AC Barcelona Hotel

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AC Barcelona Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 90

278 Passeig Taulat - Barcelona - 08019 - Spain | 934 898 200
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Modern and Nice

from Roadworrior
The AC is a modern and clean hotel which was fine for the rate we got. We wanted a hotel close to the beach because we heard that Barcelona was an "oven" and nothing was open in August (both wrong) and that if that was the case, we could at least lay on the beach. Our room was very clean and cosy with the free mini bar and great view of the city. The views we saw of the sea, were not that great, since there is a construction site out back, so I would ask for high floor city view, which we loved. The TV was acting crazy, but there is only one English channel I think(CNN). Our bathroom was fine, but a little dark, with a missing light. Alot of plate glass, so watch out with slipping or it could be a mess. No clock in the bedroom which drove us crazy as well. Each day our mini bar was restocked and the room cleaned nicely. I wish they had an English language newspaper in the lobby though, since it looks like there is EVERY other language represented.
The metro is just around the corner and is a short easy ride to the city center, so DO NOT let this scare you. Super easy and close. My girlfriend went to the mall one night and said it was ok..has a McDonalds and Starbucks in case you get sick of Spanish food. The beach is a short walk as well. We hung out there one day and had a great time, with the bar a little further down and a fun crowd. Overall we liked the hotel and weird location just fine. Barcelona is a great city!

Wise choice

from Supermercado
No complaint is to be made about the AC Barcelona. Hotel is very clean, design is contemporary (the typical Ikéa / Habitat type of furniture) and comfortable at the same time, staff is helpful, rooms are great, beds are cosy, bathroom is perfect (we had a bathtub in a separate room and 2 huge showers), sea or city views are amazing, pool area is small but nice (maybe can be too crowded in Summer, I DK since I was there in February), location is perfect but I would not recommend the area for first time visitors in BCN (would rather advise tourists in town for sight seing, eating out and partying to stay in a more central area to better enjoy the city and its soul). Room service is extremely expensive (paid 8 euros for one coffee delivered in the room). All in one, very good hotel and wise choice for those familiar with the city already and looking for a quiet stay a bit away from the buzz.

My favorite ever!

from RosannaTarsiero
I went to Barcelona for a conference, IAVE 2004, and got cheated on by the person that rented me an apt with wireless Internet connection that had NONE. So I walked to the forum and was desperate to find an accommodation. I saw the AC and asked for a quote. The one they gave me was excellent so I stayed there for the whole conference. I didn't realise it at that time because it was my first conference but the AC Barcelona was the best hotel I've been into. Free minibar, free jacuzzi (last floor), hifi in the room, FREE wireless Internet, gorgeous bathroom (green and black), excellent mattress and pillows. The only negative (VERY negative) note was the maid. The first day we had forgotten to hang the "do not disturb" card out, so she made it in. Our fault. The second day she used her keys *despite* the card. We protested with the manager. The third day we resolved to put a chair against the door to avoid her getting in while we were sleeping naked. And yet she tried. Only the day before the last she finally understood to stop such behavior.

Fantastic Hotel

from Dave_OMeara
Great Hotel, well connected to the city centre via tram, metro or bus (there is a new metro station within 5 minutes walk - El Maresme Forum).

The hotel is clearly targeted at the business market hence high prices for drinks and food.

Pool and decking area on 13th floor is lovely, there is also a bar, gym and spa area adjacent to the pool.

Large bar and lounge area on 1st floor is also very nice. We use the restaurant on the 4th floor for breakfast only which is buffet style and really good.

Overall a great hotel, and for the standard of accomodation and facilities provided you should really expect high prices for drinks etc. wherever you go . . . . .

Pretty, but a bit of a walk to beach and expensive extra bed

from r61
I got a great rate of 93Euro per night for a Queen room, but needed to have an extra bed for my 9 yr old daughter. I figured a nominal cost but was shocked to learn they charged me 67 Euro per night for the extra bed. I sent their mgmt an email saying the hotel was great looking and we enjoyed our stay, but I was very disappointed with the extra bed costs. No reply received after 2 weeks.

Good features: The air conditioning works great; Free mini-bar fridge with waters, soda and beer; nice modern decor; nice workout area & pool overlooking the Meditteranean. Great spot for photos of the mountains and city. 3 medium-sized jacuzzis. Across the street from the Diagonal Mar Mall - huge 3 story mall with a/c. The hotel service desk (associated with Holland Cruises?!) was very helpful in arranging tickets to see a flamenco dancing performance. The street-tram is just across the street, and the metro is about 5 minutes further away.

