Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Sants-Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
We will update our photos and review as soon as we can.

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Pros

  • Mediterranean cuisine in lovely surroundings at El Mall Restaurant
  • Live music, cocktails, and snacks at Scruples piano bar
  • Spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, minibars, desks, and lounge chairs
  • Marble bathrooms have double vanities and separate tubs and showers
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Spa, pool and fitness center are currently being renovated
  • Far from most tourist attractions
  • Fee for breakfast buffet

Bottom Line

Situated near the Magic Fountain in Barcelona's Monjuic neighborhood, the Crowne Plaza Barcelona- Fira Center Hotel is a 276-room hotel with decent amenities. The lovely El Mall restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine in a cozy, brick-walled dining room. Rooms are spacious, with big bathrooms and plenty of space to accommodate sofas, desks, and other furnishings. Decor is minimal but modern and consistent across the rooms. The hotel is well-suited for business travelers, given its ample conference facilities and easy access to the fair grounds. The hotel is currently renovating the fitness center and spa.

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 Scene

Large, modern hotel that's popular for business travelers

Once guests enter the seven-story hotel, they're immediately welcomed by a large, open lobby filled with brightly patterned rugs and modern seating that includes plum couches and leather chairs. Although it has fun and unique details, the 12 meeting rooms and business traveler clientele help give the hotel a corporate atmosphere.

The two restaurants have a relaxed vibe; the breakfast area is bright thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and the El Mall restaurant is an elegant space with beautiful brick-lined vaulted ceilings and modern art lining the walls. The lounge is a fun, chic spot that focuses on the piano in the center where live music is often played.

 Location

In the Montjuic neighborhood, close to office and government buildings, the Magic Fountain, and Placa d'Espanya

The Crowne Plaza Barcelona- Fira Center Hotel is located in the Montjuic area of the city, which is a hub for office and government buildings. It is a bit far from tourist spots, with the Gothic Quarter and Sagrada Familia around a 20-minute subway ride away. A lesser known attraction, the Magic Fountain, is within walking distance of the hotel and features music and light shows on specific nights. Also nearby is the famous Placa d'Espanya public square, as well as the shopping and entertainment center Arenes De Barcelona. Conveniently close dining options include several tapas bars and restaurants, as well as various bakeries for breakfast and coffee. Barcelona's historic center can be reached via bus or metro (the Poble Sec and Placa Espanya metro stations are both near the hotel).

Barcelona is an eclectic city that is popular for its historic and remarkable architecture, vibrant club scene, and urban beaches along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of the Catalan region, Barcelona speaks its own language -- literally and figuratively. Known for a frenetic pace, the city is full of modernist architecture, medieval history, quirky fashion, and endless tapas bars. Located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the city has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers.

  • 15-minute drive or 34-minute bus ride from Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)
  • 9-minute walk or 2-minute drive to Placa d'Espanya public square and transportation hub
  • 12-minute walk or 4-minute drive to the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC)
  • 7-minute drive or 15-minute bus ride to Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 8-minute drive or 20-minute subway ride to Columbus Monument
  • 9-minute drive or 19-minute subway ride to the Barri Gótic (Gothic Quarter) for medieval architecture
  • 10-minute drive or 19-minute subway ride to Town Hall
  • 12-minute drive or 37-minute bus ride to Barceloneta Beach
  • 13-minute drive or 24-minute subway ride to Antoni Gaudí's famously eye-catching Sagrada Família church

 Rooms

Spacious, modern rooms with high-tech features and large bathrooms

Rooms at the Crowne Plaza Barcelona- Fira Center Hotel are large and modern. They feature a mostly gray and white color scheme, streamlined furniture, light laminate wood accent walls, and plush white bedding with either brown or purple accents. Decor is minimal, aside from the modern artwork that hangs in each room; the Junior Suite has more unique features like a colorful mosaic piece and fake iris plants placed throughout.

The bathrooms are similarly spacious, each with a walk-in shower, bidet and separate bathtub. Bathrobes and toiletries are also included.

The guestrooms also include high-tech features such as 55-inch flat-screen TVs, stereo and sound systems, and a video check-out. Some features are geared toward the business traveler, like the built-in desk, free Wi-Fi, and electrical outlets with adapters and power converters available.

All rooms have a coffee/tea maker and stocked minibar.

 Features

Two on-site restaurants and piano bar; the spa and fitness center are being renovated

Unfortunately, the spa and fitness center were being renovated during our visit, so those amenities and pool it houses are closed. Aside from that, guests can occupy themselves in the two on-site restaurants and lounge/bar. The L'Aria Restaurant is open for the breakfast buffet, which is not necessarily included. The El Mall Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves Mediterranean food in its elegant space that has gorgeous brick vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, and terracotta stone flooring. The lounge bar is a chic space with charcoal chairs around bright purple tables and flower-etched glass acting as partitions; its prominent feature is the sleek black piano in the center where live music is played.

There are 12 meeting spaces that range from a 10-person to 1000-person capacity (the latter being the Salon Verdi). A business center with eight Apple desktops and printing capabilities is available for guests.

There's ample parking but for a daily fee.

 Bottom Line

Situated near the Magic Fountain in Barcelona's Monjuic neighborhood, the Crowne Plaza Barcelona- Fira Center Hotel is a 276-room hotel with decent amenities. The lovely El Mall restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine in a cozy, brick-walled dining room. Rooms are spacious, with big bathrooms and plenty of space to accommodate sofas, desks, and other furnishings. Decor is minimal but modern and consistent across the rooms. The hotel is well-suited for business travelers, given its ample conference facilities and easy access to the fair grounds. The hotel is currently renovating the fitness center and spa.

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Address

  • Avenida Ruis I Taulet 1-3 , Barcelona, Barcelona 08004 Spain

Room Types

  • Executive Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room

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Number of Rooms: 276
Pool: N/A
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Sants-Montjuic, Barcelona
Address: Avenida Ruis I Taulet 1-3 , Barcelona, Barcelona 08004 Spain
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