Historical Traveller Reviews of Europark Hotel
Good choice in Barcelona.
We were looking for a quiet hotel away from the "main attractions" in Barcelona and were very pleased with the Europark. It is only a 10-15 minute walk from La Rambla and a short walk to the Girona metro station. The room was modern and air-conditioned and generally quiet - we did experience some normal street sounds, but nothing really disruptive. The staff were reserved, but when asked questions, were very helpful and detailed in the information provided. The computers were always available for free internet access. We would definitely recommend this hotel. Barcelona was VERY crowded with all the cruise ships in port!
Good Location and Value
Stayed at Hotel Europark for 3 nights while visiting Barcelona in April 2006. Stayed at the hotel based on reviews from trip advisor. I was pleased with the accomodation. The room was small ,comfortable and clean. Stayed in a room that faced the back of the building that looked onto the back of other buildings. I did not mind this as the room was quiet from the street noise. The only complaint was the noise from other people closing doors with loud slams occasionally.
The hotel has internet access which was free but you might have to wait as they only have two computers to use. I would recommend having breakfast elsewhere as there are so many places to eat and pick up nice breads, sandwiches or croissants.
The hotel is in a central location and is about 5 blocks walk to the streets called Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla.
On the same street as the hotel is a restaurant called La Rita. Had one of the best meals of my whole trip at this restaurant and the best part is the price was so reasonable. I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed my stay at this hotel and recommend it as I was looking for a place that was reasonably priced and in a good location and Europark fits the bill! Have fun in Barcelona!
Good Value Good location
Recently spent five nights at the Europark and had a good experience. Room was clean, comfortable and adequate size for my needs - which was primarliy to sleep. Bathroom was clean and quite functional.
Location is good - you can walk to either Girona or Passeig de Gracia station which is where I usually went since the conection to other Metro lines is better.
Front desk was helpful and provided good info on local restaurants - go to La Rita - about 3-4 blocks away. Good food and great price about 22 euros for my dinner which included salad-entre-dessert coffeee and wine.
Also try Mussol down by Psg d Grac.
Business center is OK - wireless access is not great but they will give you a static IP address for a standard connection which ultimatley worked great.
Ask for an upper level room as the noise may be troublesome on lower floors.
Breakfast is good - 10 euros may be a little steep but the convenience adds to a good start as you'll not waste time going elsewhere. Good selection of foods.
I returned back after 12 on several nights and felt safe.
BTW - if you speak Spanish the experience is that much more pleasant
Good location and value
We just returned from a six night stay at the EuroPark Hotel. Room was decent size and clean. Bathroom modern and clean. We were located on the 8th floor, far above the busy traffic street. This might be a problem on lower floors. Noise does carry from room to room - not intrusively though. Front desk merely a holder of keys - no help with local information. Great location - 5 minutes to Girona station. I would stay here again. Did not eat the breakfast as previously suggested. Many little spots around the hotel to eat at for 1/4 the price.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I had occasion to spend 6 nights at the Europark and we were thoroughly satisfied. In our eyes, the hotel provided an unbeatable combination of outstanding location and good value for the rooms. We depended on TripAdvisor reviews to pick the hotel in the first place and we were not disappointed. The room was kept clean, adjacent twin beds are simply a fact of life in European hotels, free Internet access was readily available in the bar on the second floor, the lifts were small but we considered them quaint. We followed the reviews and did not buy the hotel's breakfasts. But less than a block in one direction is a sizable basement supermarket and a convenience store is less than a block in the other, both on Carrer Arrago. Of course, there are several small restaurants nearby as well. Within 10 minutes walking distance are the Sagrada Familia (not much to see inside), La Pedrera (rooftop is worth price of admission) and Casa Batllo. The Placa de Catalunya is a leisurely 20-25 minute walk. We recommend the T-10 metro ticket. We initially used it to get to the Placa (Girona is the nearest stop to the Hotel) but we eventually decided it was faster to walk (changing metro lines can mean a lenghty walk). We also recommend the Bus Turistic (17 euro/ 1 day). Not only is it an excellent way to get an overview of the city, it also comes with a very valuable coupon book which has discounts for just about everything you might want to see. The bus also stops at least 2 places (Parc Guell and Tibidabo) which are difficult to get to otherwise. Also recommended is a Las Golondrinas 1.5-hour harbor boat ride, and day trips to Girona and Montserrat (use coupons for all 3!) Finally, a taxi ride from the airport is about 25 euros, more than the guide books say. Barcelona is great, enjoy!
from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a budget hotel. The public areas, my bedroom and bathroom were clean, although the surfaces in my room had not been dusted for quite a while. The staff were pleasant and helpful and spoke reasonable English. The room was not very soundproof. I could hear the man in the next room coughing. we were also woken up a couple of times in the night by people returning to their rooms and using the toilet, talking etc.
The breakfast was basic. A selection of cold meats were avaialable with cereals, fruit and toast. A self-service buffet operated. Smoking was allowed in the breakfast room, but this is very common in Barcelona. There is a pleasant small bar on the first floor where you can get a drink, sandwiches and use the internet (free). Unfortunately that was also smokey.
The hotel is on a busy road (but all roads in Barcelona are busy). It is around a 15 minute walk to Las Ramblas. Best to take a taxi from the airport as the train requires a change of station to get near the hotel.
