My husband and I stayed at Hotel Miramar for a week. I researched a lot of different Barcelona hotels before settling on this property.
The front desk service was great. After checking in, we had a problem with our credit card allowing international charges which affected room payment. The front desk staff were very gracious and patient while we contacted the credit union back in the United States to fix the problem. The front desk staff also provided great tips for sightseeing and getting around Barcelona.
The hotel is set in a great mountainside location that provides breathtaking views of the city. The hotel grounds include a beautiful courtyard with nice greenery, flowers, fountains, statutes, and park benches for taking a break after strolling. The red sightseeing bus stops at the front of the hotel and there is also a taxi stand. The metro is a 5 minute walk down the mountain through a Barcelona community.
The Mirarmar Cafe (not run by the hotel) and the city's trolley are on the other side of the courtyard. Food at the cafe was okay. The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating. Like Hotel Miramar, the cafe offers magnificent views of Barcelona. Two medium size cats freely roam the cafe waiting for patrons to drop a morsel. We even saw one cat jump into a chair and start eating remains of a meal left on the table after patrons departed. Service was quick and courteuous.
The city's trolley that leaves from the courtyard of Hotel Miramar is not for those who have a fear of heights. The trolley ends at the beach. So, it's a quick and inexpensive (7 euros) way of getting to the beach. The entire trolley trip from hotel to beach took about 10 minutes. It can get crowded during mid-day and late afternoon when the queue is longer than the trip itself.
Hotel Miramar's interior is upscale boutique. Their resaturant's breakfast buffet was pricey (50 euros) but good. We found ourselves eating elsewhere due to the restaurant's high prices. The lounge areas are very nice and the pool area is nice as well.
The rooms are nicely appointed. The balconies are large with nice furniture and a table for resting your drink. We found ourselves resting on the large balcony enjoying the Barcelona city view and sunset each evening, not really wanting to move. We stayed in a Premium Room which was nice. Premium Room Pros: decor, lovely shower with rainfall, refrigerator, iPhone and music centers. Premium Room Cons: very hard bed mattress, bathtub had awkward structure (seemed like it was installed with the wrong end at the faucet), since the bathroom is in the room light woke me up when husband used it in the middle of night, and the maids kept leaving just one washcloth when there were two of us in the room. My husband and I love each other but didn't want to share washcloths while on vacation. Each night, my husband had to contact housekeeping to obtain an extra washcloth.
Overall, Hotel Miramar is a good choice when staying in Barcelona. We are travelling to Barcelona again in 2013 and will stay at this hotel.
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