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Large, modern hotel that's popular for business travelers
Once guests enter the 7-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.
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.
Spacious, modern but basic rooms with high-tech features and large bathrooms
Rooms at the Crowne Plaza Barcelona- Fira Center Hotel are large, outfitted in basic but modern furniture. All feature the same furnishings, white bedding and neutral-tone carpeting and walls. 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 bath tub. Bathrobes and toiletries are also included.
The guest rooms also include high-tech features like 55-inch flat-screen TVs, stereo and sound system and a video check-out. It's geared toward the business traveler with 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 mini bar.
Two on-site restaurants and piano bar; spa and fitness center are being renovated
Unfortunately, currently the spa and fitness center is being renovated, 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 with printing capabilities is available for guests.
There's ample parking but for a daily fee.
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 their fitness center and spa.