My favorite feature at the Me Barcelona hotel was the panoramic view of the city and its environs from my seventeenth floor room. I liked the large and comfortable bed with a city view and bedside electronic light controls.
The Level Lounge on the top floor was my favorite area of the hotel. I enjoyed breakfast there and took advantage of the facilities and amenities whenever there was an opportunity to meet colleagues or just for a short while to enjoy the stunning city views. The hip and stylish hotel’s friendly and welcoming staff made it a safe haven to return to after a long day sightseeing in Barcelona and the Catalonia Region.
Class Of Accommodation Luxury Lifestyle Five Star hotel
Concierge Alfredo Martinez
Connectivity There was WiFi connectivity in my room. At times the service worked well and other times it was so sluggish as to be useless.
General Manager Enrique Escofet
Handicapped Access There were four rooms for disabled guests.
Length Of Stay Six nights
Location The hotel was in the Plobenou District, part of the 22” Area, an urban business district within walking distance of Barcelona Beach and the well known Avenida Diagonal. The hotel is between the Glories Plaza and the Forum area. The City Center was one subway stop away and Gothic Quarter was five subway stops away.
Managed Sol Melia
Owned Altavista Hotelera S.L.
Pets Allowed The hotel welcomed pets of up to 10 kilograms except in public food and beverage areas. Pets were required to be under control all times.
Size The 30,111 square meter property had 258 rooms, 37 floors and 150 staff.
Year Opened-Renovated The hotel was established August 2008.
The interior of the 120 meter tall hotel was designed, by Corada Figueras Arquitectos, to be contemporary, hip, welcoming and unique. The street level entrance led to a reception area on the left and a lobby on the right. Colorful and comfortable furnishings populated the lobby which had high ceilings and a spacious ambiance. At the back of the room there was a bar. Behind it was Dos, one of two hotel restaurants (where we had a buffet breakfast one morning and dinner one night). From the lobby elevators, slow at times, led to guest floors, meeting rooms and common areas including fitness center, spa, nightclub and pool areas.
There was a fuchsia and orange, with blue and grey trim, area rug in the middle. Some walls were white and some were lacquered and there was a high ceiling. A king bed, framed by night table openings built into the wall, was in the center of the room. It had a fluffy mattress with a double duvet (under and above the sheets), making the bed particularly comfortable.
The bed faced a Sony flatscreen television and lounge chair in the corner and a floor to ceiling partial glass wall offering beautiful city views. A bright red lacquer rectangular long table with a glass top was set against the wall below a large blue photo. A silver minibar with items on sale took up the corner next to the table and the window. It had cold beverages inside and an assortment of snacks on top including canned olives, Love Me Tender (condom, lubricant, vibrating ring), nuts, chocolates, potato chips and crackers.
A brown wall with a large window in the middle divided the sleeping area from the bathroom, allowing me to see into the bathroom from the bedroom and vice versa. Just past the entrance door, to the right, there was a control stand for light switches and digital air temperature controls (the temperature controls didn’t seem to work regardless of the temperature I selected; I heard colleagues complain of a similar issue in their rooms). A similar stand for power cords was next to the mini bar.
The day I arrived loud sounds carried into my from from a concert at a nearby urban park. I could hear very loud sounds from the hallway. When staff were cleaning the neighboring rooms I could hear loudly the sounds of the vacuum cleaner, their movements and conversation.
There were light and curtain controls by the night table. The lights in the room were limited, making the light ambiance muted, especially at night. There was one bright light on the desk, one small lamp over the lounger and small reading lamps over the bed and headboard area.
There was an Extreme Mac iPod docking station on one of the night tables. I borrowed a loaner iPod charged with music from reception (had to provide a guarantee).
The Torres brothers managed the two hotel restaurants. We dined at Dos, a ground level informal restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Catalan homestyle cuisine with a modern touch.
Facilities Spa, pool, fitness center, business center, two restaurants (Dos and Dos Cielos), VIP lounge, nightclub (Angels & Kings), and meeting rooms.
Fitness Center And Spa The fitness center and YHI spa were next to each other on the fifth floor. The fitness room was 37.14 square meters large and housed seven Life Fitness machines. The spa was 363 square meters in size.
Pool The sixth floor swimming pool was 52 square meters in size and 1.5 meter deep. There were lounge chairs and cabana style seating in the pool deck.
Other The Me line was launched by Sol Meliá (a large Spanish hotel chain with 300 properties in 27 countries) in 2006 to offer accommodations emphasizing design, music and gourmet features. The Me Barcelona hotel was the fourth hotel in the Me line following the launch of properties in Madrid and two in Mexico, one in Cancun and another in Cabo San Lucas. Plans were in place for additional Me properties in London in 2012 and Vienna in 2013.
As Level guests we were invited to take advantage of the facilities on The Level Lounge where breakfast and snacks were served and there was a superb view of the city. The Me Barcelona was named to the 2009 Conde Nast hot list.
Date Of Review May 2011
Reviewers Article and Photos by Elena del Valle
Service The room was serviced twice daily; during the day it was cleaned and at night there was turndown service. There was a personalized welcome message in the bathroom mirror when I arrived. The service was at times friendly and helpful and other times hard to reach and inefficient. For example, I requested pressing service and found an ironing board and iron in my room on my return that night. On the other hand when I requested a loaner iPod a staff member arrived within five minutes of my call, installed the iPod very quickly, started it playing and left within minutes of arriving. The security guards (dressed casually) at the entrance (Omar and Harold) were unfailingly friendly and helpful.The couple of times I approached reception desk staff they were friendly and responded efficiently. The staff in the penthouse lounge including Roni, Chatni and Samara (most of the ones I met were interns) were also friendly and went out of their way to assist me. On more than one occasion I called reception and there was no answer.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes