Stayed at the Hotel Barcelona Universal for four nights on Aug 26th. The welcome on arrival was pleasant, when I mentioned my name, the receptionist remembered that I required a gluten free diet which I had put on my reservation. He told me to mention this in the restaurant and that they would provide me with gluten free bread, which they did.
The room on entry was dark as the only natural light into the room was an opaque glass window that looks onto the centre of the building . The room itself was quite small, but clean and well presented. The shower was a step into the bath, which was fine for us but may prove difficult for older or infirm guests.
We dined at the hotel restaurant on two occasions and found it to be reasonable value and the service and food was good. At breakfast we had a good choice and the staff were very helpful. All in our stay at the Universal was very pleasant and if I was going back to Barcelona, would not hesitate to stay there, although perhaps ask for an external view room.
Experience posted by William McCallum, August 2012.