Historical Traveller Reviews of Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel
Good Quality Hotel But Not Cheap!
After reading many reviews of many hotels in Barcelona, my partner and I decided to choose this hotel - based entirely on this website! I wanted something special as I proposed there and this did fit the bill!
Very helpful staff, very clean, extremely modern, spa in the room, lovely sauna, posh restaurant, free Cava on arrival. The only fault is that it is very expensive to book but once you get there, they do like to rip you off - a bottle of water was something 4 Euro's! It is not cheap! If you're walking to the Ramlas, it will take about 15 minutes but it is a nice walk! The nearest Metro is about 10 mins away. We would go back there and were happy with our choice - thank you trip advisor!!
My husband and I just came back from a 3 day break in Barcelona staying at the Eurostars Grand Marina. We chose the hotel after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor and were not in any way disappointed. We have to echo what everyone says that the staff were superb, so helpful and friendly, they seemed to know what we wanted even before we did! Nothing was too much trouble for them to make our stay a happy one. We immediately felt at home, even though it is such a grand hotel. We loved the contemporary design of the building and furnishings. We stayed in a standard double, but there was little "standard" about it. A large divider between the room and the small hall gave the room a completely different feel once it was slid into place. The bathroom was beautiful, marble floor to ceiling, twin basins, hydro-massage bath and the loo and bidet situated discretely in their own annex off the main bathroom. Millions of bathroom "freebies" including the more unusual mouthwash, make-up remover, shaving kit, dental kit, nail file, comb. The rooms were serviced twice daily. What a luxury to have the towels changed after each shower and the sheets changed daily - I could get used to that ! Breakfast was also a revelation, all tastes were catered for from English cooked breakfast, to many kinds of cooked meats, smoked fish and cheeses, fresh fruit, pancakes, cereals, many different types of bread and rolls, freshly squeezed juices and even slabs of chocolate cake and tiny individual chocolate tartlets decorated with a strawberry! Most impressive though was that food was provided for people with special dietary requirements, eg there was rice cakes and soya milk and many different types of yoghurts. Another good facility was the concierge desk - a very good source of information about Barcelona - restaurants etc although as a 5 star hotel the recommended restaurants were all in the 50-60 euros per head bracket ! Drinks in the bar were also expensive, but then you are paying for your surroundings. All in all the best hotel we have ever stayed in and we would recommend it unreservedly for a luxury stay in Barcelona - the city of style.
A touch of class
Stayed at the Grand Marina during Feb 2004 . 25th wedding anniversary .
Fantastic...it is modern , aimed at the business exec , could be cold but the staff are superb . Breakfasts a delight...dinner was very good but here the staff were slightly too over the top . We had a superb room over the City , could hear the generators from the cruise ships but not a problem , rather seeing them come and go was part of the fun . Easy to walk into the old part of the City but also local buses outside and a stop for the tourist bus . We have stayed in some excellent hotels , and the Marina is right up there amongst them .
is there a better hotel?
Having used the reviews on tripadvisor to select this hotel, all I can say is we are so pleased to take our turn to recommend this hotel which we do without hesitation. We enjoyed a five night break in certainly the best hotel we have ever stayed in, all the staff were wonderful as were all the facilities on offer. If you are contemplating a visit to Barcelona, make your holiday complete and stay at this hotel.
from A TripAdvisor Member
I just came back from Grand Marina Hotel in Barcelona, and to those who enjoy modern hotels, with all gadgets and comforts, this place is what you are looking for.
It is very comfortable, has good size room, great bathrooms, and it is a beautiful hotel. The only thing is that the hotel is sort of cold, meaning that it seems to be more focused for executives than for tourists seeking a romantic getaway. But I would stay there again.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed five nights in the Grand Marina in February 2004 and found it to be the perfect base for a short break in Barcelona. We upgraded to a Junior Suite and felt the extra was worth it - the room was spacious and beautiful. The staff were always friendly and helpful and we got the impression they wanted to do all they could to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. They certainly succeeded and when we ruturn to Barcelona, it will be to this hotel!
Good but not perfect
We visited Barcelona for my wife's birthday and stayed at the Grand Marina as it had the best reviews of all the hotels in town. With all the great reviews previously posted we were expecting something a little special but in my view the hotel is only average for a five star hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the decor is certainly modern and fresh and well designed but unless you take a suite there is not enough storage space for your clothes and luggage if you are staying for more than a few days. The gym has a few bits of kit, some of which were broken and the gym airconditioning was out of order when we were there. The additional load on the ac caused by the placement of the hot spa bath in the gym area is probably to blame. The views from the hotel are great, particularly if you are a boat (ferry) spotter as I am, but don't get excited by the swimming pool, its very small. The bathrooms are nice but surprisingly don't have thermostatic controls on the showers. As it's not on a main road or in the centre of the tourist area its pleasantly quiet and importantly the beds are comfortable. You can easily walk to all the main tourist sites from the hotel. Stay there again? - probably.
