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“Not flawless, but still top class” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Ranked #14 of 519 Hotels in Barcelona
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Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not flawless, but still top class”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

I spent 3 nights at the hotel during my recent trip to Barcelona. Great location, good food and real top class design. Breakfast at the Blanc was a pleasurable experience. Very elegant and clever design, making use of skylight during the day and cozy lighting at night. Their steam room at the basement has lounge chair and showers inside. Real cool. On the flip side, service at the breakfast was not very attentive the first day and showers inside the room didn't drain properly. I had a room facing the busy street of Passieg de Gracia, so it's a bit noisy. But overall, a great hotel. One of my top choices in Barcelona.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

1) Location is perfect just in the middle of shopping street , with 2 Gaudi houses on same street . U can walk across the road and enjoy Rambla de Catalunya with many small shops and tapas places
2) Stuff very nice and pleasant
3) Rooms that's the biggest minus of this hotel . It's not a disaster but lots of minor things which in complex not making your feel comfortable ( like no hooks in bathroom for towels or clothes , after shower water all over around the place , glass doors are not closing properly so why do they need doors at all then ... POOR Sound isolation !!!!!! Don't expect to enjoy the morning sleep as you ll wake up with the city !!!! So 350 euros for the place with perfect location , strange room design and the place where you weren't be able to have proper sleep ..... More likely you ll find better value for money in this wondefull city :))

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Jeresy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

As you would expect of a Mandarin Oriental, the hotel had very nice rooms, food(the AC worked very well),location and service. What really made this hotel stand out was the concierge desk. My wife, daughter and I don't speak Spanish and have some dietary restrictions. The concierge staff was able to direct us to great restaurants as well answering general tourist questions about the city.They definitely made our stay more enjoyable. The breakfasts were great! Probably the best example of service occurred during my wife's birthday.I called to request some cake for my wife. Room service put candles on the cake,brought champagne and sang happy birthday! The location was great.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

Just returned from a week at the MO Barcelona. Overall the service is excellent. They are warm and friendly and try really hard, particularly concierge and Front Desk and bellmen.
The hotel is extremely well situated for sites, restaurants, and international luxury brand shopping. The ambiance and crowd are very chic and upscale feeling. Barcelona is an exciting beautiful and easily navigated city and the Mandarin is located right at the center of the action for a visitor.
We were actually deciding between the Mandarin and the Arts hotel where we have stayed on prior trips. Mandarin is more conveniently located and central. Arts has much bigger rooms with amazing city/ water views. Both have very good service. If you are looking for good value, this is not the spot. In fact we had some friends that checked out early and moved up the street for suites double the size at half the price at an historic well-known hotel in a similar location. We did not, but know in advance that this hotel does not offer you the most in accommodations for your money.
Restaurant recommendations were hit and miss. There was a terrible Tapas place around the corner that did not have one healthy item on the menu, did not have lettuce, or vinegar, and was out of two items on the menu we requested that was highly recommended. Don't go there. The hotel food itself is good so that is always an option. Other than the hotel I woud say our most enjoyable eating experience in Barcelona was the Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas - don't miss that! Truly amazing. Otherwise we found food to be weak or over the top expensive( ie Abac at over $300 p/p) It could have been us but we had a hard time finding quality, healthy upscale dining.
Rooms are well-equipped and well-designed with advanced technology. They are on the small side. Ours had a great shower, no bath, which I would have liked to have with all the walking one does in Europe. We were originally supposed to stay in a Junior Suite which is double the price of a regular room. When we went to check it out we didn't think it was worth moving b/c the room was next door, also on a low floor. They could not accommodate us for the full stay in the suite so we started in the room. We ended up staying in it b/c even though they asked us during make the reservation if we had any requests and we sent a request for a quiet room on a high floor, we were offered the suite on the 4th floor for a 7 nt stay we had reserved well in advance. We were supposed to receive an upgrade based on availability through Virtuoso, so either they don't upgrade, or it wasn't available, but I do wish that when we requested,quiet room/ high floor, when they in fact solicited special requests, with a form they send prior to your arrival that they had answered that our request would not be available.
Breakfast was included with our stay and was good, a nice buffet, but offerings did not change at all during the week we were there, so more exciting the first day, by the end we were grabbing a coffee to go and going out to try something else. There is a great well utilized bar, the Banker's Bar in the lobby. Hotel has a very upscale retail feeling with a Manolo and Tiffany stores in the lobby - not the most practical, but pretty. There are pharmacies, etc on the same block so you can get whatever you need.
Some issues during out stay-While downstairs service was top notch,housekeeping was just okay. In a week we received hair conditioner once and had to call for it and then it took 45 minutes. Ditto with Q-tips. There were three shower caps and four shampoos. Someone could not get the bathroom amenities straight for a week. Oddly for a luxury hotel, towels were noticeably rough, both in the room and spa .I do not recommend the spa. I had a massage the second day and planned on more but was not all inspired to return. I had a less than comfortable massage-room was cold, there were rough towels on the table both below and for a blanket. The therapist did not listen at all to what I requested though I speak both Eng and Spanish. I had to ask the spa front desk for a shower cap in the bathroom. I was sort of kicking myself for leaving a 20 percent tip out of habit b/c overall in was not a good massage experience.
The hotel is heavily scented with amber fragance both in the lobby and upstairs hallways. It is quite powerful and distinct. We were okay with it but it's surprising that they don't chose a lighter more universally pleasing scent. It is what you would expect to smell in a dark, Orientaliste hotel filled with old Persian rugs, not in a light / bright modern place like the MO Barcelona.
In summary it was a nice experience, but in the future I might return to the Mandarin or I might return to the Arts where I was given upgrades and incredible service at the club level. They are the best two hotels in Barcelona for different reasons. If I was with family/ teens or wanted to spend time on the beach I would definitely choose the Arts for the enormous room/ aptmt sizes. If I was a couple or single I might choose the Mandarin if the price was competiive and for the privilege of walking out the door to the fabulous Paseig de Gracia.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

