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Reviewed 24 May 2014

The Barcelona is really the only hotel of any standing in Ulyanovsk, the location of Lenin's house (well worth a visit), as the Venets down the road has grotty rooms and that unmistakable Communist chic feel to it. The Barcelona hotel feels new, even more so when you see that there are parts that are still being finished off. The rooms are reasonably priced, with plenty of space and an excellent shower, but as one reviewer points out there are no lifts - so make sure your room is on the first floor to avoid having to drag your suitcases up the stairs. Like so many Russian hotels I have stayed in, the staff take a while to warm up before they break into a smile, but they do try to be helpful once you have been there a while. However, no one in the Barcelona spoke any English at all, and only our Russian colleague in the business party saved us from embarrassment. You order your breakfast the day before; my fresh salad and bread was excellent, but the omelette I had ordered came along as runny fried eggs, and the waitress did not understand me when I tried to explain the mistake. The room mini bar prices are reasonable and it is well stocked, while the food was better than average overall. The soups they offer are great, while the pasta is so-so, but I should have known to stick to Russian dishes rather than anything international. One thing to note is they charge you for accommodation straight away, not at the end of your stay, and my having to shorten my trip by a day therefore caused real confusion when I wanted a refund on my card - all was 'lost in translation' (a phrase we used a lot in the hotel!) until my Russian colleague appeared on the scene. The Barcelona is well situated, within walking distance of the town centre, but go to the Venets hotel too if you get the chance, as there is a magnificent view from their 22nd floor (where they have a bar and restaurant). The Barcelona fixed up a meeting room for us in the hotel while we were there, and were generally as helpful as they could be when they understood what we wanted, but without the saviour in the form of our Russian business partner, we would all have been very frustrated. As an aside to this review, I also went to Lenin's house during a business break and was tickled by the fridge magnet I saw there (and bought), which featured Lenin saying, 'And now what do you think of Capitalism?', with a vicious grin on his face. It just about sums up Russia at the moment,

Room Tip: First floor is best, as there is no lift, and at the front, as they are still finishing off parts of the hotel at the back.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Thank steviecee
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We have stayed in Ulyanovsk before at the Venets hotel. We thought the Venets was overpriced for the service and room provided. The Barcelona was a nicer room but like a lot of independent Russian hotels is a walk up because there are no elevators. I don't mind climbing stairs but I hate doing it with my baggage. The breakfast was mediocre for Russian hotel breakfasts but sustainable.

Room Tip: A little out-of-the way but within walking distance to interesting places to see and reasonable restaurants.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Ron B
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

a nice, relatively new building in a typical street of central Ulyanovsk. it's in a quiet neighborhood of old wooden houses in a small street just a few steps of restaurants, bars and shopping centers. it's also just 15 minutes walk from the magnificent Volga. Clean comfortable beds, colorful decor and a 24h bar. The staff needs to brush up on English, otherwise they are very friendly.

Room Tip: i was on the fourth floor, there are no elevators and no two steps in stairway are the same height, i ended up flat on my face. ask for a room with a shower if you want that type of amenety as it's not available in all rooms.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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5  Thank Pierre B
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Reviewed 28 May 2018
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  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2018
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Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
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