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Barcelona City Hotel (Hotel Universal)


Arago 281, Barcelona, Spain

Great, 3.5
Based on 175 Guest reviews
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This Barcelona Hotel is located in the heart of the Quadrat d'Or, near Gaudi, Puig i Cadalfalch and Domènech i Montaner.

The Barcelona City Hotel (Hotel Universal) is set in the modernist route in the heart of the ‘Quadrat d'Or’. The area has the largest concentration of modern buildings around the world, and is the largest outdoor museum of Barcelona. The hotel is 20 meters from the main point of the Eixample district where guests can find the ‘Puig i Cadalfalch’ and ‘Domènech i Montaner’ of Gaudi. Moreover, the hotel is 1 block from station ‘Passeig de Gracia’ connecting to 3 metro lines, as well as suburban and regional trains and various bus routes including the bus line linking to the city and fairgrounds.

The best places of the city are at the hotel’s doorstep; get out of the hotel and discover the beautiful city centre of Barcelona. The Barcelona City Hotel offers you good value for money, clean rooms, and a friendly and welcoming ambiance. Moreover, the helpful staff at the 24-hour reception desk will be happy to assist you and will do its best to make your stay a pleasant one.

Barcelona City Hotel (Hotel Universal) offers 18 comfortable rooms which have been tastefully furnished and decorated with warm tones. Furthermore, the rooms feature an en-suite bathroom and are fully equipped with modern room facilities such as air-conditioning/heating, a fan, a hairdryer, a safe, a TV, and free Wi-Fi internet connection.

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Great, 3.5
175 Guest reviews
  • Location 4.5
  • Value 3.5
  • Rooms 3
  • Service 3.5
  • Cleanliness 3.5
  • Sleep quality 3
Julien S Barcelona October 2014 Easytobook traveller
 "Hotel Universal"
a good and no nonsence stay. ..Clean and friendly. We come to stay in this Hostal for years now. Met never any problems, important is the Location of this place. The price for rooms is acceptable for Barcelona. But to make a review with at least 200 characters is too much for this hotel.
Ro A Barcelona Group of friends October 2012 Easytobook traveller
 "Terrible experience"
Although the staff was extremely friendly and helpful (and spoke English, which was a bonus), this was an overall terrible hotel experience. This hotel has by far the thinnest walls of any building I have ever been in. I understand that thin walls are the norm for Spain but this was on another level of absurdity. The room we stayed in looked nothing like the photos online. It wasn't the size that bothered us, it was the dirty walls, crooked wall hangings, dirty looking linens, and overall disgusting appearance of the room. Even the bathroom, which appeared to be clean, reeked of urine. I have stayed in hotels and hostels in Barcelona for much cheaper and had far better experiences.
A TripAdvisor Member Neath, United Kingdom Spouse/partner May 2012 Easytobook traveller
 "Barcelona City Hotel Universal"
A very basic hotel, excellent location with clean towels and sheets but that's it.Bed and mattress had sunk in the middle, no english channels on tv, very basic furniture, no pool, no bar, reception on 2nd floor,
Anonymous Bulgaria Travelling in a Group May 2011 Easytobook traveller
 "Perfect location, very kind staff"
Pros: Perfect location, very kind staff
Anonymous Italy Spouse/partner February 2011 Easytobook traveller
 "The location"
Pros: The location
Cons: The noise from the street
Anonymous Netherlands Spouse/partner January 2011 Easytobook traveller
 "It is a clean basic hotel in a very convenient position"
Pros: It is a clean basic hotel in a very convenient position. a few steps from the metro paseig de gracia and casa batllo'.
Cons: A bit noisy. walls are thin and we had a family with a crying tot next door.
Anonymous United Kingdom Family with older children September 2010 Easytobook traveller
 "All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful, the room was..."
Pros: All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful, the room was spotlessly clean with fresh towels provided every day. the location was excellent, the hotel felt very safe and it was exceptional value for money.
Kasia Gryzlo Poland Group of friends July 2010 Easytobook traveller
Anonymous Canada Group of friends June 2010 Easytobook traveller
 "Excellent location!"
Pros: Excellent location!
Cons: The beds were gross... felt dirty sleeping on them
Anonymous United Kingdom April 2010 Easytobook traveller
 "In general the hotel is ok, but i stayed in two rooms, in the second the..."
Pros: In general the hotel is ok, but i stayed in two rooms, in the second the shower threw water everywhere. but the staff is nice and helpful, the location is good, the rooms are clean.
Cons: The isolation of sound from one room to another is very poor, you can tell, for example, when people are having sex (lol), if your room neighbours are noisy they can disturb you very easily.
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 Check-in: From 12:00 Check-out: Until 11:00
 Payment:         Visa, MasterCard, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Maestro
Note: the hotel can pre-authorize your card before arrival; they check for sufficient funds in order to guarantee your booking.
 Internet: Wi-Fi Internet free of charge in all rooms and general areas (lobby/reception etc.)
 Parking: Public parking, Paid Parking (Self-service), Parking Nearby
Paid parking is possible near the hotel.
With discounted rates
 Pet policy: Pets are not allowed.
Rooms: 18
  • Laundry service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Concierge
  • Fax service
  • Luggage storage
  • Tourist information
  • Express check-in/out
  • Tours/ticket Assistance
General facilities:
  • Elevator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Multilingual staff
  • City maps
  • Entire property is non-smoking
  • Vending Machine
  • Microwave in the Lobby
  • Breakfast Available (surcharge)
  • Safe at front desk
Extra common areas:
  • Non-smoking area (generic)
Important information & conditions:

The hotel does not accept American Express and Diners Club credit cards.

The accommodation offers discounted parking rates for nearby parking.

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