Gran Hotel La Florida

, Barcelona, Spain
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Gran Hotel La Florida

, Barcelona
5 star

Rooms: 74

83 Carrerera Vallvidrera Tibidabo - Barcelona - 08035 - Spain Hotel Website | | 932 593 000
327 Traveller

Reviews - Gran Hotel La Florida

Submitted by: Paco in 15/07/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
-It is FAR FROM BARCELONA!!! Not what they say on their website-at least 20-25 min
-The Shuttle is not Flexible
-Taxi Cabs (most) will not give you a rid up to Hotel
-It is Noisy -There is a Park Next to it
-The Rooms are Retro Fit
-The Food/Beverage so Expensive!!! a Burger is around 35 Dollars! and one Tea (Room service) is around 15 Dollars!
-They Charged Extra on My Credit Card without my approval!!! when my trip was prepaid, I had to deal with them for one month. No Apology, No Email Return

The good points:
-The Bathroom and Pool
Overrated, Overpriced
Submitted by: Matt Thrower in 08/07/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
For a hotel rated as 5* gran lux, I was expecting something truly outstanding from this hotel. Sadly, It let us down in a number of areas:

* The beautful pool area is situated next to a road and not far from an amusement park, so your relaxation is constantly interrupted by traffic noise and distant screaming.

* For a five star hotel, I noticed an astonishing number of maintenance oversights: cracked (and frankly dangerous) floor tiles, scratches and dirty marks on the walls of my room and various other problems.

* The hotel is in the middle of nowhere - there's nothing around except the amusement park. Don't be fooled by the 'minibus service' - it runs only 4 times a day and not at all in the evening. So you'll be stuck using the outrageously expensive bar and restaurant. 7 Euros for a glass of draft beer. 15 for a perfectly ordinary club sandwich. The restaurant charges michelin star prices without quality to match. Call me cynical, but I suspect the minibus not running in the evening is a ploy to keep you captive to their overpriced facilities.

The view is awesome, but you'd be better off just taking the funicular railway up and taking a walk round than staying up here. Stick to the town instead - there's plenty of better hotels and you get to choose whatever bars and restaurants you want.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Gran Hotel La Florida

WOW!! What a hotel!!

from native*texan*2005
What a gorgeous hotel! It's very close to the amusement park at Mount Tibadabo - don't let that fool you though - this is not a hotel for kids. Luxury doesn't describe it! Very sleek and modern. We spent an entire day relaxing by the stainless steel swimming pool. The pool area is terraced so it's fairly private and affords an unbelievable view of the city all the way to the coast. Despite the haze - we could see the cruise ships in port.

We didn't eat at the restaurant but the pool menu was great - we had some American sandwhiches on day 12 of a 14 trip. It was marvelous!! The staff was very nice - there was one gentleman at the concierge who seemed a bit haughty. We were headed to Montserrat and he was really pushing the tour - which didn't meet our timing requirements. We ended up doing the train on our own and are so glad we did. It was marvelous!

The hotel is a dream and a perfect, relaxing way to end a hectic vacation! Enjoy!!

Amazing views of Barcelona

from mdwest
I stayed all-to-briefly at La Florida for business in June 2005. The views of Barcelona are spectacular. The hotel staff is extremely attentive, and the hotel itself is elegant.

The lobby is set with red candles and trendly smooth jazz. During check-in, one is greeted with a welcome drink and a comfortable chair to sit. My colleague and I had requested deluxe rooms, and we were pleased to be upgraded to Jr. suites upon checkin! My room had a wrap-around balcony and a wonderful view of the city.

I wish I had time to enjoy the spa. It looked very nice.

Breakfast buffet was tasty, offering a nice variety of foods. Eggs, sausage, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, meats, cheese, and more.

