Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I

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Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I

, Barcelona
5 star

Rooms: 432

661 Avinda Diagonal - Barcelona - 08028 - Spain Hotel Website | | 933 644 040
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Dated, overpriced - disappointing

from Dublin TripAdvisor Member
I travel around Europe all the time on business - especially in Spain - and so have good experience of 5 star quality. This hotel was lacking to say the least. The rooms are dated - very 80s with yellow, orange and brown furnishings. The lack of restaurants in the hotel is also a real problem - The Garden Restaurant is not open on Sunday and Monday nights and you can only use the hotel buffet restaurant or room service plus there are no good restaurants nearby. The room service was pretty dreadful - zero imagination in the Chicken Supreme dish (grilled chicken and some boiled veggies on the side) and no guidelines to healthy options etc. Price-wise it was too expensive (€420 for a twin room not inc breakfast but it was Formula 1 weekend so that explains it to a point). Best thing about it was the gym - excellent facilities. Personnel were also good - very polite and efficient. In a nutshell, the hotel badly needs to be redesigned and refurbished with a modern menu and more restaurant choices for guests.

5 Star some, 3 Star other

from fizwah
I travel a lot, similar to what other people have written, however I don't do much travel in southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy). I had read up on this hotel as the King's Hotel and the 5 Star experience that I should be ready for... ... ... well, I was a bit disappointed. For more than 200 EUR/night I would have expected more than just a huge lobby and cool elevators. The Royal Fitness club, however, was worth it and was spectacular. It was truly amazing, along with the spa inside each of the men's and women's locker rooms. But, beyond that the hotel and its amenities was not much more than a typical 3-4 star hotel in most European capitals.

No one on here can claim that the rooms where anything special. The amenities were old and lacking (this may be what the hotel is going for, i.e. the classic-type of look and feel). The hair dryer was a joke, I was told this is how all of them are (it was really hot air that had just slightly more power than a typical heating vent/fan). The bathrooms were also not up to 5 star standard, but in some ways, beautiful.

My biggest issue was the lack of satisfactory English. I never felt comfortable enough calling and asking for things. Additonally, the outstanding restaurant The Garden, is not open on Sundays OR Mondays. That I found very odd.

Overall the hotel was not bad, however I think there are much better hotels out there for 200-300 EUR per night. For one night, to experience the hotel I might recommend it, but I would never stay there again.

Excellent trip here, family with 2 children

from springs63
Just returned from a great 4 night stay at this hotel. We were 2 adults with 2 children (ages 8 and 12).
In summary, the rooms were spacious and immaculate, the fitness centre is very good and the staff and service were excellent.
In my opinion value for money was very good. We booked interconnecting rooms, a double for us and twin for the children and I couldn't get this for a similar price at 4 star hotels nearer the city centre, let alone 5 star.
Its easy to get to from the airport, €15 for a taxi and only a 10-15 minute walk from the Nou Camp (we went to a Barca match).
Breakfast was included and is a huge, fresh, buffet selection (at least 6 different cereals, wide range of fruit, bread, cakes, pastries, cold meats and cheeses and cooked food too, there were at least 6 choices of fruit juice).
The metro stop is only a few minutes walk away and the metro is easy to use, cheap, frequent and safe (we used it up to 9.30pm). It only takes 15 minutes to the city centre. I can't understand complaints about location, this is clear when you book if you look at the website. We would have preferred a central location but compromised because of the hotel's excellent facilities and value and convenience of the metro. It also meant it was a very quiet area in the evenings.
Least friendly/helpful people were probably in the fitness centre where they weren't as friendly towards children, but there were 2 pools for the children to use and additonally for adults there is a spa and a fitness room with plenty of equipment).
I highly recommend this hotel, book it direct and rates are very good value, facilities are excellent.


from mightymail
If you're looking to sight-see in Barcelona, we recommend you avoid this place, absolutely!

My new husband and I stayed at the Rey Juan Carlos for the last night of our honeymoon. We spent 3 wonderful weeks all over Spain (see our other glowing reviews for Residencia Australia, Hotel De Las Letras, and the Parador Dos Reis), and returned to Barcelona for our last night, as our flight left from the Barca Airport the next day.

We decided to choose a really nice hotel for our last night, not too too far from the airport. It seemed from the TripAdvisor reviews and the description of this hotel that it would be a nice topper on our trip.

Unfortunately, we did not have the wonderful evening we were hoping for.

Here's the good part: the room and bathroom are very comfortable, and we were on the 8th floor, so we had a beautiful view of the nice pool, the polo training grounds next door, and the sea in the distance.

Here's the bad part: we felt like this hotel was trying to gouge us out of as much money as they could, and the hotel is nearby to NOTHING.

We ate lunch in the buffet restaurant in the hotel, and it was 34 euros each plus beverages. At over 80 euros for lunch, this ended up being one of our most expensive meals, including our fancy flamenco dinner show in Sevilla, and we didn't even have wine. And, after eating for 3 weeks in Spain, this was one mediocre meal. The prawns were too salty, you could tell the tapas had been sitting out for a while, and the desserts lacked flavor.

What was frustrating was the sense that we paid for a luxury hotel, and a luxury meal, but the amount of money we paid didn't equal the quality of the services we received.

In addition, they wanted 20 euros in order to use the wireless internet on my laptop (it was free in our hotel in Madrid), they charged me double for postcard stamps, and when we went to seek dinner at the bar they were charging 20 euros (that's $25 U.S. dollars) for a hamburger. And that's not for room service -- that's for food in a dumpy windowless bar. They don't give you a break.

We decided to seek dinner elsewhere, and ended up taking the Metro down two stops and happened upon a caseria, the only thing we could find open. (It was called "Mussol," we recommend it if you happen to be stuck at the Rey Juan Carlos looking for options.)