We had an amazing experience at this hotel. This was my first stay at a Mandarin Oriental, and it far exceded by expectations. I really cannot say enough good things about it. Service was impeccable at all times. The location was perfect with upscale shops very nearby, more moderate shopping one block over, two Gaudi buildings within a 3 minute walk (one was across the street and viewable from our room), and of course a doorman was always there to give us directions, greet us, and help us with a cab. We never actually had to wait for a cab because there were always several right there in front of the hotel. It was rainy when we were there and the doorman provided both myself and my fiance with umbrellas for our sightseeing. Front desk staff provided a map and all spoke excellent English. In fact, every single member of the staff spoke excellent English (this was not the case when we stayed in Valencia and Paris at different hotels) so we really appreciated it here. The room was beautiful, although a bit smaller than American hotel rooms. Every single thing I could possibly have wanted was already in the room ~ little things like bath salts, a bookmark, a magazine with an article on the Michelin starred restaurant in the hotel, electrical outlet adaptors, Ionic blow dryer (important if you are female), a remote control for the black out shade, champagne/white wine/red wine glasses, two different sizes of slippers, just anything and everything one could need or want was already there. The bed was very comfortable and the windows eliminated all outside noise. We were on the sixth floor and heard absolutely zero street noise (vastly different from New York City where I stayed in a hotel on the 31st floor of Le Parker Meridien and was kept awake by street noise). The black out shade was so effective and the room so quiet that I inadvertently slept until 1 in the afternoon.
You must check out the Banker's Bar ~ it doesn't have bartenders, it has mixologists. The cocktails were innovative and contained the freshest ingredients. The hotel was once a bank and the bar contains safety deposit boxes on the walls (and ceiling). There was also a lovely patio outside, but it was rainy so we didn't have the opportunity to enjoy that.
We also had dinner in the hotel and spent 4 hours in the spa. I will review those as well.
In summary, it is going to be very difficult for me to stay at any other hotel now. I am fairly sure they will have a difficult time measuring up to this one. Absolutely the pinnacle of excellence in all areas.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Address: Passeig de Gracia, 38-40 | Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#6 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#10 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#12 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#20 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price range (per night): RM1,659 - RM6,317
Hotel Class:5 star — Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is an elegant, contemporary hotel in the heart of the avant-garde city's celebrated Passeig de Gracia. Located in a renovated mid-20th century building, this 120-room hotel, offers exceptional services and facilities including an award-winning spa, innovative dining at BistrEau by Angel Leon and two Michelin-starred dining by Carme Ruscalleda, within an exquisite interior created by world renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. ... more   less 
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