Heaven in the Hills

from A TripAdvisor Member
After missing a train from Madrid and driving the five hours to Barcelona with a child, we were beat. We also got terribly lost looking for the hotel, as it sits atop a mountain, and the hour was getting late. Which makes finding this hotel all the better. What a treat. We got to our room, and breathed a collective sigh . The bathroom was beautiful and the shower could've fit 6. We were scheduled for three days and ended up canceling our other reservation and extended our stay for 7 nights. If you want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle this hotel isn't for you. If you like the idea of a wonderful respite and choosing when you want to go into the city this is for you.

The staff is 5 stars, from housekeeping to the bar to pool service to the front house. We had a room with a large deck area, totally private which was wonderful. We could order in and take it outside and have a lovely dinner alfresco in our fluffy robes. The pool is amazing, our son was in heaven with the outside/inside pool option. There was only one other family there, but it wasn't like the kids were doing cannon balls. They were all very behaved. I loved the tierred deck , the view, the spa facilities ( sauna etc..was wonderful after all the travel) . It's a mellow and relaxed vibe, and we felt totally refreshed and ready for our next leg of travel. Our last stay was the the Montage in Laguana Beach and the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point and this was better. Highly recommend, hope to be back soon!

Great place ...

from A TripAdvisor Member
It would be unfair not to give this hotel an "excellent" rating due to the history and beauty of the place. It is stunning with amazing views over Barcelona etc. The hotel is only about 4km from the city centre and it will cost you around 15-20 Euros by Taxi each way (this varies a bit depending on the taxi driving and whether he decides to take for a roundtrip!) - although there is a free shuttle service at 12 noon & 5pm each day (there may be one later also? ). The rooms and facilities are excellent and the stainless steel pool is the highlight. Staff were friendly and helpful. The thing to watch for is the food - we were disappointed by it - especially the "soup of the day". I could have made a better soup with my eyes shut. I think they had boiled the kettle and put an OXO cube in and that was it. ;-) Prices are quite high also. For 2 people, expect to pay 50 Euros at breakfast and around 150 to 250 Euros for an evening meal (although the sky is the limit if you want the best wines/champagne). If you don't want to pay these prices, then your only a short way from the city where you can find just about everything. Overall, you can't fault the hotel, as it really is stunning. Well worth a visit.

great place to relax

from mightyboosh
We have just returned from a mid week break. We had a deluxe room with sea-view. The view is absolutely stunning if you get a corner room with 180 degrees of the cityscape. These views facing east get the morning sun. If you like sitting in the evening sun on your balcony then opt for the cheaper mountain view rooms. This is particularly pertinent as there didn't appear to be any public veranda getting the evening sun. the staff were extremely helpful and not at all snooty even though this is a top of the range hotel. the best thing has got to be the stainless steel pool with water outside maintained at 35 degrees. The only downside was that the cold water in the bathroom taps was never cold. Is this to get you to drink the overpriced water in the mini-bar? I would definitely return.

Almost, but not quite 5 stars!

from James-and-Jenny
This review would have started with 5 stars had it not been for the restaurant.

We were looking for luxury and pampering after two days of hustle & bustle in the centre of the city.

We found it – the Gran Hotel La Florida, it is fantastic, situated way above the city at the top of Mount Tibidabo. The hotel has the most wonderful views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

We had one of the best deluxe rooms in the hotel 311 – two balconies both with amazing views. The room had the biggest bed, Plasma screen and every conceivable luxury you can imagine.

The service was excellent throughout the hotel, cava and chocolate dipped strawberries delivered to the room, a bottle of water by each side of the bed every night, all this PLUS the weather report for the following day!

The pool area was like a Hollywood nightclub complete with projected TV art, although the service at the pool bar was a little inconsistent.

This hotel really is the best we stayed at – the only let down was the restaurant, the food did not live up to the descriptions on the menu – David Stein says that his group of hotels have “meals that are exquisite, but not pretentious” – the food at L’Orangerie restaurant in the hotel was extremely pretentious. However the lobby and room service food are excellent although the Patatas Bravas portions could have been a little more generous!

Overall this hotel is amazing; the views make it extra special.

