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Modern and minimalist public spaces with an interesting art collection.
The standout feature of the Balmes Hotel lobby is the collection of African art on display. Individual pieces enclosed in glass cases are mostly masks from the sub-Saharan African art. The marble desk and white tiled floors give the check-in area a modern feel. The lobby is designed to be functional rather than luxurious and as a result, it's not a place guests tend to linger.
Located in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood and a good base for exploring the city.
The Hotel Balmes is located in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, close to the Passeig de Gràcia, the Rambla Catalunya, Avinguda Diagonal and Plaça Catalunya. For sights not within walking distance, it's easy enough to get a taxi outside the hotel and the Diagonal Metro station is nearby. There are plenty of bars and cafes in the immediate area to take meals outside the hotel.
The hotel's 102 simple rooms come in a variety of sizes, from single to suite.
The rooms at Balmes Hotel offer everything a traveler would expect from a three-pearl hotel. The decor is clean and simple (blue comforters, wood floors), and rooms come equipped with minibars, hairdryers, and satellite television on flat-screen TVs. There are 102 rooms in total, ranging from singles to apartments to family rooms to suites, and some have private terraces overlooking the hotel's interior courtyard. Bathrooms are modern and marble with rainfall shower heads. Some guests report noise from the street and other guest rooms.
Everything expected of a three-pearl hotel with a few surprises -- like an interior courtyard -- too.
The hotel has a garden, outdoor swimming pool, solarium, sauna and spa and features a collection of African art. The Balmes Restaurant and Bar Bal coffee shop offer a wide range of drinks, snacks and meals, but since breakfast is not included in the room rate, many guests opt to take their meals at neighboring cafes. While the hotel is geared towards tourists, there is a business center and function rooms available. For travelers with pets, small dogs are permitted in the hotel with the exception of the bar and restaurants. Guest enjoy the hotel's free Wi-Fi.
Located in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood and within walking distance of some of the city's top attractions, the Balmes Hotel is a good choice for tourists and families. The hotel's 102 simple and clean rooms come in a variety of sizes to accommodate any size travel party. Balmes Hotel's notable features include a small pool and an attractive interior courtyard. The hotel also has a collection of African art and artifacts that dominate the lobby decor. The three-pearl hotel is a good choice and decent value for travelers looking for simple accommodations close to the action, but some travelers complain of noise from the street and other guestrooms.