On the way back, the Metro was closed, so we walked. Along the way we passed a number of prostitutes, including three of them maybe 20 feet away from the entrance to the hotel. And this was just after midnight, not even late by Barcelona standards.

This hotel is a "Leading Hotel of the World" hotel. I disagree. They say you get what you pay for. But here, you have to keep paying and paying. I didn't feel like I was getting very much.

When there are so many nice hotels much closer to the center of Barcelona, I can only recommend this place to business-people with wasteful, fat expense accounts.

4* quality with a 5* price tag. Not a Leading Hotel for sure.

from Bogdan
I selected this hotel for my 4 days trip to Barcelona because it was listed as a Leading Hotel of the World.

- close to airport. 15 mins by taxi (15-20 EUR)
- great SPA and pool
- big room

- far from center (20 mins taxi ride for around 15 EUR) or you can take the Metro (Zona Universitaria station is the end of green line so figure it out)
- walls are too thin (I could hear the toilet flush from another room while resting on my bed)
- breakfast: a big selection of nothing except fruits and juices
- used toiletries were not replaced daily
- expensive: 16 EUR + VAT for an omelette

If you're on vacation and you plan to visit the city and do some shopping stay somewhere in the center unless you want to spend time and money moving back and forth (one night I had to wait 45 minutes for a taxi).

A bit of a soul less hotel....

from MattBatt
Stayed at the Juan Carlos for 3 nights this week based on recommendations from this site. I'd agree with most of the comments. It is primarily a business hotel. To us it was very soul less. Often we were the only ones around in a huge lobby. Also the bar and restaurant have no external windows and feel very enclosed.... The rooms are nice and well appointed but if you're unlucky and have someone noisy next door be warned that the walls are thin - too thin for a 5* I'd say. The maid service was ok but things like shampoo we'd used weren't routinely replaced and we had to ask. Also 1 of the 2 pools and the pool bar were shut as it's out of season (not noted on their website anywhere)... This despite the fact on Sunday there were no free sun beds at the small pool that was open and it was mid 20s outside. The prices for food and drink are also a total rip off - even for a 5 star. 20 euros for a sandwich!! The set menu in the Polo restaurant is also 35 euros (not incl drink).

That all said, this is still a very nice hotel. The location to us was no problem. The metro is a short stroll and we found it efficient and cheap. To get to the centre it's all on the same metro line in about 20mins. Also football fans, the hotel is only 10-15mins away from the Camp Nou and the stadium tour was an hour well spent. There are also plenty of other sporting facilities in this area of town... and it was only 15mins from the airport in a cab (15 euros).

Personally I reckon you can find somewhere better to stay for the price. This hotel shouldn't be rated in the top 5 in Barca on this site and on our evidence but if you are already booked in don't be too put off - and take your own food and drink or a good guide book!! Barca is an excellent city for a short break and we had 3 days fab weather. Hope the info above is of some help!

Nice Hotel

from dmhunt
We stayed at the hotel in March 2006, and it is a nice hotel - a little far away from everything. The metro stop was only about a 5 minute walk, but we have two small children making the trek downtown more than once a day was to much work.

We ended up eating in the hotel (not great for children - 17 euros for a hamburger or chicken strips). We tried to go out twice for dinner and after a 1/2 hour cab ride to a 'casual' restruant that the hotel recommended we walked into a linen table cloth resturant - a bit to fancy for a 1 year old and a 4 year old. Breakfast buffet was excellent and included in our rate.

I was really excited that the kids would be able to swim - two pools. The one outside would have been fine had it not be 55 degrees and the wind blowing - the one inside - we could only use if we had swimming caps - of course we didn't have them so they offered to sell us some for 9 euro each.

The room was nice and spacious, we had a corner room, definitely extra room traveling with the kids, just ask when you make the reservation - I got a better rate on their website than anywhere else.

Splendid Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just came back from a weekend stay at Hotel Rey Juan in Barcelona and everything went smooth and fantastic. I will definetely come back.

The service was great and the rooms very comfortable. It was 20 minutes ago to the city center(some people can consider it an issue)

Not that suitable for tourists!

from Ops
I was in Barcelona for a holiday recently, and was supposed to stay there for three nights but left after one. It wasn't that the hotel was that bad, it was just not suitable but if I was on business, it would be great.

Beautiful lobby;
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff, impeccible English;
Beautiful views;
Big swimming pool (and gym, though I did not use it);
Beautifully furnished bathrooms;
Good choice of food in breakfast buffet.

Even though I had email confirmation I arrived to find I was down for two nights instead of three;
I specifically requested a non-smoking room and this was confirmed, but when I arrived, no more were available;
I chose the bed and breakfast option but was told on arrival breakfast wasn't included. Even though I complained to reception, who spoke to their manager, they would not budge;
My sister's bed had hair all over it, as if someone had cut their hair on it;
My bed was extremely uncomfortable and creaked all night, keeping me awake;
The hotel is miles from the centre, and there aren't any decent restaurants within walking distance.

They were fine with me checking out early, and did not ask for any reason.

I have stayed in better four star hotels and their standard rooms (which I had) are definitely not five-star standard.

Happy stay in Barca

from A TripAdvisor Member
Enjoyed a long weekend here. As advertised it is a ways out from the center, but rooms are very nice and staff are helpful. If staying on a weekend it pays to have the concierge to book a taxi for evening travel as taxis can be thin on the ground, on weekdays use the metro. European hotel used mainly by Europeans, would recommend. Great Pool!

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  • Address: 661 Avinda Diagonal - Barcelona - 08028 - Spain
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