Features to be aware of: You have to have a room above the 6th floor to have an unobstructed view of the sea. Bit of a walk (10 min) to the beach. Sandy beach that sported middle-aged topless women. Water was warm, and there was a lifeguard. From the Bus Terminal, it is probably too hard to carry large suitcases with a family to the Arc d'Triomphe metro stop and then do a metro transfer to the train stop near the hotel. The numerous steps up and down the metro stops also makes carrying/rolling bags challenging. Clothing for men/women is casual throughout the city. Everyone is wearing flip-flops and shorts.

FYI - the taxis do have meters. We arrived via the Girona shuttle bus at the main bus station and went to get a taxi. The one we picked negotiated charged 25 Euro and got additional for the 3 bags. The return trip with a meter only cost 15 Euro after tip. We found the easiest way to get about was the single zone T-10 book of 10 metro/bus tickets for about 6.65 Euros.

good hotel but a few problems occured

from Elise2929
I reviewed this hotel on this site before going and agree with other comments. It's a great modern hotel with everything you would need, a few nice added touches like a free mini bar and water. We went last week-end, be aware that there is a music festival in July and it is right beside the hotel and v loud. We tried to move as the noise was v loud but there were no more non smoking twin rooms. The last 2 nights we were kept awake by the thin walls and two very noisy people next door. The breakfast is ok but very expensive, the pool area isn't big but great but needs more loungers.
The hotel is alittle out and slightly further than previous reviews, the metro is 5 mins away, buy a 2-3 day pass very cheap, it takes about 30-40 mins to get to one of the best beaches the other side of the city and the bottom of the La ramblas, beacuse you have to change lines and it's a long walk. A taxi is about 10 mins and costs 10 euro's, I found the city to be reasonable in cost compared to some, we ate down by the port and twice in restauranats in a square just off the La Ramblas towards the bottom end. We waited for over an hour in a long queue for a restaurant in the square, the food was avarage and cheap but not worth the wait, go to the restaurant beside begining with Tax very good food and service.

Modern Hotel on Sea, well connected to the city center

from MichaelMancini
I stayed at AC Barcelona for 2 nights for a business travel where we've seen the MotoGP Catalunya. It's in the new area of Barcelona that was in past an industrial area and now is going to be restructured. The area is called Forum, it's well connected to city center by Metro (7-8 stops) and it's just sea front. Our room was at 20th floor (on 23) and the view was amazing.
Rooms and in general all spaces are modern and well designed, with much glass and iron. On 13th floor there is a nice swimming pool with hydromassages, with a nice view over the sea and the city.
Overall it's a very good hotel, I give 4 bullets because the nearby Princess Hotel is a bit better (5 bullets). I stayd at Princess Hotel for a leasure travel last year and I've found it spectacular.

Excellent Hotel, Out of city with easy transport into city

from FozzieHere!
I have just returned from a 4 night family stay at the Hotel AC Barcelona. We chose this hotel as I had stayed in the AC Madrid previously and been impressed and the cheap room rate being offered on t'internet for the barcelona hotel was excellent.

The hotel is a little out of the city centre but does have excellent travel options into town. We travelled mainly on the Metro (about a 5 minute, safe walk away) and also by tram (even nearer). All journeys using the T-10 (10 tickets for 6.50 euros). Having walked Las Ramblas and other inner city areas I would certainly prefer the out of town location with good transport into town every time. The only downside from a travel view was the taxi back to the airport. We had to be there for 08:45 and I guess we got caught in the rush hour crossing the city which took 40 minutes...but not a major issue. Taxi was 30-35 euros

Right opposite is a largish, modern shopping centre which was good, inlcuding a large ASDA style shop with food downstairs and loads of stuff upstairs.

The hotel was really clean and certainly has the air of being a business hotel. It is right next to the Forum conference centre. We stayed when there wasn't a conference on (hence our cheap rate) and it wasn't busy at all. I do feel as though bars and restaurant could get busy during conference season though. Despite being tourists we didn't feel out of place at all. All the staff we met spoke english but were also happy for us to try out our spanish (good for our kids who are taking it at school).

We ate in the hotel on the first night. We all ate well, if it was a little pricey. We used the hotel bar on the 1st floor which was pleasant, but again a little pricey, hankering to those on expense accounts. We indulged in a couple of non-alcoholic cocktails for the kids which went down well but were 8 euros. A tad expensive but we were on a short holiday so what the...

We used the pool on the 14th floor. You get to this by walking through the gym area with glass walls to the jacuzzi area. The pool isn't huge but it is big enough. You get great views to the sea on one side and to the city sites on the other. It wasn't too warm when we visited and the kids did feel that the water was a bit cold - but I'm sure this would be a blessing with warmer air temperatures. The jacuzzi was a jacuzzi! Again, all very clean with towels and those slippery things to use all free of charge. We didn't use the sauna or steam room.

