In a central location in the upscale Eixample neighborhood
A rooftop terrace
features a small pool and city views
Attractive bar includes stained-glass detailing and a tapas menu
Some rooms open
to balconies overlooking street
throughout the hotel
rooms have views of a wall
The Hotel HCC
Regente is a mid-range, 79-room property with a lovely early 20th-century
facade set in Barcelona's central -- and upscale -- Eixample district. While
there are plenty of original Art Nouveau touches throughout, most of the hotel
has been renovated in a simple, modern style. Rooms are functional, albeit lacking much character, but some open to street-view balconies; others just look out to walls. The highlight here is the small rooftop pool with views of the city. Overall the rates are good for the area, but you may want to check out the nearby Alexandra
Barcelona Hotel for something a bit more contemporary chic.
Modernist facade with Art Nouveau touches and modern interiors
back to 1913, the building that houses the Hotel HCC Regente is recognized as a
fine example of Catalan Modernist architecture. The facade is indeed
impressive and perfectly symmetrical with ornately-carved stonework, arched
windows, and intricate wrought iron balconies -- though it's topped with an
unattractive contemporary add-on. Although completely renovated in 2012, much
of the original period charm has been retained. Visitors arrive at an entrance
awash with Art Nouveau touches including lovely period stained-glass panels and
traditional wall-mounted lamps. Inside the scene transitions to a more modern
style with only the occasional reference to the buildings heritage with antique
pieces and an old cash register. Two tiny elevators ferry guests -- largely
vacationing couples -- to one of seven floors, including the rooftop terrace
which affords panoramic views over the city.
In the heart of
upmarket Eixample right on the trendy Rambla de Catalunya
The hotel is
situated in Barcelona's central and upmarket Eixample neighborhood, right on
the trendy, tree-lined Rambla de Catalunya that is home to many fashion
boutiques and chic restaurants. This great location drives up not only the
hotel rates, but also the noise -- since the street is busy at all hours.
hotel is within walking distance of several popular landmarks, such as the
Casa Milà and Casa Batlló buildings designed by modernist architect Antoni
Gaudí. For visitors who want to explore sections of the city that are farther away,
the Passeig de Gracia metro station can be reached on foot within just a few
minutes; this also connects to the El Prat Airport in 30 minutes.
well-maintained rooms have free Wi-Fi; some come with small balconies.
benefitted from the hotel's 2012 renovated, the 79 rooms are all functional and modern -- if lacking a little in charm. Rooms are air-conditioned and largely soundproofed from the outside, with some opening to
pretty balconies overlooking the street, though interior-facing look straight
onto walls. Amenities are decent, with free Wi-Fi, minibars, and large
flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. While bathrooms are clean and fairly
well-maintained, they look a little dated in parts.
with small swimming pool and panoramic city views
The hotel serves
a hot and cold breakfast buffet each morning in the bright and pleasant -- if
slightly dated -- breakfast room; it's included in some rates but not all. On the
eighth floor guests can flop on loungers on the rooftop terrace which also has
a small swimming pool with great city views -- though it's only open during the
warmer months and for limited hours. A smart bar with Art Nouveau touches
specializes in wine and G&Ts and served a small selection of traditional
tapas. Wi-Fi is also free of charge throughout the property. There's no gym or spa, but there are a couple meeting rooms.
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