For a budget hotel it was clean and acceptable. However, I would not return due to the lack of soundproofing.
Fine hotel, very comfortable and nice
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights in April, and we were really pleased. The hotel was clean, comfortable, safe, had central air/heat, nice wood floors, and a good bathroom. As in most of the places we stayed in Spain, our "double bed" was actually two twin beds pushed together, but no big deal. The room is actually very true to the official photos. The hotel location is off of the main drag about 4 long blocks away from Passeig de Gracia, and maybe a 10-15 minute walk from Placa Catalunya, but we didn't mind this. It's close to Girona metro stop, and the area is safe and clean and the hotel was quiet. We paid about $130 US per night including taxes, and I would stay there again. Probably the best thing about staying in the L'Eixample district was finding La Rita - the most amazing inexpensive Catalan restaurant on Arago street between the hotel and Passeig de Gracia. The area around the hotel has plenty of good places to eat, plus a supermarket and fruit market very close by.
a nice hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
we booked this hotel for our two day trip in barcelona. Because we came to barcelona from girona airport, it is quite late when we arrived. Fortunately the hotel is near the bus station and the reception is helpful.
The room is good and the temperature is central-controlled. The toilet and bath is bigger than our expectation. The hotel is some blocks away from the central street and near the metro. The hotel is quite small from outside, you should remember its street number otherwise you may be lost to find it because the nearby blocks are all look almost the same. Anyway enjoy your trip.
Excellent choice, value, and location for a weekend in Barcelona
This hotel was booked with a Travelocity air+hotel package from Newark airport and was one of the lowest priced options actually in the city. The hotel was in the beautiful L'Eixample area several blocks from the in-progress Sagrada Familia church (a must see) and the Passeig de Gracia shopping district. The rooms were the largest we've had in a big European city and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was fine as well with all the amenities including hairdryer, though the room had no clock radio. It featured an in-room safe and soundproof windows which kept out all the loud cars and especially motorcycles from the busy street outside. Breakfast was not included, and while tasty, not worth the 10E per person cost. A short walk away is a farmers market with several places to grab a cup of cafe con leche and a pastry or bread, or numerous coffee shops. Two metro stations were a short walk away with one offering rail to destinations outside the city on the Renfre lines.
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel and we were very happy with the four nights we spent over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I'm glad we didn't stay in the more busy (all night long) Las Ramblas vicinity and had a quiet place to sleep. Barcelona is easy to get around and offers numerous sites in all areas. We were glad it was a 15 minute walk to the Gaudi houses Casa Batllo and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and plenty of restaurants were nearby. A quick metro ride (and 15 minute walk) gets you to Park Guell, and the Mediterranean beach area near Olympic park is just as close by. Also, make sure you don't miss the fun Fat Tire Bike Tours to get a feel for the city. The hotel staff speaks English (though try some Spanish or Catalan to be friendly) and we had no problems to report. Enjoy your trip!
Its fine for a base to see the sights
We went to this hotel for the August Bank Holiday weekend 2004 following an internet booking through expedia in the UK. (Room only basis). To be honest there was nothing wrong with this place as a base to see all the sights. We had a room on the front of the hotel overlooking the very busy main thoroughfare (Av Arago) the noise from which is considerable, though the double glazing and air con meant you didn't need to open the windows too often. Bathroom was a bit worn out but adequate. There are two lifts in the lobby (each with only enough room for two people) but it never seemed to be a problem. The whole place was clean and tidy. There was a baggage store and bathrooms on the ground floor if you need a freshen up prior to any later flight home. Out of the front door a few blocks to the right you get to the main shopping/tourist area and a few blocks to the left is the sagrada familia. If you are coming in from the airport by train go to Passeig de Garcia rather than Sants. You can walk to the hotel from this station. When you come out of this station walk up hill (inland) (past some of guadi's most famous buildings till you get to the Av Arago and then turn right for 3-4 blocks ( as described above but this time the other way). You will find hotel on the left. The area of the hotel seemed pretty safe including at night and we didn't see any beggars unlike in Catalonia Square and Las Ramblas. If you have any walking difficulties the 3-4 block walk into the centre may be tiresome but for everyone else no problem at all. (You wouldn't fit a wheelchair in the lift). Anyway it is easy to hail a taxi outside the hotel for you lazy people but we just stolled back to back to Passeig de Garcia in a matter of a few minutes which is also on the metro system. We found a '10 journey' ticket fro the metro useful and really good value. All in all nothing fancy but clean and a bit like a basic Novotel inside. No complaints.
Top Local Tips for Barcelona
Bus de Tourism
Do this first, possibily as soon as you get to Barcelona as they give you a discount booklet and it has discounts on places to eat, tourist attractions and will knock off a euro or two on excursions and enterance frees. The only place that we were let down by this booklet was with the cable car ride, they didnt allow us to use the voucher there, which i thought was quite cheeky.
This tourist bus isn't a bad deal for those wanting to hit all the attractions. Get a two day pass. Take the north loop (red) on one day and the south loop (blue) the next day. There's plenty to see and you can't beat the convenience of hopping on and off the bus at clearly marked locations. Also get a T-10 pass, as it's a good deal for buses and metro lines.
Plan at least a day as it takes quite a while to get to and is up a VERY steep hill!!!!