Lonely Planet review
Run by the same owners as two other fine hotels - the Astoria and the Claris - this is a well-located quality option that probably deserves an extra star. Decor varies greatly from one room to another, but they're all classy and comfortable.
The Hotel Balmes experience begins in the lobby and public passageways, where stunning African masks and statuettes and original Catalan artwork mark it out as a place of individual style. Rooms are stylish, replete with those light and dark contrasts that work so well. If you're here during low season (generally high summer and deepest, darkest winter), the prices may just be the best in town. The rooms are also spacious; some of those on the ground floor are split-level and come with a private terrace. Hanging gardens cascade into the pleasant internal courtyard and pool area, where there's also a bar. Another highlight is the service, which is attentive when you need it to be and discreet at other times. Located in a residential and shopping area, you're a short walk or one stop away from the old town by train.
Our independent authors have visited Balmes and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Barcelona.
Services & facilities
- Free Wi-Fi
- Steam room
- Jcb international
- American express
- Diners club
- Laundry facilities
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Multilingual staff
- Room service (limited hours)
- 24-hour front desk
- Tours/ticket assistance
- Pets allowed
- Limo or town car service available
- Rooftop terrace
- Luggage storage
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
Bureau de Change/ATM
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool - outdoor seasonal
- Air-conditioned public areas
Description provided by property
Property Location Balmes is in the heart of Barcelona, walking distance from Fundacio Antoni Tapies and Bulevard Rosa. This hotel is within close proximity of Casa Mila and Fundacio Sunol.
Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 100 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Relax and take in city and garden views from the privacy of your room. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature bidets and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including a sauna, a steam room, and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.
Dining Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of banquet facilities and a meeting/conference room. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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