Gran Hotel La Florida5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
My wife is a heat seeking missile for the truly special things in life. You know, those things that sit at the intersection of "great price" and "fantastic quality". It's no mean feat then, that Gran Hotel La Florida sits among her list of "favorite places" to stay. From check-in to check-out, expect a sterling quality of service from everyone. The whole staff radiates a sense of pride at their jobs, and for the place that they work in. They expect to serve you well, and they expect that they will be good at it. I don't always like dining in the hotel, but you should for this hotel. The views of Barcelona make up for the lack of proximity to most of the Barcelona attractions. That's because the hotel is nestled atop Mt Tibidabo. It overlooks Barcelona. That means you trade easy access to Barcelona hot spots for the view and some privacy. We particularly enjoyed the view over breakfast - an opulent affair spanning all the spreads: from cuts of artisanal sausage to custom made omelettes to racks of sweet buns and breakfast meats galore. I particularly enjoyed having a drink and looking at La Sagrada Familia - still imposing from a distance. The rooms themselves are very large and very comfortable. I've stayed in Parisian hotel rooms as large as the bathroom in our room in Gran Hotel La Florida. The turndown service even sets the system to play classical tunes as one gets ready for bed. Our room featured a balcony from which I could check out Sagrat Cor (itself worth a short walk). There are so many wonderful places in the world to see. So we it is rare for us to be tempted to return just because of a hotel. But Gran Hotel La Florida did just that for us. Hint: parking is valet only (our fee included it), but they are ridiculously quick.
The hotel is very nice. You definitely need a car if you want to see Barcelona. Getting taxis is difficult and the city bus can take a long time, too. The rooms are spacious and in good condition with very nice furnishings and decor. The food is just ok - better to have a breakfast in the city for less than half the price. And there's nothing to walk to, so pick up whatever snacks and small items you need before you get there. We had a mountain view and overlooked a large fountain at the hotel, which made it sound like it was lightly raining all night - a nice feature.
I made a quick stop in the grand Hotel La Florida. I enjoyed the quiet atmosphere on the beautiful terrace, with an mazing view on Barcelona. The staff was very helpful. Perfect to relax during the week-end.
Best Service and excellent location. I have rarely enjoyed a hotel this much. Full of modern art and the pool is huge and gorgeous. I was so impressed with the staff and they genuinely enjoy working there. A romantic hotel too.
Located on mount Tibidabo, Barcelona’s highest mountain that also hosts the famous amusement park, La Florida comes with stunning views over Barcelona, its neighbouring cities and the Mediterranean. The rooms come with comfy beds, walk-in showers (and extra bathtub if applicable), high-class bathroom products, free WiFi, and very attentive service that also includes a turn-down. The hotel has both outdoor and indoor pools (heated, for a comfortable temperature), again with the respective views, or surrounded with further spa and gym facilities, if the latter. According to the staff, this is where the Barcelona FC team used to come to prepare, celebrate or wind-down from matches. The bar & outdoor terrace restaurant serves quite nice food, but fails to produce a few classic drinks just right (think dry gin Martini, Margarita etc), which is something you would expect at this James Bond-like location. The gourmet restaurant, “Barcelonas”, inside, is a beautiful stage for chef Ivan Jiménez’ colourful creations. Tasting menus — ambitious, although a little short of flavour depth at times — don’t cost the world here and are a fun way to end the day up on the mountain. As La Florida is almost at the end of the road that leads up to Tibidabo, taxi rides are expensive (ca. €30 one way from/to the city, €50 from/to BCN airport). However, if you want to down into town during the day, there’s the T2A bus (not: T2B!) that takes you straight to Plaza de Catalunya for only €3, running every 20 minutes. This is a perfect luxury break away from busy urban centres, basically on the countryside, but right by Barcelona, if you prefer the hustle and bustle of the city. The only sound you’ll hear every now and then, when the winds are right, are the screaming crowds of the amusement park in the distance.
