My 2 grown daughters, wife and I stayed in two rooms at the Barcelona Universal Hotel from July 29-August 1. It was a wonderful stay. The hotel staff assisted us with hotel and non-hotel matters: from recommendations for great restaurants and the best way to use the subway, to changing my daughters’ room (within 5 minutes!) when one of my daughters said the mattress was too soft for her taste and to arranging a late check-out. Our rooms were very clean and inviting. The hotel offered excellent value for the rate which we paid. In recent years, I can’t remember having a better hotel experience.
The only recommendation for improvement that I would make is the result of me being a vegetarian. The buffet breakfast (which was included in our rate) had an excellent range of meats (which I don’t eat), but had very little in the way of salads or fresh vegetables. There was some cheese, fresh fruit and yogurt, but only tomatoes (no lettuce, cucumbers or salads as such). I would encourage the addition of fresh salads or salad vegetables.
I would enthusiastically recommend this hotel to friends (even vegetarians) and will choose it again if/when we return to Barcelona.
Experience posted by JeffMaccabim, August 2011.