We stopped at the Hotel Grand Marina for a short break to celebrate my 35th birthday. We managed to get cheap flights, so decided to splash out on the 5* GL hotel... and we are so pleased that we did. The hotel's located in the port / harbour area of the city, just next to the middle cable car station. It's only a few minutes walk to Port Vell or the bottom of La Ramblas. The rooms are very modern, and every one has a whirlpool bath and there's lots of great goodies to take home with you! From start to finish, the staff at the hotel couldn't do enough for us. As it as my birthday, I asked if we could have a room overlooking the harbour / city. Not only did we get this (and the view was as wonderful as I'd hoped for!), but they also brought me up some Champagne and chocolates to the room for my birthday! The staff arranged tickets to see Barcelona FC for us, and gave us drinks vouchers for two glasses of cava to use in the bar whenever we wanted throughout our stay. We were also given a voucher for us to get into the casino for free. The leisure facilities are on the top floor / roof of the hotel. Unfortuanately the pool isn't heated, so we didn't get the chance to go in, but it's worth going up there to have a look at the wonderful views of the city.The breakfast was an additional 19 euros each, which we initially thought was steep. We decided to go on my birthday as a treat, but in the end, we went on both mornings we were there. The selection of food and drink available was incredible... they even had Moet champagne! We filled ourselves up and didn't eat again until the evening! The Hotel Grand Marina is without doubt the best hotel we've ever stayed at. If you want a bit of pampering, it's THE place to stay in Barcelona!
It was my wife's 30th and I wanted to surprise her with something out of the ordinary. She had no idea where we were going until we got there. Prior to our arrival I had advised the hotel that it was my wife's birthday and I would like a very nice room and boy did they exceed expectation!!We pulled up in a taxi and before we could touch the door both sides or the taxi were opened by the hotel staff. They spoke perfect English and took our bags out of the car and advised us to go and check in. The 2 ladies behind the desk welcomed us to this beautiful hotel. The lobby was just amazing... anyway they proceeded to tell us because it was my wife's birthday that they had upgraded us to a suite. If I wasn't already in the good books - when we opened the door to the suite I definitely was. The view was fantastic!!!! really fantastic!!! The whole of the outside wall was window and we had a nice balcony too. We had a view right round from the Mediterranean sea, the Marina with all the yachts, Port Vell, the markets of La Rambla, way up into the mountains and the other side of the Marina where there was a couple of big cruise liners. Whilst admiring the view our bags arrived and we got a call from reception asking if our room was ok??? was it ok?? were they serious?? it was absolutely amazing!!! This place was bigger than most 1 bedroom apartments in London. The bed was enormous, the bathroom had a hydro massage bath along with a multi jet shower. A bidet too along with all sorts of fragrances dotted around. The lounge area was equipped with a bang & olluffsen stereo system, a nice tv with films and sport, very nice sofa with foot rest. Very swanky heating and lighting controls. Whilst we were still in awe of this place room service called to advise as it was a special occasion they were sending up some champagne along with truffles - again we couldn't get over how polite and courteous everybody we dealt with were. Have you ever been anywhere where the cleaning staff where complete suits? We arrived in the afternoon and it was our first time in Barcelona but we didn't want to leave the hotel, we could have happily stayed there for our entire stay. The breakfast was absolutely amazing... everything you could want was there and you just help yourself. As soon as you finish your cutlery is replaced for you to go up again... I'm a big fan of breakfast and I could hardly walk out when I left. We had dinner in the hotel once and it was like being in a high class restaurant. You never need to carry any money with you around the hotel you just need to give your room number and sign a ticket which gets added to your final bill. We had a look at the gym and it had the exact same equipment as my gym that I pay Â£55 a month for. There also was a pool on the top of the roof!! I felt my legs turning to jelly and it was a little cold so I didn't have a paddle. I can definitely see why this is the best hotel in Barcelona. You have to check this place out as I don't think I have spoken highly enough of it.
Amazing Service - Beautiful Room!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My new husband and I were taking a second honeymoon in France, and decided to visit Barcelona. We stayed at The Grand Marina for three nights in November of 2003, and couldn't have been happier!
The staff was always pleasant, the room had a wonderful balcony with views of the ocean and city. Sparkling wine was delivered to our room upon check-in, and a fruit tray was sent up each afternoon.
The room had a wonderful bed, and very comfortable furnishings.
We enjoyed room service (very good), cocktails in the hotel bar on the first floor, and a lovely dinner in their restaurant. The food and drinks were excellent!
We are looking foward to a second visit - what a first class operation!
Top Local Tips for Barcelona
Use the special tourist buses!
The tourist buses are by far the best transport and the most efficient I have ever come across. They cover everywhere you could want to go in the city - well worth paying for!
Take the bus tour on your first day it will give you a chance to pick out the sites you want to visit and it also gives you a better understanding of the city and what it has to offer.
You must use the tourisit open top buses they show you everything and give you discounts to the attractions