was an arguement between a guest and staff at reception, took them a while break off and greet us with a small amount of the hostility spilling over! Wasnt keen on the cleaners trolley being parked right outside the lifts, didnt affect anything obviously but took away the 4* atmosphere, they should call it a 3* really, couldnt see what made it a 4*.

Didnt have time for TV, too much to do and see.

Mini bar was useful and not too over priced with great Vodka!

We were on the 2nd floor, you could feel the trains as well as the hustle and bustle from the city but it all builds the atmosphere. Wasnt anywhere near bad enough to stop you sleeping.

We booked via Lastminute.com, we added a comment in the online comments box, didnt get a reply from either the hotel or lastminute.com. We requested a top floor room!

Over all, a great trip and stayed in a very central hotel, excellent.

Room Tip: Call them once booked if you requested a room on a particular floor.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Rooms are quite small, average breakfast, very good service, amazing location. Overall- recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2011

Clean Hotel and helpful staff but it is not a 4* Hotel, old loaction with small rooms with AC problems. But from the location perspective is an Excellent located hotel, Bus stop directly at the hotel door and drive you directly to Barceloneta beach and night clubs, Metro station is just 1 min walk, La Rambla street is 5 min walk, tour of Barcelona station is 3 min walk, breakfast and restaurents are just 2 -3 min walk, so many other attractions I can share if you send me your queries.

Room Tip: There are small rooms and other a bit bigger, so ask forbigger ones.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Exe Laietana Palace
Address: Via Laietana, 17, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (Formerly Eurostars Laietana Palace)
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#209 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Exe Laietana Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A completely renovated, neo-classical building in the centre of Barcelona, flanked by three inspiring elements: the Roman Barcino wall, the Gothic quarter and the Born district with all its design An elegant hotel in Barcelona Centre, palatial and distinguished, set in the cultural, tourist hub of Barcelona, in the urban melting pot where the Roman, Mediaeval, Modernist and Contemporary heritages merge. ... more   less 
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