Review : Le Méridien Barcelona

As part of a weekend in the Catalan capital, and joining my wife who was on a seminar in the city, we stayed at Le Meridien Barcelona, located in the heart of the city.

A look back at this interesting stay.

Booking

I proceeded to book this hotel on the Marriott Bonvoy app, as I usually do.

For this stay, I used my business’ corporate code to get a rate of 155€ per night for two.

I chose Le Meridien this time for its location, as my favorites, the W and the Four Points, are both far from the city center.

Arrival

Prior to my arrival, I will not see any upgrade in the application.

The lobby, seen from the entrance of the restaurant

But arriving after my wife, I notified my Marriott Ambassador, who notified the hotel, that my wife would be doing the check-in before me.

The reception area, well busy at that time
Some working and waiting areas in the lobby
A piano is even present, even if we did not see a pianist during our stay

When my wife arrived, the hotel was indeed notified of her arrival and she proceeded to check-in. He is offered two options: a large but not yet renovated suite, or a renovated deluxe room. The choice is simple: it will be the renovated room.

It is very pleasant to refresh in this lobby located on the Ramblas
A coffee stand is located in the lobby, near the reception, and serves other snacks during the day

On my arrival, late, I go to the reception to confirm the Ambassador benefits, including the choice of breakfast.

Room

The room assigned (a standard room or so) was located on the 5th floor of the property.

The rooms are accessible by elevator but also via a beautiful staircase
If it’s not the size of a standard room, it looks like one!

The bathroom is located immediately after the entrance, on the right. It has also been renovated and is very successful.

The bathroom is accessible through this large sliding glass door
The decoration and the space in the bathroom are just perfect
The toilet is in the bathroom. What surely differentiates the standard room from the Deluxe room: the bathrobe!

The room is in a completely contemporary decoration. The bedding has not changed.

The choice of the carpet is perfect
Very practical and tastefully desk
The office space, by day
The classic bedding of a Le Meridien hotel
A minibar and a courtesy tray are placed in front of the bathroom
The mugs are well signed

The suite offered to my wife was particularly ugly, even though it was much larger.

A small sofa is installed to the left of the bed, near the window

And to finish, the visit of the room in video :

Hotel facilities

The hotel does not have a spa. However, a fitness room is available in the basement, as well as a small Business Center with computers and printer.

I will not be using either during my stay.

Catering

Given the size of the hotel, it has only one restaurant, located on the first floor. We dined there the first night, and had our breakfasts every morning

Breakfast service

Breakfast is served in the restaurant every morning between 7am and 11am.

A large buffet is set up at the back of the restaurant. It is diverse and the elements are of good quality.

Some hot items are available at the buffet
Excellent cold cuts
And enough to make a small salad to accompany it
Some Spanish sweets to give energy, churros and tortilla!
Some bread and dairy products
Enough to make a few toasts
And of course the pastries
A few pieces of fresh fruit are always welcome to round off a hearty breakfast

It is also possible to order à la carte dishes (at no extra cost). Hot drinks are also served at the table.

The service is absolutely perfect, the waiters are friendly and ensure frequent clearing.

Dinner service

We had dinner at the hotel restaurant on the evening of our arrival. Despite its location on Las Ramblas, it is not full, like most hotel restaurants… Nevertheless, the hotel restaurants are a good plan that we advise you on TravelGuys!

We shared a few dishes, each one more delicious than the last.

Some pork roulades with a gratin dauphinois to share
A beautiful paella valenciana to continue this excellent meal

Departure

We benefited from the late check-out at 16h… And fortunately, because the last day was synonymous with rain!

Bottom line

It is not the hotel of the century, but its location is perfect and the rooms well decorated… But what a shame not to start with the renovation of the suites!

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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