Fantastic Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
It was our first visit to this hotel. It was fantastic - upon arrival, a member of staff showed us around the hotel and the spa facilities. By the time we finished our tour, our bags were already in our room - the lady proceeded to show us our room and wow! it was a breath taking view. As it was a valentines week-end there were many deals you could go for, however we opted for a deluxe room with a city view and it was worth it. The spa area was brilliant, the pool was great - the staff were great. Clean and to a very good standard. The food was out of this world. For a week-end to pamper yourself great... it is a bit further out of the city, but a taxi ride which took no more then 10 mins into the heart of the city. My advise - if you are going to visit the attractions, hop onto a tour bus, as they stop at the best places and you get discounts into the various attactions. All in all a fab Hotel!

Great Hotel, but a few drawbacks

from autoholic
I booked this hotel through last (after consulting this site) and got a great price for Valentine's weekend. Upon our arrival we were informed that we'd been upgraded to the Japanese Suite, 1 of 8 designer suites with private facilities.
The room and garden were truly amazing and made for a fantastic weekend. Sadly due to the location in the hotel of the room it didn't actually provide a view, except of the inside of the pool area and the carpark out front. But hey we wanted to visit the city and the view from the terrace made up for it. The price of drinks however was another matter, 13 Euros for 2 glasses of orange juice on our arrival put us off using the bar or the restaurant.
Sadly the shuttle bus was out of service for the entire weekend, odd that it was back in service first thing Monday morning, and so every foray down the mountain had to be made by taxi. We went to the same destination 3 times by 3 different routes and 3 different charges. 1 guy even had the front to try to old "double back" routine on us taking us about a kilometre out of our way to try to bump the fare. I let him know he'd been rumbled as most taxi drivers speak English even if they don't let on. On average expect to pay between 15 - 18 Euros from/to Placa Catalyuna.
As stated we avoided the bar etc due to the high prices and took our own drink into the room. We would have appreciated tea & coffee making facilites especially in the mornings, thank God for Starbucks. You would think that in a suite that has a listed rate of 1500 Euros per night you'd at least get a kettle.
The pool area was great, it's made of stainless steel and has no deep end. The view from the pool over the city is amazing, especially as you dont have to get out of the water to see it. The pool door was closed but we, as others, ducked under to get outside.
The staff I encountered were all very courteous, even the guy who came to check our mini bar at 22:35! and I can recommend this hotel. However I do suggest that bookings are made though a third party as the savings can be vast.
I can say that I would stay here again.

Customers unwanted !

from A TripAdvisor Member
They don't answer two email request for a reservation, the online reservation system on the site doesn't work.

I tried to book three rooms for two days, but I gave up/ don't want to spend any money there.

They probably don't want customers, my advice to you ... respect their wishes. The service is probably the same, they'll forget about you the moment you paid.

romantic hideaway

from boltontraveller
Just returned from 2 days at the florida for my husbands birthday. We had a great time, we had a room upgrade and was given champage and chocolate strawberys. The spa is fantastic, take a swimsuit.
The only downside is it is very quiet but we didnt mind that. The restaurant is very expensive our meal was 230 euros but it was good. It says there is a nightclub but it is only open during the week.

Top Local Tips for Barcelona

We absolutely loved this hotel. The taxis were great, the metro was great, the sites are incredible. I would recommend doing the routes on the Bus Turistic the first day (takes about 4 hours for all the lines). Make sure to go into La Sagrada Familia and take your time looking at the outside. Stay away from La Ramblas at night. Passeig de Gracia is a beautiful street.

Amusement park by hotel There was a small amusement park within walking distance of the lovely hotel Gran La Florida. It was great for the kids, who were sick of sight seeing!

Tourist buses Use them-invaluable-take in most of Gaudi buildings


Other names for Gran Hotel La Florida

  • gran hotel barcelona
  • Address: 83 Carrerera Vallvidrera Tibidabo - Barcelona - 08035 - Spain
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