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Inviting, contemporary hotel
The U232 is a chic and contemporary hotel with a warm and inviting feel. The hotel draws tourists of all ages as well as business travelers. A prime gathering spot is the attractive library and computer room, with muted Art Deco elements and decked out with dark wood furnishings, striped sofas, and black-and-white photos. Sun-seekers can make their way to the 10th-floor rooftop terrace for some relaxation on a lounge chair or day bed, accompanied by views of the surrounding Eixample and city.
In the western Eixample, off the beaten path but right near the Metro
U232 Hotel is situated on the Comte d'Urgell in the L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample section of the western Eixample. A 25-minute walk west of the Placa de Catalunya and La Rambla, it's a little far from central Barcelona attractions. Luckily, the hotel is one and a half blocks north of Hospital Clinic Metro station, for easy access to the rest of the city. The Placa de Francesc Macia and vibrant Avinguda Diagonal are three blocks north.
Stylish and spacious, with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs
The 108 spacious rooms at the U232 are done in a beige, blond, and black color palette with light hardwood floors. Beds are solidly comfortable and feature striped bedspreads and throw pillows. Some rooms have two single beds pushed together. Bathrooms are marble and have showers with good water pressure. Basic rooms are interior facing, but some rooms have views of the neighboring Comte d'Urgell and balconies. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, laptop-compatible safes, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are not overly luxurious, but provide a quiet environment with upscale elements.
Rooftop terrace, library, and copious breakfast buffet
While it doesn't offer a pool or sauna like some Barcelona hotels of its class, U232 does have a 10th-floor sun terrace with lounge chairs, a canopied day bed, and stellar views of the surrounding Eixample neighborhood. The dark wood library is an inviting spot to read a book or magazine or check e-mail, while the small fitness room has views of the city along with its treadmills, stationary bikes, and free weights. A generous breakfast buffet (for a fee) includes Spanish omelets, sausages, chorizo, mushrooms, tomatoes, yogurt, pastries, cereal, and more. The hotel bar has signature cocktails named for Barcelona sights like the Boqueria.
The 10-floor, 108-room U232 Hotel is a stylish, contemporary hotel in the L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample section of the western Eixample. It's a little far by foot from central Barcelona attractions like La Rambla and Sagrada Familia, but luckily a metro stop is one and a half blocks away for easy access to the rest of the city. While there's no pool, guests do enjoy well-designed and tech-equipped rooms, a sun deck with city views, a big breakfast buffet (for a fee), small fitness room, and inviting library/computer room. A stay here is good value, since the extra distance from the city center equals lower nightly rates.