I think there was an 18 year and over rule to use the gym and jacuzzi but no limit on children in the pool (14 years and under needed to be accompanied). This seemed to be a bit of the norm for Barcelona hotels when we were looking to book.

The rooms were good. We got little noise from other guests (although we were there when the hotel was NOT busy) and we had a great view of the city. The bathrooms were good, and surprisingly the shower managed to stay a constant temperature throughout.

As seems to be the norm in spanish hotels from my experience there was only CNN and MTV worth watching, but we were on holiday not there to watch TV.

We thought the breakfast was expensive so we took it in one of the street cafes around the corner. This was less for 4 of us than for one in the hotel! We did this to save money but also to experience a bit of normal spanish life. The shopping centre cafes don't really get going until 10:30 at the earliest and are your normal chain fayre (including starbucks for those who get withrawal) whilst the street cafes can be going from 06:30, but are full until 10:00. So, we aimed to get to the street cafes at just after 10:00 when they emptied a bit. They were mostly smoking unfortunately near to the hotel.

I have read the review of another visitor who that breakfast was excellent and this was what I also found when visiting the AC Madrid, so I assume the AC Barcelona would be similar. In AC Barcelona we took room service breakfast on the last morning and it was good (I normally base this on the quantity and freshness of the fruit) which was good and excellent.

We walked to the beach on a couple of occasions. This is about a 20-30 minute walk/stroll away. There is a bit of work being done to the sea front at the moment. They seem to be building new jutty-outty bits into the sea maybe for a harbour/port extension - I don't really know. However, the walk for us with teenage kids wasn't a problem but younger kids may find this a bit of challenge unless in buggies. It was all flat pavement but maybe 3/4 mile to a mile away. There is sandy beach right from here into Barcelona. The first bit of beach you hit will be a sand and shingle mix, but walk on a couple of hundred yards to a smoother sandy beach with just the hint of shingle. And then another couple of hundred yards to the nudist section - so, just be in the know if it's your thing or if it isn't.

Bottom line for the Hotel AC Barcelona is, I'd certainly stay here again at a similar rate and try to get breakfast included for just a little more.

very good hotel

from captainbeaky30
Good hotel but a little way from the city.
However the metro is nearby and I would rather travel to stay in this hotel than stay nearer the city where the hotel may not be as nice.
The beach is also nearby which is nice.
The hotel is 4 or 5 star with a great gym and pool.
Staff speak english very well and are helpful.
The only complaint is that the complimentary mini bar only had one beer. All other drinks were soft drinks!

Great Hotel in Barcelona

from Dan_from_LA
This is the only hotel we stayed at in Barcelona. We selected this hotel as a convention hotel. We thought the accomodations were top notch and the staff helpful and polite. Though not as close to the city as many places, the Metro of Barcelona is very near by and we did not feel compromised by the extra subway time to get to the sites. The price, probably due to the conference, was not cheap. If I was to return on holiday, I would stay without hesitation, except for the price. I know that inner city hotels may be 30-50% off the tariff, and in real life we compromise between luxury and cost.

Top Local Tips for Barcelona

A few restaurants off the beaten path Head to Habana Vieja in the gothic quarter of the city, it's on street Banys Vells. Authentic Cuban cuisine with amazing mojitos. You'll also want to try El Gran Cafe off of Las Ramblas, near the Cathedral. It's Spanish and French fusion with an excellent wine list and sensible prices. Also, be sure to go to la Barca de Salamanca in the Port Olimpic! It's a charming seaside restaurant featuring fresh seafood, excellent meats, and a good wine list. Ask for the English menu!

Reset your clocks Don't try to stick to your normal timetable; get up late and eat / drink late - if you don't you will miss some of the best things in town

Avoid taxis at bus station on entering Barcelona This may have been a one off, but we clearly looked new to barcelona on entering at bus station, and chose to get a taxi to the hotel.The driver who spoke no english (but this is not a complaint, our spanish is non existent) didn't no were the Hotel was... even with the satnav telling him. After quite a long journey to the street where the hotel was he came to a sign which said 1-200 turn left, and 200-300 turn right... quite simple as it was numbers and arrows. Our hotel was 255, but he still chose to turn left to my surprise. He then struggled to find the hotel and turned in circles a lot, but I thought he would still get us there. He then turned the meter off at 10 euros cos it was clearly his problem. Eventually after much talking on his radio to the depot he turned in the direction i knew he should have taken in the first place. When we got to the hotel he charged 15 euros... disgraceful. The same trip which we took many times always cost 10 euros MAX!!! Be warned.

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  • Address: 278 Passeig Taulat - Barcelona - 08019 - Spain
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