The hotel could be charming with his nice old building and beautiful view but there has been a lot of carelessness : - the outside part is quite damaged (tiles are not pasted anymore) - the rooms are not very clean (coffee taints that were not wiped, quite old towels, faucets not working very well, a/c working quite badly) - food is really bad, not tasty at all. - the service is poor : people are nice in front of you but don't care at all about customers. If you order at the bar go pay to the bar, no way they bring you the bill directly - We were told to order at least 2 hours in advance our taxi at 4:30am...it arrived at 5:00 : why don't they order it at 4:15 if it is "always difficult to get a taxi around 4:00 with the clubs" as we were told while waiting ? Better pay 5€ more than miss a flight !!! Anyway Barcelona is a very nice city but never ever again at la florida
On arrival, we dropped the car off at the entrance and was shown to reception with a glass of Cava to welcome us. Paperwork completed, the parking charge is a bit steep, but we took full advantage of using the valet facility so I was happy to pay. Shown to the room which is outstanding. We requested a city view corner room (room 208) and was not disappointed. My wife rates it the best view ever (however it's my second place below the city view of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore). We are blessed with fantastic weather which certainly helps. It took three attempts to get our suitcases delivered to the room - a shift change over meant the tags were allocated to the wrong room. There was a conference on the day of arrival so we were restricted access from the spa/indoor pool area. When we asked to have lunch on the terrace, that too was out of bounds. As others have stated, forget about the shuttle, it'll be fully booked. We used the car to get to the city one day, parking was easy enough but the bays are tiny and the other drivers/scooter riders are crazy. Second day we tried to use the bus but got fed up waiting so just used a cab. Depending on where you get dropped off it'll be €16-€22 on the meter. Having a relaxing time on the terrace sunbathing today, well it would be if it wasn't for the noise of the amusement park next door. Dinner tonight will be in a separate review. It would appear as if there's more restrictions today, looks like they're setting up for another conference. I realise that these events are good for a hotels income but they shouldn't impact on other guests at all in a 5* hotel. The staff are all friendly enough, but there's too few of them to be attentive enough to their guests. It's a great hotel for a short break but it's limitations are evident for longer stays.
I recently spent one night at the Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona. I am a frequent business and leisure traveller. The hotel is arguably the worst hotel that I have ever stayed in. I have stayed in Motel 6s that are better run than this hotel. From the time I drove up to the hotel, to the time that I left the hotel, it was one disappointment, and almost disaster, to another. When I drove up to the hotel, the driveway/entrance to the hotel was jammed packed with cars. I had to wait on the street to drive my car to the front door of the hotel so that I could unload my bags. I then had to wait for the valet to park our car as there was nowhere to park, but also because the valet was also the doorman, the bellhop and the concierge. One individual was doing it all. Upon entering our room (room 108 which is called the Japanese Suite), I noticed a foul smell in the bathroom, akin to sewage backup and that the room was directly above the hotel’s indoor pool with a large window overlooking the brightly lit pool. As that window afforded us no privacy, I immediately requested a different room. I was told at that time (around 7 pm) that the hotel was fully booked and that no other rooms were available. When I tried to go the bed around 12 midnight, I realized that I would not be able to sleep due to the light streaming into the room from the brightly lit indoor pool. It was at this time – around 12 midnight – that the hotel offered us a different room. I guess someone had checked out between 7 pm and 12 midnight. Since I would be checking out in about 6 hours, I decided to stay in the room. The front desk guy came up to the room to hang black curtains over the pool window to darken the room so that I could sleep while I lay in bed. Also, the wifi in the hotel was not working. I wish I could say that that was all that went wrong. Before retiring to my room for the night, I had requested a taxi in the morning to take me to the airport at 6:15 am. I saw the front desk person write the request down in a book. When I went down to reception at 6:10 am, there was no one at reception and the front entrance to the hotel was locked. Very unusual for a hotel of this size. When I finally managed to track down a front desk person, it was clear that the hotel had not called a taxi for me. Now, normally this would not be a problem in a major city like Barcelona. But at this hotel, it is a big problem. The hotel is on a hilltop overlooking Barcelona, some 20 minutes from the center of the city. The hotel had told me upon check in that it was necessary to call for a taxi in advance as there are no taxis nearby. Since they had forgotten to call for a taxi in advance as I had requested, there was nothing that I could do but wait for the taxi which was finally called after 6:15 am. I almost missed my international flight. Needless to say, I would not recommend this hotel.
Loved this hotel in every aspect, the views, the rooms, the pool, restaurant, everything was clean and lovely to be around. The staff were very helpful and couldnt do enough for you. The food was also very nice. I would definitely go back!
This was our third visit back to Gran Hotel La Florida and with each visit it only gets better. The staff are all so welcoming with special thanks to Nicolas at the front desk for arranging yet another spectacular evening at AbaC restaurant, and to Xenia in Barcelonas restaurant who made our night so special with her superb wine pairing to complement the wonderful tasting menu. If you visit Gran Florida you must indulge in a massage 'the journey to Provence' experience is truly the best massage and overall experience of any spa I have visited previously. Back to work for us now until maybe a few weeks to steal a quick weekend in Barcelona's hidden gem with the best view of the city.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi within a 15-minute walk of Tibidabo Amusement Park, Gran Hotel La Florida is within a few miles (5 km) of CosmoCaixa. This 70-room, 5-star hotel has conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. In the mountains, it's also near Park Guell and Monastery of Pedralbes.
Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: Barcelonas specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; Cafe 1925 offers relaxing ocean views. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.
All of Gran Hotel La Florida's 70 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and plasma TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.
Guests of Gran Hotel La Florida enjoy a full-service spa, a nightclub, and an indoor pool. Parking is EUR 21 per night (EUR 21 per night for valet parking)—but if you prefer not to drive, catch a ride in the airport shuttle during limited hours for EUR 99 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a sauna.
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76% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1169 reviews