We spent 5 great nights at the Hotel Soho in the middle of June 2010.
By making an early reservation, we were able to secure a rooftop room with terrace.
It’s always difficult to know what a hotel will be like especially the room chosen. We were very pleased on both counts.
The hotel location is about 10 minutes walk from the start of the old town in one direction and a similar distance from the Placa Espanya, in the other. There are many restaurants in the vicinity. Coming from the airport, we caught the Aerobus which stops a couple of hundred metres down the street from the hotel at Urgell. These run every 10 minutes or so and the fare was only €5. – a very easy trip.
The hotel is described as minimalist, but don’t let that put you off. It has all that you could want, unless it’s carpets in the bedroom. The designer has managed to squeeze everything into a space between 2 buildings, but at no time did anything feel cramped or oppressive – all very stylish.
Our room was large with a sitting area and terrace. This was at the front of the hotel and we were initially concerned that it would be noisy from the street below, especially if we slept with the terrace door open. There is some traffic noise, but the air conditioning in the room was so unobtrusive that we could close the door and sleep in comfort. Another concern was the louvered blinds to the windows and bathroom – would these be effective? No problem at all – the blinds are between the panes of double glazing and operate at the push of a button, as does the room lighting. Mood lighting at the touch of a button – you don’t see this very often in a hotel room. In addition, there are conventional blinds on all of the windows which keep out the morning sun.
The room was very clean, the bedding and towels being changed every day. We only had one minor problem – the batteries in the room safe needed replacing. We reported this and it was done immediately.
The hotel has a breakfast buffet, which initially seemed minimalist too. However, there was fresh orange juice, teas, coffee, cereals, fruit, cheese, cold meats, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, breads, crousants and pastries – all you could want and all replenished as necessary.
When we make a return trip to Barcelona, we will not hesitate to stay at the Hotel Soho again.
Experience added by essjay, Juy 2010.